Telehealth Gaining Traction Through Technology Advancements and Quality Results

A recent spotlight of Metropolitan Jewish Health System in New York City reveals that a greater number of health networks are implementing telehealth systems despite a lack of Medicare or Medicaid reimbursement associated with the care.

Telehealth Gaining Traction Through Technology Advancements and Quality Results

For these organizations, ROI is primarily substantiated through reduced 30-day readmission rates. Accountable Care Organizations, who focus on improving quality while reducing cost, are also increasing market demand for proven telehealth services.

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e-Visits Linked to Accurate Diagnoses, Overprescribing of Antibiotics

The University of Pittsburgh releases a study comparing the outcomes of online doctors visits with traditional office visits. The findings raise both hope and concern over the potential future of standardizing e-visits.

e-Visits Linked to Accurate Diagnoses, Overprescribing of Antibiotics

The study reviewed more than 8,000 patient visits at four primary care practices that provide both office visits and e-visits for patients. The e-visits consisted of no teleconference sessions between patient and doctor, but rather relied on a patient questionnaire that the physician reviews and later responds to with questions, instructions and prescriptions.

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iTriage Partners with Exempla Physician Network

Exempla Physician Network, a three-hospital healthcare network based in Denver, partners with iTriage to provide the Denver community with real-time mobile access to urgent care information, turn-by-turn directions to local clinics and hospitals, and online access to general health information.

iTriage Partners with Exempla Physician Network

“We recognize how important it is for members of the communities we serve to quickly and conveniently access medical care and information,” – Stephen Cobb, MD – Exempla Physician Network Medical Director.

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mHealth Based Smoking Cessation Program Delivers Results

A recent publication of the Cochrane Tobacco Addition Group sheds promise on text-based smoking cessation programs. A systematic review of patients enrolled in five US and UK based clinical trials involving text-based programs for patients enrolled in Smoking Cessation revealed that participants were significantly more likely to be non-smokers at six months than those in the study’s control group.

mHealth Based Smoking Cessation Program Delivers Results

The study followed more than 9,000 smokers, comparing success across multiple different methods of quitting smoking. After six months, nine percent of the smokers within the text-based smoking cessation program were still smoke-free, this success rate is consistent with more traditional face-to-face smoking cessation programs.

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Merge Healthcare Announces Mobile Platform for Consumers

Merge Healthcare jumps on the mHealth bandwagon, announcing today that the company plans to develop a mobile and internet platform support its radiology information system customers and their patients.

Merge Healthcare Announces Mobile Platform for Consumers

Merge intends to develop an app that will allow patients to schedule a radiology appointment and review results. The platform will also include a web based module that will allow patients to complete pre-visit documentation.

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