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Smartphone Lab Alerts Cut 26 Minutes Off ED Discharge Times

May 25, 2017 - Research published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal found that smartphone alerts may be helpful for reducing the time it takes to discharge patients from the emergency department. When physicians utilized smartphone push notifications to receive lab results for chest pain patients, they were able to discharge patients 26 minutes faster than their colleagues who relied on receiving...


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Smartphone Lab Alerts Cut 26 Minutes Off ED Discharge Times

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal found that smartphone alerts may be helpful for reducing the time it takes to discharge patients from the emergency department. When physicians utilized smartphone push notifications...

Lyft Expands Smartphone-Based Medical Ridesharing to 42 States

by Thomas Beaton

Popular ridesharing company Lyft has announced a new partnership with American Medical Response (AMR) that will bring smartphone-based ridesharing for non-emergency and ambulatory medical appointments to patients in 42 states. Through medical...

mHealth Devices Get A.I. Support for Mobile Telestroke Units

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth devices used in acute care will soon be integrated with an artificial intelligence platform, giving first responders and other clinicians real-time clinical decision support tools during emergencies. The partnership announced between...

NATO Ready to Deploy Telemedicine Platform

by Eric Wicklund

NATO has finished testing a multinational telemedicine platform for emergency scenes or combat zones and is ready to deploy the suitcase-sized kits where needed around the world. The 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization made the announcement...

Telemedicine-Friendly FAST Act Heads Back to Congress

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is set to revisit a bill that would expand Medicare reimbursement nationwide for telestroke services. The Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, originally introduced in 2015, would alter the Social Security Act to allow...

Community Paramedicine Brings mHealth Right to the Patient

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to remotely monitor chronic care patients and those recently released from the hospital are finding a mobile health resource in local EMS providers. Dubbed community paramedicine or mobile integrated health, the concept...

Small Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine for ER Services

by Eric Wicklund

A small hospital on Prince Edward Island may turn to telemedicine to keep its emergency department open 24 hours a day. Officials with Health PEI, Prince Edward Island’s island-wide health system, are discussing a virtual visit platform...

mHealth Programs Aim to Reach Patients Before they Need the ER

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health platforms, be they kiosks, consumer-facing telehealth portals or virtual care stations, are often seen as an antidote to the overcrowded Emergency Department. Now a Seattle health system is using mobile care coordination teams to...

Study: Telemedicine Helps Small Hospitals Reduce NICU Transports

by Eric Wicklund

In yet another example of how telemedicine helps small hospitals hold onto their patients, a Mayo Clinic study found that online access to specialists helped one of every three complicated births avoid a transfer to a larger hospital with an...

Are Retail Clinics Changing the mHealth Business Dynamic?

by Eric Wicklund

Retail medical clinics aren’t replacing ER visits, according to a RAND Corporation study. But they may be creating a new dynamic in on-demand healthcare that either boosts costs or prompts consumers to be more health-conscious. A five-year...

Red Cross Turns to Telehealth for Emergency Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Red Cross is taking on a telehealth partner in an effort to expand access to healthcare during emergencies. The organization is partnering with Texas-based Teladoc to make the company’s phone- and web-based services available to victims...

Telehealth Helps Rural Hospitals Keep Their ER Patients (And Revenues)

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Mississippi Medical Center is the only level 1 trauma center in Mississippi. This means the hospital sees many patients transferred from rural hospitals who don’t have the rescources to treat them. The Jackson-based hospital...

mHealth Platform Tracks Vital Signs With a Camera

by Eric Wicklund

A hospital in Scotland is testing a new mHealth platform designed to triage patients via facial recognition and gaming software. The technology, developed at the University of St. Andrews, measures a person’s blood rate and pulse oxygen...

Making the Case for In Transit Telestroke

by Eric Wicklund

Studies have long shown that telestroke services can significantly improve the survival rates on stroke patients. Now a study in New Jersey has found that even more time can be saved if those patients are diagnosed in the ambulance. The year-long...

mHealth Answers the Call in an In-Flight Emergency

by Eric Wicklund

A smartphone app designed to provide decision support during medical emergencies in air travel could be a model for mHealth support in any remote emergency. The airRx app is designed for people with a medical background who find themselves in...

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