Tag Archives: mHealth

Federal Agencies Provide User-Friendly Guidance on Compliance with Data Privacy Laws

How federal privacy laws apply to mobile health applications has been an area of significant ambiguity. Recently, the Federal Trade Commission’s (FTC), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) … Continue reading this entry

The Telehealth Top 10 for 2015

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Telehealth continues to be an innovative alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar medicine. The number of providers offering telehealth services is rapidly increasing and states are enacting laws requiring health plans to cover telehealth services and telehealth technology at a brisk pace. Listed below are the top ten key issues that providers of telehealth services should keep … Continue reading this entry

Up, up and away (safely): How the airline industry could use telehealth

Telehealth continues to drive change as an innovative alternative to traditional brick-and-mortar medicine. And what works on land can work in the air. The airlines have upgraded their communications technology and mobile device policies so that nearly every plane is equipped with Wi-Fi and other technologies, allowing both crew and passengers to communicate in real-time … Continue reading this entry

Examining Payment Parity in Telehealth Laws

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Many states are enacting laws requiring commercial health plans to cover medical services provided via telehealth to the same extent they cover medical services provided in-person. These laws are intended to promote innovation and care delivery in the private sector by catalyzing healthcare providers and plans to invest in and use the powerful telehealth technologies available … Continue reading this entry

Is My Telehealth App Subject to HIPAA?

Many telehealth and mHealth app developers are concerned about whether or not their app is a medical device under FDA regulations (and rightfully so), they often pay less attention to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”) rules. The developer either mistakenly presumes HIPAA applies to their app or neglects to consider health privacy issues … Continue reading this entry

Can My U.S. Company Offer Online Second Opinions in China?

This post is the sixth in Foley’s blog series, “Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China,” meant to address top issues facing U.S. companies looking to enter the Chinese telemedicine market. As U.S. companies continue to look abroad for telehealth opportunities, particularly in China, they are exploring direct-to-patient service offerings such as internet-based medical consultations … Continue reading this entry

China Telemedicine Tackles Long Term Care: Business Opportunities and Government Guidance

This post is the fifth in Foley’s blog series, “Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China,” meant to address top issues facing U.S. companies looking to enter the Chinese telemedicine market. A China government policy development program uses telemedicine as the lynchpin in China’s promotion of healthcare services for the elderly, including accelerated pilot programs … Continue reading this entry

Do You Really Know Your China Telemedicine Partners? China Anti-Corruption Effort Focuses on Major Medical Institutions

This post is the fourth in Foley’s blog series, “Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China,” meant to address top issues facing U.S. companies looking to enter the Chinese telemedicine market. As U.S.-based health care providers look to China for new telemedicine opportunities, it is important to know your China partners before signing the contract. It … Continue reading this entry

China Unveils Plans for National Telemedicine Network

This post is the third in Foley’s blog series, “Realizing the Potential of Telemedicine in China,” meant to address top issues facing U.S. companies looking to enter the Chinese telemedicine market. We continue to work with more and more U.S.-based providers to create international telemedicine programs, and without question China remains the region of hottest … Continue reading this entry

Foley Survey Finds Health Care Executives Pursuing Telemedicine Despite Hurdles

2014 Telemedicine Survey Report
The results of Foley’s 2014 Telemedicine Survey of senior health care executives are in, and they paint a picture of a rapidly transforming industry. Below are a few observations from the new data. Click here for the full report. Industry leaders believe telemedicine has arrived. Why? For the majority of respondents, it’s simple – they … Continue reading this entry

mHealth Technology – Development in an Uncertain Regulatory Climate

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The development and use of mobile technologies and devices is expanding at an incredibly fast pace and is changing, and in fact revolutionizing, the way patients and healthcare providers interact. Mobile medical technologies or “mHealth” technologies and applications can allow patients to better manage their own health and wellness, and provides patients and providers with … Continue reading this entry

Telemedicine: What’s Next – 2014 Provider Survey

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Telemedicine is a booming sector for health care, stemming from a strong desire to improve the overall quality of care and reach new patients in new markets both around the block and around the world. The benefits of telemedicine abound — with new patients comes the potential for increased revenue, as well as a competitive … Continue reading this entry

Telemedicine and the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact is Here: Will it Succeed?

