FCC's Ajit Pai talks proposed $100M connected care pilot, rural telehealth funding, opioid epidemic initiatives

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Addressing the Connected Health Conference in Boston, the chairman described many ways the agency is working to improve access to connected care

Penn Medicine creates Center for Connected Care to streamline telemedicine services

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The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Medicine has been an active player in the telehealth game for sometime with multiple telehealth units, but last week it went a step further to announce that it will be centralizing its telemedicine activities into the Penn Medicine Center for Connected Care.

The Connected Health Initiative Applauds the FCC’s New "Connected Care Pilot Program"

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Today, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced plans to establish a “Connected Care Pilot Program” to support the use of telehealth solutions for low-income and rural Americans. ACT | The App Association's Connected Health Initiative (CHI) has long been a supporter of telehealth innovations and the benefits they bring to patients and caregivers throughout the continuum of care. Washington, D.C.

VA Connected Care Chief: Telehealth Is 'Going to Become Health Care'

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For advocates of remote patient monitoring , virtual visit technology , and other technology-based care methods, telehealth isn’t just a current trend to be navigated, but something much more integral and long-term, reflecting the very future of healthcare delivery in the United States.

The Missing Piece in the Connected Health Puzzle

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FCC unanimously approves proposal for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program

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The FCC voted on Thursday to approve a Notice of Inquiry to establish a telehealth pilot program. FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr tells FierceHealthcare the $100 million program would focus on getting low-income patients additional funding to get telehealth "across the finish line

Three telehealth success stories

American Well Blog

1] With wait times rising and healthcare costs increasing, many health systems have turned to telehealth as a means of increasing access to healthcare. Cerner and American Well have partnered to deliver telehealth that is fully embedded within Cerner’s electronic health record portfolio.

Intermountain Healthcare Demonstrates Telehealth ROI

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During an American Well-sponsored webinar hosted by Becker’s Hospital Review , Intermountain Healthcare discussed telehealth ROI for urgent care. In 2016, the health system partnered with American Well to launch its telehealth service, Connect Care, to enhance patient convenience and care access; cut delivery costs; and retain and recruit patients. The post Intermountain Healthcare Demonstrates Telehealth ROI appeared first on American Well.

UVA Health System expands telehealth offerings

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The University of Virginia Health System announced it would be expanding its telehealth offerings to help treat diabetes, heart disease and other chronic illnesses.

Senator and FCC commissioner propose telehealth pilot

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The pair are seeking $100 million for the new initiative, called the “Connected Care Pilot Program.” The program is designed to help people who are low-income, veterans, or living in rural areas get telemedicine care.

How top health systems deliver high-quality care through telehealth

American Well Blog

The discussion, which was moderated by Sylvia Romm, MD, medical director at American Well, included the following panelists: Bruce Rosenthal, MD , Medical Director, Consumer Telehealth Services, UPMC. Will Daines, MD, Medical Director, Intermountain Connect Care.

Penn Medicine Opens Up Telehealth Hub

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Philadelphia-based Penn Medicine has opened its Center for Connected Care to centralize the health system’s telemedicine activities

Going Digital for Health Is a New-Normal for Consumers

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The title of the report, “Consumers are on board with virtual health options,” summarizes the bullish outlook for telehealth. But the tagline begs the supply side question: “Can the health care system deliver?” Using digital health tech is a new normal for U.S.

The CONNECT Act May Ease Telehealth Restrictions — Here’s How

American Well Blog

The CONNECT for Health Act would improve coverage of telehealth and remote patient monitoring as basic benefits in Medicare Advantage. Avizia CEO Mike Baird and the executive director for the Alliance for Connected Care , Krista Drobac, spoke with Becker’s Hospital Review to discuss how the CONNECT for Health Act may ease telehealth restrictions—and provide Medicare beneficiaries access to better care.

New Illinois Law Highlights Efforts to Expand Rural Telehealth Access

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To this end, the FCC recently announced its Connected Care Initiative, which seeks to develop broadband access throughout these remote areas to better connect residents to primary and specialty care. Illinois Governor Signs New Law Expanding Rural Telehealth Access.

FCC Chairman Announces New Telehealth Initiatives, Expanded Funding

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At the recently concluded Connected Health Conference in Boston, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai delivered a keynote speech expressing his agency’s dedication to expanding federal funding for key telehealth initiatives, along with a few new proposals for accomplishing them.

Policymakers: Broadband Funding Key to Bringing Telehealth Access to Rural Areas

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Since taking office, policymakers within the Trump administration have championed the expansion of telehealth access as a means to cut costs and extend care into the nation’s most rural and remote areas. broadband connectivity by 2022 — is offering that assistance.

Mississippi Telehealth Network Could Be FCC’s Model for RPM Expansion

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Back in 2014 , the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) collaborated with a network of local and national health technology leaders to build the Mississippi Diabetes Telehealth Network, an effort to extend quality care into rural and underserved regions with high rates of chronic illness.

Government Agencies & Industry Groups Push for Telehealth Policy Reform

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Echoing initiatives already taken by many state governments to expand access to digital healthcare services ( particularly in rural areas ), a growing number of federal agencies are also looking to reform existing telehealth policy in an effort to expand access to quality care while also attempting to rein in the costs of the American healthcare system. Proposals by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to boost funding for the expansion of telehealth into rural areas.

#Engage4Health: How Patients Are Morphing Into Healthcare Consumers, for #HIMSS18

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Prioritizing the patient-as-consumer through my health economic lens, the biggest priorities will be: Engaging patients in self-care and driving health and health plan literacy to better manage constrained access and payments. Connected Patient Forum | #Engage4Health + #HIMSS18.

Five Ways Digital Technologies can Address Cancer

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Connected care: apps: Connected care today includes such technologies as wearables and mobile health apps. Benefits of connected care include triangulating the transmission of information (among clinicians, patients and caregivers), convenience, and timeliness. Pocket Cancer Care Guide. Connected clinical trials. There have been remarkable strides in prevention and treatment of disease in the past 5 decades.

FCC's Carr previews $100M pilot program to support telemedicine

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WASHINGTON—Commissioner Brendan Carr joined a group of telehealth stakeholders Tuesday to discuss more details about the FCC's $100 million connected care pilot program. Although the program is still in the early days of development, Carr did reveal some details about where that money will go

Intermountain Healthcare Joins the American Well Family

American Well Blog

The new telehealth service, Connect Care, will launch in early 2016. It will provide 24/7 on-demand care to all 750,000 members of Intermountain’s health plan as well as its approximately 34,000 employees, many of whom belong to the plan. A leader in healthcare, Intermountain began exploring telehealth in 2013, when it piloted an internally built system. Read more about Connect Care in Intermountain’s press release.

Telemedicine Reimbursement

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In a national study of over 2,000 consumers , 64% said they would be willing to have a telehealth visit with their doctor via video. The Alliance for Connected Care concludes that a telehealth visit for acute care represents $126 in savings over an in-person visit.

State Telemedicine News: Kansas & Tennessee Look to Expand Access

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“Technology has the potential to improve the quality of health care and to make it accessible to more people. Telehealth may provide opportunities to make health care more efficient , better coordinated and closer to home.”. The method utilized by the facility, Chase County Care and Rehabilitation Center — described as a “small, family-oriented rural nursing home” — is focused on making virtual visits comfortable for seniors.