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VA digital health pilot in Mississippi aims to boost access, cut wait times

Digital health continues to be a big part of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' improvement plans, with one of the most recent efforts announced last week in Mississippi.

University of Texas System set to create statewide telemedicine network

The University of Texas System on Thursday approved the use of its $48.5 million endowment to create a statewide telemedicine network, as well as for research and faculty recruitment.

Mercy, UNC Health Care partner to improve virtual health

On the heels of opening its new telemedicine facility last fall, Chesterfield, Missouri-based Mercy Virtual agreed this week to form a partnership with University of North Carolina Healthcare in which the two systems will remotely share resources.

VA FY 2017 budget anticipates expansion of telehealth services

Overall, President Barack Obama proposes $182.3 billion for the VA, the agency announced. VA's healthcare budget totals $68.6 billion, with $1.2 billion of that earmarked to fund telehealth.

ONC gets $22M boost in proposed FY 2017 budget

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Office for Civil Rights each receive funding boosts in President Barack Obama's proposed fiscal year 2017 budget, released Tuesday. ONC's proposed funding is $82 million, $22 million more than what the agency was allocated for FY 2016. OCR's proposed funding is $43 million, a $4 million increase from FY 2016.

Focus on low-cost, efficient, accessible care to attract millennial patients

For all the regulatory and institutional pressure to define and deliver value-based care, the biggest near-term driver of practical changes to care delivery may come from traditional market pressure. The expectations and values held by millennial patients already force providers to adjust, and that trend is likely to continue, according to an article in  USA Today.

Telemedicine effective for assessing seriously ill children

Doctors' assessment of seriously ill children through telemedicine was similar to bedside evaluations, according to a study published in  Pediatrics.

Doc groups support cost-saving telehealth proposal

Three Medicaid reimbursement policy changes for telehealth and remote patient monitoring would save the federal government $1.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by consultancy Avalere Health. 

Medicare's telehealth, remote monitoring reimbursement changes could save $1.8B

Three Medicaid reimbursement policy changes for telehealth and remote patient monitoring would save the federal government $1.8 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by consultancy Avalere Health.

On-demand healthcare investment expected to reach $1B in 2017

Investment in on-demand healthcare companies--those that provide local near-real-time and 24/7 services--is expected to quadruple to $1 billion by the end of 2017, according to Accenture research.