telemedicine

By Jonah Comstock May 18, 2016
Teladoc plans to launch its first chronic condition management program by the end of the year, CEO Jason Gorevic revealed at a session toward the end of the American Telemedicine Association convention in Minneapolis.  “We’re still in the final stages of deciding whether it’s going to be cardiovascular disease or diabetes,” he said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for more longitudinal care....
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2016
The Department of Veteran’s Affairs has had a rough couple of years. The year 2014 saw the VA come under fire for an inefficient system that left tens of thousands of patients facing long waits for care with some even dying as a result. The silver lining of this crisis, Under Secretary for Health and VA Chief Executive Dr. David Shulkin said at the American Telemedicine Association annual...
By Jonah Comstock May 17, 2016
ARC Devices will go to market with its forthcoming connected, contact-free thermometer via partnerships with telehealth vendor VSee and remote patient monitoring company Ideal Life. Boca Raton, Florida-based ARC Devices launched its digital infrared thermometer, called InstaTemp, last fall. But the current version of the device isn't connected -- it displays temperature readings on a screen on...
By Aditi Pai May 16, 2016
Direct to consumer dermatology telemedicine services are lacking in a number of areas, including transparency, diagnostic and therapeutic quality, and thoroughness, according to a small study published in JAMA Dermatology. Researchers who worked on the study were from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Pasadena Premier Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Department...
By Aditi Pai May 12, 2016
Some 25 percent of healthcare providers said they have implemented telehealth and telemedicine programs that are financially stable and improving efficiency, according to a KPMG survey of 120 individuals, who said they work for healthcare providers. KPMG defines telehealth as technology that connects clinicians with their patients and telemedicine as technology that connects clinicians to other...
By Jonah Comstock May 11, 2016
Teladoc reported a strong first quarter, driven by both strong sales on the company's part and some favorable regulatory shifts and legal rulings.  During the quarter, Teladoc pulled in $26.9 million in revenue, up 63 percent from Q1 2015. Of that total, $20.7 million was from subscription fees and $6.2 million was from visit fees. This year visit fees are made up a larger piece of the pie than...
By Jonah Comstock May 4, 2016
There is little evidence that telemedicine interventions consistently improve the quality of life of COPD patients, according to a new systematic review published recently in the International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Researchers looked at 47 studies of telemedicine use in COPD since 2000 and analyzed 18 that met their inclusion criteria. Of those, just three showed a...
By Jonah Comstock April 26, 2016
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its 1,425-page Managed Care Final Rule, a long-awaited update to CMS bylaws which, according to CMS, “aligns key rules with those of other health insurance coverage programs, modernizes how states purchase managed care for beneficiaries, and strengthens the consumer experience and key consumer protections.” In part, the rule opens the door...
By Jonah Comstock April 12, 2016
CMS has announced a new expanded initiative for bringing value-based repayment to primary care. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) program, builds on the Comprehensive Primary Care program introduced in 2012, but will expand the program to a larger number of practices and includes some tweaks to the model.  “Strengthening primary care is critical to an effective health care system,” said...
By Aditi Pai April 5, 2016
Remote monitoring joint venture MedWand announced today at the HxRefactored event in Boston that a payer in Wisconsin has already filled an order for its device, which is still just a prototype. MedWand is a partnership between direct primary care company MedLion and engineering design firm Cypher Scientific. MedWand debuted its remote diagnostic device of the same name, at CES earlier this year...

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