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Using Telemedicine to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

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Article Author: ADM Brett P. Giroir

Source: Health IT Buzz

Combatting the opioid crisis is a top priority for the Trump Administration and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  We are making progress. Just last week we released the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)data, which showed significantly more people received treatment for substance use disorder in 2017 than in 2016; this was especially true for those with heroin-related opioid use disorders.  In addition, the number of people who initiated use of heroin in 2017 was less than half of the number in 2016.

While these are promising data, we know there is still much more work to be done, especially in rural areas that have been hard hit by the opioid epidemic.  This is particularly true in some rural and remote areas of the country where patients with opioid use disorder (OUD must travel long distances to receive treatment; and there are too few clinicians available to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT)- an essential component in the treatment of OUD.

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Stanford Researchers Use an mHealth Patch to Measure Teenager Stress

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

Stanford University is using an mHealth wearable in a new study looking for a connection between stress and depression in teenagers.

Researchers in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science are using the Vital Scout, a Band-Aid-sized digital health patch that uses sensors – including electrocardiogram (ECG) measurement – to continuously monitor heart and respiratory rate, sleep, activity and other functions.

The patch was unveiled by California-based VivaLNK at the CES show in Las Vegas in early 2016 as a consumer product, enabling users to monitor their own stress levels for up to 72 hours at a time through a patch affixed to one’s chest.

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Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans.

The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis and at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton. Both are in response to an increase in the number of veterans living in the counties served by those hospitals.

The connected care programs are part of a larger effort by the VA to improve access to healthcare for veterans, no matter where they’re located. This outreach includes an mHealth app platform and the ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ program, which enables VA-sanctioned healthcare providers to connect with veterans anywhere through telehealth for treatment.

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California Mulls Guidelines for School Telemental Health Programs

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

California lawmakers are pushing a bill to develop a statewide policy for telehealth and telemedicine that will give students remote access to mental health services.

AB 2315, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, calls on the California Department of Education and Department of Health Care Services to develop connected care guidelines within two years for the state’s public schools, including charter schools.

The bill passed unanimously in both the Senate and State Assembly.

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Telemedicine Adds Value to an Orthopedic Bundled Payment Plan

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Article Author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

For orthopedic practices looking to improve post-acute care, a bundled payment plan that incorporates telemedicine can reduce expenses and improve patient outcomes. But it takes careful planning to create a good bundle.

“You’ve got to know the business,” says Stephen Lucey, MD, an orthopedic surging with Greensboro, N.C.-based Delta Joint Management. “Telehealth offers tons of opportunity for improving care, but you need to know how to fit it in.”

Patient safety demands more robust testing of EHR usability, says Pew

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Article Author: Mike Miliard

Source: Healthcare IT News

Pew Charitable Trusts says not enough attention is being paid to electronic health record usability from a safety point of view. And given that federal certification requirements don’t address two key safety factors, it’s offering EHR developers and provider organizations a toolset to help boost patient protections.

For all the benefits that EHRs bring, variations in their design, customization and use can “lead to inefficiencies or workflow challenges and can fail to prevent – or even contribute to – patient harm,” according to a new study from Pew.

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Telemedicine Gives SNFs a Tool to Improve Care, Cut Medicare Costs

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Article author: Eric Wicklund

Source: mHealth Intelligence

An after-hours telemedicine platform helped a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility eliminate almost 100 hospitalizations and save roughly $1.5 million in Medicare costs in one year.

Those outcomes are included in a case study published in the August edition of the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC). Using that as a benchmark, the case study’s authors say a connected care platform could save the nation $1.5 million per year.

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