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Online platform connects doctors separated by distance, expertise
By WGBH (Boston) | April 23, 2014
When doctors come across a complex case, they usually discuss it with their colleagues over e-mail or lunch, limited to their own informal networks of physicians and specialists. A Boston-area company wants to change that. Medting, a cloud-based platform, allows doctors from all over the world to...
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Mississippi leading telehealth research, policy push
By Clarion-Ledger (Jackson, Miss.) | April 23, 2014
Dr. Kristi Henderson showed a device and explained, "it's a Bluetooth stethoscope," and with it, a doctor at the University of Mississippi Medical Center can check a patient's heartbeat from hundreds of miles away. UMMC Center for Telehealth has received national recognition and federal funding for...
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Hospitals can speed stroke treatment, but it's not easy
By NPR | April 23, 2014
When a stroke patient enters the emergency room, it's a race against the clock. Those who receive the clot-busting drug tPA within 60 minutes of experiencing symptoms have the best chance of avoiding brain damage or death, but studies show that only 30% of patients eligible for this treatment get...
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Fla. measure would increase physician assistant ratio
By Associated Press via Miami Herald | April 23, 2014
Doctors would be able to increase the number of physician assistants they supervise from four to eight under a measure passed Tuesday by the Florida House.
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Health systems combine radiology, EHR
By Information Week | April 22, 2014
Going beyond health information exchange as a replacement for the fax machine, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Virtua, a Southern New Jersey health system, have unified their radiology operations across electronic health-record systems and state lines.
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Vt. updates recommendations for physicians prescribing pain meds
By WPTZ-TV (Plattsburgh, N.Y.) | April 22, 2014
Vermont is taking steps to fight the increase in abuse of prescription pain drugs. The state's Board of Medical Practice recently revised its policy to recommend providers who write prescriptions review a patient's history for signs of mental health and substance-abuse issues, and check the...
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Cleveland Clinic opens up to Chinese herbs as medicines
By Wall Street Journal | April 22, 2014
The Cleveland Clinic, one of the country's top hospitals, has opened a therapy center for the dispensing of herbs, a practice that is well-established in China and other Eastern countries but has yet to make inroads in the U.S. because of a lack of evidence proving their effectiveness.
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Millions slip into Obamacare 'coverage gap'
By CNNMoney.com | April 21, 2014
About 8 million people have signed up for Year 1 of Obamacare, but millions of others are still falling into the law's "coverage gap." They earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid, yet don't make enough to get federal subsidies to buy private insurance on an Affordable Care Act exchange.
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Md. spent $90M on insurance exchange tech, according to cost breakdown
By Washington Post | April 21, 2014
Of the nearly $130 million that Maryland has spent on its troubled health insurance exchange, more than $90 million went toward technology expenses, according to a breakdown of costs released Friday.
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Virtual doctor visits gaining steam in 'geneticist deserts'
By Scientific American | April 21, 2014
Alaska, a state with more than 700,000 residents, does not have a single medical geneticist to call its own. Alaska is not alone. Idaho has no clinical geneticist either. Georgia has only three for its population of almost 10 million. These “geneticist deserts” are prompting a small but...
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