How Cities Are Expanding Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

A panel of public health officials from Philadelphia, New York, Cincinnati, and Pittsburgh discuss how they are working to increase access to medication-assisted treatment in their jurisdictions at Pew’s event on January 25, which was attended by over 150 people in Philadelphia.The Pew Charitable Trusts On January 25, The Pew Charitable Trusts convened public health […]

Over 96 percent of health systems plan to expand virtual care, new survey shows

Virtual health is slated for a major increase over the next 12 months, according to a new study. The increase is primarily driven by the enhanced efficiency that virtual care offers providers, according to survey conducted by virtual software company Zipnosis. The 2018 on-demand virtual care benchmark survey shows that over 96 percent of health […]

AHA Says Telehealth Expansion Can Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

February 06, 2019 – The American Hospital Association is calling on the federal government to boost telehealth and telemedicine opportunities – including better reimbursement, financial support for new technology and improved access to broadband – for the nation’s struggling rural hospitals. “Rural hospitals are not just access points for care, they are cornerstones of care for the […]

Opioid Use Disorder: Challenges and Opportunities in Rural Communities

Overview The increasing number of drug overdose deaths in the United States has hit rural areas particularly hard. Between 1999 and 2015, overdose deaths increased 325 percent in rural counties.1 In 2015, they surpassed the death rate in urban areas.2 Additionally, nonfatal prescription opioid overdoses are concentrated in states with large rural populations.3Helping to drive this trend […]

HIMSS19 to Move the Conversation on Telehealth, RPM, Digital Health

Telehealth and mHealth will play a part in many of the education sessions at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition, which takes place Feb. 11-15 in Orlando. Aside from presentations on the show floor, HIMSS19 includes several education tracks that will focus on connected care technology, including Telehealth; Consumer, Patient Engagement […]

Why Your Next Doctor Visit Could Be Over The Phone

Fever, sore throat, cough, chills…The last thing anyone with these symptoms wants to do is get out of bed and sit in the waiting room at the doctor’s office. That is if there’s even an appointment available. With telemedicine, healthcare providers can accommodate routine visits virtually.COURTESY OF MODERNIZING MEDICINE With telemedicine, healthcare providers can accommodate […]

Athletico Now Offers Virtual PT Assessments Via Telehealth Technology

Athletico Physical Therapy now offers virtual free assessments, where patients can connect with physical therapists via telehealth technology and have their conditions assessed through a secure online video chat. Using a smartphone, tablet, or computer with a camera, patients can directly connect with an Athletico clinician for a free, 30-minute assessment. During the free assessment, the […]

ATA Panelists Discuss Challenges, Promise of Telehealth Interoperability

A panel of telehealth experts convened by the American Telemedicine Association says telemedicine will only flourish if providers, patients and payers can come together to promote interoperability. That was the main takeaway from an American Telemedicine Association webinar this week, the opening salvo in a long-term campaign by the organization to promote scalability and sustainability […]

COULD TELEHEALTH HELP PRESERVE OUR PEACE OF MIND?

With high-profile suicides in 2018 along with the opiate epidemic, mental health is high on the list of national medical concerns. Demand for behavioral health services, combined with increasing access to those services via telehealth, could dramatically improve treatment options for rural residents.  Last year’s report on Medicare telehealth from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) shows promise that behavioral health services – […]