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Telehealth Use in Rural Healthcare News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Telemedicine Improves Rural ER Response Time
Jan 11, 2018 - Highlights the results of a study that found that rural emergency department patients see a clinician six minutes sooner in a hospital with telemedicine than in one without. If the first clinician assessment is through a telemedicine encounter, the door-to-provider time is shortened by nearly 15 minutes. For certain time-sensitive health conditions, 15 minutes can have a significant impact on patient outcomes.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection: Public Comment Request Information Collection Request Title: Office for the Advancement of Telehealth Outcome Measures, OMB No. 0915-0311-Revision Federal Register
Jan 10, 2018 - Notice of intent from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to revise information collection efforts as part of the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth's Telehealth Network Grant Program. Information collected will be used to evaluate and monitor grantees' progress in the following areas: improving access to needed services, reducing rural practitioner isolation, improving health system productivity and efficiency, and improving patient outcomes. Additionally, newly added measures will help evaluate telehealth services delivered through rural schools. Comments regarding the proposed information collection activities must be submitted no later than March 12, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Drones Show Potential for Delivering Telemedicine, mHealth Services
Dec 27, 2017 - Around the world, drones have been used to successfully deliver healthcare services in rural, remote, and other inaccessible areas. In the U.S., however, drone usage has been limited due to safety and other regulatory concerns. Drone advocates are now hoping lawmakers will quickly craft appropriate, drone-related legislation that addresses these concerns, but also allows for the expanded use of drones in healthcare delivery applications.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
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The Year in Review: Telehealth, mHealth Made Their Mark in 2017
Dec 26, 2017 - Highlights the major legislation, events, and industry changes that impacted mobile health and telehealth during 2017. Includes information about rural-specific impacts and provides links for additional reading on each topic.
Source: mHealth Intelligence
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Last Updated: 1/12/2018