Senate Passes Bill to Use Project ECHO as Nationwide Telehealth Model

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.

Healthcare Informatics

New York Eases Telehealth Rules for Mental Health Providers

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).

mHealth Intelligence

Emory’s eICU Platform Takes Telehealth to a New Time Zone

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.


TytoCare gets FDA clearance for digital stethoscope

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.