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2019 Telemedicine and Locum Tenens Opportunities Study

Published Friday, October 9, 2020
In 2018, the global telemedicine market was valued at over $38.3 billion. By 2025, it’s projected that this market will exceed $130.5 billion. 1 This hyper-growth is powered by a convergence of factors, but mainly, by the growing need to access medical care matched with the introduction of technologies that make it possible for physicians to do more»

Connected Health Initiative asks Senate to pass Telehealth Modernization Act

Published Thursday, October 8, 2020
The Connected Health Initiative on Monday published an open letter to Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., expressing support for the Telehealth Modernization Act and stressing the urgency of safeguarding access to virtual care before the public health emergency is set to expire. The initiative, a coalition of industry stakeholders including providers, payers more»

New Bill Would Add Telehealth to Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2020
A group of Senators has introduced a bill that would expand access to the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program through telehealth. S 4709 was introduced this week by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC), Mark warner (D-VA), Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Tina Smith (D-MN). Titled the Prevent Diabetes Act, it addresses a more»

Rates of key tests drop with fewer doctor visits, more telemedicine amid COVID-19

Published Wednesday, October 7, 2020
The number of in-office visits to primary care physicians in the United States were 50% lower in the spring compared with the same periods in 2018 and 2019, a study published Friday by JAMA Network Open found. At the same time, more than 35 million telemedicine consultations -- in which patients communicate with their doctors by phone or online -- were more»

How one mental health provider is using its own telehealth spinoff to boost virtual care

Published Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Harbor is a nonprofit mental health and substance use disorder treatment provider based in Toledo, Ohio, that has been addressing community needs for more than 100 years. It serves more than 23,000 individuals annually. Lighthouse Telehealth is a subsidiary of Harbor, formed in 2018 to meet the growing demand for telehealth. It also includes all IT, more»

FCC and USDA Partner for Rural Telehealth Initiative

Published Tuesday, October 6, 2020
RTI is a program to find better mechanisms to provide quality health care in rural communities through: Collaboration and sharing information to address health disparities Resolving service provider challenges Promoting broadband services and technology to rural areas Initially, the partnership is focusing on: Establishing an interagency RTI Task more»

Telehealth Is Here To Stay. Are The Providers Who Refuse To Embrace It?

Published Monday, October 5, 2020
Telehealth provides convenience to patients. It has the potential to improve patient outcomes by ensuring worrisome signs and symptoms are discussed with a clinician as quickly as possible. And it’s a lifeline during a pandemic for medically-vulnerable individuals who should not be going anywhere near other sick people. It also has the potential to more»

HHS Plan to Improve Rural Health Focuses on Better Broadband, Telehealth Services

Published Monday, October 5, 2020
Knowing it may be met with some skepticism, the Trump administration Thursday announced a sweeping plan that officials say will transform health care in rural America. Even before the coronavirus pandemic reached into the nation’s less-populated regions, rural Americans were sicker, poorer and older than the rest of the country. Hospitals are more»