Tag: telehealth

Study: Surgeon video consults up since pandemic, but challenges remain

Editor's Note Need for physical examination, technological limitations, care quality concerns, and malpractice risk topped the list of perceived barriers to employing video visits in surgical care in a study published May 10 in the journal Surgery. This study was reportedly the first to comprehensively survey surgeons on their perception…

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By: Matt Danford
May 30, 2024
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The Joint Commission launches new telehealth accreditation program

Editor's Note Effective July 1, telehealth providers can apply for a new Joint Commission accreditation designed to ensure safe, high-quality care. Announced April 23 by The Joint Commission, the new Telehealth Accreditation Program is designed for organizations that exclusively provide care, treatment and services via telehealth. Hospitals and other healthcare…

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By: Matt Danford
April 29, 2024
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Diagnosis delays more likely for EDs with fewer pediatric patients

Editor's Note Emergency departments (EDs) that see more young patients tend to deliver more timely diagnoses than those that see fewer young patients, where diagnosis is more likely to be delayed. The findings appeared February 12 study in JAMA pediatrics. The cohort study examined data from January 2015 to December…

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By: Brita Belli
March 6, 2024
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Phone-based follow-up safe, effective for general surgery patients

Editor's Note Postoperative telehealth for general surgery patients is both safe and effective, according to a study published on December 22 in The American Journal of Surgery. The study consisted of a retrospective review of 1,075 veterans undergoing qualifying procedures at a medical center from June 2019 to September 2021.…

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By: Matt Danford
January 9, 2024
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Virtual sitting found to reduce nurse burnout in new study

Editor's Note In this study first published by the Western Journal of Nursing Research in August 2023, virtual sitting technology was found to reduce burnout among nurses, particularly those who are already feeling drained and less committed. The study was titled, “An Experience Sampling Analysis of the Impact of Video…

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By: Brita Belli
November 27, 2023
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Physicians spent more time in EHR with telehealth during pandemic

Editor's Note New research shows that physicians who used telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic spent increased time working in the electronic health record (EHR). The research findings were published in JAMA Internal Medicine on October 30. Researchers studied the weekly EHR metadata of 1,052 physicians at the University of California…

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By: Brita Belli
November 1, 2023
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Costco teams up with Sesame to bring ‘affordable’ telehealth to members

Editor's Note Major warehouse corporation Costco has entered a partnership with virtual care company Sesame to expand its healthcare offerings to its members, Chief Healthcare Executive September 27 reports. This collaboration will reportedly allow Costco members to access Sesame's telehealth services at “affordable rates.” David Goldhill, Sesame's CEO and a…

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By: Tarsilla Moura
September 29, 2023
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Telehealth services bridge gap for specialist access in rural communities

Editor's Note Rural populations are challenged with access to consistent specialist care, with an average of just 11% of the volume of specialists per 100,000 residents compared to urban areas, according to the National Rural Health Associations. In an effort to combat the shortage of specialists, Fairbanks Memorial Hospital in Alaska…

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By: Lindsay Botts
September 7, 2023
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AHA: COVID-19 HIPAA rules for telehealth expire

Editor's Note The American Hospital Association (AHA), on August 9, announced that COVID-19 HIPAA rules for telehealth would expire at 11:59 pm. The Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights (OCR) implemented a HIPAA policy for telehealth during the COVID-19 public health emergency, which provided enforcement discretion…

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By: Judy Mathias
August 10, 2023
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ECRI: Guthrie Clinic wins 2023 Health Technology Excellence Award

Editor's Note On May 4, ECRI announced that Guthrie Clinic, Sayre, Pennsylvania, is the winner of its 2023 Health Technology Excellence Award. The annual award honors an organization that implements an exceptional initiative to improve patient safety, reduce costs, and facilitate better strategic management of health technology. Guthrie Clinic won…

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By: Judy Mathias
May 8, 2023
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