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More private insurers are supporting telehealth services. This movement is boosting levels of utilization. Currently, most payers believe that telehealth will help rural and remote individuals’ access providers. Also, insurers are anticipating that telehealth will continue to keep people out of the more expensive healthcare settings.

by Joanne Sammer | May 7, 2018

Telemedicine” is often discussed as an important way to help manage and reduce health care costs. By providing access to a health care provider on the telephone or by an online video link, employers are hoping employees and their relatives will avoid more expensive alternatives such as hospital emergency rooms (ERs). So far, however, relatively few employees have shown a willingness to use telemedicine services.

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by Jonah Comstock | September 27, 2017

Senate Bill 870, the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic Care Act of 2017, or CHRONIC Act for short, has passed in the Senate by a unanimous vote. Among other things, the bill, which was originally introduced in April by Senator Orrin Hatch (R – Utah), includes provisions that would expand Medicare coverage for telemedicine.

by KIA KOKALITCHEVA | October 7, 2016

Hospitals make money when patients show up to receive services, but Kaiser Permanente isn’t convinced that’s the only way to run its health care business.

by Julianne Pepitone | September 13, 2016

Mercy Hospital wants to provide better care for its patients — by making sure they don’t come to the hospital.
Instead, 330 staffers at Mercy’s Virtual Care Center, located just outside of St. Louis, place video calls to patients using highly sensitive two-way cameras — and monitor their vital signs in real time through tools like pulse oximeters that plug into an iPad.

by Ali Vitali | Aug. 3, 2017

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump celebrated improvements to the mobile system veterans can use to access health care Thursday, touting an “historic breakthrough” in Department of Veterans Affairs technology that makes it easier for patients to schedule and receive care remotely.

By Sam Howard and Danielle Haynes | Aug. 3, 2017

Aug. 3 (UPI) — President Donald Trump on Thursday praised new tools allowing veterans mobile access to their doctors as a “historic breakthrough.”

Trump and Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin announced an expansion of telehealth services for veterans, including a new mobile app allowing patients to make and change appointments.

by DARLENE SUPERVILLE , Associated Press | Thu, August 3rd 2017

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government wants to make it easier for veterans to get medical care and is promoting new ways to use technology to help.

President Donald Trump says the goal is to greatly expand access, especially for mental health care and suicide prevention.

Trump says veterans in rural areas will also benefit. The initiatives Trump announced Thursday at the White House include using video technology and diagnostic tools to conduct medical exams. Veterans also will be able to use mobile devices to make and manage VA doctor appointments.