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Author Archives: Lauren Cranford

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

Telemedicine’s Role in Cancer Treatment

Readers of this blog may be familiar with the terms “telemedicine” and “telehealth, but a new word, “teleoncology,” is starting to take hold. Teleoncology refers to the application of telemedicine in cancer care, including diagnostics, treatment, and supportive care.  Telemedicine offers oncologists a new way to consult remotely with specialists in other specialties or places to … Read More

Will Regulators help Expand VA Telemedicine?

The Veterans Affairs Department sees a future that includes a significant increase in its use of telemedicine as part of the medical services that it provides to veterans. However, current state medical licensing requirements create a roadblock that the VA would like to see removed.   Present VA Telemedicine The VA is already a pioneer … Read More

The Loss of Net Neutrality Threatens Access to Telemedicine

Net Neutrality is the set of FCC rules enacted in 2015 that prohibits internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon from speeding up, slowing down or blocking any content, applications or websites. The rules prohibit ISPs from entering into agreements with certain content providers that guarantee faster load times or from charging customers more … Read More

Investors are Betting big on Digital Health

Last year was a huge one for investment in digital health. Venture funding for digital health companies reached $4.2B in 2016.  That’s down 8% from 2015, but there were a record number of deals in 2016 and the investment total was double the total from three years ago. There were 304 deals across 296 companies, … Read More