Update on Telehealth &Telemedicine

The Capitol Hill briefing “Telehealth and Telemedicine: Adopting New Tools of the Trade” sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and Wellpoint discussed how effectively telehealth and telemedicine is advancing to meet healthcare needs. Ed Howard of the Alliance said, “Efforts to promote telehealth and telemedicine could help the millions of people currently projected to obtain health insurance coverage. (more…)

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Addressing Mental Health Care

In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provided almost $20 billion in incentive funds for health information technology. However, an important group of healthcare providers were excluded from these incentives such as behavioral health, mental health, and substance abuse treatment professionals and facilities. (more…)

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Monitoring Devices on the Rise

Effective monitoring of a fetus may require continuous assessment that is commonly performed using electronic technology. However, the escalation of the frequency of normal births by C-section has called into question the validity of using present monitoring techniques to identify the fetus at risk. (more…)

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Technology to Assess Sleep Health

NIH’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) released the funding notice “Technologies to Assess Sleep Health Status in Populations” (RFA-HL-14-013) on September 13, 2013 seeking Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) applications. (more…)

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Radiology Results on Blue Button

The Defense Health Services Systems (DHSS) TRICARE Online (TOL) application with Radiology Results is now included as a DOD Blue Button data category. Radiology Results provides the latest certified EHR radiology result data available on procedures, status, exam data, approved by reading radiologist, transcription date, supervising radiologist, supervised data, final report verifier, verification date, and the radiology facility. (more…)

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Focusing on Post Hospital Care

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center located in North Carolina and Gentiva Health Services have created a joint venture to provide home healthcare by bringing together two national leaders in aging care and rehabilitation in North Carolina. (more…)

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Meaningful Consent Site Launched

HHS has launched an online resource to help healthcare providers effectively engage patients in choosing how they want their electronic patient health information shared. Known as Meaningful Consent, the site addresses the laws, policies, and issues related to the electronic exchange of health information utilizing a health information exchange. (more…)

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