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October 16, 2013

Diabetes Care Partners has introduced a new telehealth diabetes self-management education program, the company said.

WEST COVINA, Calif. — Diabetes Care Partners has introduced a new telehealth diabetes self-management education program, the company said.

The West Covina, Calif.-based company announced the launch of DiabetesCareConnect at Eastern Plumas Health Care in Portola, Calif., supported by Telehealthdocs, a team of physicians and telemedicine specialists, and Telemed Management.

October 14, 2013

Health kiosk maker PharmaSmart International and Canadian retail pharmacy chain Rexall will combine PharmaSmart's biometric screening technology with Rexall's dispensing system, under a new partnership announced Monday.

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Health kiosk maker PharmaSmart International and Canadian retail pharmacy chain Rexall will combine PharmaSmart's biometric screening technology with Rexall's dispensing system, under a new partnership announced Monday.

October 10, 2013

Telehealth services and software provider MDLive has appointed a nationally known physician and talk show co-host as chairman of its medical advisory board.

SUNRISE, Fla. — Telehealth services and software provider MDLive has appointed a nationally known physician and talk show co-host as chairman of its medical advisory board.

MDLive announced Wednesday the appointment of Travis Stork, who is co-host of the Emmy award-winning daytime talk show "The Doctors."

September 17, 2013

Market saturation will drive down the market for electronic medical records in the United States despite a spike last year resulting from government incentive funding, according to a new study.

TORONTO — Market saturation will drive down the market for electronic medical records in the United States despite a spike last year resulting from government incentive funding, according to a new study.

The Millennium Research Group predicts that due to Medicare penalties for hospitals and physicians that fail to demonstrate meaningful use of electronic medical records by 2015, most adoption will occur by then. But market saturation means that purchases of new systems will likely decline.

September 13, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services is setting aside $5.3 million to expand health information technology — particularly telehealth — in rural areas in order to improve mental health services for veterans.

Telehealth represents one of the best ways to expand healthcare services to underserved areas while also lowering costs by expanding the area a health professional can cover from a single location.

The Department of Health and Human Services is setting aside $5.3 million to expand health information technology — particularly telehealth — in rural areas in order to improve mental health services for veterans.

Telehealth represents one of the best ways to expand healthcare services to underserved areas while also lowering costs by expanding the area a health professional can cover from a single location.

September 12, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services is devoting more than $5 million in grants to expand health information technology to rural areas, including telehealth, the agency said Thursday.

WASHINGTON — The Department of Health and Human Services is devoting more than $5 million in grants to expand health information technology to rural areas, including telehealth, the agency said Thursday.

HHS said it would devote nearly $5.3 million for workforce expansion and the use of telehealth to improve mental health services for veterans in rural areas, HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced.

August 28, 2013

Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida.

DEERFIELD, Ill. — Walgreens and Orlando Health, a comprehensive not-for-profit healthcare organization based in Orlando, Fla., on Wednesday announced a clinical collaboration that will provide coordinated and expanded healthcare services, while improving patient access to high-quality, convenient and affordable care throughout Central Florida. 

August 22, 2013

Community Health Network has officially begun its clinical collaboration with the Healthcare Clinic, formerly Take Care Clinics, at select Walgreens creating one of the largest integrated continuums of healthcare delivery in Indiana.

INDIANAPOLIS — Community Health Network has officially begun its clinical collaboration with the Healthcare Clinic, formerly Take Care Clinics, at select Walgreens creating one of the largest integrated continuums of healthcare delivery in Indiana.

August 21, 2013

RxNT's e-prescribing and electronic health record systems will incorporate taste options recommended by FlavoRx for liquid medications given to children in order to promote medication adherence among children, the two companies said.

COLUMBIA, Md. — RxNT's e-prescribing and electronic health record systems will incorporate taste options recommended by FlavoRx for liquid medications given to children in order to promote medication adherence, the two companies said.

August 19, 2013

Electronic health record provider Allscripts has introduced a new point-of-care system that aims to reduce chronic disease management costs and reduce hospital readmissions, the company said Monday.

CHICAGO — Electronic health record provider Allscripts has introduced a new point-of-care system that aims to reduce chronic disease management costs and reduce hospital readmissions, the company said Monday.

Allscripts said it would demonstrate the Population Health Analytics system at the Allscripts Client Experience, which takes place between Wednesday and Friday in Chicago.

August 13, 2013

Electronic prescribing network Surescripts has added 19 state health information exchanges and health information service providers to its network, the company said.

ARLINGTON, Va. — Electronic prescribing network Surescripts has added 19 state health information exchanges and health information service providers to its network, the company said.

These include entities in Maryland, Ohio, Colorado, Michigan, New York, Tennessee and others.

August 12, 2013

Among the renewed services, Chain Drug Consortium participating pharmacies will be able to utilize the Emdeon Clinical Exchange eRx Network, which is designed to enhance interoperable information exchange and help improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Emdeon Inc., a provider of healthcare revenue and payment cycle management and clinical information exchange solutions, today announced it has been selected to continue providing multiple pharmacy solutions to the Chain Drug Consortium, a collaborative that represents more than 1,000 retail pharmacies nationwide. Among the renewed services, CDC participating pharmacies will be able to utilize the Emdeon Clinical Exchange eRx Network, which is designed to enhance interoperable information exchange and help improve patient safety and clinical outcomes.

August 12, 2013

It’s no secret that with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act set to take full effect in the next couple of years, with an estimated 30 million new patients gaining health insurance, the nation faces a shortage of providers.

