Remote connectivity has become an essential part of 21st century medical care, says the Telecommunications Industry Association, which is now urging CMS to promote telehealth services in Medicare Advantage Organizations.
Telemedicine is being praised, and rightly so, for folding space and time to deliver first-class healthcare to rural populations as well as homebound city dwellers. What we don't hear so much about are the limitations.
Despite the buzz and chatter around mobile health technologies, the year saw partisan posturing about how best to regulate applications and devices. But garages around America appear to still be safe places to innovate.
The Veterans' Health Administration has had great success reducing healthcare costs through the use of telehealth. A new bipartisan bill proposes to build on that success by expanding reimbursement policies for VA telehealth.
Healthcare providers must assure patients the utmost security, confidentiality, and integrity of sensitive information. This means maintaining total HIPAA compliance within their organization, including healthcare IT infrastructure. This white paper elucidates HIPAA compliant IT infrastructure, from physical and environmental controls, to appropriate guidelines between a Covered Entity and data center provider when outsourcing. It also helps clarify key points including service provider qualifications, and why Business Associate Agreements are integral for establishing accountability with partners.
For more than 60 years, Blood Systems has been offering its life-giving services throughout the Western U.S. Blood Systems wanted to optimize its network for business value, migrating to the latest WAN services. Read this white paper to learn how Blood Systems increased flexibility and now support business continuity requirements so the nation’s blood supply wouldn’t be interrupted in the face of a natural disaster or pandemic.
Four physician champions who have learned to fit mobile apps and devices into their clinical workflow will convene at a breakfast panel, "The World is my Waiting Room," slated for December 9 at the HIMSS Media mHealth Summit.
The Indiana Senate has unanimously passed a bill expanding Medicaid reimbursement for telemedicine. Advocates hope expanded use of tele-consultations and more mobile medicine in general will help fill rural provider gaps.
A large percentage of the Americans that the Affordable Care Act aims to bring into the insurance pool access the Web primarily through their smartphones. For the ACA to achieve its potential, federal and state governments must reach those citizens where it's most convenient for the consumer.