The U.S. Senate today passed the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act, which is legislation that aims to increase access to healthcare in rural areas.
The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 97-0. Introduced by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), the bill, S. 2873, proposes to expand New Mexico’s Project ECHO as a national model for using telehealth for rural care.
BENTON — At 5, McKenzie Clay can spell her name with the best of them, capital K and all. She’s also a little bit of a telemedicine pioneer.
McKenzie was one of the first students to be diagnosed long-distance between her school, Angie Grant Elementary in Benton, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock in a pilot program.
New York officials are easing telehealth regulations to enable mental health providers to treat some of their patients online. Some 250 providers in New York will now be able to use telepsychiatry in comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs, inpatient programs and partial hospitalization programs, according to a memo from the New York State Office of Mental Health (OMH).
Telehealth is changing how schools deliver healthcare services for both students and staff.
Gone are the days when the school nurse would sit in a tiny room near the principal’s office, administering Band-Aids and aspirin and babysitting sick children until a parent could drop by to pick them up.
Emory Healthcare is testing a telehealth platform that ensures patients in ICUs at any location and any time have immediate access to a clinician at the top of his or her game.
To do this, the Atlanta-based health system is partnering with Royal Philips and Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, to create an eICU network that ensures that ICUs in the Emory network are staffed at all times by Emory doctors and nurses on normal daytime shifts.
Using a telemedicine evaluation for pediatric mental health emergencies in ED or urgent care facilities may improve access to mental health services and reduce costs, according to recent study findings presented at the 2016 AAP National Conference and Exhibition.
Israel-based medical device maker TytoCare has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its digital stethoscope, joining the company’s ecosystem of connected tools for remote medical examinations.
The company also offers several FDA Class 1 devices – a connected otoscope for ear examinations, a high-resolution camera, and a thermometer that uses the forehead to get a reading.
One of the big money makers in the startup scene today is telemedicine – the practice of offering remote medical services with the help of technology. Companies like the U.S. based Teladoc have even reached valuations of one billion dollars and 11.5 million members.