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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...

7.1M Patients Use Remote Monitoring, Connected Medical Devices

by Thomas Beaton

More than seven million patients now benefit from remote monitoring and the use of connected medical devices as an integral part of their care routines, says a new estimate from Berg Insights.  Remote monitoring use grew by 44 percent in...

A Patient-Facing mHealth App Can Also Benefit Providers

by Eric Wicklund

Inspira Health is launching a mobile health platform designed to reducing staffing bottlenecks and take the waiting out of waiting rooms. The New Jersey-based health system is deploying a mobile app that allows patients to check in online and...

Consumer Survey Sees Sharp Increase in mHealth, Telemedicine Use

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

Penn. State mHealth Challenge Aims to Make Apps Appealing

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps that help users manage their health challenges dominated the day at Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth Challenge, offering insight into where tomorrow’s entrepreneurs think the industry will go. Coordinated...

Digital Health Tools Help Patients, Doctors Plan for End-of-Life Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are using mHealth to help patients and their families prepare for the end of their healthcare journey. Through a secure online platform, providers can meet with patients, family members and caregivers in any location to map...

mHealth Messages Connect the Dots in Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Three of every four physicians in a recent survey say patient satisfaction will play a more important role over the next five years. And almost 90 percent say mHealth messages between trips to the doctor’s office will be vital tools to...

mHealth and Pokémon Go: Yet Another Wasted Opportunity?

by Eric Wicklund

Pokémon Go may have been a nationwide sensation this past summer – including offering up some impressive mobile health statistics – but it’s suffering the same fate as many healthcare apps. It isn’t keeping up that...

Fitbit’s mHealth Quest: Making Doctors Care About Health and Wellness

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have balked at embracing wearables because they aren’t sure how to integrate the data into the clinical record. Fitbit executives say the time has come to start embracing. The developers of the most widely-adopted fitness...

Digital mHealth Platform Expands Population Health in California

by Nathan Boroyan

The Community Health Center Network (CHCN) and Welkin Health have partnered to develop a new digital mHealth platform geared towards improving the long-term health outcomes of at-risk and underserved patient populations. Selected as one of three...

New Wearables Study Misses the Point on mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

In real estate, timing and location matter. The same can be said for mHealth. A study recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted at the University of Pittsburgh reportedly concluded that wearable monitors...

mHealth App with Coaching Support Aids Diabetic Weight Loss

by Nathan Boroyan

An mhealth app that uses the same principals as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) effectively helped overweight Americans, diabetics and pre-diabetics lose weight, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. A...

Cedars-Sinai Adds 2 More Digital Health Tools for Patient Care

by Eric Wicklund

Cedars-Sinai is adding digital tools to both ends of the patient engagement spectrum. The Los Angeles-based health system has announced two more partnerships with mHealth companies coming through the health system’s recent accelerator program....

Can mHealth Help Doctors, Patients Speak the Same Language?

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey suggests that mHealth may be useful in bridging a startling perception gap between doctors and their patients. Nearly half of American consumers recently surveyed by Xerox say they take complete responsibility for their health –...

Can mHealth Make Chronic Care Patients Care About Their Health?

by Eric Wicklund

The path to telehealth and mHealth success lies in helping those with chronic conditions manage their health at home. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be interested. That’s the upshot of a new survey from Parks Associates, as well...

Philips Launches mHealth Product Line With an Eye on the Clinician

by Eric Wicklund

Philips Healthcare has unveiled a new line of consumer mHealth devices, but don’t expect consumers to snap them up like the latest activity band or smart scale. The devices and an accompanying mHealth app, part of the company’s HealthSuite...

Fitbit Makes a Play for mHealth Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

The maker of the nation’s most popular activity tracker is looking to win over a skeptical healthcare industry – and in doing so pave the way for more collaboration between providers and health and wellness companies. Fitbit executives...

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