In testimony before a hearing of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee last week, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) called the Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support Act of 2015 (VETS Act), which she introduced in October with Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), "straightforward, commonsense."
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded $23.4 million in grants to 75 projects across 31 states as part of its USDA Rural Development's Distance Learning and Telemedicine program, according to an announcement.
There is a misconception that Texas is behind the times in terms of its telemedicine policy, when there actually are "very few telemedicine scenarios which are prohibited" in the Lone Star State, according to Michael Arambula, M.D, president of the Texas Medical Board.
Telemedicine sessions at home can be a viable way to treat post-traumatic stress disorder in active-duty military personnel, according to a preliminary study published at Telemedicine and e-Health.
Walgreens' mission is to reinvent the consumer experience around digital health by making it simple, rewarding and effective, according to Adam Pellegrini, vice president of digital health at Walgreens.
Parents of children staying in the intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital are provided with a bed and desk so they can stay by their child's side. But when they are unable to be there, telemedicine is used to keep them informed on the well-being of their son or daughter.
Accountable care organizations may soon be putting more focus on the use of telemedicine--technology that can help reduce costs and increase quality of care.
There are no signs the telemedicine market will be slowing down anytime soon, especially in light of a report from Grand View Research Inc. forecasting that the market will reach $2.8 billion by 2022.
As the CMIO of Cherokee Nation Health Services, James Stallcup, M.D., is always looking for ways to implement technology at low costs. He found it using an inexpensive telemedicine system, he told attendees at Tuesday's WEDI-Con in Reston, Virginia.
Touting accessibility and affordability, telemedicine is poised to make a huge splash in the healthcare industry in the coming years. The global telemedicine market is expected to reach 7 million patients worldwide by 2018, fueling an 18 percent growth rate by 2020. Although most telehealth arrangements are exempt from anti-kickback laws, broader coverage, particularly at the federal level, could push fraud and abuse considerations to the forefront of a burgeoning industry.