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Consumer Survey Sees Sharp Increase in mHealth, Telemedicine Use

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Consumer acceptance of mHealth Was stronger in 2016 than any other year, according to a survey from Rock Health. The San Francisco-based digital health venture fund reports that almost half of the consumers recently surveyed for its year-end...

FDA Issues Final Guidance on mHealth Device Security

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Federal officials have released final guidance on protecting mHealth devices from hackers, and is calling on the mHealth community to build cybersecurity into their mobile health products. The 30-page document, issued on December 28 by the U.S....

Can Digital Assistants be mHealth Assistants?

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Digital assistants may have been the hottest Christmas gift this year, but they aren’t yet ready to make the transition to an mHealth platform. That capability, however, may be the biggest untapped potential for Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google...

mHealth, Telemedicine Experts Appointed to NQF’s Telehealth Committee

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A who’s who of telemedicine and mHealth experts is helping the National Quality Forum map out a framework for measuring the success of telehealth projects across the country. The NQF’s Telehealth Framework to Support Measure Development...

Telemedicine Gives Long-Term Care Facilities an Instant Link to Healthcare

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A telemedicine platform launched by a Kentucky-based long-term healthcare system is poised for growth after officials say it helped one facility decrease costs by 30 percent. YourDoc2U, a startup created in 2015 by executives at Louisville-based...

Hospital Uses Telestroke Program’s Success to Branch Out to Other Specialties

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A Mississippi hospital at the center of s successful telestroke network is expanding its telehealth platform to deliver behavioral health services. St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson launched its telestroke program in 2012, and now sits at the center...

Hospital Uses Telehealth to Help Children Manage Their Weight

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching a telehealth project designed to help children with weight management issues. The 12-week pediatric telehealth weight management pilot will enable the hospital’s registered dietitian...

American Well CEO: Telehealth Must Integrate With the Home and the Hospital

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Up until now, consumer-facing telehealth platforms have primarily focused on a conversation between doctor and patient. But if telehealth is going to match the value of an in-person exam, it’s going to have to incorporate new data streams....

mHealth’s Year in Review: From Texting to Wearables to Telehealth’s Tricks (And Treats)

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Text messaging for physicians, telehealth’s tricky definitions and wearables topped the list of popular stories on mHealthIntelligence.com during the past year – and may offer readers a clue of what to expect in 2017. By far the most...

Study: Telehealth Can Add to Providers’ Workflows if Not Properly Planned

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A new study suggests that telehealth may add to the burden on local healthcare providers if not properly planned. As reported in Health Affairs, the study found that a telehealth program can increase the workload for specialists and healthcare...

CMS Urged to Reimburse Telehealth for Stroke, Cardiac Care

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The American Heart Association is calling on Medicare to support telehealth, saying the technology is “tragically underutilized” to treat stroke patients and those with heart disease and could save the country billions of dollars...

Joint Commission Clarifies Text Messaging Rules for Doctors

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The Joint Commission is clarifying its guidance on text messaging for providers, saying clinicians can use a HIPAA-compliant platform to send messages to each other but can’t text patient care orders. The commission reportedly made...

For mHealth Messaging, That Pager Isn’t as Secure As You Might Think

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Smartphones and secure messaging apps may be gaining favor in health systems these days, but many providers still use good old-fashioned pagers for emergency communications. And that may be putting patient privacy at risk. Developed in the 1940s...

mHealth and CES: Shining a Light on Patient Engagement and Digital Health

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With patient engagement still a struggle, healthcare providers are slowly starting to take the consumer seriously in their mHealth strategies. They’re partnering with Fitbit, Garmin, Apple, Nike, Under Armour and other companies in projects...

21st Century Cures Act to Boost Medicare Telehealth Use

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The 21st Century Cures Act, enacted earlier this week, may have been a win for drug approval process reform and additional scientific research funding advocates. But the legislation may also help to increase Medicare telehealth use, stated URAC...

Survey: Telemedicine Tops the List of Medical Board Priorities

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Telemedicine dominated the list of state medical board concerns going into 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, representing some 70 boards and organizations...

Defense Bill Expands Telehealth Services in TRICARE

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A Defense bill that includes expanded telehealth access for active duty military personnel and veterans has been approved by Congress – minus controversial language that would have basically federalized telehealth doctors. The National...

mHealth App Security is Still a Priority - And a Problem

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mHealth app security is still the top concern among healthcare providers, according to a new survey. And the numbers indicate it’s still a major problem. Slightly less than half of the healthcare providers surveyed by device management...

Telemedicine Study Makes a Financial Case for eICUs

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Telemedicine access in a hospital’s ICU can improve case volume, save millions of dollars and pay for its own capital costs within three months, according to a new study. Conducted by Craig M. Lilly, MD, director of the eICU program at...

States Move to Exclude Marijuana Consults from Telemedicine Laws

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Telemedicine may be good for any number of healthcare issues, but Florida lawmakers don’t want the platform used for prescribing medical marijuana. Taking a page from Colorado’s regulations, Florida’s Board of Medicine has proposed...

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