October 2, 2017

It's hard to believe that another Fall is upon us, although recent weather here in the Northeast wouldn't be any indication of that! We hope that you've all enjoyed these last few weeks of Summer, and that you are as eager as we are to dive into exciting new opportunities to collaborate around telehealth. There is much to share in this edition of the NETRC newsletter. Please forgive the lengthy intro, but I hope you will find a few gems within. With that said, let's dive in! 

We were ecstatic to learn last month, that the NETRC team will have the privilege of continuing to serve as the Regional Telehealth Resource Center for the Northeast, through August 2020. Although we've had the opportunity to reach out to many of you over the past few weeks, we want to once again convey our sincere appreciation to our funders within HRSA's Office for Advancement of Telehealth, to our partners and stakeholders throughout the region, and to our colleagues with the National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers. Your continued input, support and collaboration in expanding the reach and impact of telehealth efforts is invaluable to achieving our collective aims toward improved health access and outcomes.

While the summer months have certainly brought much needed sun and fun, they've also been packed full of great activity and new opportunities - below are just a few highlights we'd like to share from the last few weeks:
  • Our own Dr. Terry Rabinowitz, NETRC PI and Medical Director of the Telemedicine Program at UVM, co-authored the recently released  ATA Practice Guidelines for Telemental Health with Children and Adolescents, with colleagues Drs. Kathleen Meyers, Eve-Lynn Nelson and Don Hilty. 
  • The NETRC participated in Project ECHO Orientation and Immersion training at the University of New Mexico last month, alongside colleagues from Maine Quality Counts and the Maine Area Health Education Center (AHEC), in preparation for collaborative efforts to establish a regional ECHO hub for Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Stay tuned for how you can get involved in this exciting project moving forward. 
  • We've been pounding the pavement, participating and presenting at a number of regional and national events focused on expansion of telehealth, including:
    • Maine Rural Broadband Listening Session and Discussion with Senator Angus King
    • American Academy of Family Physicians Annual Meeting
    • Maine Affordable Housing Annual Conference
    • Strategy session hosted by Massachusetts Department of Public Health around Exploring Public Health Opportunities for Telehealth, and many others
  • We are also thrilled to be involved in several ongoing efforts to expand telehealth utilization across the region, including serving on Advisory Committees for the new National Digital Equity Center, as well as the New England and New York/Mid-Atlantic Genetics Networks, in collaboration with our colleagues from the Mid-Atlantic TRC.
Please see the Fall Conference Calendar below for a number of additional events coming up - lots of great stuff!

There are also a number of opportunities for stakeholders to engage in and inform telehealth efforts moving forward, whether that is policy development within your organization or state, or policy and standards at the national level. For example, the CHRONIC Care Act, which supports expansion of telehealth utilization to address chronic disease for Medicare recipients, passed the Senate last week, with advocates hopeful that it will continue forward with bipartisan support. Another example - The Joint Commission (TJC) recently released their proposed telemedicine standards, which were met with initial concern among stakeholders. According to a September 14, 2017 update on Health Care Law Today, TJC will not move forward with its proposed ambulatory telemedicine standards at this time, but will continue to evaluate options. Additional comments may be sent to Mary Brockway, Director, Department of Standards and Survey Methods, The Joint Commission, at mbrockway@jointcommission.org.  

As always, don't hesitate to reach out with your questions and ideas around how we can best support increased reach and impact of telehealth across the region. We're looking forward to working with you over the next three years and beyond - many thanks again for your ongoing engagement and support!

On behalf of the NETRC Team - Best Regards,

Danielle Louder
Program Director

P.S. Stay tuned for a save-the-date for our 2018 Spring Conference!
Join the Virtual Conversation!


You're invited! The Northeast Telehealth Resource Center has established the Northeast Telehealth Leadership Forum to foster collaborative problem solving and networking across the region. Join us for virtual meetings at  2:00pm ET on the FIRST Wednesday of every month!

Next Meeting: This Wednesday, October 4
Featured Discussion: The Telehealth Reimbursement Landscape

Learn More and Register Today: 

FConferencesall Conference Calendar

Oct. 2-3
Phoenix, AZ
ATA's Fall Forum
Oct. 2-4, 2017
Washington, DC
SEARCH: Telehealth
Research Symposium

Oct. 5-6
Philadelphia, PA
Connected Health Conference
Oct. 25-27
Boston, MA
North Country (NY) Telemedicine Conference
Nov. 2
Lake Placid, NY
New England Rural
Health Conference

Nov. 15-16
Bartlett, NH
Value-Based Care

Nov. 16-17
Boston, MA
CTeL Executive Telehealth Fall Summit
Nov. 30 - Dec. 1
Washington, DC

Stay updated at:

Upcoming National Webinar

Three Perspectives on Telepsychiatry
Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 2:00pm EDT

Hosted by the California Telehealth Resource Center, this webinar will provide an overview of adult, pediatric, and direct-to-consumer telepsychiatry applications.

Select Telehealth News

mHealth Intelligence, September 29, 2017
Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with a plan to enable VA doctors to treat veterans through telehealth no matter where the doctor or patient are located...

mobihealthnews, September 29, 2017
Telemedicine vendors and healthcare providers alike have opened up their lines to receive emergency calls and support relief efforts free of charge...
mHealth Intelligence, September, 27, 2017
The Senate unanimously passed the Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC) Care Act of 2017 ...
FierceHealthcare, September 26, 2017
The recently hired associate vice president of virtual medicine at UMass Memorial Health Care plans to expand the reach of the hospital's existing telehealth program to improve patient access, quality of care and satisfaction...

mHealth Intelligence, September 25, 2017
New York has expanded the list of originating sites for telehealth to include schools, following another bill that expanded originating sites to include certain adult day care centers...

