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Mobile Health Strategies

A Telehealth Primer: Start Small, Make Adjustments, Scale Up

by Eric Wicklund

Some of the best telehealth projects start small, prove their value, then scale up to make an even bigger impact on the community. Such is the case with Brookwood Baptist Health, a five-hospital system in central Alabama that launched a virtual...

ATA to Providers: Use Telehealth to Compete Against Retail Clinics

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth can be a powerful tool in reducing costs and improving outcomes. For traditional health systems, it also might be the perfect antidote to that new urgent care clinic down the street. With the advent of so-called direct-to-consumer...

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,...

Telehealth Providers Make a Play for Online Psychiatry Services

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth providers are targeting the nation’s growing mental health crisis with online platforms that allow providers to speak with patients in their own homes, where they’re more comfortable and likely to be more at ease speaking...

Patient Engagement May Open the Door for Telehealth in Chronic Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

A six-month study on children with asthma is adding to the growing list of research that telehealth platforms can improve the lives of patients with chronic conditions. The study, conducted by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology...

7 Tips for Including Patient Safety in Telemedicine Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems have been slow to adopt telemedicine due to concerns over patient safety. But executives at Partners Healthcare’s Center for Connected Health say the technology has done more good than harm and should be embraced more readily....

mHealth Tapped to Help Smokers Quit the Habit

by Eric Wicklund

The Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente's venture capital unit are supporting an mHealth-based smoking cessation program featuring a wearable that releases drugs at timed intervals and an online communication and support platform. The...

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...

Survey: No Reimbursement, No Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Primary care physicians aren’t using telehealth because they aren’t reimbursed for it. That’s the gist of a survey of about 550 family physicians, conducted in 2014, which found doctors staying away from the technology because...

8 Guidelines to Make mHealth More Attractive to Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare may still be lagging behind other industries in consumer adoption, but 70 percent of consumers surveyed by Deloitte want to use mobile devices to improve their health and communicate with their care providers. The challenge, the survey...

Cedars-Sinai Adds 2 More Digital Health Tools for Patient Care

by Eric Wicklund

Cedars-Sinai is adding digital tools to both ends of the patient engagement spectrum. The Los Angeles-based health system has announced two more partnerships with mHealth companies coming through the health system’s recent accelerator program....

Can mHealth Help Doctors, Patients Speak the Same Language?

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey suggests that mHealth may be useful in bridging a startling perception gap between doctors and their patients. Nearly half of American consumers recently surveyed by Xerox say they take complete responsibility for their health –...

Digital Health Done Right at a ‘Most Wired’ Health System

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s most wired health systems is actually trying to get rid of wires. The Christiana Care Health System, a Delaware-based network of two hospitals and a broad range of outpatient services and primary care offices, is moving...

The Message is Clear: mHealth Can Be Motivational

by Eric Wicklund

The text message can be a powerful mHealth motivator. Its use as a population health tool was recently proven in India, where a study that sent twice-weekly text messages to 1 million people found that health and wellness reminders could sway...

Fitbit Makes a Play for mHealth Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

The maker of the nation’s most popular activity tracker is looking to win over a skeptical healthcare industry – and in doing so pave the way for more collaboration between providers and health and wellness companies. Fitbit executives...

New Survey Blames Healthcare for mHealth’s Struggles

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey says the healthcare industry is to blame for slow mHealth adoption. Adobe Digital Insights’ survey of 1,000 consumers finds that those who know how to use a mobile device are twice as likely to say the quality of healthcare...

mHealth and Patient Engagement: Balance the Method With the Message

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes technology is the last thing that matters in an mHealth relationship. Healthcare providers shifting to value-based care are looking for platforms that extend the conversation beyond the doctor’s office. More importantly, they...

Using mHealth to Create the Internet-Enabled Doctor

by Eric Wicklund

With sites like WebMD and the newly-reconfigured Google giving consumers healthcare data at their fingertips, providers have to learn how to adapt. Consumers have to understand that they can’t simply go online to have all their healthcare...

The Messy Side of mHealth: How Should Docs React to An Online Review?

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth security experts are warning doctors to think carefully before engaging in a social media conversation with a patient. Of particular concern is the rise in consumer-facing rating sites like Yelp and Angie’s List. For example, a...

UK Unveils New mHealth Reimbursement Program

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly 20 innovative health products, including apps and mHealth devices, will be offered free of charge each year to patients and providers in the UK’s National Health Service under a new program to boost innovation and patient engagement....

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