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mHealth Platform Tracks Vital Signs With a Camera

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A hospital in Scotland is testing a new mHealth platform designed to triage patients via facial recognition and gaming software. The technology, developed at the University of St. Andrews, measures a person’s blood rate and pulse oxygen...

Healthcare Looks to mHealth for Quality Improvement

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Health system executives are using mHealth to boost quality improvement efforts, according to a new survey. But success will only come if the technology improves clinician workflow. A survey of more than 170 quality improvement professionals...

Telehealth Can Be a Useful Communication Tool in the ICU

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A telehealth link could be more beneficial to clinicians than a room full of family members in the ICU, according to a new study. Conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania, the study finds that a videoconference link to family...

Qualcomm-Philips Deal Looks to Make mHealth Reliable

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Two of the bigger players in the remote patient monitoring sandbox have forged a partnership that might make healthcare providers sit up and take notice. Qualcomm Life has announced that its 2net hub will provide medical-grade device connectivity...

Survey: No Reimbursement, No Telehealth

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Primary care physicians aren’t using telehealth because they aren’t reimbursed for it. That’s the gist of a survey of about 550 family physicians, conducted in 2014, which found doctors staying away from the technology because...

mHealth Model focuses On Early Detection of Chronic Conditions

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A Minneapolis health system is launching an mHealth tool designed to identify people at risk of diabetes or heart disease and steer them to treatment. Fairview Health Services is making the online health risk assessments available to its select...

8 Guidelines to Make mHealth More Attractive to Patients

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Healthcare may still be lagging behind other industries in consumer adoption, but 70 percent of consumers surveyed by Deloitte want to use mobile devices to improve their health and communicate with their care providers. The challenge, the survey...

Digital Health Tools Target Medication Adherence, Population Health

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Public health officials in three central California counties will be using a medication management app to help tuberculosis patients stick to their schedules. Officials in Contra Costa, Fresno and Merced counties are contracting with Emocha Mobile...

New Survey Shows Growing Support for Telemedicine in Texas

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A new telemedicine survey by the Texas Association of Business (TAB) that state employers and healthcare consumers are interested in increased access to remote interactions with their providers. According to the survey, consumers want immediate...

Using mHealth to Transition to Value-Based Care

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North Carolina’s largest federally qualified health center is turning to mHealth to help patients manage their chronic conditions. By deploying Smartlink’s platform, officials at Goshen Medical Center also expect to align the clinic...

Making the Case for In Transit Telestroke

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Studies have long shown that telestroke services can significantly improve the survival rates on stroke patients. Now a study in New Jersey has found that even more time can be saved if those patients are diagnosed in the ambulance. The year-long...

AAFP Criticizes CMS on Telemedicine Reimbursement Restrictions

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The American Association of Family Physicians is taking CMS to task for elements of the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule that hinder telemedicine reimbursements for store-and-forward, observational care and ED services. "In light of...

Study: Nurse Workloads Are Driving Hospital mHealth Policies

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Seven out of 10 health systems in the U.S. are making mobile communications a priority in light of the shift to value-based care and improved care management strategies, according to a new report. But more than 80 percent are worried that the...

FDA Urged to Speed Up its mHealth Reviews

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A coalition of healthcare IT organizations is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change the way it reviews new technology, including mHealth. The Clinical Decision Support Coalition, described as a “diverse group of stakeholders...

Europe Urged to Support U.S.-Based Telehealth Standards

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Five nations and a region in Spain are looking to the U.S. for help in pushing the needle on telehealth adoption in Europe. In a three-page letter sent in June to Europe’s 28-member eHealth Network and the European Commission to promote...

FDA OK’s mHealth Device for Detecting Concussion Symptoms

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two mHealth devices designed to test adults and children for concussive effects immediately after a head injury. The imPACT and imPACT Pediatric devices won’t enable healthcare providers...

An mHealth Business Plan: From RPM to Home Health Monitoring

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Remote patient monitoring programs are gaining favor with healthcare providers who want to cut down on adverse events at home and costly readmissions, but what happens when the program ends? Officials at the Rockford Health System are pinning...

Is Telehealth Redefining the ‘Doctor-Patient Relationship’?

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Pennsylvania lawmakers are considering telehealth legislation that would clearly define what technology a physician can use – and clamp down on vendors offering such services. Senate Bill 1342, sponsored by State Sen Elder Vogel, focuses...

Some mHealth Apps Aren’t Making Privacy a Priority

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An analysis of privacy policies for mHealth apps finds that health and fitness apps aren’t keeping up with the rest of the industry – even though some are capable of gathering “particularly intimate details of a user’s...

Cedars-Sinai Adds 2 More Digital Health Tools for Patient Care

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Cedars-Sinai is adding digital tools to both ends of the patient engagement spectrum. The Los Angeles-based health system has announced two more partnerships with mHealth companies coming through the health system’s recent accelerator program....

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