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  • mHealth Patch is Put to the Test at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

    mHealth Intelligence

    Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is launching a remote patient monitoring study to determine whether a smart patch can help physicians take care of patients at home rather than in the hospital. The hospital, part of the Partners HealthCare network, began enrolling roughly 60 patients this fall, and plans to scale up to 500 patients in early 2017. Eligible patients must be diagnosed in the hospital’s emergency department with exacerbation of heart failure, pneumonia, COPD, cellulitis or complicated urinary tract infection. Half of the patients in the study are admitted to the hospital for traditional treatment, while the other half are “admitted to home” - discharged with an RPM platform that includes biosensor patches designed by VitalConnect and personalized physiology analytics technology designed by PhysIQ. The lightweight, wireless patch continuously monitors vital signs and other data – such as heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, posture, step count and falls – and transmits that data back to clinicians.

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  • A New York Blue Braces For a Big Dose of Telehealth

    Internet Health Management

    A New York Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan is expecting some heavy-duty traffic when the health insurer rolls out digital doctor visits in January. The Blue Cross plan—Excellus Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which covers 1.5 million members in upstate New York—says it expects as many as 50,000 visits to a new soon-to-be launched telehealth service. In January, Excellus will roll out a telehealth program using the services of MDLive Medical Group, a telehealth platform developer and service provider based in Sunrise, Fla., with a network of 800 doctors. Excellus expects plenty of calls, says  senior vice president and corporate medical officer Martin Lustick. “The ideal method for having minor medical conditions addressed is to see your doctor,” Lustick says. “But if your doctor can’t see you immediately for an office visit, ask whether he or she can address the issue with telemedicine. And if that isn’t available, other telemedicine providers, such as MDLive, can address most of those common conditions and prescribe medicine when medically indicated.” Excellus is set to offer telemedicine visits to all plan members and members insured through Medicare Advantage. 

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  • Bipartisan Legislation Proposes Telehealth Solutions for Effective Chronic Disease Management

    The National Law Review

    Collaborative efforts between congressional offices and various health care stakeholders, as well as the feedback provided in response to the Bipartisan CHRONIC Care Working Group Policy Options Document released in December of 2015, have driven the Senate Finance Committee to introduce a draft of bipartisan legislation known as the CHRONIC Care Act, which seeks to modernize Medicare payment policies to improve the management and treatment of chronic diseases using telehealth. As a result of the collaborative efforts between congressional offices and various health care stakeholders, and the feedback provided in response to the Bipartisan CHRONIC Care Working Group Policy Options Document released in December of 2015, the Senate Finance Committee recently introduced a draft of bipartisan legislation known as the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes necessary to Improve CHRONIC Care Act of 2016 (the CHRONIC Care Act). The CHRONIC Care Act seeks to modernize Medicare payment policies to improve the management and treatment of chronic diseases using telehealth. Over the past several years, there has been increased attention by Congress and federal agencies on prevention, management and treatment of chronic conditions, such as cancer, heart disease, obesity and diabetes, as they are long-lasting and persistent health problems that require continuous, expensive care. 

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