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Medtronic-Garmin Deal Gives Wearables New mHealth Capabilities

April 18, 2017 - Medtronic has announced another integration with a popular consumer-facing fitness wearable, adding weight to efforts to combine remote patient monitoring with health and wellness. The Ireland-based medical technology giant last week announced a partnership with Garmin, combining the latter’s vivofit series activity trackers with the Medtronic Care Management Services (MCMS) RPM platform...


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Medtronic-Garmin Deal Gives Wearables New mHealth Capabilities

by Eric Wicklund

Medtronic has announced another integration with a popular consumer-facing fitness wearable, adding weight to efforts to combine remote patient monitoring with health and wellness. The Ireland-based medical technology giant last week announced...

10 Guidelines to Launching a Successful Telemedicine Practice

by Eric Wicklund

Independent and family practice doctors looking to launch a successful telemedicine practice should not make choosing a vendor their top priority. K. Michael Rodriguez, MD, a family physician at Broadlands Family Practice in Ashburn, Va., and...

Defining Digital Health: What Makes an ‘Effective’ mHealth Program?

by Eric Wicklund

How does the healthcare system measure the effectiveness of a digital health program? The Connected Health Initiative, which last year sought a consensus definition for asynchronous telemedicine, is ready to tackle more confusing mHealth...

Telehealth: A Vital Tool in the Home Healthcare Space

by Eric Wicklund

A North Carolina-based health system is one of several using telehealth to improve its home healthcare services – a critical move in light of expected cuts in home health reimbursements from Medicare. FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a five-hospital...

Telemedicine Gives Rural Children a Lifeline to Specialist Care

by Eric Wicklund

In America’s heartland, large cities and health systems are few and far between. So if a child needs a healthcare specialist, telemedicine may be a literal life-saver. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, 26 of the hospital’s 47...

Nokia is Ready to Dive Into Connected Care

by Eric Wicklund

Nokia is going all in on remote patient monitoring The Finnish telecom announced at this week’s Mobile World Congress that it will launch the Withings connected health product line – which it had acquired last April - under the Nokia...

Survey: Chronic Care Patients Want an mHealth Connection With Their Doctor

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey finds that many people living with a chronic condition would benefit from a connected care platform that allows healthcare providers to check in regularly. But less than a third of those people are getting that mHealth service.  ...

Continua: Telehealth Platform Saved Lives After Japan Earthquake

by Eric Wicklund

A four-year study of survivors of the 2011 Japan earthquake has found that a remote monitoring platform conforming to Continua standards can reduce cardiac stress and improve long-term patient monitoring. The study, published last year in the...

American Well, Samsung announce telehealth-mHealth partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Today’s mHealth-telehealth partnership between Samsung and American Well is yet another step in the ongoing courtship of consumer and clinical. As it did with last year’s partnership with Tyto Care, American Well – one of the...

mHealth Makes Rounding an Active Tool in Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Congress to Revisit School-Based Telehealth Legislation

by Eric Wicklund

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....

Royal Philips CEO: mHealth, Telehealth Can Prevent Medical Errors

by Eric Wicklund

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...

New Jersey Boosts Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s Virtua Health is getting almost $300,000 to enhance its telehealth platform for veterans. The health system, consisting of four hospitals, dozens of clinics and care facilities, a fleet of mobile intensive care units and a...

ATA Seeks Input on New Telemedicine Practice Guidelines

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association is making three news sets on telemedicine practice guidelines available for public review, giving healthcare providers another resource as they move to launch new telehealth services. The ATA is collecting...

Are mHealth Sensors for Babies Doing More Harm Than Good?

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth technology designed for babies may be doing more harm than good, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Smart devices and sensor-embedded clothing that track an infant’s vital signs and alert parents and caregivers...

How One School District Aces the Telehealth Test

by Eric Wicklund

For proof that Tennessee’s Sevier County School System is making the most out of its eight-year-old telehealth program, Don Best looks at student report cards. Best, coordinator of school health for one of Tennessee’s largest and...

Connected Health Technology - Just a Heartbeat Away

by Eric Wicklund

Connected health technology may be opening the door to the detection and prevention of one of the leading causes of stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common abnormal heart rhythm, is responsible for one third of all strokes. It’s...

App + Smartphone = Diagnostic Tool?

by Eric Wicklund

An app that identifies different types of respiratory distress simply by having someone cough into a smartphone is now facing FDA evaluation, and will soon be part of a global study targeting pneumonia in the developing world. ResApp, launched...

Connected Care Platforms Help High-Risk Patients Avoid the ER

by Eric Wicklund

Faced with overcrowded ERs that strain resources and budgets, healthcare providers are turning to connected care solutions to redirect – and sometimes prevent – that last-minute visit or ambulance call. In Albuquerque, N.M., a local...

HIMSS Survey: Providers Are Ready to Embrace Connected Health

by Eric Wicklund

More than half of the hospitals recently surveyed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) are using at least three different kinds of connected health technology, and roughly half say they expect to do more with mHealth...

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