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  • ONC Report Exposes mHealth’s Security Flaws, But Who Should Fix Them?

    July 21, 2016 - Federal oversight of consumer health information isn’t keeping up with the fast-moving mHealth ecosystem, according to a new report. And it’s up to the healthcare industry to close those privacy and security gaps. That’s the gist of a 32-page report prepared for Congress by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). It notes that safeguards...

  • Text Messaging Ban Reinstated for Providers

    July 18, 2016 - Federal officials are once again banning healthcare providers from using text messaging tools until at least late this year. The Joint Commission, which lifted its ban on text messaging this past May, has announced that it needs more time to “ensure a safe implementation” of text messaging guidelines. It now hopes to have those guidelines in place to lift the ban by the end of...

  • Why Isn’t mHealth More Popular?

    July 13, 2016 - A recent survey of Canadian consumers finds they share the same opinion of mHealth as their American neighbors: They want to use the technology to manage their health, but they aren’t. Commissioned by TELUS Health, the May survey of slightly more than 1,000 Canadians finds that almost 90 percent believe mHealth can lead to better care. But only 15 percent have used the technology, and...

  • CMS Gives Green Light to Digital Health Diabetes Prevention Program

    July 12, 2016 - A diabetes-based preventive health program that would reimburse providers who use digital health has received the full blessing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS is proposing to expand its Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to a full-fledged national program by the beginning of 2018, making it the first preventive service model to be certified for expansion out...


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New Survey Blames Healthcare for mHealth’s Struggles

A new survey says the healthcare industry is to blame for slow mHealth adoption. Adobe Digital Insights’ survey of 1,000 consumers finds that those who know how to use a mobile device are twice as likely to say the quality of healthcare...

mHealth App Challenges Target EHR Access, Mood Measurement

mHealth app challenges are all the rage these days, with separate contests seeking tools to access health information in an EHR and platforms that address mood disorders. ONC officials have unveiled their first-round winners in two challenges...

Telehealth Terminology: ‘Store-and-Forward’ Has its Fans - And Critics

The ongoing battle in Arkansas over new telemedicine guidelines is shining a spotlight on “store and forward” technology. Long considered the alternative to real-time (or live interactive) telemedicine, store and forward (or asynchronous)...

ONC Report Exposes mHealth’s Security Flaws, But Who Should Fix Them?

Federal oversight of consumer health information isn’t keeping up with the fast-moving mHealth ecosystem, according to a new report. And it’s up to the healthcare industry to close those privacy and security gaps. That’s the...

Are Fitbits Fitting into Hospitals’ Care Coordination Plans?

One of the nation’s top cancer hospitals is turning to consumer-facing wearables to help patients with their care management. New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is giving its multiple myeloma patients activity trackers...

mHealth’s Promise: Mobility With Meaning

In California, a Silicon Valley startup is launching a mobile robot designed to keep seniors connected with their care providers – and in the future offer mHealth services like medication management. In Virginia, a medical instrument company...

Telemedicine to Help Rural Docs Tackle Opioid Abuse

Federal officials are investing in telemedicine to fight the nation’s growing opioid abuse epidemic in three states. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is launching a three-year, $9 million effort to train rural healthcare...

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