June 8, 2017
According to a report in Politico, the Trump administration has chosen a new Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, the post originated by Todd Park and most recently held by health anthropologist Susannah Fox. Bruce Greenstein, the former head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, has been tapped for the post according to Politico.
July 22, 2015
The regulatory battles for telemedicine continue to play out slowly in state legislatures across the country. This week, Mississippi's medical board shelved a rule that would have put strict limits on telemedicine usage while Colorado's state medical board updated draft guidelines that will determine what doctors are and aren't allowed to do via telemedicine. And the interstate compact proposed...
July 1, 2014
Jonathan Jagoda presented the compact at ATA 2014 in Baltimore in May.
The Federation of State Medical Boards has come forth with a proposal to expedite the process of doctors getting licensed in additional states, hopefully weakening one of the biggest regulatory barriers to the promulgation of telemedicine. The proposal takes the form of an "interstate compact", which is a legally binding...
April 29, 2014
One of the biggest difficulties for mobile and digital health companies (or health systems) focused on telemedicine is that they're usually attempting to provide a national service, but the regulations they must follow are determined on the state level -- for the most part by state medical boards. Recently, the Federation of State Medical Boards, an advisory group that issues guidance documents...
February 7, 2012
At some point this Spring, and perhaps as early as April, Senator Tom Udall, a Democrat from New Mexico, plans to introduce a bill that would help ease some of the biggest barriers currently facing telehealth. The expected bill, which is still being drafted, would streamline licensure portability for physicians and make it easier for them to practice telemedicine in more than one state.