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mHealth Study Proves Remote Monitoring Beats In-Person Visits

March 28, 2017 - An mHealth platform for post-operative care helped patients collaborate better and more often with their doctors and reduced follow-up visits to the doctor’s office. In addition, more than half of those using the mobile health platform, designed for breast cancer patients recovering from reconstruction surgery, said remote monitoring was more convenient than in-person visits to the doctor’s...


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mHealth Study Proves Remote Monitoring Beats In-Person Visits

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform for post-operative care helped patients collaborate better and more often with their doctors and reduced follow-up visits to the doctor’s office. In addition, more than half of those using the mobile health platform,...

Physicians Sour on States’ Telehealth Implementation Efforts

by Eric Wicklund

Some 44 percent of U.S. doctors say their state hasn’t done a good job implementing telehealth, while only 15 percent feel their state has done well or very well. The results come by way of the online physician community SERMO, which recently...

VA Tests Telemedicine-based Collaborative Care for Rural Vets

by Eric Wicklund

The Veterans Administration is testing a telemedicine-based collaborative care model on rural veterans in two states who are diagnosed with HIV. It builds on an earlier attempt to use the Project ECHO telemedicine model to improve access to care...

New Telehealth Platform Offers Grief Counseling to Military Survivors

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth vendor is partnering with a national support network to offer digital health grief counseling for families of military members who are killed while serving. The non-profit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is partnering...

New Study Gives mHealth High Marks in Children’s Health

by Eric Wicklund

An analysis of dozens of mHealth studies has found that mHealth interventions can help children live healthier lifestyles. The analysis, appearing in JAMA Pediatrics, finds that parents and caregivers can improve healthcare outcomes and behaviors...

mHealth-based Workplace Wellness Programs Face Congressional Scrutiny

by Eric Wicklund

A bill quietly moving through Congress could have a significant impact on workplace wellness programs that use digital health tools. Opponents say HR 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, could undermine mHealth-based employee...

Telemedicine on Tap: ATA Readies for Telehealth 2.0

by Eric Wicklund

With HIMSS17 in the rear-view mirror, healthcare providers are now setting their sights on the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth 2.0 conference next month. But don’t expect the same old news on pilot projects and real-world...

Army, Clemson Join Forces to Test mHealth on Diabetes

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Army wants to use mHealth to help its members control and improve management of type 2 diabetes. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) is collaborating...

Can Clinical, Commercial Uses Coincide on a Telehealth Platform?

by Eric Wicklund

A new partnership aims to combine clinical and retail dermatology services on one digital health platform, giving solo and small-practice doctors a new model for sustainability. SkyMD, a telehealth vendor designed to help dermatologists establish...

Telemedicine Gives Rural Children a Lifeline to Specialist Care

by Eric Wicklund

In America’s heartland, large cities and health systems are few and far between. So if a child needs a healthcare specialist, telemedicine may be a literal life-saver. At Children’s Mercy Kansas City, 26 of the hospital’s 47...

Apple Watch Study to Use Digital Health to Tackle Depression

by Eric Wicklund

British mHealth researchers are launching a project to determine whether the Apple Watch can help treat people with depression. Takeda Pharmaceuticals has joined forces with UK-based Cognition Kit Limited to use the Cognition Kit app in a controlled...

Saint Luke’s Takes a Cue from the NFL to Make mHealth Apps Fan-Friendly

by Eric Wicklund

Saint Luke’s Health System is consolidating its mHealth apps onto one platform with help from a tech company that made the San Francisco 49ers’ new football stadium fan-friendly. The 10-hospital, Kansas City-based health system currently...

New Project Looks to Turn a Bandage into an mHealth Sensor

by Eric Wicklund

North Carolina State University is launching a federally funded project to create a wearable mHealth sensor capable of continuously monitoring the amount of oxygen in surrounding tissue. Wearables have long held promise in healthcare for the...

Study Questions Safety of mHealth Messaging in High-Acuity Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A new study questions the reliability of mHealth messaging in high-acuity care, saying it could lead to patient harm. Writing in the AHIMA Foundation’s Perspectives in Health Information Management, researchers from Dallas-based CHRISTUS...

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...

Study Proves Telemedicine’s Value in Coma Assessment and Care

by Eric Wicklund

Mayo Clinic Researchers are adding to the literature supporting telemedicine in the ICU with a study that indicates digital health can be used to monitor comatose patients as well as having someone at the bedside. A study conducted by researchers...

Northwell Health Takes Telehealth to the Next Level

by Eric Wicklund

A recent Harris Poll found that one of every five consumers would switch healthcare providers if their doctor didn’t use telehealth. Northwell Health is making sure that won’t happen. The New York-based health system, comprising some...

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...

Mobile Telestroke Units to Hit the Road in Chicago

by Eric Wicklund

Chicago is taking telestroke directly to the patient, with the deployment over the next few months of two specially equipped mobile vans. Northwest Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is scheduled to launch the first vehicle this month, and Rush...

Texas Hospital’s mHealth Game Targets a Public Health Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas health system is combing mHealth and gaming technology to teach the local Hispanic population about liver disease. The Hospitals of Providence partnered with the El Paso Times and gamification software company OfferCraft to produce an...

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