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NATO Ready to Deploy Telemedicine Platform

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NATO has finished testing a multinational telemedicine platform for emergency scenes or combat zones and is ready to deploy the suitcase-sized kits where needed around the world. The 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization made the announcement...

Apple Watch Study to Use Digital Health to Tackle Depression

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British mHealth researchers are launching a project to determine whether the Apple Watch can help treat people with depression. Takeda Pharmaceuticals has joined forces with UK-based Cognition Kit Limited to use the Cognition Kit app in a controlled...

Telehealth Licensing Compact Closer to Reality for Nurses

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A national effort to enable nurses to practice telehealth across state lines may go into effect before the end of the year. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing reports that 10 states have approved legislation adopting the enhanced...

Telemedicine Backpack Gives Providers a New Mobile Health Tool

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EMS providers in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina will soon be using a telemedicine backpack to help hard-to-reach residents with health issues. And the EMS director says it won’t take long for that backpack to pay for itself....

Apple Watch Helps Researchers Study Epileptic Seizures

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Johns Hopkins University researchers are using the Apple Watch to determine the possible triggers for epileptic seizures. The mHealth-enhanced smartwatch was the focal point of a recent 10-month study conducted at the Baltimore-based health system,...

Survey: Chronic Care Patients Want an mHealth Connection With Their Doctor

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A new survey finds that many people living with a chronic condition would benefit from a connected care platform that allows healthcare providers to check in regularly. But less than a third of those people are getting that mHealth service.  ...

Continua: Telehealth Platform Saved Lives After Japan Earthquake

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A four-year study of survivors of the 2011 Japan earthquake has found that a remote monitoring platform conforming to Continua standards can reduce cardiac stress and improve long-term patient monitoring. The study, published last year in the...

American Well, Samsung announce telehealth-mHealth partnership

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Today’s mHealth-telehealth partnership between Samsung and American Well is yet another step in the ongoing courtship of consumer and clinical. As it did with last year’s partnership with Tyto Care, American Well – one of the...

Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

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Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to allow...

mHealth’s Goal: A Frictionless Patient (and Provider) Experience

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mHealth-optimized patient portals are most often seen as an easy way for healthcare providers to get in front of mobile patients - returning and new. But a health system that knows how to use its digital front door can see other benefits as well....

Health Systems Use mHealth Education to Cut Readmissions, Boost Compliance

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A West Virginia health system is using smart TVs and apps to better educate people with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease about their health. As a result, they’re seeing those patients less often in the...

mHealth Makes Rounding an Active Tool in Value-Based Care

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An mHealth rounding platform is helping University of Chicago Medicine to add “the voice of the patient” to its care plan – and promoting value-based care. Nurses at the 560-bed hospital have been using iPads since 2014 to capture...

Utah Senator Chooses Telemedicine’s Value Over Politics

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Utah senators are trying to de-politicize a telemedicine bill by removing language that would have banned so-called abortions-by-telemedicine. The Senate Standing Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 this week to approve an amended...

Congress to Revisit School-Based Telehealth Legislation

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Two Michigan senators have re-introduced a bill that aims to boost telehealth services in schools by connecting them with community health centers and providing more avenues for reimbursement. The Hallways to Health Act, co-sponsored by Sens....

UK Program to Put Home-Based mHealth Data in Clinicians’ Hands

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The UK’s health system is set to roll out two apps that will enable healthcare providers to gather clinical grade data from patients at home. The program, now being tested at four hospitals in and around Oxfordshire, could be extended to...

Washington May Let Consumers Choose Their Telemedicine Site

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Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would, among other things, give the consumer the freedom to choose where to access telemedicine services. In 2015, the state established healthcare locations – hospitals, medical...

7.1M Patients Use Remote Monitoring, Connected Medical Devices

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More than seven million patients now benefit from remote monitoring and the use of connected medical devices as an integral part of their care routines, says a new estimate from Berg Insights.  Remote monitoring use grew by 44 percent in...

ATA Sees Telemedicine Momentum in New Report Cards

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The latest report cards from the American Telemedicine Association show an upswing in support for telemedicine across the country, with a few bumps in the road. The ATA’s reports – one focused on coverage and reimbursement and the...

Texas, Utah Move Forward With New Telemedicine Rules

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The battle in Texas to ease one of the country’s most restrictive telemedicine laws may be ending, with a compromise bill reported to be heading to the Legislature. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, told the Houston Chronicle...

Demand for Virtual Health is High, but Do Providers Deliver?

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Despite strong consumer demand for virtual health services, only one in five patients participating in a new Accenture survey have been able to access remote care tools.  Virtual health tools provide greater convenience for patients...

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