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DEVELOPMENTS IN TELEMEDICINE
It's Been a Big Week for Telemedicine and Telehealth Forbes Congratulations to the rest of the world — you know, people outside the health IT industry — on discovering telemedicine this week. In fact, kudos to some inside the industry for understanding its potential.
Tazca Connects and TIP to Deploy 4G LTE-as-a-Service for Rural Telehealth Health Tech Zone The goal of TIP is to use its team of telehealth experts to connect a system on a global scale with a care infrastructure that addresses the healthcare challenges countries around the world face.
Cross-Border Pediatric Telemedicine Works Well Health Data Management After studying more than 1,000 pediatric telemedicine consultations offered in Latin America, researchers at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh--a University of Pittsburgh Medical Center hospital--found physicians in those countries were highly satisfied with the services and believed they had improved patient outcomes.
Dignity Health Teams Up With Other Hospitals Through Telemedicine Santa Maria Sun “The doctor on the other end appears on the computer screen and can actually talk and ask questions of the patient and doctors,” Merrill said. “And they can actually examine patients that way.”
Healthcare Robot Systems Market Worth $3,764 Million by 2018 Digital Journal This report studies the global medical robots market over the forecast period of 2013 to 2018. Medical Robotic Systems Market was valued at $1,781 million in 2013 and is expected to reach $3,764 million by 2018, growing at a CAGR of 16.1% from 2013 to 2018.
RI Hospital Develops Use Case for Google Glass in Telemedicine HER Intelligence From radiology images to EHR access to surgical visualization, Glass is finding a home in a healthcare industry seeking new ways to leverage technology in the fight against inefficiencies and waste.
U.S. FEDERAL AND STATE NEWS
Regulatory Barriers Are Keeping Telemedicine From Reaching Its Full Potential House Committee on Small Business “One of the best ways to reform health care and reduce costs is to allow the private sector to improve the industry through innovation and increased access. Telemedicine is the type of tool that does this, and we should fully embrace it.."
ATA Execs Say Telehealth Policy Reform on Lawmakers' Radar iHealthBeat During the American Telemedicine Association's weekly telecast on Tuesday, ATA executives said that telehealth policy reform legislation is a key priority for many lawmakers.
Compromise bill would fund VA accelerating mobile clinics via telemedicine mHealthNews A proposed compromise in Congress to overhaul the VA, if passed, would have a notable impact on the department's mHealth and telemedicine initiatives.
TELEMEDICINE AROUND THE WORLD
ACRRM and HISA Join Forces to Promote Telehealth Pulse IT Magazine The Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine (ACRRM) and the Health Informatics Society of Australia (HISA) have agreed to jointly produce webinars promoting the use of telehealth as a tool to overcome the fragmentation of care.
U.S. TELEMEDICINE LEGISLATION
(Hawaii) SB2469. Telehealth; Insurance; Health Care Providers; Reimbursement: Introduced January 21, 2014, Requires reimbursement for services provided through telemedicine to be equivalent to reimbursement for the same services provided via face-to-face contact between a health care provider and a patient.
(Maryland) SB198. Maryland Medical Assistance Program - Telemedicine: This bill would amend the state’s law regarding Medicaid coverage of telemedicine. It would remove restrictions, such as requiring the use of telemedicine only in the case of providing for the treatment of cardiovascular disease or stroke; in emergency department settings and when an appropriate specialist is not available. If passed, this bill would take effect October 1, 2014.
(Washington) HB1448. Regarding Telemedicine. Re-introduced January 13, 2014, this bill will be amending RCW 70.41.020 and 2 70.41.230; adding a new section to chapter 41.05 RCW; adding a new 3 section to chapter 48.43 RCW; creating new sections; and providing an 4 effective date.
S. 1932: Better Care, Lower Cost Act: Introduced by Sen. Ron Wyden [D-OR] in January 2014, the goal of this bill is to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to establish a Medicare Better Care Program to provide integrated care for Medicare beneficiaries with chronic conditions, and for other purposes.
H.R. 6719 TeleHealth Promotion Act: Introduced by Rep. Thompson (D-Calif.) in late 2012, the goal of this bill was to prevent readmission and help with interstate licensing. It was introduced Dec. 30, 2012, but not enacted.
H.R. 3077: TELE-MED Act of 2013 (Introduced Sept. 10, 2013): To amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to permit certain Medicare providers licensed in a State to provide telemedicine services to certain Medicare beneficiaries in a different State.
H.R. 3306 Telehealth Enhancement Act of 2013: Introduced by Reps. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-Calif.), along with Reps. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). It was introduced on Oct. 22 with the goal of promoting and expanding the application of telehealth under Medicare and other federal healthcare programs.