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  • Can Telehealth Fill Gap in Autism Services?

    Science News

    Findings from a federally funded pilot study on telehealth training at Michigan State University show the online program successfully helped parents of children with autism improve their child's social communication using research-based intervention techniques. The results are published online in the international journal Autism and in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Further research is under way at MSU, but the findings offer hope that telehealth - or the delivery of health services and information via the Internet and related technologies - can fill a massive need. The prevalence of autism has increased dramatically in the past two decades without a corresponding growth in the availability of intervention services for parents.

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  • A Payer Makes an Investment in Telehealth

    mHealth Intelligence

    A Mid-Atlantic-based health plan is making an intriguing investment in telehealth.Baltimore-based CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield is earmarking nearly $3 million in grant money to 10 nonprofits and public health programs to expand their telemedicine capabilities to underserved populations in Maryland, Washington D.C. and Virginia. Unlike other payers who might set reimbursement rates for specific platforms and outcomes, CareFirst is giving these small health systems the leeway to develop their own programs, to find out what works best for their staff and the communities they’re seeking to serve. And they’re supporting population health endeavors that might slip between the cracks of the traditional health plan. The grants basically amount to three years of funding support for these programs, many just starting or seeking to get off the ground.

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  • Telehealth Expansion Initiatives Helping To Increase Patient Choice And Access

    The National Law Review

    The United States boasts the largest market for the use of telehealth and telemedicine services, generating $14 billion in global business last year with a predicted increase of nearly $20 billion by as early as 2020. Despite its size, the U.S. telehealth industry faces issues with broadband connectivity, regulatory hurdles like provider licensing restrictions and limitations on prescription orders and concerns over its potential to cause even more overutilization of healthcare services. At the simplest level, “telemedicine” or “telehealth” is all healthcare practiced at a distance, ranging from the telephone call to remote surgery. More specifically, telehealth is the provision of healthcare consultation and education using telecommunication networks to transfer information. Telehealth is not a specific technique or piece of equipment; it is a process of delivering healthcare services.

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