Entries by Lisa Dong

Understanding Telemedicine’s History to Employ its Future

Around 70 years ago, Telemedicine made its debut to reach patients in otherwise fairly inaccessible regions where the patients lived. In fact, the first concept for telemedicine was prototyped in the early 20th century in what was known as the ‘Teledactyl,’ a machine that offered a video picture of a patient while a doctor remotely […]

Telehealth and HIPAA Compliance

Telehealth provides a number of benefits to patients and providers, such as increased access to care, improved efficiency, and increased communication. However, if you’re using a video conferencing service that is not HIPAA-compliant, you are putting your patients’ protected health information in jeopardy and reducing your credibility as a trustworthy health provider. Consequences of a […]

How State Prisons Use Telemedicine to Improve Care and Reduce Costs

Telemedicine is growing in popularity across numerous industries. One of the most beneficial uses of this technology occurs within the United States prison system. This innovative tech is changing the way we engage with healthcare, particularly in the areas of mental health. Prison operators recognize the enormous benefits of Telemedicine. Here, we examine how state […]

Avoid Fines by Using a HIPAA-Compliant Video Service

Telemedicine services are an increasingly popular amenity for healthcare providers to offer patients, but unless the video service used is specifically developed for healthcare providers, it is likely in violation of HIPAA and could result in sizable fines. HIPAA Rules The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) contains two rules that dictate how healthcare providers must protect […]

The 6 Largest HIPAA Fines of 2017

Anyone handling protected health information (PHI), as defined under HIPAA, accepts a strong obligation to protect it. Transferring or storing it insecurely can be very costly. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) collected penalties of over a million dollars six times in 2017 for violations. Five of these cases involved failure to protect electronic data. […]

The eNLC Is Changing the Future of Healthcare

The Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC) has been implemented as of January 19, 2018. This means that any nurse living in an eNLC state can apply for a multistate license and practice in any of the participating states without maintaining individual state licenses. There are currently 29 states opted into the compact but more are expected to follow. […]

New Budget Deal Expands Telehealth Reimbursement

The Telehealth services industry has a new victory over a former foe—reimbursement barriers. The 2017 KLAS and CHIME research survey reports that half of the participating health organizations stated that reimbursement was a limitation and a barrier for their Telehealth programs. The latest groundbreaking legislation has removed that barrier. After a five-hour government shutdown, President Trump signed […]

Never Underestimate the Importance of HIPAA Compliance

Am I HIPAA compliant? This question ought to be foremost in the minds of medical providers, as the vast implications of HIPAA (or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) can affect pocketbooks and lives. As the field of medicine becomes more technologically entrenched, we need to focus more than ever on how to make […]

House Passes Important Telemedicine Bill Concerning Veterans

Towards the end of 2017, the House passed a major bill concerning all Veterans regarding health care. It’s called the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2017 (VETS) (H.R. 2123). In short, the goal is to allow medical professionals the ability to provide Telemedicine services regardless of where the professional or patient is located. […]

What You Need to Know About Net Neutrality

On December 14th, 2017 the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal net neutrality rules put in place in 2015 under Title II to encourage and protect an open and free internet. The repeal comes as both a surprise and a concern to many American citizens who are unsure how the repeal will affect them, and what […]