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Congress to Revisit School-Based Telehealth Legislation

February 14, 2017 - 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. Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters, would also create a demonstration project to expand telehealth access in schools and in medically underserved areas....


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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....

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...

Telehealth Gives Trainers, Physical Therapists a Healthcare Niche

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to telehealth to bridge the gap between primary care and health and wellness.  In many cases, solo doctors and small clinics are partnering with local physical therapists. Patients are referred to a PT clinic...

Banner Health’s Telehealth Program Cuts Hospitalizations and Costs

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth platform serving some of Banner Health’s most complex patients has helped cut costs, reduced rehospitalizations and the length of hospital stays, and even slashed in half the number of patients requiring hospitalization. The...

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...

UnitedHealthcare Announces a Huge Expansion of its mHealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth program launched by one of the nation’s largest insurers that pays employees for meeting activity goals is getting a huge upgrade. UnitedHealthcare announced today at CES 2017 that it is expanding its Motion wellness program...

Telemedicine Gives Long-Term Care Facilities an Instant Link to Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform launched by a Kentucky-based long-term healthcare system is poised for growth after officials say it helped one facility decrease costs by 30 percent. YourDoc2U, a startup created in 2015 by executives at Louisville-based...

Hospital Uses Telehealth to Help Children Manage Their Weight

by Eric Wicklund

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching a telehealth project designed to help children with weight management issues. The 12-week pediatric telehealth weight management pilot will enable the hospital’s registered dietitian...

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 Platforms Are Bringing Back the House Call

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas-based mHealth app platform offering house calls to parents of sick children is gaining momentum with partnerships with two large health systems. Memorial Hermann Health in Houston and Baylor Scott & White in Dallas are now using the...

Survey Finds Strong Support for Telehealth from Mothers

by Eric Wicklund

The best way to increase telehealth adoption is to get Mom’s approval. A survey of more than 500 mothers by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and telehealth provider LiveHealth Online finds that every one of them wants round-the-clock access...

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 Telehealth, mHealth to Fight the Flu

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers may have a new cure for the flu this winter: The virtual visit. mHealth tools and platforms have for years been used to identify outbreaks of the flu and other highly infectious viruses and direct doctors and drugs to where...

Emory’s eICU Platform Takes Telehealth to a New Time Zone

by Eric Wicklund

Emory Healthcare is testing a telehealth platform that ensures patients in ICUs at any location and any time have immediate access to a clinician at the top of his or her game. To do this, the Atlanta-based health system is partnering with Royal...

Study: Telehealth Helps Dementia Patients Recover ‘Lost’ Words

by Eric Wicklund

A Northwestern University study has found that a telehealth platform can help dementia patients maintain and even improve their ability to remember and communicate by giving them access to specialists. Researchers used the Communication Bridge...

Telemedicine Closes the Gap in Specialty Referrals

by Eric Wicklund

A San Diego-based health system is expanding its telemedicine platform after a four-month pilot showed that more than 60 percent of patient visits requiring a specialist consult could be done virtually, without the need for an extra visit. North...

Self-Directed mHealth Program Improves Mental Health for Vets

by Nathan Boroyan

A self-guided mHealth training program may be an effective way to reduce the symptoms of mental health conditions experienced by post-9/11 veterans and their significant others, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Kaiser CEO: Telehealth Outpaced In-Person Visits Last Year

by Eric Wicklund

Kaiser Permanente is seeing more patients online than in person, according to its CEO. The California-based health network, one of the nation’s largest integrated health systems, saw some 110 million people last year, with some 59 million...

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