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Texas Hospital’s mHealth Game Targets a Public Health Crisis

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A Texas health system is combing mHealth and gaming technology to teach the local Hispanic population about liver disease. The Hospitals of Providence partnered with the El Paso Times and gamification software company OfferCraft to produce an...

An mHealth Quest - The Workable Tricorder - Nears Its Completion

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A five-year mission to develop the ultimate mHealth diagnostic device may soon be over. A global competition to create a workable version of the tricorder used in Star Trek is in its last stages, with devices created by two different teams soon...

Using mHealth to Track and Treat HIV in Remote Africa

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An international foundation is using an mHealth and online payment platform to improve healthcare services in a tiny African nation where almost 25 percent of the population is HIV positive and many have to walk hours to reach a health clinic....

How Project ECHO Will Advance Rural Health through Telehealth

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As we leave 2016 behind and celebrate the New Year, we are seeing continued progress for telehealth and rural health initiatives. One of the biggest milestones is Congress’ passing of the bipartisan, bicameral bill S. 2873 (the counterpart...

Consumers, Doctors Still Aren’t Agreeing on mHealth’s Goals

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Nine out of 10 consumers say their doctors should store mHealth data collected from wearables. And just as many of their doctors disagree According to a poll of consumer mHealth attitudes by Black Book, 96 percent of physicians surveyed don’t...

UnitedHealthcare Announces a Huge Expansion of its mHealth Program

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An mHealth program launched by one of the nation’s largest insurers that pays employees for meeting activity goals is getting a huge upgrade. UnitedHealthcare announced today at CES 2017 that it is expanding its Motion wellness program...

mHealth Sensors Look to Diagnose Diseases From One’s Breath

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Israeli researchers are testing an mHealth device that can detect 17 different diseases – including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease – from a single breath. According to a study published...

FDA Warns Hospitals of Fire Threat in Mobile Medical Carts

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Federal officials are warning healthcare providers across the country that their mobile medical carts may be a fire hazard. A letter issued on December 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says lithium and lead acid batteries used in crash...

Consumer Survey Sees Sharp Increase in mHealth, Telemedicine Use

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Consumer acceptance of mHealth Was stronger in 2016 than any other year, according to a survey from Rock Health. The San Francisco-based digital health venture fund reports that almost half of the consumers recently surveyed for its year-end...

FDA Issues Final Guidance on mHealth Device Security

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Federal officials have released final guidance on protecting mHealth devices from hackers, and is calling on the mHealth community to build cybersecurity into their mobile health products. The 30-page document, issued on December 28 by the U.S....

Can Digital Assistants be mHealth Assistants?

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Digital assistants may have been the hottest Christmas gift this year, but they aren’t yet ready to make the transition to an mHealth platform. That capability, however, may be the biggest untapped potential for Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google...

mHealth, Telemedicine Experts Appointed to NQF’s Telehealth Committee

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A who’s who of telemedicine and mHealth experts is helping the National Quality Forum map out a framework for measuring the success of telehealth projects across the country. The NQF’s Telehealth Framework to Support Measure Development...

Telemedicine Gives Long-Term Care Facilities an Instant Link to Healthcare

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A telemedicine platform launched by a Kentucky-based long-term healthcare system is poised for growth after officials say it helped one facility decrease costs by 30 percent. YourDoc2U, a startup created in 2015 by executives at Louisville-based...

Hospital Uses Telestroke Program’s Success to Branch Out to Other Specialties

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A Mississippi hospital at the center of s successful telestroke network is expanding its telehealth platform to deliver behavioral health services. St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson launched its telestroke program in 2012, and now sits at the center...

Hospital Uses Telehealth to Help Children Manage Their Weight

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St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching a telehealth project designed to help children with weight management issues. The 12-week pediatric telehealth weight management pilot will enable the hospital’s registered dietitian...

American Well CEO: Telehealth Must Integrate With the Home and the Hospital

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Up until now, consumer-facing telehealth platforms have primarily focused on a conversation between doctor and patient. But if telehealth is going to match the value of an in-person exam, it’s going to have to incorporate new data streams....

mHealth’s Year in Review: From Texting to Wearables to Telehealth’s Tricks (And Treats)

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Text messaging for physicians, telehealth’s tricky definitions and wearables topped the list of popular stories on mHealthIntelligence.com during the past year – and may offer readers a clue of what to expect in 2017. By far the most...

Study: Telehealth Can Add to Providers’ Workflows if Not Properly Planned

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A new study suggests that telehealth may add to the burden on local healthcare providers if not properly planned. As reported in Health Affairs, the study found that a telehealth program can increase the workload for specialists and healthcare...

CMS Urged to Reimburse Telehealth for Stroke, Cardiac Care

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The American Heart Association is calling on Medicare to support telehealth, saying the technology is “tragically underutilized” to treat stroke patients and those with heart disease and could save the country billions of dollars...

Joint Commission Clarifies Text Messaging Rules for Doctors

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The Joint Commission is clarifying its guidance on text messaging for providers, saying clinicians can use a HIPAA-compliant platform to send messages to each other but can’t text patient care orders. The commission reportedly made...

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