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Telemedicine is the use of medical information exchanged from one site to another via electronic communications to improve a patient's health. Electronic communication means the use of interactive telecommunications equipment that includes, at a minimum, audio and video equipment permitting two-way, real time interactive communication between the patient, and the physician or practitioner at the distant site. Telemedicine is viewed as a cost-effective alternative to the more traditional face-to-face way of providing medical care (e.g., face-to-face consultations or examinations between provider and patient).
UCLA’s BrainSPORT Program earns $10M to research, treat sport concussions in youth

UCLA’s BrainSPORT Program earns $10M to research, treat sport concussions in youth

Philanthropist Steve Tisch, co-owner of the New York Giants and an Academy Award-winning film producer, has pledged $10 million to the department of neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA for the BrainSPORT Program, which has been renamed the UCLA Steve Tisch BrainSPORT Program. [More]
Telemedicine in action: an interview with Ian Jackson, Managing Director, Imerja

Telemedicine in action: an interview with Ian Jackson, Managing Director, Imerja

Telemedicine is a term used to describe the use of information technology in delivering curative or clinical care healthcare, allowing medical specialists to communicate with patients and other medical staff, regardless of their physical location. [More]
CVD risk factors may differ between men and women with type 2 diabetes, shows study

CVD risk factors may differ between men and women with type 2 diabetes, shows study

Type 2 diabetes greatly increases a person's risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). A new study showing that cardiovascular risk factors such as elevated blood pressure and cholesterol levels differ significantly between men and women is published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics (DTT), a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
Fourteen businesses receive innovative funding to improve kidney care

Fourteen businesses receive innovative funding to improve kidney care

NEW ideas and technologies that could prevent kidney disease, allow earlier diagnosis and give patients greater independence are to be developed thanks to an innovative funding competition developed. [More]
Patient, technology groups push to expand digital care

Patient, technology groups push to expand digital care

Various groups see telemedicine as a potential boon for people with complex chronic diseases who have difficulty getting to the doctor. But there are hurdles from Medicare payment rules to state licensing restrictions. [More]
First Edition: May 13, 2014

First Edition: May 13, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about how the insurance marketplace is taking shape for 2015. [More]
Virtual doctors visits await regulation, grow in popularity

Virtual doctors visits await regulation, grow in popularity

And recommendations on digital privacy protections for electronic health records could come as early as June. [More]
First Edition: May 9, 2014

First Edition: May 9, 2014

Today's headlines include highlights from the first Senate confirmation hearing for Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Barack Obama's pick for Health and Human Services Secretary. [More]
Highlights: High Colo. insurance rate changes; La. hospital plan rejected; VA delays in care

Highlights: High Colo. insurance rate changes; La. hospital plan rejected; VA delays in care

A selection of health policy stories from Colorado, Louisiana, Arizona, California, Florida and Michigan. [More]
First Edition: May 2, 2014

First Edition: May 2, 2014

Today's headlines include coverage of the latest round of health insurance enrollment data released by the Obama administration. [More]
Information technology can help dieters integrate healthy behavior changes into their daily lives

Information technology can help dieters integrate healthy behavior changes into their daily lives

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 69 percent of adults in the United States are currently overweight or obese, which puts these individuals at increased risk for chronic health problems. [More]

Doximity closes $54 million Series C fundraising round

Doximity, the professional network for doctors, today announced closing a $54 million Series C fundraising round co-led by DFJ and funds and accounts managed by T. Rowe Price Associates, Inc. Funds and accounts managed by Morgan Stanley Investment Management also participated in the round as new investors. [More]
Studies demonstrate new approaches to treating and preventing Parkinson's disease

Studies demonstrate new approaches to treating and preventing Parkinson's disease

A trio of studies from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania demonstrate new approaches to understanding, treating and potentially staving off Parkinson's disease (PD). Studies show that factors such as estrogen exposure and statin use have an impact on the onset of Parkinson's disease. [More]
Voluntis closes €20.75 million ($29 million) Series D financing round

Voluntis closes €20.75 million ($29 million) Series D financing round

Voluntis, a company pioneering therapeutic companion software, today announced the completion of its Series D financing round. With a total of €20.75 million ($29 million), this fund raising is one of the largest rounds of investment in the m-health sector this year. [More]
Researchers develop data-based model that accurately estimates A1c using self-monitored blood glucose

Researchers develop data-based model that accurately estimates A1c using self-monitored blood glucose

Hemoglobin A1c is the standard measurement for assessing glycemic control over time in people with diabetes. Blood levels of A1c are typically measured every few months in a laboratory, but now researchers have developed a data-based model that accurately estimates A1c using self-monitored blood glucose (SMBG) readings, as described in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics (DTT), a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]
State highlights: Diabetes telemedicine in Miss.

State highlights: Diabetes telemedicine in Miss.

The homemade bombs that ripped through the crowd at the finish line of last year's Boston Marathon, killing three people and injuring 264, showcased the city's medical talent but also taught valuable lessons in responding to a mass disaster. By all accounts, Boston's hospitals performed well after the attacks on April 15, 2013. While many of the wounded lost limbs and a large amount of blood, all who made it to a hospital survived (Herbst-Bayliss, 4/17). [More]
GLNT to use $1.5M NIH award to expand Parkinson’s monitoring technology to mobile apps

GLNT to use $1.5M NIH award to expand Parkinson’s monitoring technology to mobile apps

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies announced today they will be using a $1.5M award from NIH to expand their Parkinson’s monitoring technology to mobile applications. Repositioning GLNT’s Kinesia product line with mobile apps strategically aligns with growing trends in domestic and international healthcare landscapes regarding accessibility, costs, reimbursement, and regulatory policies. [More]

Diplomatic Council, ISfTeH partner to improve interdisciplinary approach to telemedicine and eHealth

The Diplomatic Council and the International Society for Telemedicine and eHealth have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to establish a formal partnership between the two organisations. [More]
Highlights: Va. mental health care task force; pharmacist duties in N.C.; nurse practitioners in Conn.

Highlights: Va. mental health care task force; pharmacist duties in N.C.; nurse practitioners in Conn.

A selection of health policy stories from Virginia, North Carolina, New York, Connecticut, Minnesota, Florida, Iowa and Oregon. [More]
Rural nursing presents challenges, rewards

Rural nursing presents challenges, rewards

Providing comprehensive health care can be a daunting task for nurses serving nearly 60 million people living in rural America. [More]