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Newest ResearchKit Study Focuses on a Rare Disease

January 20, 2017 - 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 to the formation of lumps known as granulomas, sarcoidosis usually begins in the lungs, skin or lymph nodes, but can affect any organ, including the...


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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...

mHealth and Housing: A Vital Recipe for Senior Health

by Eric Wicklund

How does one get seniors to use more mHealth tools at home? Make sure they have a home, and it’s capable of integrating new technology. A Washington-based bipartisan think tank is making that case in a series of forums across the country,...

Survey Reveals Opportunities, Hesitancies in Patient mHealth Views

by Nathan Boroyan

mHealth use is widespread among American patients, but there are still opportunities for providers and vendors to encourage hesitant consumers to use innovative mobile health devices and artificial intelligence apps to monitor and improve their...

Healthcare Looks to mHealth for Quality Improvement

by Eric Wicklund

Health system executives are using mHealth to boost quality improvement efforts, according to a new survey. But success will only come if the technology improves clinician workflow. A survey of more than 170 quality improvement professionals...

FDA’s mHealth Innovation Program Sees Success in its First Year

by Eric Wicklund

A year-old FDA program designed to help innovative mHealth companies speed their potentially life-saving products to market has so far accepted more than half of its applicants. In all, 17 of 29 applications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s...

Telehealth Shifts its Focus

by Eric Wicklund

Today’s telehealth solution may soon evolve into tomorrow’s mHealth platform. That’s the conclusion drawn by a recent survey of some 280 healthcare executives by Avizia and Modern Healthcare. Their findings indicate that current...

Telehealth Sees Success in Therapy

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth-based therapy programs for stroke survivors have helped increase cognitive and language skills and enabled patients to receive therapy five times more often, according to one company. The survey of more than 20 million therapy sessions...

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