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The Secret to Sustainability in Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

May 22, 2017 - Healthcare providers often launch a direct-to-consumer telehealth service in hopes of pulling in new patients. A new study now estimates how much business that platform might generate. A health system launching a virtual care platform can expect to retain a quarter of the consumers it sees as patients, with an expected revenue of about $3,000 per patient, according to an analysis by Minneapolis-based...


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The Secret to Sustainability in Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often launch a direct-to-consumer telehealth service in hopes of pulling in new patients. A new study now estimates how much business that platform might generate. A health system launching a virtual care platform can expect...

Mobile Health App for Bipolar Patients Wins RWJF Mood Challenge

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health app that can spot manic and depressive episodes by analyzing how someone uses a smartphone has won top honors in the Mood Challenge for ResearchKit. It’s one of a growing number of digital health and telehealth resources...

mHealth Apps Aid Remote Monitoring of Elderly Patients

by Thomas Beaton

mHealth apps designed at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) may soon provide remote monitoring solutions that can provide better care choices for treating elderly patients. Using a smartphone secured to the patient with a chest strap,...

mHealth Messages Get High Grades in Medication Adherence Study

by Eric Wicklund

A new study on mobile health and medication adherence has uncovered two interesting points: Patients don’t just forget to take their medications, and real-time mHealth “prodding” can help them to stay on their prescriptions....

Wearable Devices, mHealth Apps Combine for Chronic Disease Care

by Thomas Beaton

A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggests the next step in chronic disease management could involve a combination of wearable devices and mHealth apps that focus on improving health conditions. Patients with osteoarthritis...

Pediatric Mobile Health Interventions Benefit Patients, Caregivers

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that caregivers that utilized pediatric mobile health interventions had stronger, positive effect on the adolescent health behaviors than caregivers who did not. A team...

Telehealth Looks to Digital Diagnostics to Improve Virtual Care

by Eric Wicklund

With direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms popping up all over the country these days, healthcare providers are now looking at combining virtual care with lab tests. Health systems and consumer-facing telehealth vendors see point-of-care testing...

Inaccurate Heart Rate mHealth Apps Pose Consumer Problems

by Thomas Beaton

About a fifth of measurements recorded by heart rate monitoring mHealth apps for consumers can be inaccurate by upwards of 20 beats per minute, compared to clinical monitoring, according to research from the European Society of Cardiology. A...

CDS Coalition Floats Guidelines for Mobile Health App Design

by Eric Wicklund

A coalition of software developers and healthcare providers is pushing for new guidelines that would help certain mobile health applications avoid FDA regulation. The CDS Coalition has issued a 26-page document designed to help developers create...

Personalized mHealth App Raises Likelihood of Smoking Cessation

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that a personalized mHealth application specializing in smoking cessation can help would-be quitters end their tobacco usage without more intensive clinical intervention.  ...

Telehealth Licensure Compact Goes Live for Physical Therapists

by Eric Wicklund

Physical therapists in 10 states will soon be able to use telehealth to expand their practices and give consumers more access to mobile healthcare services. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature on HB 1278 this week means 10 states have...

mHealth, Home Monitoring Boost Cystic Fibrosis Adherence

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in Global Pediatric Health found that mHealth and remote monitoring tools can improve adherence to complex treatment regimens for forgetful adolescents with cystic fibrosis (CF).   Adolescents with the pulmonary disease...

Chronic Care mHealth Apps Benefit from Patient Feedback

by Thomas Beaton

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that integrating patient feedback into the chronic care mHealth app development process can increase usage, adoption, and the value of apps used to encourage self-management...

Do Medication Adherence Apps Deliver on Functionality Promises?

by Thomas Beaton

Medication adherence apps have the potential to help patients remember to take their medicines, but not all of these apps provide the necessary functionalities to do so. A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found...

UK Tries Again With a Library of Certified Mobile Health Apps

by Eric Wicklund

After four years of wrangling, the UK’s National Health Service has unveiled its library of certified mobile health apps – containing only one approved app. The NHS Digital Apps Library is designed to showcase mobile health tools...

mHealth Apps for Cancer Survivors Aren’t Meeting Their Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health apps designed for cancer survivors aren’t as effective as they should be, according to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. A 2016 analysis of dozens of mHealth apps by researchers from CPIC and Stanford University...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health systems,...

MA Invests $10M in Digital Health, Medical Device Research Lab

by Thomas Beaton

The Massachusetts Governor’s Office and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) are each investing $5 million in a new digital health and medical device research lab centered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  ...

Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service Replaces the Office Visit

by Eric Wicklund

Rush University Medical Center has launched a store-and-forward telemedicine platform for non-emergency cases, giving patients an effective alternative to the doctor’s office or retail clinic visit. Rush SmartExam is the Chicago-based hospital’s...

Telemedicine Success Linked to Workflow, Rather Than Technology

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine is proving its value not because of new technology, but because of better workflows and collaboration. A program that placed telemedicine platforms into 15 primary care clinics at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services...

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