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Specialty Telehealth and Wearable Technologies Keeping Patients Healthy At Home


Specialty Telehealth and Wearable Technologies Keeping Patients Healthy At HomeWhen it comes to the best place to invest time and money, health IT developers are shifting more of their efforts towards specialty telehealth and wearable technologies designed to keep patients healthy at home.

While connecting patients in rural areas with physicians is still a top priority, tools designed to improve and manage chronic diseases and reduce hospital readmissions are some of the most in-demand areas of innovation.

While there are still challenges with telehealth reimbursement, one factor that almost all advances in telemedicine are designed to address is lowering healthcare costs. Lowering healthcare costs not only eases the financial burden, but can help to improve quality of life by alleviating stress.

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Telehealth Partnership for COPD Remote Patient Monitoring


Telehealth Partnership for COPD Remote Patient MonitoringOn Thursday, mHealthWatch caught up with the folks at Nonin Medical, inventor of finger pulse oximetry and a leader in noninvasive medical monitoring.

The organization tells us that it has just partnered with IDEAL Life, a Toronto-based leader in remote health management solutions.

Based on the details of the partnership revealed, IDEAL Life will integrate the Nonin Model 3230 Bluetooth Smart wireless finger pulse oximeter into its latest telehealth platform.
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MultiCare Health System Teams with Doctor On Demand


MultiCare Health System Teams with Doctor On DemandOn Tuesday, mHealthWatch was briefed by MultiCare Health System on its new partnership with Doctor On Demand to offer Video Doctor Visits to patients in the state of Washington.

The new service, MultiCare Doctor On Demand, provides patients with what the company calls “immediate access to a Board Certified physician for a wide range of medical issues including cough, flu, eye infections, UTIs, sports injuries and more, from the convenience of their own home for a low cost.”

Dr. Claire Spain-Remy, Chief Physician Officer at MultiCare Health System, says: “We know that busy families are demanding more convenient access to health care. This new offering will make it easier for them to get the care they need.”
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PointNurse, Swarm Partner for Global Telemedicine and Telehealth Initiative


PointNurse, Swarm Partner for Global Telemedicine and Telehealth InitiativePointNurse, a recently launched telehealth and telemedicine company, tells mHealthWatch that they have just secured a partnership with Palo Alto based Swarm Fund to “help create the first Global Telemedicine and Telehealth Distributive Collaborative Organization.”

According to a provided statement, PointNurse will be joining four other companies selected by the Swarm Fund community in February in their incubator and crowdfunding program.

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Supreme Court Ruling May Prohibit State Medical Boards From Discouraging Access To Telehealth


Supreme Court Ruling May Prohibit State Medical Boards From Discouraging Access To TelehealthA February US Supreme Court ruling regarding a violation of the federal antitrust law, is likely to impact the decisions state medical boards make a when it comes to telehealth.

One of the reasons federal antitrust laws have been put in place is to ensure that industry competitors maintain their integrity. They are also put in place to help new businesses thrive.

When the North Carolina Board of Dental Examiners began sending cease-and-desist letters to businesses who were offering teeth whitening services that are owned and operated by non-dentists, the Federal Trade Commission got involved.

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Major Move by Medicare: CMS Approves ATA Request for Telehealth Expansion


Major Move by Medicare CMS Approves ATA Request for Telehealth ExpansionThis should be huge.

That’s the view of the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), which recently both broadcasted and applauded the decision of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to allow Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to use telehealth services.

This change came as part of the release of a new payment and care delivery model: the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization (ACO). The decision reportedly will extend coverage for telemedicine services to millions of U.S. Medicare beneficiaries.

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Veterans Affairs Boosts Budget to Ramp Up Telehealth Options for Vets


Veterans Affairs Boosts Budget to Ramp Up Telehealth Options for VetsThe Veterans Affairs Department (VA) wants to grow its efforts to provide telehealth and mHealth options for vets — with a focus on rural and remote veterans, mental health issues, and customized programs.

To wit, the VA’s recently proposed budget of $56 billion includes $1.2 billion earmarked for telehealth efforts — an increase of $126 million over its last telehealth budget amount.

“One priority identified by VA officials is mental health treatment. The VA has earmarked $7.2 billion in its budget for mental health treatment in a primary care setting and to provide ‘more intensive interventions in specialty mental health programs’ for severe or chronic mental health disorders,” according to mHealth News Editor Eric Wicklund (via GovernmentHealthIT). “That may include telehealth services, a key tool in ongoing projects to treat veterans with PTSD and other stress-related conditions.”

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