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Joseph Kvedar: Telemedicine 'well positioned' as payment models shift

As both the cost of care and the number of chronically ill patients continue to rise, so, too, does the importance of telemedicine to the health industry, according to Partners HealthCare Vice President of Connected Health Joseph Kvedar.

FDA pilot aims to ease process of adding risk evaluation data to health information systems

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is working to ease and standardize the process of integrating Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategies developed by drug and device manufacturers into electronic health information systems, it announced this week. 

New American Medical Association workgroup meets to discuss telehealth use in clinical practice

The American Medical Association's Telehealth Services Workgroup held its first meeting this week with more than 50 industry experts to discuss how to advance the technology.

NATO successfully tests multinational telemedicine exercise

NATO is moving forward with its telemedicine initiatives, and has a goal of creating a system across nations that can increase health access as well as survival rates during emergencies.

Retired Army Captain: Health IT tools need to reduce redundancy, complexity of care

Retired U.S. Army Capt. Nathan Wayne Waldon knows first-hand what it's like to move through the healthcare system after a traumatic injury and how health IT can make the process easier.



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A state agency has approved Blue Shield of California's controversial $1.2 billion acquisition of Care1st, a Medicaid health plan, but consumer advocates are critical of the deal's failure to resolve other outstanding complaints against the company, the  Los Angeles Times  reports.