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Avera Tabbed to Provide Telehealth to Indian Health Services Network

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Avera Health has signed a contract to provide telehealth services to several rural Midwest health systems plagued by access issues and reports of substandard care. The one-year, $6.8 million contract will enable the South Dakota-based health...

Telehealth Providers Make a Play for Online Psychiatry Services

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Telehealth providers are targeting the nation’s growing mental health crisis with online platforms that allow providers to speak with patients in their own homes, where they’re more comfortable and likely to be more at ease speaking...

USDA Announces Funding for 7 New Telemedicine Projects

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Seven more telemedicine programs are receiving grant funding from the US Department of Agriculture, continuing a federal effort to bring much-needed healthcare services to rural regions beset by access issues and struggling with opioid abuse....

Using mHealth to Connect With Students in Crisis

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In 2008, Colorado State University saw eight suicides over two semesters. Now the school is looking to mHealth to keep that from happening again. The Fort Collins-based university, with an enrollment of about 33,000, has launched an online portal...

Survey Reveals Opportunities, Hesitancies in Patient mHealth Views

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mHealth use is widespread among American patients, but there are still opportunities for providers and vendors to encourage hesitant consumers to use innovative mobile health devices and artificial intelligence apps to monitor and improve their...

Are mHealth Programs Targeting the Right Populations?

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A Texas health official says mHealth isn’t working for underserved populations because they can neither afford nor access it. She’s now part of an ambitious program that seeks to provide that access to those who need it the most....

Delaware Board Tries to Limit Telehealth Use for Nutritionists

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Another state agency is trying to prevent healthcare providers from using telehealth to meet new patients. The Delaware Board of Dietetics/Nutrition is proposing an amendment to the state’s year-old telehealth law that would limit first-time...

Patient Engagement May Open the Door for Telehealth in Chronic Care Management

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A six-month study on children with asthma is adding to the growing list of research that telehealth platforms can improve the lives of patients with chronic conditions. The study, conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology...

Telemedicine May Enhance Screenings for Diabetes Vision Issues

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Telemedicine could become an important tool for screening patients for diabetes-related blindness, according to a University of Michigan study. Diabetic retinopathy is the main cause of new-onset blindness in the US. However, only 65 percent...

Watson Flexes its mHealth Muscles at Home and Overseas

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Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities have been the talk of the mHealth community since IBM unveiled the supercomputer a few years back. A platform with machine-learning capabilities has the potential to pull data from any number of...

Has Missouri Found a New Way to Boost Telehealth in Schools?

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Missouri schools struggling to pay for special needs programs and teachers may get relief from an unexpected source: The state’s new telehealth law. The legislation, approved in June and taking effect this month, lays out the groundwork...

FTC Sides With Teladoc in Texas Telehealth Battle

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Teladoc is gaining new support in its battle with the Texas Medical Board over proposed telehealth restrictions. The Federal Trade Commission last week sent a 44-page letter to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court that criticizes Texas medical officials...

7 Tips for Including Patient Safety in Telemedicine Programs

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Health systems have been slow to adopt telemedicine due to concerns over patient safety. But executives at Partners Healthcare’s Center for Connected Health say the technology has done more good than harm and should be embraced more readily....

mHealth App with Coaching Support Aids Diabetic Weight Loss

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An mhealth app that uses the same principals as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) effectively helped overweight Americans, diabetics and pre-diabetics lose weight, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. A...

USC Takes a Closer Look at mHealth-Enabled Eyeglasses

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For many people, eyeglasses aren’t a luxury – they’re a necessity. Dr. Leslie Saxon is wondering if they might make a good mHealth monitor as well. Saxon, head of the University of Southern California’s Center for Body...

mHealth Tapped to Help Smokers Quit the Habit

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The Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente's venture capital unit are supporting an mHealth-based smoking cessation program featuring a wearable that releases drugs at timed intervals and an online communication and support platform. The...

Can Apple Make Healthcare Care About Smartwatches?

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Apple is trying once again to make the smartwatch a meaningful health and fitness tool. Almost lost in a splashy, two-hour event that focused more on the iPhone 7 and a couple of gaming announcements, the company unveiled a second generation...

The Future of mHealth May be Health Industry Collaboration

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mHealth stakeholders may wish to consider investing in partnerships with other members of the health IT industry, suggests a new white paper from the law firm Hogan Lovells in partnership with the EBD Group. According to the report, the mHealth...

Letter: TRICARE Bill Could ‘Federalize’ Telehealth Doctors

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A bill to boost telehealth services for the nation’s armed forces may clash with state efforts to regulate the technology. The National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2017, now making its way through Congress, includes a telehealth benefit...

Apple Gets Serious About mHealth App Standards

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Apple is cracking down on health and wellness apps featured in its App Store. The company has revised its review guidelines for apps, adding what iMedicalApps Founder and Editor Iltifat Husain, MD, called “the most stringent language I...

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