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Docs question quality of 'no-touch' telemedicine services

Some physicians are questioning the role of telemedicine in care, wondering if "no-touch" services work in all cases.

Teledermatology boosts access to care for Medicaid patients

By offering virtual dermatology and Medicaid coverage, the number of patients who saw a dermatologist nearly doubled, according to a new RAND Corp. study, illustrating how virtual care can increase patient access to specialists.

Joseph Kvedar: Widespread adoption of telehealth still in early phase

Despite lofty forecasts for investment in on-demand healthcare services, Partners HealthCare Vice President for Connected Health Joseph Kvedar believes that telemedicine adoption is still very much in its early stages.

Doctor: Despite promise, improper use of telemedicine could undermine patient care

As use of telemedicine grows, it will "become like conjuring the genie from Aladdin's lamp," according to Ameet Bakhai, M.D., deputy director of research at Royal Free London NHS Trust hospitals.

Bill recommends Project ECHO as national model

Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) have introduced a bill calling for expansion of New Mexico's Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) as a national telehealth model.

Researchers: Telehealth 'no holy grail' for COPD patients

Research has not shown a strong case for telemedicine as a means to improve quality of life for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to a literature  review  published in the  International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

AHA: Limited coverage, geographic restrictions pose major barriers to telehealth adoption

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services must include telehealth in value-based payment models and lift geographic restrictions on its use, a new brief published by the American Hospital Association argues.

Health professionals mixed on nursing state licensure compact

Requirements that nurses be licensed in every state they want to work in are creating barriers to use of new forms of healthcare, including telemedicine, according to some industry professionals.

States' diverging telehealth policies cause for confusion

Washington state now covers store-and-forward remote monitoring, while Oklahoma has stopped reimbursing for such services--both clear examples of states' diverging policy directions when it comes to telemedicine, according to a recent report.

Urgent care provider relies on telemedicine to reduce wait times

Doctor's Care, a chain of urgent care centers in South Carolina and Tennessee, calls on telemedicine to balance the patient load at its centers and improve patient satisfaction, reports  Health Data Management.