Tricare extends Web-based mental health counseling demo

The Tricare Assistance Program allows enrollees to use the Internet and a webcam to speak "face-to-face" with mental health counselors 24 hours a day, seven days a week from the privacy of the beneficiary's computer.

FCC claims a role in health IT policy

The Federal Communications Commission released its National Broadband Plan last week, and lo and behold, there was a big section that highlighted health information technology and telehealth applications.

National broadband plan promotes health IT, telemedicine

The Federal Communication Commission's National Broadband Plan includes health information technology and telemedicine.

FCC awards $145M for telehealth networks

The Federal Communications Commission is distributing $145 million to 16 telehealth projects.

FCC boosts telemedicine in plan preview

The FCC's preview of its National Broadband Plan's top priorities emphasizes telemedicine and e-health technologies.

VA takes a leap of faith into telehealth

The Veterans Affairs Department is a step ahead of the rest of the federal government in promoting telehealth, also called telemedicine. Now VA is proposing to double its telehealth investment over two years. But without a broader federal strategy behind it, VA’s leap into telehealth is, to some degree, a leap of faith.

USDA grants aim to expand health care to rural areas

Nearly $35 million in grants from the USDA aim to support telemedicine and distance learning in rural areas.

State and local health IT spending to hit $9.6 billion by 2014

State and local governments are projected to spend 4.6 percent more per year on health IT through 2014, according to Input Inc., a market research firm.

How NHIN will change health care communications

If the retail catalog industry has kept the U.S. Postal Service on life support during the past decade or so, then doctors, hospitals and pharmacies certainly must be given credit for sustaining the dying — but not yet dead — prospects of landline phone companies.

Army seeks virtual support groups for amputees

Virtual world-based groups would help people who do not have access to in-person groups.