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Indiana Lawmakers Wade Into the ‘Ocular Telehealth’ Battle

January 27, 2017 - 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 prohibited online eye exams and prescriptions after opposition from optometrists fearing they’d lose business to online companies. And South...


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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...

Telehealth in New Jersey Hindered By a Lack of Awareness

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to launch a telehealth platform should be reminded to first make sure their potential patients know what it is and what it can do. That’s the dilemma facing New Jersey lawmakers, who are grappling with new legislation...

Can SMART on FHIR Solve mHealth’s Medication Management Challenges?

by Eric Wicklund

An agreement to promote interoperability between three of the largest and most competitive EHR platforms has set the stage for a breakthrough in mHealth medication management. Using the SMART on FHIR app platform, providers will be able...

An mHealth Quest - The Workable Tricorder - Nears Its Completion

by Eric Wicklund

A five-year mission to develop the ultimate mHealth diagnostic device may soon be over. A global competition to create a workable version of the tricorder used in Star Trek is in its last stages, with devices created by two different teams soon...

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, Telemedicine Experts Appointed to NQF’s Telehealth Committee

by Eric Wicklund

A who’s who of telemedicine and mHealth experts is helping the National Quality Forum map out a framework for measuring the success of telehealth projects across the country. The NQF’s Telehealth Framework to Support Measure Development...

Study: mHealth App Usability Isn’t Matching Up With Demand

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps can help high-need, high-cost populations such as those with complex or multiple chronic conditions, a new study finds. But with the bar set so low on mHealth app usability, it’s difficult to match the right apps to the right...

mHealth Takes on Missed Healthcare Appointments

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often look at mHealth in terms of bringing healthcare to the patient. But sometimes it’s more important to bring the patient to healthcare. With an eye to patient engagement and satisfaction, health systems are now...

Today’s mHealth Challenges Focus on Analysis Over Aggregation

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems looking to find value in mHealth data might be advised to look at the various contests and hackathons springing up around the country. Once the realm of starry-eyed entrepreneurs and innovators working out of their garages, today’s...

A Telehealth Primer: 5 Tips to Making the Virtual Visit a Success

by Eric Wicklund

Not every doctor can “do” telehealth. As more and more health systems adopt audio-visual platforms and train their doctors and nurses to use the technology, they’re discovering one little problem: One’s “bedside...

Organization Vows to Tackle mHealth’s Murky Meanings

by Eric Wicklund

The organization that recently defined “store-and-forward” telehealth says this is the first salvo in an ongoing battle to make the industry meaningful. The healthcare landscape is littered with outdated or vague words and phrases,...

Lawsuit Challenges South Carolina’s Ban on mHealth Eye Exams

by Eric Wicklund

The developer of an mHealth app for eye exams is suing state officials in South Carolina, where the company is banned from issuing prescriptions based on its online tests. Chicago-based Opternative says the South Carolina Department of Labor,...

mHealth Adds Social Factors to the Value-Based Care Discussion

by Eric Wicklund

The road to quality-based healthcare may be paved with clinical data, but it’s also decorated with social and cultural dynamics. To Garth Graham, MD, MPH, president of the Aetna Foundation, today’s healthcare providers have access...

Using mHealth to Vault the Barriers to Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth may help healthcare providers move toward value-based care, but the road won’t be easy. For example, a primary care provider might use a digital health platform to improve clinical outcomes for patients, resulting in a substantial...

Is Pharma Ready to Realize the Value of mHealth?

by Eric Wicklund

When Apple launched its ResearchKit platform in 2015, healthcare providers and the pharma industry hailed the mHealth platform as a meaningful step toward better clinical trials. They’re starting to see that pay off. Digital health tools...

Telemedicine Platform to Link Native American Docs to Pediatric Specialists

by Eric Wicklund

A pilot telehealth program being launched in the Southwest aims to give doctors in remote Navajo communities access to pediatric specialists in Philadelphia. If the tele-consult program succeeds, it could become a standard of care for remote,...

Is the mHealth App Market Reaching its Saturation Point?

by Eric Wicklund

Supply is far outpacing demand for mHealth apps. That’s the conclusion made by Berlin-based Reserach2Guidance in its study, mHealth App Developer Economics, the latest in a series of reports and studies this year that suggest the mHealth...

Cleveland Clinic: mHealth Wearables Aren’t Reliable for Heart Rate

by Eric Wicklund

A Cleveland Clinic study of activity trackers has once again reinforced healthcare’s concern about wearables: They aren’t yet accurate enough for clinical use. A study of four of the most popular fitness trackers found that they are...

mHealth Group Wants to Define Store-And-Forward Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth proponents have drafted a definition for “asynchronous” telehealth, and they’re hoping federal officials will use it when dealing with MACRA issues and CPT codes. The Connected Health Initiative (CHI), a group organized...

mHealth Apps for Mood Measurement are Part of Growing Market

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps targeting PTSD and bipolar disorder are the two finalists in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation contest seeking ‘digital therapeutics’ platforms to deal with mood disorders. Developers of the two apps, Aware Study and BiAffect,...

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