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Virtual visits help patient-provider relationships bloom

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  July 14, 2017

In a move reminiscent of rom-com dating, a day or two after a patient's first telemedicine visit, Hospital Sisters Health calls the person, reminding him or her of what a good time they just had. Like with any budding relationship, the goal is to get a second date.

Telehealth market poised for growth, but use remains low

Telehealth market poised for growth, but use remains low

By Alex Kacik  |  June 20, 2017

The vast majority of U.S. patients are open to using telehealth solutions, but only a fraction have received care virtually, suggesting that the healthcare industry has yet to meet consumer interest in virtual care, according to a new survey.

Texas Senate loosens virtual care requirements

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  May 19, 2017

The Texas legislature has sent a bill to the governor's desk that will end a long-running battle over the state's telemedicine requirements and open the door for broader virtual care.

MDLive sued over patient privacy concerns

By Maria Castellucci  |  April 19, 2017

MDLive has been hit with a class-action lawsuit accusing the telehealth provider of violating patients' privacy rights and sharing confidential information with third-party contractors.

Trinity to expand advanced home health telemedicine system

Trinity to expand advanced home health telemedicine system

By Crain's Detroit Business  |  April 17, 2017

A Trinity Health program aimed at helping patients get care remotely is growing beyond its Michigan test bed into six other states, part of a growing move toward telemedicine by an industry looking to save money and improve care.

Telehealth in the emergency room

Telehealth in the emergency room

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  April 08, 2017

Estimates of the portion of visits to the ER for non-urgent conditions vary wildly. One meta-analysis put the number at about a third. Virtual visits are one way for hospitals to more efficiently deal with those patients.

Senate bill would expand telemedicine coverage for Medicare patients

Senate bill would expand telemedicine coverage for Medicare patients

By Rachel Z. Arndt  |  April 07, 2017

Days after a bill was introduced to the Senate that would allow Medicare to test covering more telehealth models, the leaders of the Senate Finance Committee introduced a bill that would put more Medicare money into telemedicine.

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