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.
I'm writing this on deadline Dec. 21, marking yet another day of guessing whether this would be the day the administration unveiled its meaningful use policy, the ambitious plan by which it aims to draw as many as 100,000 healthcare providers into joining its campaign to transform management of American healthcare.