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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...

Text Messaging Program Offers an mHealth Nudge to Busy Parents

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A text messaging program is boosting engagement for a Minnesota health system’s youngest patients simply by reminding their parents to schedule well-child visits. More than 70 percent of the parents contacted by the Park Nicollet Health...

HIMSS, AMA Join Forces on mHealth App Evaluation

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A new collaboration has launched to help evaluate and certify mHealth apps. The American Medical Association, American Heart Association, Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) and DHX Group have launched Xcertia, described...

The Challenges of Validating Digital Health Devices for Remote Monitoring

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Digital health devices like blood pressure cuffs are great for keeping tabs on daily health and wellness, but their true value comes when a healthcare provider is looking at that data. Companies like Philips, Intel-GE Care Innovations and Nokia...

mHealth Wearables Gain New Ground in Fitbit-Medtronic Deal

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mHealth wearables are bridging the gap between consumers and healthcare providers, giving both sides more reasons to think of fitness bands in clinical terms. Fitbit’s new partnership with Medtronic is likely to open the doors to more collaborations...

Study: mHealth App Usability Isn’t Matching Up With Demand

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mHealth apps can help high-need, high-cost populations such as those with complex or multiple chronic conditions, a new study finds. But with the bar set so low on mHealth app usability, it’s difficult to match the right apps to the right...

Michigan’s New Telehealth Law Requires Patient Consent

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Michigan lawmakers have approved telehealth legislation that enables healthcare providers to use the technology with the patient's consent. S.B. 753, introduced in February by State Sen. Peter MacGregor, passed unanimously in the House on...

Penn. State mHealth Challenge Aims to Make Apps Appealing

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mHealth apps that help users manage their health challenges dominated the day at Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth Challenge, offering insight into where tomorrow’s entrepreneurs think the industry will go. Coordinated...

Telehealth Can Work for Veterans Dealing With Depression

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Veterans dealing with depression can be treated just as well with telehealth as with in-person care, according to a recent study. Studying more than 200 senior-aged veterans for one year between 2007 and 2011, researchers from the Medical University...

mHealth Patch is Put to the Test at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is launching a remote patient monitoring study to determine whether a smart patch can help physicians take care of patients at home rather than in the hospital. The hospital, part of the Partners...

mHealth Takes on Missed Healthcare Appointments

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Healthcare providers often look at mHealth in terms of bringing healthcare to the patient. But sometimes it’s more important to bring the patient to healthcare. With an eye to patient engagement and satisfaction, health systems are now...

Fitbit’s Push for Pebble Could Stir Up the mHealth Wearables Market

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Healthcare providers looking for an entry into the wearables market may want to wait a while. New reports today have Fitbit, the biggest and best-positioned developer of consumer-facing fitness bands, offering as much as $40 million for Pebble,...

Survey: Consumers Want mHealth Convenience, But Payers Aren’t Prepared

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A new study finds that consumers overwhelmingly prefer online communications with their doctor over in-person visits, and they’ll even risk the security of their health data for the convenience. In all, eight out of every 10 people surveyed...

Can Telehealth Make Physical Therapy More Effective?

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Duke University’s Clinical Research Institute has launched a new study to determine whether telehealth-based physical therapy works better than traditional therapy. Called VERITAS (Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-home Therapy: A Research...

Senate Unanimously Passes Telemedicine Legislation

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A telemedicine program born at the University of New Mexico is set to become a national model for pushing healthcare into remote and underserved regions. The Senate on Tuesday approved by a 97-0 vote S. 2873, the Expanding Capacity for Health...

Digital Health Tools Help Patients, Doctors Plan for End-of-Life Care

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Healthcare providers are using mHealth to help patients and their families prepare for the end of their healthcare journey. Through a secure online platform, providers can meet with patients, family members and caregivers in any location to map...

Canadian mHealth Project Uses iPads for School Hearing Tests

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Elementary schools in three Canadian cities will soon conduct hearing tests with an iPad, thanks to an mHealth program launched by the University of Ottawa Medical School. It’s the first step in what the medical school students hope will...

New York Eases Telehealth Rules for Mental Health Providers

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New York officials are easing telehealth regulations to enable mental health providers to treat some of their patients online. Some 250 providers in New York will now be able to use telepsychiatry in comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs,...

Study: Telemedicine Helps Small Hospitals Reduce NICU Transports

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In yet another example of how telemedicine helps small hospitals hold onto their patients, a Mayo Clinic study found that online access to specialists helped one of every three complicated births avoid a transfer to a larger hospital with an...

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