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.
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.
It shouldn't be a surprise that approximately 20 percent of healthcare companies that are adopting mobile technologies do not have clear intentions. mHIMSS Editor Eric Wicklund dissects the root causes.