After more than 18 months in the works, and with much public coverage in the telemedicine industry, the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) made its Interstate Medical Licensure Compact available for review by state medical boards.   But what does the compact mean for telemedicine in general, and hospitals and healthcare providers in particular? The … Continue reading this entry

China Issues New Telemedicine Opinions for China and Foreign-Based Providers

Telemedicine providers and vendors doing business in China, whether based in China, the United States, or elsewhere, received new guidance on the use of telemedicine in China. On August 29, 2014, the National Health and Family Planning Commission of the People’s Republic of China (NHFPC) published Interpretations (interpretive guidance) and associated guidelines regarding telemedicine services … Continue reading this entry

Georgia Composite Medical Board Issues New Telemedicine Rules

The Georgia Composite Medical Board enacted a new regulation governing the standards for telemedicine practice. The regulation, titled Practice Through Electronic or Other Such Means, is found under Georgia Comp. Rules and Regs. rule 360-3-.07 and is intended to establish the minimum standards of practice while providing treatment and/or consultation recommendations through the use of telemedicine. … Continue reading this entry

ATA Issues Final Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) released its new Clinical Guidelines for Telepathology this week. The Guidelines update the ATA’s original 1999 telepathology guidelines, offering healthcare providers new and updated guidance on the specific applications, practice, benefits, and regulatory issues that may arise in the practice of telepathology. The Guidelines were finalized after the ATA considered public comments last … Continue reading this entry

Practice Guidelines for Real-time, Direct-to-Patient Primary Urgent Care Telemedicine Released

The American Telemedicine Association released draft Practice Guidelines for Real-time, Direct-to-Patient Primary Urgent Care Telemedicine and is seeking public comments through June 20, 2014. These guidelines are particularly useful and informative for businesses seeking to implement new (or refine existing) direct-to-patient models of telemedicine, including mobile-based platforms allowing patients immediate access to a provider for … Continue reading this entry

Florida Board of Medicine Issues Telemedicine Regulations

The Florida Board of Medicine enacted new regulations governing the Standards for Telemedicine Practice. The regulations are identical for allopaths (64B8-9.0141) and osteopaths (64B15-14.0081). The new regulations went into effect March 12, 2014 and offer some additional guidance on telemedicine practice in Florida, although they are not as comprehensive as some providers may have wished. … Continue reading this entry

Tennessee Enacts Telehealth Parity Legislation

Tennessee has enacted legislation requiring commercial insurance payors to cover telehealth services. On April 14, 2014, Governor Bill Haslam signed into law HB 1895/SB 2050. Under the Tennessee law, a health insurance carrier: Must provide coverage under a health insurance policy or contract for covered healthcare services delivered through telehealth; Must reimburse a healthcare services provider for … Continue reading this entry

Finally…FDASIA Health IT Regulation Report Released

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), along with HHS’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) and the Federal Communications Commission (FCC, together with FDA and ONC, the “Agencies”) published their long-awaited report, FDASIA Health IT Report: Proposed Strategy and Recommendations for a Risk-Based Framework. The report, mandated by the Food and Drug … Continue reading this entry

Draft Guidelines for TeleICU Operations Released

The American Telemedicine Association released draft Guidelines for TeleICU Operations on March 28, 2014 and is seeking public comments through April 26, 2014.  Practice guidelines can serve as a useful reference point for the development of a provider’s standards of care, policies and practices regarding telemedicine and telehealth, and foundation for the deployment of telemedicine … Continue reading this entry

Telehealth Opportunities Arise as South Korea Opens Door to Telemedicine

All eyes in the field of mHealth and telehealth technologies are focused on South Korea at the moment. After a longstanding prohibition on telemedicine, South Korea’s Cabinet passed a bill allowing doctors to utilize telehealth technology to diagnose and treat remote patients. The bill was approved on March 25, 2014 at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime … Continue reading this entry