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Using mHealth to Tackle the Concussion Conundrum

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mHealth tools, ranging from apps to headgear the occasional robot, are changing the way schools and youth sports leagues check for concussions in their athletes. It’s not uncommon these days for a high school or college physical trainer...

Using Telehealth, mHealth to Fight the Flu

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Healthcare providers may have a new cure for the flu this winter: The virtual visit. mHealth tools and platforms have for years been used to identify outbreaks of the flu and other highly infectious viruses and direct doctors and drugs to where...

Organization Vows to Tackle mHealth’s Murky Meanings

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The organization that recently defined “store-and-forward” telehealth says this is the first salvo in an ongoing battle to make the industry meaningful. The healthcare landscape is littered with outdated or vague words and phrases,...

Telemedicine Helps Link Children, Mental Health Specialists in ER Cases

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Telemedicine access to mental health experts can significantly improve outcomes for pediatric cases in an ER or urgent care clinic, a new study has found. In a report presented at the recent American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference...

Digital Decision Support: Using mHealth to Combat Antibiotic Overuse

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Timely tweets, Facebook posts and other social mHealth messages can help healthcare providers cut down on potentially deadly antibiotic overuse, a new study indicates. The study, conducted at the University of Chicago Medicine and appearing in...

Pennsylvania Joins Telehealth-Friendly Licensing Compact for Doctors

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Pennsylvania has joined the group of states supporting the telehealth-friendly Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, which goes into effect in just over two months. Gov. Tom Wolf’s signature last week on legislation unanimously approved...

Survey: Doctors Like iPhone 7, But the mHealth Romance May Not Last

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Whether it’s the access to mHealth platforms like CareKit and ResearchKit or a desire to be ahead of the curve, doctors are jumping on the iPhone 7 bandwagon. But that trend may not last. A new survey from Doximity finds that more than...

Emory’s eICU Platform Takes Telehealth to a New Time Zone

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Emory Healthcare is testing a telehealth platform that ensures patients in ICUs at any location and any time have immediate access to a clinician at the top of his or her game. To do this, the Atlanta-based health system is partnering with Royal...

Lawsuit Challenges South Carolina’s Ban on mHealth Eye Exams

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The developer of an mHealth app for eye exams is suing state officials in South Carolina, where the company is banned from issuing prescriptions based on its online tests. Chicago-based Opternative says the South Carolina Department of Labor,...

Red Cross Turns to Telehealth for Emergency Care

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The Red Cross is taking on a telehealth partner in an effort to expand access to healthcare during emergencies. The organization is partnering with Texas-based Teladoc to make the company’s phone- and web-based services available to victims...

mHealth Adds Social Factors to the Value-Based Care Discussion

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The road to quality-based healthcare may be paved with clinical data, but it’s also decorated with social and cultural dynamics. To Garth Graham, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation, today’s healthcare providers have access...

Study: Telehealth Helps Dementia Patients Recover ‘Lost’ Words

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A Northwestern University study has found that a telehealth platform can help dementia patients maintain and even improve their ability to remember and communicate by giving them access to specialists. Researchers used the Communication Bridge...

mHealth Study Shows Value of Sleep Monitoring

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People who use mHealth tools to monitor their sleep are more likely to show improvement and adhere to Medicare guidelines for reimbursement, according to the results of a survey released today. The study of some 128,000 patients, conducted by...

mHealth and Pokémon Go: Yet Another Wasted Opportunity?

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Pokémon Go may have been a nationwide sensation this past summer – including offering up some impressive mobile health statistics – but it’s suffering the same fate as many healthcare apps. It isn’t keeping up that...

Payers urge CBO to Give Telemedicine a Fair Shake

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Nearly a dozen national health plans have asked the Congressional Budget Office to pay more attention to telemedicine when scoring Congressional bills on Medicare. In a letter to CBO Director Keith Hall, 11 health plans say telemedicine programs...

Using mHealth to Vault the Barriers to Value-Based Care

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mHealth may help healthcare providers move toward value-based care, but the road won’t be easy. For example, a primary care provider might use a digital health platform to improve clinical outcomes for patients, resulting in a substantial...

Is Pharma Ready to Realize the Value of mHealth?

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When Apple launched its ResearchKit platform in 2015, healthcare providers and the pharma industry hailed the mHealth platform as a meaningful step toward better clinical trials. They’re starting to see that pay off. Digital health tools...

Digital Health With A Heart: mHealth Tech Looks to Measure Feelings

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mHealth sensors may soon give whole new meaning to wearing your heart on your sleeve. New technology platforms are moving beyond simple biometric data collection to measure emotions, giving healthcare providers a window into a patient’s...

Telemedicine Platform to Link Native American Docs to Pediatric Specialists

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A pilot telehealth program being launched in the Southwest aims to give doctors in remote Navajo communities access to pediatric specialists in Philadelphia. If the tele-consult program succeeds, it could become a standard of care for remote,...

Telemedicine Closes the Gap in Specialty Referrals

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A San Diego-based health system is expanding its telemedicine platform after a four-month pilot showed that more than 60 percent of patient visits requiring a specialist consult could be done virtually, without the need for an extra visit. North...

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