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Health Systems Use mHealth Education to Cut Readmissions, Boost Compliance

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A West Virginia health system is using smart TVs and apps to better educate people with congestive heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease about their health. As a result, they’re seeing those patients less often in the...

mHealth Makes Rounding an Active Tool in Value-Based Care

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An mHealth rounding platform is helping University of Chicago Medicine to add “the voice of the patient” to its care plan – and promoting value-based care. Nurses at the 560-bed hospital have been using iPads since 2014 to capture...

Utah Senator Chooses Telemedicine’s Value Over Politics

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Utah senators are trying to de-politicize a telemedicine bill by removing language that would have banned so-called abortions-by-telemedicine. The Senate Standing Committee on Health and Human Services voted 6-2 this week to approve an amended...

Congress to Revisit School-Based Telehealth Legislation

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Two Michigan senators have re-introduced a bill that aims to boost telehealth services in schools by connecting them with community health centers and providing more avenues for reimbursement. The Hallways to Health Act, co-sponsored by Sens....

UK Program to Put Home-Based mHealth Data in Clinicians’ Hands

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The UK’s health system is set to roll out two apps that will enable healthcare providers to gather clinical grade data from patients at home. The program, now being tested at four hospitals in and around Oxfordshire, could be extended to...

Washington May Let Consumers Choose Their Telemedicine Site

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Washington lawmakers are considering a pair of bills that would, among other things, give the consumer the freedom to choose where to access telemedicine services. In 2015, the state established healthcare locations – hospitals, medical...

7.1M Patients Use Remote Monitoring, Connected Medical Devices

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More than seven million patients now benefit from remote monitoring and the use of connected medical devices as an integral part of their care routines, says a new estimate from Berg Insights.  Remote monitoring use grew by 44 percent in...

ATA Sees Telemedicine Momentum in New Report Cards

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The latest report cards from the American Telemedicine Association show an upswing in support for telemedicine across the country, with a few bumps in the road. The ATA’s reports – one focused on coverage and reimbursement and the...

Texas, Utah Move Forward With New Telemedicine Rules

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The battle in Texas to ease one of the country’s most restrictive telemedicine laws may be ending, with a compromise bill reported to be heading to the Legislature. State Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, told the Houston Chronicle...

Demand for Virtual Health is High, but Do Providers Deliver?

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Despite strong consumer demand for virtual health services, only one in five patients participating in a new Accenture survey have been able to access remote care tools.  Virtual health tools provide greater convenience for patients...

Saint Luke’s Takes a Cue from the NFL to Make mHealth Apps Fan-Friendly

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Saint Luke’s Health System is consolidating its mHealth apps onto one platform with help from a tech company that made the San Francisco 49ers’ new football stadium fan-friendly. The 10-hospital, Kansas City-based health system currently...

New Project Looks to Turn a Bandage into an mHealth Sensor

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North Carolina State University is launching a federally funded project to create a wearable mHealth sensor capable of continuously monitoring the amount of oxygen in surrounding tissue. Wearables have long held promise in healthcare for the...

New mHealth Study Tests an App’s Ability to Forecast Fertility

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Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have launched a study to determine whether an mHealth app can help prevent unintended pregnancies. The study, to be conducted by GUMC’s Institute for Reproductive Health, will follow up...

Could an mHealth Program Help Cut Billions in Chronic Care Costs?

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A digital health program launched by Humana has proven successful in getting overweight seniors to lose weight – and could help Medicare shed billions of dollars in chronic care management costs. The Louisville, Ky.-based insurer’s...

mHealth Wearables Market to Surge Over Next 4 Years

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mHealth wearables that fit into healthcare providers’ remote patient monitoring goals are expected to lead to a massive surge in the wearables market. According to ABI Research, wearables that can gather and send medical grade data from...

Royal Philips CEO: mHealth, Telehealth Can Prevent Medical Errors

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The head of Royal Philips is doubling down on the belief that mHealth and telehealth can save lives by preventing clinical errors. Frans van Houten, CEO and chairman of the Dutch technology giant, says digital health tools can erase data silos...

Flu Season Turns the Spotlight on mHealth, Telehealth Advances

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Just in time for flu season, researchers at the University of Texas in Arlington are reportedly developing an mHealth device that would specifically test for the flu virus. The device is similar to a breathalyzer, reports Perena Gouma, a professor...

UVA Telemedicine Project Offers Mobile Screening for Bladder Cancer

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The University of Virginia has launched a first-of-its-kind study into the use of telemedicine to detect bladder cancer in underserved parts of the state. A mobile health van in Wise, Va., is using a telemedicine hookup with the UVA in Charlottesville...

Arkansas Moves to OK Telehealth at Home

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Arkansas lawmakers are moving toward new telehealth regulations that would resolve an “originating site” issue that caused problems last year. But they may be wading into new problems with school-based programs. The state Senate’s...

Trinity Health Invests in Telehealth for Home Care

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Trinity Health is adding an mHealth platform to its home healthcare ministry, which serves thousands of people across the country in an effort to keep them in their homes and out of the hospital. The 22-state, Michigan-based health system has...

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