December 5, 2013
Over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced a number of incremental changes to how they will cover telehealth services in 2014. The American Telemedicine Association spends a lot of effort each year pushing CMS toward incremental change and wider coverage of telehealth. For 2014, the ATA sees a few important changes coming for Medicare patients...
September 12, 2013
Will Falk of PricewaterhouseCoopers
Mobile health, digital health, wireless health and telehealth, meet virtual health. That's the umbrella term preferred by Will Falk, managing partner for healthcare at PricewaterhouseCoopers Canada and executive fellow at the Mowat Centre for Policy Innovation in Toronto, who believes that virtual care is slowly taking over medicine.
"The virtualization of...
September 10, 2013
When applied to the right circumstances and with appropriate planning, remote monitoring can be highly effective at avoiding inpatient admissions and visits to the emergency room for patients with chronic diseases. As a bonus, investments in monitoring technologies and services often pay off quickly, attendees at the American Telemedicine Association's Fall Forum heard Monday in...
August 22, 2013
This month, Medicare revealed the list of more than 2,000 hospitals losing up to 2 percent of their funding for failing to sufficiently reduce readmissions. Next year, those penalties can rise even higher.
As troubling as this can be for hospitals, it should be good news for mobile health entrepreneurs, as the wake up call may drive hospitals to explore technology like telehealth, remote patient...
May 8, 2013
In relatively few years, videoconferencing has advanced tremendously, from something that required expensive and complicated hardware setups to something most smartphone, tablet, and PC owners have easy access to. Using video for virtual visits in healthcare is a little more complicated -- the connection has to be reliable and the service HIPAA compliant to protect patient medical information --...
May 8, 2013
Dr. Reed Tuckson
While attending the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) meeting in Austin, Texas this week, Dr. Andrew Watson, a colorectal surgeon and executive director of telemedicine at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, stumbled across a petting zoo. His young daughter wasn't with him, but he wished she was. Luckily, he was in a telemedicine mindset.
"I took my daughter on a...
May 7, 2013
According to United States Army Lt. Colonel Deydre Teyhen from Fort Detrick in Maryland, the Army has piloted a combination of mobile devices and big data to prevent musculoskeletal injuries to soldiers. (CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated Lt. Teyhen's title as private.)
Speaking at the American Telemedicine Association conference, which is taking place in Austin,...
March 21, 2013
Senator John Thune (R-SD)
Senator John Thune (R-SD) and Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) have reintroduced the Fostering Independence Through Technology (FITT) Act (S 596), a telemedicine bill that has now been introduced five times since 2005, to the Senate.
The FITT Act would require the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to launch a remote monitoring pilot with home health agencies for...
September 25, 2012
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held a public briefing this week with its mHealth Task Force, which formed just this past June to work with various other healthcare professionals and technologists to create a report full of "concrete" next steps that the FCC (and other agencies) can take to facilitate the adoption and acceleration of mHealth in the United States. The task force co-...
August 18, 2011
After two years of research and a joint effort between groups of security experts working at separate academic institutions, a professor and a graduate student showed attendees at hacker conferences Black Hat and Defcon how to build a "cheap" $1,000 system to mimic the control mechanism on a pacemaker. The researchers were able to eavesdrop on private data that identified the patient, doctor,...