With mobile technology becoming increasingly advanced, it’s not surprising that our smartphones and tablets are powering more robust user experiences. Telemedicine is among the latest advents that would have been impossible five to 10 years ago without today’s technology.
Thanks to our always-on, always-connected world, health care professionals can do increasingly more without having to actually meet with us. For patients, this means being able to receive care from a general practitioner or even a specialist from anywhere.
As the Affordable Care Act expands insurance coverage to more and more people, telehealth can make it possible for the newly insured to access care in a timely manner. Meanwhile, the promise of telehealth in new care models under the ACA is accelerating growth in the sector.
Licensure and reimbursement issues could stop these advancements in their tracks, but lawmakers and industry groups are taking steps to address potential roadblocks.
A health care system serving nine American Indian tribes in the Inland Empire is using telehealth to reach patients in remote areas and address rising rates of diabetes, a particular problem among American Indians.
SACRAMENTO, CA (April 22, 2015) – California Telehealth Network (CTN), the state’s partnership for telehealth, announced today that Kaiser Permanente has made a $1 million investment in CTN’s efforts to improve access to quality healthcare throughout California via telemedicine. Kaiser Permanente’s investments in the California Telehealth Network and in other quality improvement and population health programs are designed to transform care and improve healthcare access for our most vulnerable populations.
Telemedicine and telehealth services, in which medical visits are conducted via software on a secure videoconferencing platform, can help increase provider efficiency while providing a convenient service to patients.
To learn how providers can use this technology to better serve patients, Software Advice conducted a survey gauging public interest in virtual medical visits as a tool for diagnosing and treating minor illnesses.
Gov. Jerry Brown (D) has signed a bill (AB 1174) to expand Medi-Cal coverage to teledentistry services beginning on Jan. 1, 2015,Kaiser Health News’ “Capsules” reports. Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid program.
California is one of the first states to enact teledentistry services, according to “Capsules” (Hernandez, “Capsules,” Kaiser Health News, 9/29).
This article, recently published in Tribalnet Magazine, highlights the relationship between the California Telehealth Network (CTN) and California Rural Indian Health Board (CRIHB) and what CTN has down for this underserved underprivileged Indian tribe population.
Doctors’ house calls, a common practice of a bygone era, are poised to make a modern-day comeback, thanks to much of the same mobile and handheld technology that has transformed the phone call.
Telemedicine, which lets doctors see patients remotely via technology similar to popular apps such as Skype and Face Time, has been around for decades but is undergoing a rapid evolution as handheld devices become more powerful and broadband communications networks become standard.
CMS’ recently released finalized Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for 2014 includes expanded coverage for telehealth services and increased reimbursement payments for such services, MedPage Today reports (Pittman, MedPage Today, 11/27).
The University of California Davis Children’s Hospital of Sacramento has been awarded a grant of approximately $750,000 over three years to expand telehealth services for newborns in rural areas and to study the impact of the program.
The new Pediatric Emergency Assistance to Newborns Using Telehealth (PEANUT) program will provide clinicians at rural hospitals round-the-clock access to neonatologists and other subspecialists through the use of UC Davis’ secure videoconferencing capabilities, according to an announcement.
Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) appeared October 29th before the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet to discuss California’s broadband adoption and how the Federal government should move forward.
On Monday, November 4, 2013, the California Telehealth Network in partnership with the California Cable & Telecommunications Association conducted a telehealth demonstration for Governor Brown. The goal of the meeting was to demonstrate the role of broadband enabled care through telehealth and its impact on increasing access to healthcare.