Health Care Law Today, September 12, 2017
The Joint Commission  proposed changes to its accreditation standards to account for direct-to-patient telehealth services, but has since decided not to move them forward at this time...

mHealth Intelligence, September 11, 2017
In Hudson, N.Y., Columbia Memorial Hospital is sending telehealth kits home with about 50 patients in an effort to keep them from returning to the hospital...

mHealth Intelligence, September 5, 2017
National Quality Forum report  aims to set a national framework for measuring and supporting success in telehealth and telemedicine...

Health Care Law Today, August 28, 2017
CMS reported a 28% increase over total 2016 payments for telehealth services under the Medicare program...

FierceHealthcare, August 25, 2017
Nuances within the language of telehealth parity laws have stymied telehealth adoption...
mHealth Intelligence, August 25, 2017
Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services...

HealthcareITNews, August 17, 2017
Emergency room wait times at Weill Cornell Medical Center have been slashed by more than half because of their Telehealth Express Care virtual visit service...

Recently Published Telehealth Resources & Literature

American Telemedicine Association.  Operating procedures for pediatric telehealth.  ATA, 2017 Link

Borders CB.  Realizing the promises of telepsychiatry in special populations.  Mental Illness 9(1):7135, 2017 Link

Brown W, Schmitz T, Scott DM, Friesner D.  Is telehealth right for your practice and your patients with asthma?  J. Patient Exp. 4(1):46-49, 2017 Link

Campagna M, Naka F, Lu J.  Teledermatology: An updated overview of clinical applications and reimbursement policies.  Int. J. Womens Dermatol. 3(3):176-179, 2017 Link

Cole B, Stredler-Brown A, Cohill B, et al. The development of statewide policies and procedures to implement telehealth for Part C service delivery.  Int. J. Telerehabil. 8(2):77-82, 2016 Link

Cui M , Wu X, Mao J, Wang X, Nie M. T2DM self-management via smartphone applications: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  PLOS One. 11(11):e0166718, 2017 Link

Eibl JK, Gauthier G, Pellegrini D, et al.  The effectiveness of telemedicine-delivered opioid agonist therapy in a supervised clinical setting.  Drug Alcohol Depend. 176:133-138, 2017 Link

El-Miedany Y. Telehealth and telemedicine: how the digital era is changing standard health care.  Smart Homecare Tech. TeleHealth 4: 43-51, 2017 Link

Fairchild R, Kuo SFF, Laws S, O'Brien A, Rahmouni H.  Perceptions of rural emergency department providers regarding telehealth-based care:  Perceived competency, satisfaction with care and tele-ED patient disposition. Open J. Nursing 7: 721-733, 2017 Link

Kruse CS, Krowski N, Rodriguez B, Tran L, Vela J, Brooks M.  Telehealth and patient satisfaction: a systematic review and narrative analysis. BMJ Open 7(8):e016242, 2017 Link

Lentferink AJ, Oldenhuis HK, de Groot M, et al.  Key components in eHealth interventions combining self-tracking and persuasive eCoaching to promote a healthier lifestyle: a scoping review.  J. Med. Internet Res. 19(8):e277, 2017 Link

Lowenstein M, Bamgbose O, Gleason N, Feldman MD.  Psychiatric consultation at your fingertips: descriptive analysis of electronic consultation from primary care to psychiatry. J. Med. Internet Res. 19(8):e279, 2017 Link

Martirosyan M, Caliskan K, Theuns DAMJ, Szili-Torok T.  Remote monitoring of heart failure: benefits for therapeutic decision making.  Expert Rev. Cardiovasc. Ther. 15(7):503-515, 2017 Link

National Quality Forum.  Creating a framework to support measure development for telehealth.  Department of Health and Human Services, August 2017 Link

Neufeld J, Ostrowski J, Shore J.  How to effectively implement telebehavioral health in primary care- A dialogue with experts.  Webinar presentation, SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, June 15, 2017  Link video: Link

Peretti A, Amenta F, Tayebati SK, Nittari G, Mahdi SS.  Telerehabilitation: review of the state-of-the-art and areas of application.  JMIR Rehabil. Assist. Technol. 4(2):e7, 2017 Link

Segato F, Masella C.  Telemedicine services: How to make them last over time.  Health Pol. Technol. 6(3): 268-278, 2017 Link

Serwe KM, Hersch GI, Pancheri K.  Feasibility of using telehealth to deliver the "Powerful Tools for Caregivers" program.  Int. J. Telerehabil. 9(1):15-22, 2017 Link

Sharma R, Fleischut P, Barchi D.  Telemedicine and its transformation of emergency care: a case study of one of the largest US integrated healthcare delivery systems.  Int. J. Emerg. Med. 10(1):21, 2017 Link

Squires SI, Boal AJ, Naismith GD.  The financial impact of a nurse-led telemedicine service for inflammatory bowel disease in a large district general hospital.  Frontline Gastroenterol. 7(3):216-221, 2016 Link

Tran C, Dicker AP, Jim HSL.  The emerging role of mobile health in oncology.  Targeted Oncology, July 3, 2017 Link