A panel at the NACDS Total Store Expo on Monday, titled “Telehealth: Changing the Way Patient Care is Delivered,” covered this topic and more.

It’s no secret that with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act set to take full effect in the next couple of years, with an estimated 30 million new patients gaining health insurance, the nation faces a shortage of providers.

One solution is telehealth, in which health professionals consult with patients electronically, even offering diagnoses and writing prescriptions. A related service is telepharmacy, which was the topic of a panel at the NACDS Total Store Expo on Monday.

August 9, 2013

The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy will include a presentation of research posters at its inaugural Strategic Business Exchange in the fall, the group said.

SEATTLE – The National Association of Specialty Pharmacy will include a presentation of research posters at its inaugural Strategic Business Exchange in the fall, the group said Friday.

August 8, 2013

For the three months ended in May, smartphone penetration reached 61% of the U.S. market, according to Nielsen. Penetration of smartphones remained lowest among Americans ages 55 years and older (42%), but this group is catching up fast, as penetration among this demographic has nearly doubled over the past year.

For the three months ended in May, smartphone penetration reached 61% of the U.S. market, according to Nielsen. Penetration of smartphones remained lowest among Americans ages 55 years and older (42%), but this group is catching up fast, as penetration among this demographic has nearly doubled over the past year.

August 5, 2013

Nearly a quarter of Americans are using electronic medical records for checking test results, refilling prescriptions and making appointments, while more than half say they would like to use them, but don't have access, according to a new study.

CHICAGO — Nearly a quarter of Americans are using electronic medical records for checking test results, refilling prescriptions and making appointments, while more than half say they would like to use them, but don't have access, according to a new study.

The study, by Aeffect and 88 Brand Partners, included 1,000 respondents ages 25 years to 55 years, finding that 24% of them used EMRs, while 52% would like to. At the same time, nearly half of patients take EMR access into consideration when choosing a healthcare provider.

July 29, 2013

The same organization that reached the often-cited figure of nearly $300 billion wasted each year due to poor medication adherence has developed a six-point agenda for improving it.

BOSTON — The same organization that reached the often-cited figure of nearly $300 billion wasted each year due to poor medication adherence has developed a six-point agenda for improving it.

July 25, 2013

A new program in south Florida will provide health care for children in underserved communities using mobile telemedicine.

MIAMI — A new program in south Florida will provide health care for children in underserved communities using mobile telemedicine.

The Children's Health Fund and Verizon Foundation announced the launch of the first "telemedicine clinics on wheels," connecting children to specialists at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Fifteen of the mobile clinics will be equipped with the latest health information technology from the Verizon Foundation.

July 24, 2013

Prior-authorization software company CoverMyMeds reached a milestone Tuesday as the 5 millionth PA request was sent through its system.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Prior-authorization software company CoverMyMeds reached a milestone Tuesday as the 5 millionth PA request was sent through its system.

CoverMyMeds said the announcement came a day after the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs published the first e-prescribing standard to include the electronic PA implementation guide. CoverMyMeds has worked with the industry to develop the standard and said it was the first provider software vendor to use the standard at scale.

July 18, 2013

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA, has been in effect for a decade. In the last law column, we looked at how the HIPAA privacy rule has been enforced; in this column we provide some tips for avoiding HIPAA violations.

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, commonly known as HIPAA, has been in effect for a decade. In the last law column, we looked at how the HIPAA privacy rule has been enforced; in this column we provide some tips for avoiding HIPAA violations.

First, it’s essential to understand what is being protected by HIPAA. The privacy rule applies to protected health information, or PHI, which the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services defines as “information, including demographic data, that relates to:

July 12, 2013

Whole generations of Americans have no memory of a time when doctors routinely made house calls. But with the rapid acceleration of telehealth and telepharmacy technologies — and their increasing use by physicians and pharmacy providers — the virtual house call is bringing remotely delivered health services to thousands of patients where they live, work and shop.

Whole generations of Americans have no memory of a time when doctors routinely made house calls. But with the rapid acceleration of telehealth and telepharmacy technologies — and their increasing use by physicians and pharmacy providers — the virtual house call is bringing remotely delivered health services to thousands of patients where they live, work and shop.

June 27, 2013

An organization formed with the goal of reducing healthcare costs and improving health in the United States has launched a new diabetes-management program for pharmacists.

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. — An organization formed with the goal of reducing healthcare costs and improving health in the United States has launched a new diabetes-management program for pharmacists.

June 25, 2013

People who deal in real estate like to say that the three most important things to consider when buying or selling a house are “location, location and location.” But when it comes to the way physicians, nurses and pharmacists provide health services to their patients, location ain’t what it used to be.

People who deal in real estate like to say that the three most important things to consider when buying or selling a house are “location, location and location.” But when it comes to the way physicians, nurses and pharmacists provide health services to their patients, location ain’t what it used to be.

June 20, 2013

CVS Caremark has announced that its Pharmacy Advisor program is featured in the national report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report released this week.

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS Caremark has announced that its Pharmacy Advisor program is featured in the national report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics report released this week.

As reported by Drug Store News, The IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics found that better adherence, more careful prescribing of antibiotics and increased generic use could reduce the country's total annual health expenditures by 8%.

June 13, 2013

A state legislator in Ohio is sponsoring an open-house event to demonstrate advances in telemedicine.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — A state legislator in Ohio is sponsoring an open-house event to demonstrate advances in telemedicine.