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Can mHealth Help Doctors, Patients Speak the Same Language?

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A new survey suggests that mHealth may be useful in bridging a startling perception gap between doctors and their patients. Nearly half of American consumers recently surveyed by Xerox say they take complete responsibility for their health –...

Arkansas Still Struggling with Telehealth Regulations

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Arkansas is moving toward legislation that would enable healthcare providers to treat first-time patients via telehealth – though those patients would still have to be sitting in a healthcare facility to take advantage of the service. The...

Telehealth Growth, Savings Tied to Parity Laws

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Telehealth will only succeed if providers are reimbursed at the same rate as in-person care. That’s the conclusion drawn from a health policy brief developed by Health Affairs and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. It argues that the nation’s...

mHealth Bridges the Gap from the ICU to the IoT

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The developer of a medical-grade heart monitor is teaming up with AT&T to ease the transition from the hospital to the home. biotricity, the Silicon Valley-based developer of the bioflux mobile cardiac telemetry solution, is eyeing the Internet...

HRSA Grants Target Telehealth for Veterans, Schools, Chronic Care

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Healthcare providers in Alaska, Missouri and South Carolina are getting federal grants of almost $1 million apiece to push telehealth resources out to veterans living in rural areas. The grants are part of an ambitious effort by the Health Resources...

Digital Health Done Right at a ‘Most Wired’ Health System

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One of the nation’s most wired health systems is actually trying to get rid of wires. The Christiana Care Health System, a Delaware-based network of two hospitals and a broad range of outpatient services and primary care offices, is moving...

Can Remote Monitoring Keep COPD Patients Out of the Hospital?

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A New York-New Jersey health system is using a $1.5 million federal grant to study whether a remote monitoring program can boost outcomes for Hispanic patients diagnosed with COPD. The grant, issued by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute...

HIPAA and mHealth: Giving Dentists Something to Chew On

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Healthcare providers supposedly know how HIPAA guidelines come into play when using smartphones or other mHealth devices, but do dentists? Lee Culp doesn’t think so. “We think we know what it is,” the chief technology officer...

The Message is Clear: mHealth Can Be Motivational

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The text message can be a powerful mHealth motivator. Its use as a population health tool was recently proven in India, where a study that sent twice-weekly text messages to 1 million people found that health and wellness reminders could sway...

Abortion Study Touts Telemedicine as a Care Management Tool

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A new study is reviving the ongoing debate of offering abortions by telemedicine, positioning the platform as a means of improving patient-centered care. As reported in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare, a study conducted by researchers...

Big Business is Bullish on Telehealth

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Almost every big business in the United States will make telehealth available to its employees within four years, according to a national survey. Whether those employees take advantage of that service is another matter. The much-anticipated Large...

mHealth Answers the Call in an In-Flight Emergency

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A smartphone app designed to provide decision support during medical emergencies in air travel could be a model for mHealth support in any remote emergency. The airRx app is designed for people with a medical background who find themselves in...

L.A. Schools to Test a New Telehealth Model

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The nation’s second largest school district is launching an innovative telehealth program this fall, and it won’t cost the district a penny. In what could be a model for other cash-strapped school systems, the Los Angeles Unified...

‘Revolutionary Change’ Needed to Make Telehealth a Reality in South Korea

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South Korea is set to embark on its third telemedicine pilot, and is trumpeting new projects in Africa and South America. Yet one of the planet’s most wired nations is still a long way off from a national program, due to strong distrust...

Can mHealth Make Chronic Care Patients Care About Their Health?

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The path to telehealth and mHealth success lies in helping those with chronic conditions manage their health at home. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be interested. That’s the upshot of a new survey from Parks Associates, as well...

mHealth Evolution: IoT Devices Will Reportedly Outnumber Phones by 2018

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A new report says connected devices will outnumber mobile phones in two years, putting added emphasis on the healthcare industry to embrace the Internet of Things. Ericsson’s Mobility Report forecasts an annual growth rate of 23 percent...

Telehealth Program Connects African Cancer Clinic with U.S. Specialists

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A telehealth program linking cancer specialists across the U.S. with an African hospital will soon expand to several other countries, pushing cancer diagnosis into regions where there might be one pathologist per 1 million people. The program,...

Tying Telehealth to Better Rural Health Outcomes

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Federal officials have unveiled an online database designed to link broadband availability and use with health outcomes. It’s the latest step in an effort to connect rural and underserved communities with the tools to promote healthier...

Study: mHealth May Solve Medication Management Dilemma

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mHealth technology could save the nation’s healthcare system roughly $290 billion in medication management costs. Unfortunately, doctors, patients, payers and pharma all have different ideas on how it should be used. That’s the upshot...

Using mHealth to Reduce Alarm Fatigue and Improve Care Coordination

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According to a 2013 study by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), 72 percent to 99 percent of clinical alarms are false. One East Coast hospital reported more than 59,000 alarm conditions over a 12-day period.  The...

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