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For mHealth Messaging, That Pager Isn’t as Secure As You Might Think

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Smartphones and secure messaging apps may be gaining favor in health systems these days, but many providers still use good old-fashioned pagers for emergency communications. And that may be putting patient privacy at risk. Developed in the 1940s...

mHealth and CES: Shining a Light on Patient Engagement and Digital Health

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With patient engagement still a struggle, healthcare providers are slowly starting to take the consumer seriously in their mHealth strategies. They’re partnering with Fitbit, Garmin, Apple, Nike, Under Armour and other companies in projects...

21st Century Cures Act to Boost Medicare Telehealth Use

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The 21st Century Cures Act, enacted earlier this week, may have been a win for drug approval process reform and additional scientific research funding advocates. But the legislation may also help to increase Medicare telehealth use, stated URAC...

Survey: Telemedicine Tops the List of Medical Board Priorities

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Telemedicine dominated the list of state medical board concerns going into 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, representing some 70 boards and organizations...

Defense Bill Expands Telehealth Services in TRICARE

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A Defense bill that includes expanded telehealth access for active duty military personnel and veterans has been approved by Congress – minus controversial language that would have basically federalized telehealth doctors. The National...

mHealth App Security is Still a Priority - And a Problem

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mHealth app security is still the top concern among healthcare providers, according to a new survey. And the numbers indicate it’s still a major problem. Slightly less than half of the healthcare providers surveyed by device management...

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...

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