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American Medical Association Joins Groundswell of Support for Telemedicine Bill

AMA Coding Workgroup to 'Accelerate Integration of Emerging Telehealth Services' into Clinical PracticeThe American Medical Association is offering its support for the bipartisan Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act to expand the use of telemedicine to achieve quality care for patients.

The bill reflects the AMA‘s belief that that “the appropriate use of telemedicine can greatly improve access to quality care while maintaining patient safety.”

According to an independent study, the bill could save $1.8 billion over 10 years.
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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

mHealth News Here’s What Happened This WeekHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Doctor On Demand Makes Psychiatric Video Visits Available Nationwide
On Tuesday, mHealthWatch learned that Doctor On Demand is set to become the first major telemedicine provider to offer psychiatric video visits on a nationwide scale.

Real-Time Location Technology Plays Important Role in Healthcare
“When a loved one is having surgery, being tied to the waiting room and wondering how things are going can be a time-consuming and stressful experience.” That’s the opening statement in an announcement this week from The Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City, Michigan.
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The Personal Connected Health Alliance Announces Support for the Connect for Health Act

The Personal Connected Health Alliance Announces Support for the Connect for Health ActOn Thursday, The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA) announced that it is lending its “full support” to legislation introduced yesterday to expand the use of telehealth and remote patient monitoring services in Medicare.

If you’re not familiar, the CONNECT for Health legislation will eliminate most of the current restrictions on telehealth reimbursement, and allow for the use of remote patient monitoring for certain qualifying Medicare patients with chronic conditions, while supporting cost savings and expanded access to quality care.
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Amazing Charts Announces Partnership With Caremerge

Amazing Charts Announces Partnership With CaremergeAmazing Charts, LLC, a leading developer of Electronic Health Record (EHR) and Practice Management (PM) systems for independent physician practices, tells MHW that they have secured a partnership with Caremerge, LLC.

If you’re not familiar, Caremerge is a communication and care coordination platform.

The coupling, we’re told, will enhance Caremerge’s existing Chronic Care Management (CCM) solution and enable physicians offices to offer their patients a higher level of care and more efficiently create electronic care plans, generate current procedural terminology (CPT) coding, and provide services required for CCM reimbursements from Medicare.
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Real-Time Location Technology Plays Important Role in Healthcare

“When a loved one is having surgery, being tied to the waiting room and wondering how things are going can be a time-consuming and stressful experience.”

That’s the opening statement in an announcement this week from The Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City, Michigan.

To address this anxiety common among families, the facility now provides a novel solution. Its iCare Patient Tracker app, available on both computers and smart phones, puts peace of mind in the palm of a family member’s hand, allowing them to easily keep tabs on the patient’s progress.
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Global Partnership for TeleHealth Touts New CEO

Global Partnership for TeleHealth Touts New CEOGlobal Partnership for TeleHealth (GPT), a charitable non-profit agency that promotes the establishment of telemedicine programs in underserved communities, has a new CEO.

The organization announced today that Rena Brewer is succeeding Paula Guy as Chief Executive Officer.

Brewer, we’re told, will oversee the continued growth of GPT, as well as its affiliate organizations, including Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth, Alabama Partnership for TeleHealth and Florida Partnership for TeleHealth.
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UNICEF Innovation Fund to Invest in Open Source Technology Start-Ups

On Monday, mHealthWatch learned that UNICEF has begun inviting technology start-ups developing solutions with the potential to improve the lives of the world’s most vulnerable children to apply for funding from its recently launched Innovation Fund.

“The purpose of the UNICEF Innovation Fund is to invest in open source technologies for children,” Christopher Fabian, UNICEF Innovation Co-Lead, is quoted in a news release from the organization. “We’ll be identifying opportunities from countries around the world including some that may not see a lot of capital investment in technology start-ups. We are hoping to identify communities of problem-solvers and help them develop simple solutions to some of the most pressing problems facing children.”
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