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By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2015
All but eight states introduced at least one bill related to telemedicine to their state legislature in 2015, according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures. State lawmakers floated a total of 200 bills across the country.   The report is meant to explore the benefits and risks of telehealth for state legislatures, as well as to provide an overview of the status of...
By Jonah Comstock March 30, 2015
According to a posting on ClinicalTrials.gov, the US Department of Veterans Affairs is embarking on a new clinical trial of its PTSD Coach app, to test whether the app is more effective with clinician support. After a first phase of interviews with primary care and mental health practitioners, investigators will move onto a small 16-week study of 30 veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (...
By Jonah Comstock October 23, 2014
Telemedicine has been around for a number of years, but it's not yet an everyday channel for patients to receive care. A panel of providers and vendors sat down at the Partners HealthCare Connected Health Symposium to discuss the question of what it would take to get telemedicine into the mainstream. The panel, moderated by Harvard heart surgeon Lawrence Cohn, included American Well CEO Dr. Roy...
By Jonah Comstock October 13, 2014
The US Department of Veterans Affairs announced that 690,000 US veterans received care in the 2014 fiscal year via telehealth, with 2 million telehealth visits scheduled. That means that 12 percent of all veterans enrolled in VA programs received telehealth care of some kind in 2014. “We have to adapt to meet veterans wherever their needs are,” VA Secretary Robert A. McDonald said in a statement...
By Aditi Pai September 9, 2014
The Department of Veterans Affairs plans to launch several new mobile apps this fall, according to a report from Federal News Radio. Many apps that the VA plan to launch were part of the organization's Family Caregiver Pilot, which began in June 2013 and lasted a year. In addition to those apps, the VA has also converted desktop applications from its health portal into mobile apps. As part of the...
By Jonah Comstock July 16, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs has fully launched its pilot, announced last year, in which it's distributing 1,000 iPads to family caregivers of veterans loaded with 10 specially-created apps. "There are three things that we're looking at in the pilot," said Kathleen Frisbee, Director of Web and Mobile Solutions in the Veterans Health Administration. "The first is the impact of the iPads on...
By Neil Versel August 8, 2012
The Department of Veterans Affairs has mostly met a new requirement, in place since March 31, that all of its laptop computers have encrypted hard drives. Currently, 99 percent laptops used by VA personnel are encrypted, according to CIO Roger Baker. "We see on a regular basis reports that come in in our morning brief to the secretary that report a laptop that was stolen or a laptop that is...
By Neil Versel October 6, 2011
One of the most intriguing ideas to come out of last week's Health 2.0 Conference in San Francisco is the private, curated mobile app store for healthcare. I'm thinking this could be the Next Big Thing in mobile health. If you read MobiHealthNews last week, you know that Happtique, a provider of private, white-labeled app stores for healthcare professionals, is testing its curated model with 11...