Robotic-assisted telemedicine is an effective way to perform bedside rounds for ill infants in hospital neonatal intensive care units, new research concludes.
Telemedicine use is OK if integrated into the patient-centered medical home model, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The group, however, warns against "fragmented care" in a policy statement published in Pediatrics.
Nearly 20 years after videoconferencing technology became available for health services, fewer than 1 percent of Medicare beneficiaries use it, according to Kaiser Health News.
The Iowa Supreme Court late last week struck down a ban on the use of telemedicine for abortions, overturning an appeals court ruling that upheld the ban, reports The Gazette.
Widespread health information exchange, revised telemedicine reimbursement policies and patient empowerment are all necessary to bolster treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives said in a letter to legislators serving in the Senate Finance Committee's Chronic Care Working Group this week.
Like many hospitals and health systems, UMass Memorial Health Care is looking to improve the quality and overall health of its patients as the federal government moves to reimburse providers based on value and results, as opposed to volume. To that end, the four-hospital system plans to double down on its virtual care efforts.
The American Medical Association adopted a code of ethics for physicians who use telemedicine. The code--from the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs--recommends physicians uphold the same professional standards as the ones they would during in-person appointments.
American Well is suing Teladoc, saying the telemedicine provider infringed on its intellectual property.
At its annual meeting beginning Sunday, the American Medical Association's policy-making House of Delegates will vote on policy guidance to doctors on issues related to telehealth.
A judge's recent ruling in favor of Teladoc against the Texas Medical Board may spell an early victory for the telemedicine provider.