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The Commonwealth Fund, a private foundation that supports independent research on healthcare issues, has published its findings from case studies of three early adopters of telehealth and telemonitoring programs.
The Health Resources and Services Administration plans to provide $1.9 million in funding for a network of telehealth resource centers, according to a mHIMSS report.

Telemedicine and telehealth have the potential to increase access to care, improve quality of care and decrease costs. For instance, the American Telemedicine Association proposed legislation that would expand telemedicine and save an estimated $186 million over the next 10 years. In addition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has devoted significant resources to the development of telemedicine, including recent grants totaling more than $30 million for telemedicine projects throughout the country. Here, several experienced hospital professionals share 10 best practices to build a successful hospital telemedicine program.

Increasing membership in health insurance plans with capped payments may spur significant telemedicine growth among healthcare providers, according to an American Telemedicine Association news release.
Six states have received a total of more than $6 million from the United States Department of Agriculture to implement telehealth and other healthcare initiatives in rural regions, according to a USDA news release.
The following seven studies have found evidence suggesting a potential benefit or risk of health IT.
Mayo Clinic in Phoenix is using telemedicine to evaluate patients with concussions in rural Arizona, according to a Mayo Clinic news release.
A study published in BMC Health Services Research found that 25 percent more patients avoided travel using real-time vs. store-and-forward telemedicine.
The American Telemedicine Association criticized the Federal Communications Commission for "continued mismanagement" of the Universal Service Support Mechanism for Rural Healthcare, according to an ATA letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski.
The Colorado Rural Health Center and UnitedHealthcare dispersed more than $2 million in funds to strengthen healthcare delivery in rural communities, particularly toward expanding the use of health information technology between hospitals and physician practices, according to a CRHC news release.
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