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Author Archives: Lauren Cranford

The AMA’s Guiding Principles for Digital Health Tools

Although the American Medical Association (AMA) wasn’t quick to jump on the digital health bandwagon, the organization now embraces technologies like telemedicine, wearable health monitors, patient portals, and some consumer-oriented healthcare apps. While the organization acknowledges the vast potential that digital health tools have for making the healthcare system more efficient and improving health outcomes … Read More

The Digital Transformation of Healthcare is Accelerating

The healthcare industry has long been known as a technology laggard. Physicians may be quick to adopt new diagnostic or treatment technologies and methods, but on the whole, the industry was slow to move from paper to electronic medical records. It was well behind banks, retailers, and others in providing web-based interactions for patients, and … Read More

Telemedicine Facts that May Surprise You

The idea of treating patients using remote video applications may seem like something out of the Space Age. Turns out, it is. NASA began using telehealth related technologies in the 1960s to monitor and manage the health of astronauts. Since then, the technology that makes it possible to provide remote care has advanced in quality … Read More

Telehealth: A Guide to Public and Private Reimbursement

The public appetite for telemedicine is large and growing.  A recent study by The Alliance for Connected Care found that 64% of consumers said they would be willing to have a video visit with their doctor. Research further proves that telemedicine is as effective and significantly less costly than in-office care. With these factors in … Read More

Telehealth’s Growing Role in Physician Education

When people bring up the subject of telehealth or telemedicine, the conversation typically revolves around patient care. That makes sense given the potential advantages of video visits for patients and providers alike. However, the definition of telehealth is much broader. It includes, “the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical healthcare, … Read More

Telehealth Technology Today and Tomorrow

The healthcare system is highly complex and heavily regulated, so it isn’t surprising that it has a reputation for being slow to change and in no hurry to accept new innovations, particularly when it comes to information technology. Moving to electronic medical records, for example, seemed to be a task of Herculean proportion. But once … Read More

Telemedicine is Gaining Traction in Schools

There are many reasons that telemedicine – virtual doctor visits over video – is an attractive solution for bringing healthcare to schools. There has been an increase in the number of children with chronic health conditions like asthma and diabetes. School nurses, when available, are being asked to deal with more complex problems, and access to … Read More

EU Tests New Telehealth App for Immigrants

Europe has a long history of migration, made even easier with the European Union’s free migration policies for European citizens. While this creates opportunities for individuals and enables cultural exchange between communities, it is not problem free. When it comes to healthcare, migrants may face language and cultural barriers in addition to being unfamiliar with … Read More

Top 10 Provider Questions About Video Visits

All of the evidence suggests that consumer appetite for telemedicine is large and rapidly growing. Practices that don’t offer the option will soon find themselves in active competition with those that do or with the number of web-only healthcare providers now available. Although there is strong incentive to introduce telemedicine, many of the providers we … Read More

Video Visit Etiquette – 10 Best Practices

These days, most people have had some experience with video chat through work-related video conferencing or consumer applications like Skype and Facetime. But a different level of care and professionalism is necessary to deliver a quality experience for patients. It is essential to earn the trust of patients and convey the same level of empathy … Read More