Information technologyTexas draft bill could open way for telemedicine | MedScape
After several years of legal warfare over the right of telemedicine companies to provide services in Texas, the two sides have worked out compromise state legislation that would allow virtual visits to go forward under specific rules. This news follows the recent suspension of a lawsuit that Teladoc, a national telemedicine provider, had filed against the Texas Medical Board.
Utahns in rural Utah may have an easier time finding a doctor if one Utah lawmaker gets his way. Rep. Ken Ivory is sponsoring a telemedicine bill that would allow people to see a doctor over the internet.
PharmaceuticalsMarathon Pharmaceuticals to charge $89,000 for muscular dystrophy drug after 70-fold increase | The Wall Street Journal
A drug to treat muscular dystrophy will hit the U.S. market with a price tag of $89,000 a year despite being available for decades in Europe at the fraction of that cost.
Sharp rise reported in older Americans’ use of multiple psychiatric drugs | The New York Times
The number of retirement-age Americans taking at least three psychiatric drugs more than doubled between 2004 and 2013, even though almost half of them had no mental health diagnosis on record, researchers reported on Monday.
Safety, quality and clinical practiceCalifornia reports thousands of workers exposed to elevated lead levels | Kaiser Health News
More than 6,000 California workers in munitions, manufacturing and other industries have elevated levels of lead in their blood that could cause serious health problems, according to a recent report from the state’s public health agency.
Joe Kiani likes to point out that the most worn spot on most medical monitoring devices is the mute button. He’s out to change that — and, he hopes, to stop the epidemic of preventable hospital death that kills tens of thousands of Americans each year.