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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...

Fitbit’s Push for Pebble Could Stir Up the mHealth Wearables Market

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking for an entry into the wearables market may want to wait a while. New reports today have Fitbit, the biggest and best-positioned developer of consumer-facing fitness bands, offering as much as $40 million for Pebble,...

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...

For Telehealth and mHealth, Value-Based Care Takes Time to Work Out

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are gradually coming to realize that telehealth can be a key component in the transition to value-based care. But not everyone’s definition of value will be the same. With roughly six out of 10 U.S. health systems now...

mHealth Messages Connect the Dots in Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Three of every four physicians in a recent survey say patient satisfaction will play a more important role over the next five years. And almost 90 percent say mHealth messages between trips to the doctor’s office will be vital tools to...

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 The healthcare landscape is littered with outdated or vague words and phrases,...

Digital Decision Support: Using mHealth to Combat Antibiotic Overuse

by Eric Wicklund

Timely tweets, Facebook posts and other social mHealth messages can help healthcare providers cut down on potentially deadly antibiotic overuse, a new study indicates. The study, conducted at the University of Chicago Medicine and appearing in...

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...

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,...

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....

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