Information technologyStudy of telemedicine finds misdiagnoses of skin problems | Wall Street Journal
Researchers posing as patients with skin problems sought help from 16 online telemedicine companies—with unsettling results. Some of the online doctors misdiagnosed syphilis, herpes and skin cancer, and some prescribed medications without asking key questions about patients' medical histories or warning of adverse effects, the researchers found.
Rhode Island House OKs bill on telemedicine coverage | The Westerly (R.I.) Sun
The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a bill introduced by Rep. Brian Patrick Kennedy that will require health insurance companies to cover telemedicine services the same way they cover in-person consultations.
As Google and Apple pursue telemedicine, U.S. carriers struggle | Bloomberg Technology
Google and Apple Inc. have some bright ideas about the future of health care. Not so long ago, AT&T Inc. and Verizon Communications Inc. had similar ideas: a networked world of devices and services that would revolutionize how medicine is practiced in the U.S. and, in the process, tap into a huge new vein of business. So far, it hasn't worked out that way for the telecom companies.
PharmaceuticalsPrice spikes for life-saving drug | Politico
The price of a life-saving drug that can reverse an opioid overdose is soaring, just as the Obama administration and Congress are pushing to make it more available. The rising price for naloxone is causing some emergency response departments to run out of the drug, while many public health groups are growing short of the cash needed to buy it and must rely on donations.
PhysiciansHospitals scramble to offer mental healthcare to depressed physicians | Stat
Hospitals across the country are scrambling to care for a particularly hard-to-reach group of patients: their own staff. A study published this week in Academic Medicine finds that 35 percent of medical residents — young doctors recently out of medical school — experience clinically significant depression. The finding confirms previous research showing that physicians-in-training are at much higher risk for depression than the general public.
The campaign to establish the nation's first universal healthcare system in Colorado may be a longshot, but insurance companies and hospitals aren't taking chances. A single donor, Anthem, has kicked in $500,000 to defeat the initiative, or more than three times the amount given by all proponents combined.