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ATA Survey: Parents Like Telehealth for Primary Care Needs

April 23, 2017 - Parents surveyed by a national pediatric health network say they know about telemedicine and are willing to use it to address primary care issues, but they’re hesitant to use it to manage chronic conditions. That divide separates two of the larger markets for telemedicine – virtual visits for primary care and remote monitoring for chronic care – and points to a challenges...


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ATA Survey: Parents Like Telehealth for Primary Care Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Parents surveyed by a national pediatric health network say they know about telemedicine and are willing to use it to address primary care issues, but they’re hesitant to use it to manage chronic conditions. That divide separates two of...

Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service Replaces the Office Visit

by Eric Wicklund

Rush University Medical Center has launched a store-and-forward telemedicine platform for non-emergency cases, giving patients an effective alternative to the doctor’s office or retail clinic visit. Rush SmartExam is the Chicago-based hospital’s...

83% of Healthcare Orgs to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth Tools

by Thomas Beaton

Eighty-three percent of healthcare organizations responding to a American Telemedicine Association (ATA) poll said they are highly likely to invest in telehealth with operational efficiency and convenience in mind. Of the 171 healthcare executives...

Alaska Lawmakers Link Telehealth Growth to Better Broadband

by Eric Wicklund

Alaska legislators are asking for federal help in expanding the state’s broadband network to support more telemedicine and telehealth services. House Joint Resolution 14, which passed by a 33-6 vote this week, calls on the Federal Communications...

Telemedicine Abortion Debate Surfaces in West Virginia Senate

by Eric Wicklund

West Virginia has become the latest state to consider banning telemedicine abortions. According to the Charleston Gazette-Mail, Republican Senator Patricia Rucker introduced an amendment this week to House Bill 2509 that prohibits “the...

Broadband Offers a Telehealth Lifeline to Rural Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth can save a rural hospital more than $100,000 a year in healthcare and community costs, according to a new report from a collection of rural broadband providers. Compiled by NTCA-The Rural Broadband Association, “Anticipating...

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...

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