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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).
Mount Sinai researchers receive federal funding to treat HCV in primary care settings

Mount Sinai researchers receive federal funding to treat HCV in primary care settings

With the number of people with chronic hepatitis C reaching record levels in New York City and the recent availability of more effective treatments, researchers from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai recently announced the receipt of $1.9 million in federal funding to increase its capacity to treat HCV in primary care settings. [More]
State highlights: Aging inmate care outside prison; Colo.'s teen birth rate drop; Minn. rural doc shortage

State highlights: Aging inmate care outside prison; Colo.'s teen birth rate drop; Minn. rural doc shortage

Providing health care to an aging prison population is a large and growing cost for states. Not only do inmates develop debilitating conditions at a younger age than people who are not incarcerated, but caring for them in the harsh environment of prisons is far more expensive than it is on the outside. [More]
Virtual robotic ultrasound can improve diagnosis of heart failure patients living in rural communities

Virtual robotic ultrasound can improve diagnosis of heart failure patients living in rural communities

While in Germany, Partho P. Sengupta, MD, of Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai used a computer to perform a robot-assisted trans-Atlantic ultrasound examination on a person in Boston. [More]
GOP efforts to become 'party of yes' will likely include 'realistic' proposals to change the health law

GOP efforts to become 'party of yes' will likely include 'realistic' proposals to change the health law

In what is emerging as an aggressive strategy for Congressional Republicans, these proposals would likely follow an early and largely symbolic vote to repeal the overhaul. Meanwhile, much is at stake in state-level elections. [More]
Prompt administration of alteplase treatment reduces disability in stroke patients

Prompt administration of alteplase treatment reduces disability in stroke patients

Many more stroke patients could benefit from thrombolytic treatment (the use of drugs to break up or dissolve blood clots), but it needs to be administered as quickly as possible after the first signs of illness, according to new findings from the largest meta-analysis to date investigating the clot-busting drug alteplase. [More]
Arches Health chooses TruClinic as telemedicine solution

Arches Health chooses TruClinic as telemedicine solution

Arches Health Plan announced today that it has chosen TruClinic as the telemedicine solution for its provider network, and will become one of the first independent US insurance payers to reimburse providers for home-based telemedicine visits. [More]
More insurers want you to see a doctor virtually

More insurers want you to see a doctor virtually

Insurers like WellPoint and Aetna are offering patients the option of e-visits with doctors as a way to cut costs, but some see problems with that, reports Bloomberg. Other media outlets explore the controversy over Sovaldi, an expensive new drug for hepatitis C. [More]
Telecare intervention leads to improvement in chronic musculoskeletal pain

Telecare intervention leads to improvement in chronic musculoskeletal pain

A telephone-delivered intervention, which included automated symptom monitoring, produced clinically meaningful improvements in chronic musculoskeletal pain compared to usual care, according to a study in the July 16 issue of JAMA. [More]
BAI and Novartis determine whether investigational drugs can prevent symptoms of Alzheimer's

BAI and Novartis determine whether investigational drugs can prevent symptoms of Alzheimer's

Researchers from the Banner Alzheimer's Institute (BAI) today announced a partnership with Novartis in a pioneering medical trial to determine whether two investigational anti-amyloid drugs-an active immunotherapy and an oral medication-can prevent or delay the emergence of symptoms of Alzheimer's in people at particularly high risk for developing the disease at older ages. [More]
UT Southwestern named one of nation's "Most Wired" hospitals for fourth consecutive year

UT Southwestern named one of nation's "Most Wired" hospitals for fourth consecutive year

UT Southwestern Medical Center is on the national "Most Wired" hospitals list for a fourth consecutive year, thanks to its use of such technologies as databases to help physicians better identify high-risk patients and tools that keep physicians, nurses, and patients communicating effectively. [More]
Telemedicine could improve quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases

Telemedicine could improve quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases

Although telemedicine could improve the quality of life of patients with chronic liver diseases, viable home care systems are still lacking. Scientists working on the EU-project "d-LIVER" mean to remedy this situation. Initial results have now been released. [More]

Medicare mulls expanding telehealth to wellness, behavioral visits

The proposed rule would also pay for rural telemedicine for providers who are closer to big cities. Elsewhere, telemedicine in treating injured workers -- especially in rural areas -- catches on. [More]

Medical boards draft plan to allow greater use of telemedicine

Amid predictions of a growing doctor shortage, state medical boards have drafted a model law that would make it easier for physicians licensed in one state to treat patients in others, whether in person, by videoconference or online. Meanwhile, former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius acknowledges she made mistakes in the health law's rollout by spending "too little time clearly on the technology side." [More]
First Edition: June 30, 2014

First Edition: June 30, 2014

Today's early morning highlights from the major news organizations, including an announcement coming today for a new VA secretary and expectations for a Supreme Court decision on the challenge to the health law's contraceptive mandate by two for-profit companies. [More]
Study validates telemedicine approach to ROP screening

Study validates telemedicine approach to ROP screening

Trained non-physician evaluators who studied retinal images transmitted to computer screens at a remote central reading center successfully identified newborn infants likely to require a specialized medical evaluation for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), a leading cause of treatable blindness. [More]
Telemedicine is effective strategy to screen for potentially blinding disease in infants

Telemedicine is effective strategy to screen for potentially blinding disease in infants

Telemedicine is an effective strategy to screen for the potentially blinding disease known as retinopathy of prematurity (ROP), according to a study funded by the National Eye Institute (NEI). [More]

CBG Benefits, Maxwell Health announce new strategic partnership to improve employee benefits

CBG Benefits and Maxwell Health announced a new strategic partnership today, pairing CBG Benefits' full-service employee benefits brokerage services with Maxwell's revolutionary platform to streamline enrollment and provide decision support, wellness incentives, and mobile access to employee benefits after the enrollment process. [More]
First Edition: June 19, 2014

First Edition: June 19, 2014

Today's headlines include reports about how the 2015 insurance premium rates are shaping up across the country and details of consumers' experiences in trying to get their new coverage. [More]
Abortion becomes issue in Maine governor race

Abortion becomes issue in Maine governor race

Elsewhere, Planned Parenthood fights to keep an Iowa law allowing telemedicine abortion in rural areas on the books. [More]
Affordable Care Act to have significant impact on patients with diabetes

Affordable Care Act to have significant impact on patients with diabetes

The Affordable Care Act (ACA, also known as Obamacare) is dramatically changing health care delivery in the U.S. Specific parts of the new law, which will be phased in through 2020, will have a significant impact on patients with diabetes and prediabetes, as explored in a comprehensive Review article published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics, a peer-reviewed journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. [More]