Telehealth is Shaping Healthcare for the Better

By Karen R. Thomas, President of Advanced TeleHealth Solutions As incredibly innovative and efficient as telehealth is at providing greater access to care for consumers, lowering healthcare costs for both patients and healthcare systems, and improving outcomes, barriers have always existed that hinder the widespread adoption of telehealth. Yet recently, issues such as state requirement hurdles, reimbursement limitations, and a general Read More …

Healthcare Reform to Boost Telehealth 55% in 2013

Healthcare Reform to Boost Growth in Telehealth Market by 55 Percent in 2013 Austin, TX 19 Dec 2012 – From 2010 to 2011 usage of remote patient monitoring, or telehealth, increased by 22.2 percent as the number of patients enrolled worldwide reached 241,200. However, telehealth device revenues only grew by 5.0 percent from 2010 to 2011; and 18.0 percent from Read More …

Telemedicine as good as a Doctor visit?

Virtual doctor visits via video conference are starting to go mainstream, with some people putting them on par with a regular trip to the doctor’s office. UnitedHealthcare, announcing that they’ll cover virtual doctor visits through American Well, Doctor on Demand, and NowClinic, is the latest to jump on the telemedicine bandwagon. While these consultations previously would cost $40-50 per call, United members will Read More …

Will the Affordable Care Act Help Telehealth Flourish?

By Brian Heaton (original article at govtech.com) Opportunity is knocking for telehealth to become a common method of practicing medicine in the U.S. One-on-one Web-based video chats and other electronic consultation between doctors and patients isn’t new — it’s been used throughout the U.S. in varying degrees for a few years now. But health-care reform, a ballooning  and aging population and a shortage of Read More …

We Endorse Telehealth Across State Lines

By Wayne Caswell Modern Health Talk strongly endorses telehealth and efforts to break down barriers to wider adoption nationwide. The TELE-MED Act of 2013 (HR 3077) is still not out of committee but is intended to start breaking down barriers related to licensure and payment when medical care is given online across state lines, starting with Medicare providers. Hopefully Congress Read More …

Global Telehealth Market to Expand 10x by 2018

According to market research firm IHS Technology, the global telehealth market is expected to grow by more than a factor of 10 from 2013 to 2018, as medical providers increasingly employ remote communications and monitoring technology to reduce costs and improve the quality of care. Worldwide revenue for telehealth devices and services is expected to swell to $4.5 billion in Read More …

Competition in the Telehealth Market Set to Intensify

Competition in the Telehealth Market to Intensify PRESS RELEASE: Date: 28 November 2011 With a global revenue forecast of $990 million by 2015 (InMedica) the Telehealth market is already attracting a host of suppliers and innovators at various points in the value chain. In a new whitepaper, “Competitive Dynamics in the World Telehealth Market – 2011 to 2020”, InMedica assesses Read More …

Telemedicine and mHealth Converge

  Telemedicine and M-Health Convergence Market is a new market research report. EDITOR: I’ll mark highlights and add [occasional notes]. – London (PRWEB) November 20, 2013 — Clinical telemedicine services converge with m-health systems of engagement to lower cost of care and improve quality of care. Tele-medicine and M-Health Market Convergence driving forces relate to an overall trend toward ordinary people taking Read More …

TeleHealth: The Doctor Will See You Now, Remotely

There’s a fairly new option for after-hours medical care that connects you with practitioners anytime, anywhere.  It’s called Telehealth or Telemedicine, and it’s offered by companies like American Well, MyNowClinic, and OptumHealth. Hospitals already use high-speed Internet connections to share medical information among specialists within the facility or in different locations. And they can even put a rural patient in front Read More …

64% of Consumers Ready for Telehealth (survey)

As a technologist and founder of Modern Health Talk, I advocate for telehealth, including remote doctor visits by video, but I wondered about how ready consumers are for this vision of the future of healthcare. Well, market research from American Well, a telehealth company, answered that. Here’s a summary of their 2015 Telehealth Consumer Survey.

Lack of Fast Internet threatens Telehealth Future

I responded to an online discussion of a call for Congress to Expand Telehealth Services to Improve Patient Access and Outcomes and Decrease Healthcare Costs. Key to delivering telehealth is the availability of high-speed Internet access, and that prompted me to comment on an online conversation of this HIMSS problem description. The enormous potential of telehealth or telemedicine to positively transform Read More …

Telehealth Legal Obstacles Delay Home Healthcare

“Home telehealth” technology promises to be a critical component of providing quality care to the growing number of Americans who need long-term services and supports to “age in place” at home. Home telehealth and related technology can make it cheaper, easier and more comfortable for seniors to remain at home and avoid nursing facility placement. But government regulations lag behind Read More …

Telehealth Enhancement Act takes Important Step

As a member of the American Telehealth Association (Austin chapter), I too support the Telehealth Enhancement Act, however I see it as just a baby step and think much more is needed. Still, it’s a step in the right direction. The proposed bill would modernize the Medicare program by allowing Medicare patients to be cared for remotely by a licensed healthcare provider Read More …

Telehealth cuts patient deaths by 45%

According to this article in Fierce Mobile Health, results from a large telehealth study that monitored 6,200 remote patients show that telehealth can dramatically improve the care people receive while helping to reduce costs. The study took place over three years and covered patients in three cities suffering from one of three primary conditions: diabetes, heart failure or COPD.

101 MiniTrends in Health Care

“What the Hell is happening to health care?” “And is it an Opportunity or a Threat?” Insights by Wayne Caswell, Founder of Modern Health Talk. An awful lot has changed in just the last few years and even more will change in the near future, with the aim of reducing (or at least containing) our health care costs. What’s behind Read More …

MiniTrends affecting Telehealth

Overlapping MiniTrends affecting Telehealth include health reform, the Internet of Things, speech recognition & synthesis, and real-time language translation. I’ve written a lot here about health reform, telehealth, medical tourism, the Internet of Things, and the overlap of healthcare MiniTrends, but today I saw a video that evolves my thinking further. It’s about Microsoft’s Skype and their newest Skype Translator Preview. The Skype Translator Read More …

The role of Standards in Telehealth

New market research on the convergence of telemedicine and mHealth suggests that “telemedicine now delivered on proprietary devices is becoming obsolete,” and I agree. I first wrote about the role of standards in telehealth two years ago in an article on Video Conferencing for Home Healthcare and have written several articles on the topic of standards since then, including The Read More …

mHealth: What does it mean and what’s included

What is mHealth, and does the term stand for Mobile Health or Modern Health? That’s the subject of a an online discussion started by David Doherty, moderator of a LinkedIn group interested in using mobile technologies to improve health. He started the discussion to support my view that any definition of mHealth that only includes smartphones is both limiting and arrogant. This Read More …

11 Emerging Chronic Disease Technologies

NEHI Identifies 11 Emerging Chronic Disease Technologies To Watch Cites Potential to Improve Care, Lower Costs for At-Risk Populations CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (June 13, 2012) – NEHI, a national health policy institute dedicated to finding innovative solutions to health care problems, today identified eleven emerging technologies that have the potential to improve care and lower costs for chronic disease patients, especially Read More …