The Center for Connected Health Policy (CCHP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to maximize telehealth’s ability to improve health outcomes, care delivery, and cost effectiveness.

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  • Low Use of Telehealth Tied to Flawed Payment Models

    American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

    A lot of physicians and insurers might recognize the potential benefits of telehealth, but one author of a recent study said inadequate support from payers keeps more family physicians from using the technology. A study conducted by the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care found that family physicians who used telehealth were much more likely than nonusers to work in federally designated safety net clinics (28 percent versus 15 percent) or HMOs (19 percent versus 11 percent). Academic health centers reported the lowest use of telehealth. Titled "Who is Using Telehealth in Primary Care? Safety Net Clinics and Health Maintenance Organizations,"(www.jabfm.org) the study was published in the July-August issue of the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. 

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  • How Nighttime Telehealth Services Can Improve Overnight Care

    mHealth Intelligence

    In hospitals across the country, the image of the solitary doctor making midnight rounds is changing, thanks to telemedicine.  That doctor now sits in front of a tablet, laptop or desktop computer, perhaps at home or even in another country. And he or she can be connected to several hospitals via a telemedicine network, helping night shift nurses with whatever needs to be done during those long, not-always-quiet hours between dinner and breakfast. Welcome to the world of the telenocturnist. At CHRISTUS Mother Frances Hospital in Sulphur Springs, Texas, some 90 miles northeast of Dallas, night shift nurses can instantly access a doctor via video through a partnership with Dallas-based Access Physicians.

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  • New Survey Shows Growing Support for Telemedicine in Texas

    mHealth Intelligence

    A new telemedicine survey by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) that state employers and healthcare consumers are interested in increased access to remote interactions with their providers.According to the survey, consumers want immediate access and limited wait time, providers want to use technology to streamline services, and employers want to offer both in their health benefits packages. “The Texas Association of Business’s study on telemedicine’s use and satisfaction among employees and Texas businesses highlights a growing trend around the country – more and more people want access to quality health care when and where they need it," said Allison Wils, Director of Health and Policy for the ERISA Industry Committee (ERIC) in a statement.  The TAB surveyed 600 registered Texas voters regarding their viewpoints on telemedicine and their use of healthcare. 

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