telemedicine

By Heather Mack February 21, 2017
Telemedicine provider MDLive, which has a behavioral health network of more than 1,300 mental health professionals, is now offering virtual psychiatric services with contracted psychiatrists in all 50 states. MDLive originally launched behavioral health services in November 2014 after they acquired online behavioral therapy provider Breakthrough Behavioral. Since that acquisition, the company...
By Heather Mack February 20, 2017
Telemedicine provider American Well and Samsung Electronics are collaborating to create a new level of healthcare service in regards to consumer reach, interoperability and accessibility, the two companies announced at HIMSS 17 in Orlando today, but they aren’t yet disclosing what that end user experience will look like. While both companies were short on specifics, they described the partnership...
By Heather Mack February 16, 2017
The digital physical therapy, telehealth and patient engagement platform from UK-based Physitrack is getting a boost in users thanks to a new partnership with mobile EHR company drchrono. Tapped directly by Apple under the tech giant’s largely stealthy Mobility Partner Program, the two companies are joining forces to integrate Physitrack’s home exercise program into drchrono’s EHR on the web,...
By Heather Mack February 15, 2017
The two latest bills in the quest to make telemedicine in Arkansas more like the rest of the country have passed. House Bill 1437 aims to ease up the restrictions on telemedicine laws that were enacted in 2015 by eliminating the requirement that patients must be at a healthcare facility to receive telemedicine services. The companion legislation, Senate Bill 146, decrees the originating site can...
By Jonah Comstock February 14, 2017
The promise of telemedicine is 'care anywhere', but what happens when 'anywhere' is an area with little to no connectivity or reception? Lexington, Massachussets-based SwyMed is looking to tackle that conundrum with its DOT Telemedicine Backpack, unveiled today in advance of the HIMSS Annual Conference in Orlando next month. The lightweight backpack contains four high-gain antennae, two modems, a...
By Heather Mack February 10, 2017
Telemedicine implementation around the country is improving overall, although some states are bottoming out on their progress, according to the latest state-by-state assessment by the American Telemedicine Association that gives letter grades on their policies around practice standards and payment policies. The ATA’s report is an update to two state policy reports that identify gaps in coverage,...
By Jonah Comstock February 9, 2017
The gulf between how many Americans say, in a survey, that they would like to use digital health services and how many actually have is still quite large, according to a new survey from Accenture. The consulting firm reached out to 1,501 US consumers and found that, while 78 percent were interested in receiving care virtually, only 21 percent had actually done so. Accenture defines virtual care...
By Heather Mack February 7, 2017
Telemedicine provider American Well has announced two new partnerships with health systems and payers. In Indiana, several members of the Suburban Health Organization – a hospital partnership that works to promote patient access and efficiency in the system – will collaborate with American Well to bring video telehealth visits to SHO’s local patient population. The new service is called...
By Heather Mack February 6, 2017
Overall, Utah lawmakers want to promote the use of telemedicine in the state. But a new piece of legislation seeking to modernize various telehealth rules in the state also has another goal that has catapulted the bill into a debate: prohibit the use of telemedicine to prescribe medication to induce an abortion. Introduced by Republican Representative Ken Ivory, the amendment bill HB 154 mainly...
By Heather Mack February 2, 2017
Arkansas legislators are making headway on their quest to ease telemedicine restrictions in the state. The State Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee voted in favor of recommending a “do pass” for Senate Bill 146, which is authored by committee chairperson Sen. Cecile Bledsoe and proposes a change in doctor-patient relationship establishment requirements in a 2015 telemedicine bill,...