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Telehealth Videoconferencing Promotes Antibiotic Stewardship Efforts in Rural Facilities
Sep 6, 2018 - Discusses a pilot project at two rural U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical centers. This project used telehealth to connect these facilities with an infectious disease physician for weekly, hour-long meetings to discuss specific cases and make necessary changes to improve antibiotic stewardship.
Source: Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA)
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PA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Treat Sexual Assault Victims
Aug 30, 2018 - Highlights the Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, developed by the Penn State College of Nursing and presently in use in four rural Pennsylvania hospitals. The platform allows rural nurses to connect with trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANEs) to help treat sexual assault victims. It also provides training for rural nurses to become SANEs and to provide accurate and professional testimony in court.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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MUSC Plans a Statewide Telehealth Network for Palliative Care
Aug 29, 2018 - The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) is researching the creation of a statewide telehealth platform to help rural and remote health providers provide palliative care in their communities. Because palliative care can require complex care coordination that includes primary care providers as well as specialists, rural providers may struggle to provide this care.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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California Eyes Medicaid Reimbursement for Telehealth Counseling
Aug 28, 2018 - Discusses a bill expected to be signed by California Governor Jerry Brown that would expand the state's Medicaid program to more widely reimburse providers for using telehealth to deliver substance abuse counseling. It is expected to increase access to care in rural and other underserved communities in the state.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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Broadband and the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting Rural Communities to Hope
Aug 27, 2018 - Guest post for the Rural Broadband Association by Anne Hazlett, the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Discusses the impact of broadband internet access on rural economies and on rural residents' access to healthcare, including behavioral healthcare. Touches on mental health, the opioid epidemic, and efforts to expand broadband access.
Source: The Rural Broadband Association
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Illinois OKs Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health Via Telehealth
Aug 23, 2018 - Discusses legislation recently signed into law in Illinois that mandates the state's Medicaid program to reimburse behavioral and mental health providers for care provided via telehealth. Although psychiatrists and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) are already covered by state law, this new legislation adds a number of other behavioral and mental health providers to the list of providers eligible for reimbursement. Part of the impetus for this legislation has been the opioid crisis and the desire to provide better access to treatment options.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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How Hospitals Are Using Telehealth to Improve Care and Access
Aug 21, 2018 - Details three telehealth programs in making a difference and improving access to care in rural Nebraska and New York. These programs provide pediatric psychiatry, stroke treatment, and a mobile diagnosis and treatment platform, respectively.
Source: American Hospital Association
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Earlier Autism Diagnosis Means Better Outcomes for Rural Children
Aug 20, 2018 - Highlights a new pilot program that uses telemedicine to train primary care providers in rural areas to recognize and accurately diagnose autism in young children. Earlier diagnosis can lead to more effective treatments. This training reduces diagnostic wait times for young children at the highest risk for autism and saved families an average of 172.7 miles in travel for diagnosis.
Source: UVAToday
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When Its Only Doctor Retired, A Rural Town Turned to Telehealth
Aug 20, 2018 - The Mercer University School of Medicine opened a primary care clinic in Plains, Georgia after the town's one and only physician retired. Using both on-site and telehealth services to serve patients, this clinic is a pilot that Mercer Medicine may use as a blueprint for developing other rural clinics.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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Rural Healthcare Network Connections Require IT Infrastructure Support
Aug 15, 2018 - Discusses what IT infrastructure needs to be considered in order to make a telehealth program successful in rural areas, including access to broadband internet, technical support, and staff training.
Source: HIT Infrastructure
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