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Vast majority of specialists increased use of telehealth tech during COVID-19 pandemic

Nearly 80% of cardiology, gastroenterology, pulmonology and respiratory physicians polled for a new survey said their use of virtual care technology has increased. By Kat Jercich - August 26, 2020, 02:02 PM In a new survey of U.S. specialists, 79% said that their use of telemedicine technology had increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. The report, from [...]

By |2020-08-27T06:56:28-05:00August 27th, 2020|Articles|

Maine health system embraces telehealth, but looks for policy clarity

Before COVID-19, Central Maine Healthcare had used remote care sparingly, says CMIO Dr. Steven Martel. By July, it had conducted 25,000 virtual visits. By Kat Jercich - August 24, 2020, 11:04 AM In Maine, COVID-19 case counts have been relatively low compared with the rest of the country, though that number has been slowly climbing. But when the [...]

By |2020-08-25T12:02:13-05:00August 25th, 2020|Articles|

Expanding access to telehealth is a ‘hundreds-of-billion-dollar question’

Expert panelists from the federal government, the American Telemedicine Association and other stakeholder groups weighed in at the ONC Tech Forum on Tuesday about what's around the corner for virtual care. By Kat Jercich - August 11, 2020, 03:56 PM It's no surprise, at this point, that interest in telehealth has shot up in response to [...]

By |2020-08-12T20:38:42-05:00August 12th, 2020|Articles|

How to Tune-Up Telemedicine to Help Seniors

Hearing loss is common; these strategies can help by Crystal Phend, Senior Editor, MedPage Today August 10, 2020 Simple communication strategies could help older adults being left behind by telemedicine, a group suggested. "First and most important, you must assume that your older patients have at least mild hearing loss," with clinically significant levels in about two-thirds by [...]

By |2020-08-11T12:36:22-05:00August 11th, 2020|Articles|

New Telehealth Bill Seeks Funding for Broadband Expansion Programs

The ACCESS the Internet Act, introduced last week, proposes to designate $400 million to restart the FCC's COVID-19 Telehealth Program and give the VA $100 million to boost telehealth access for rural and remote veterans. By Eric Wicklund August 10, 2020 - A new bill before Congress aims to increase funding for telehealth expansion programs that target improved [...]

By |2020-08-10T16:24:00-05:00August 10th, 2020|Articles|

Telehealth: creating a safe and convenient future of healthcare

Photo credit: Andrey Suslov, Getty Whether healthcare organizations are ready or not, the era of virtual care has arrived, with telehealth spearheading the change. By ELIZABETH BIERBOWER  / Jul 5, 2020 at 2:00 PM In the early 1990s, we heard claims of the World Wide Web changing the future of communication. The internet was a novelty, [...]

By |2020-12-03T10:59:42-05:00July 6th, 2020|Articles|

Telehealth best practices: Building a long-term workflow

Here’s what we’ve learned about telehealth best practices from those that have been the most successful. June 24, 2020 - Ted Ranney In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak many health care practices were forced to implement telehealth as quickly as possible, and often didn’t have enough runway to deeply consider an ideal long-term workflow. [...]

By |2020-06-25T05:24:36-05:00June 25th, 2020|Articles|

Biometric data: Another HIPAA risk to address

By Rachel V. Rose, JD, MBA - February 13, 2020 The Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA) of 2008 was the first state law in the country to regulate biometric data use. For physicians, the intersection of laws such as BIPA and the federal HIPAA law cannot be overlooked. Let’s begin with the term “biometric.” Since [...]

By |2020-02-17T07:23:25-05:00February 17th, 2020|Articles|

HIPAA Compliant Video Conferencing Software Is the Key to Telemedicine’s Future

By Charlotte T. - April 16, 2019 Telemedicine is a way of digitizing our bodies. Conducting physical examinations over remote digital connections such as video calling literally exposes our most sensitive information to the wilds of the internet. As we’ve all no doubt seen and heard by now, hacks of even the most seemingly impenetrable governmental, social [...]

By |2019-12-02T07:15:46-05:00December 2nd, 2019|Articles|

HIPAA Compliant Video Conferencing Software Is the Key to Telemedicine’s Future

By Charlotte T. - April 16, 2019 Telemedicine is a way of digitizing our bodies. Conducting physical examinations over remote digital connections such as video calling literally exposes our most sensitive information to the wilds of the internet. As we’ve all no doubt seen and heard by now, hacks of even the most seemingly impenetrable governmental, social [...]

By |2019-08-27T05:36:27-05:00August 27th, 2019|Articles|
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