July 7, 2014
The Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) has released an unpublished proposed rule that will soon lead to changes in coverage under Medicare Part B. Notably, the proposed rule will expand the range of telehealth services that can be reimbursed under Medicare.
Since 2002, CMS has acknowledged that the range of use cases for telemedicine is always changing, and has provided a mechanism...
May 12, 2014
Talkspace, a New York City-based startup offering therapy sessions via the web and mobile devices, has raised $2.5 million. Spark Capital and Soft Bank Capital participated in the round, which was the company's first. In addition, AOL President of Video Ran Harnevo will join the company's board.
The startup is trying to address a perceived problem in the mental health field: because of various...
April 7, 2014
Wellframe, a Boston-based patient engagement and care management technology company, has raised $1.5 million in seed funding from a bevy of high profile investors and entrepreneurs, such as athenahealth CEO Jonathan Bush. Other investors in the round include Tim Draper, founder and managing director of Draper Fisher Jurvetson; Sir Sabaratnam Arulkumaran, president of the British Medical...
March 18, 2014
Remote behavioral intervention startup AbilTo has raised $6 million in a second round of funding led by BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries. Also contributing to the round was .406 Ventures, which led a $3 million round for the company last year.
AbilTo is focused on identifying and remotely treating mental health comorbidities that can negatively affect recovery from...
January 22, 2013
Last year healthcare providers remotely monitored about 308,000 patients worldwide for congestive heart failure (CHF), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, hypertension and mental health conditions, according to a recent report from InMedica. By 2017 that number should spike to 1.8 million patients, the research firm predicts.
InMedica found that the majority of patients are...
June 21, 2012
How powerful is text messaging for reaching young people? "I think it might be able to save more lives than penicillin," according to Nancy Lublin CEO and "chief old person" at DoSomething.org, an organization that helps teens effect social change.
Lublin made that bold statement in a Feb. 28 presentation to TED University, a pre-conference session at TED 2012 in Long Beach, Calif. A video from...
December 1, 2009
Senate bill includes wireless health: InformationWeek reports that the health reform bill in the Senate includes support for the use of home health technologies for managing chronically ill patients in their own homes with a focus on reducing hospitalizations. Specifically the bill calls for health IT "in providing health home services and improving service delivery and coordination of care...