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  • New Gadgets That Could Give Telemedicine a Boost

    The Wall Street Journal

    Telemedicine offers patients the chance to meet with a doctor, 24/7, without leaving home. But many physicians are wary of participating because they can’t peer into patients’ ears, look down their throats or listen to their lungs remotely.  A new genre of home diagnostic devices aims to address those concerns by giving patients some of the same tools that doctors use during in-office exams. Think part Star Trek Tricorder, part Harry Potter Extendable Ear. The closest to market is Tyto, a hand-held gizmo about the size of a softball. One attachment works like a stethoscope to capture and record a patient’s heartbeat and breath sounds. Other attachments allow a built-in camera to get a good look at patient’s tonsils and into the ear canal. The camera can also take high-resolution photos of skin lesions, rashes and moles. All the images, sounds and readouts can be shared with a doctor over the internet in real time or stored in a software program for later use. 

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  • Telehealth Provisions of ACO Improvement Bill Win Praise

    Modern Healthcare

    Providers are lauding a new bi-partisan bill aimed at tweaking rules covering Medicare Accountable Care Organizations, including waiving restrictions on the use of telehealth. The bill is co-sponsored by Reps. Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.). The measure would reduce regulatory burdens for ACOs by waiving the telehealth site-of-service requirements, a modification sought by the American Medical Group Association, among other organizations. Fisher, president and CEO of the AMGA in a news release statement said the suggested policy changes are a "positive step that will improve the long term viability of the Medicare Shared Savings Program." CAPG, an association of 250 physician organizations practicing capitated, coordinated care, also said the bill will lead to better care coordination through improved access to both telehealth services and remote patient monitoring.  

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  • Walgreens Adds Dermatology Line As Telehealth For Skin Care Grows

    Forbes

    Walgreens Boots Alliance is launching a skin care platform that will include video consultations with dermatologists, part of a rapidly growing segment of the digital health industry. Walgreens already offers access to physicians via smartphone, desktop and tablet through its relationship with telehealth firm MDLive, and the drugstore chain is expanding access to mental health services as well. In this new deal disclosed Monday, Walgreens has partnered with Iagnosis and its flagship product DermatologistOnCall, which has a network of dermatology specialists. “The teledermatology offering and collaboration is a natural extension of some of the services we already provide and can serve as a resource for screening and potential early diagnosis of a variety of skin conditions,” Dr. Harry Leider, Walgreens chief medical officer said in a statement. Online skin care consultations cost $59 each, Walgreens said. Dermatology is part of a total U.S. market of “specialty care” virtual consultations estimated at 15.5 million in 2015 and growing 8% a year, according to market research firm I.H.S. 

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