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mHealth’s Goal: A Frictionless Patient (and Provider) Experience

February 17, 2017 - mHealth-optimized patient portals are most often seen as an easy way for healthcare providers to get in front of mobile patients - returning and new. But a health system that knows how to use its digital front door can see other benefits as well. At OrthoTennessee, a 91-practitioner system with 10 offices spread across the state, administrators have seen payments on patient balances quadruple...


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mHealth’s Goal: A Frictionless Patient (and Provider) Experience

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth-optimized patient portals are most often seen as an easy way for healthcare providers to get in front of mobile patients - returning and new. But a health system that knows how to use its digital front door can see other benefits as well....

Health Systems Use mHealth Education to Cut Readmissions, Boost Compliance

by Eric Wicklund

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

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...

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

by Eric Wicklund

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 mHealth Study Tests an App’s Ability to Forecast Fertility

by Eric Wicklund

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?

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

Study Questions Safety of mHealth Messaging in High-Acuity Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A new study questions the reliability of mHealth messaging in high-acuity care, saying it could lead to patient harm. Writing in the AHIMA Foundation’s Perspectives in Health Information Management, researchers from Dallas-based CHRISTUS...

Study Proves Telemedicine’s Value in Coma Assessment and Care

by Eric Wicklund

Mayo Clinic Researchers are adding to the literature supporting telemedicine in the ICU with a study that indicates digital health can be used to monitor comatose patients as well as having someone at the bedside. A study conducted by researchers...

Indiana Lawmakers Wade Into the ‘Ocular Telehealth’ Battle

by Eric Wicklund

Some Indiana lawmakers want to amend the state’s telemedicine law to allow online eye tests and the prescription of contact lenses and glasses. The proposal may face a stiff battle. State lawmakers passed telemedicine rules last year that...

Newest ResearchKit Study Focuses on a Rare Disease

by Eric Wicklund

Penn Medicine is launching an mHealth project on the ResearchKit platform, aimed at connecting healthcare providers with the few thousand people across the globe who have a rare condition called sarcoidosis. An inflammatory condition that leads...

ResearchKit Reaches a Crossroads - And Faces Some Tough Questions

by Eric Wicklund

ResearchKit was hailed as an innovative mHealth tool when it debuted in 2015. But as one of the first studies to use the clinical trial platform begins to show results, competitors and mHealth analysts are taking shots at Apple’s shine,...

Stanford’s mHealth App Gets a Precision Medicine Upgrade

by Eric Wicklund

Stanford’s popular MyHeart Counts app is getting a precision medicine update. One of the first apps to be introduced on Apple’s ResearchKit platform two years ago, the Stanford University School of Medicine’s MyHeart Counts...

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

HIMSS, AMA Join Forces on mHealth App Evaluation

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Survey: Consumers Want mHealth Convenience, But Payers Aren’t Prepared

by Eric Wicklund

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...

mHealth is Fitting Nicely into Pharma’s Patient Engagement Strategies

by Eric Wicklund

A major pharmaceutical company is introducing wearables to its clinical research. Japan’s Takeda Pharmaceutical, whose focus is on vaccines, oncology, gastroenterology and central nervous system therapies, is partnering with mHealth company...

Using mHealth to Tackle the Concussion Conundrum

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth tools, ranging from apps to headgear the occasional robot, are changing the way schools and youth sports leagues check for concussions in their athletes. It’s not uncommon these days for a high school or college physical trainer...

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