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Is Anyone Taking mHealth Seriously?

by Eric Wicklund

Maybe consumers aren’t mad enough to want mHealth. That might explain, in part, why almost 40 percent of consumers in a recent HealthMine survey said they don’t know what telemedicine is – yet 93 percent of the respondents who...

WHO Unveils Standards for Global mHealth Projects

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth experts often wonder whether a successful smartphone-based public health program in Africa might translate to Asia or South America, or if a population health project in India can affect the same outcomes in the Caribbean. Those questions...

mHealth for Children: 4 Concepts That Could Change the World

by Eric Wicklund

An Israeli startup developing a smart thermometer is among a new wave of companies finding mHealth inspiration in unusual places for children. RespiDx, based in Jerusalem, has received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development...

Using mHealth to Create A ‘Panoramic View’ of Substance Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often look at connected health technology as the key to enforcing behavior change, if they could just figure out how to use it. Nowhere is that more important than in addiction recovery, where behaviors can be life-threatening....

Is HHS Missing the Point on mHealth?

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are heaping praise on a preventive service program for type 2 diabetics – yet they’re missing a key aspect to this program that could make it even more effective. mHealth. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia...

How Telemedicine Saved One VA Hospital $64K A Year

by Eric Wicklund

A rural New England VA hospital is saving roughly $64,000 a year in travel costs through telemedicine, according to a recent study. That figure makes up less than 4 percent of the total travel budget of the VA Hospital in White River Junction,...

How an mHealth Project Fighting Rabies in Africa Might Shape Population Health Efforts

by Eric Wicklund

A smartphone-based mHealth surveillance project in Tanzania is earning kudos for its success in containing a deadly disease – and it could be a model for similar population health efforts in the U.S. and elsewhere. The program, launched...

Retail Clinics Are Forcing Providers to Be Creative

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey finds that retail clinics and other non-traditional healthcare settings are growing popular with consumers, but primarily for health and wellness services. For so-called “medical issues,” the setting of choice is still...

UK Pilot Aims to Make Telehealth More Affordable

by Eric Wicklund

A UK study aims to test whether an open-source tablet and platform can be used to make remote patient monitoring more popular. Britain’s Health and Social Care Information Center (HSCIC) will be piloting a telehealth program later this...

A Successful Lesson Plan for School-Based Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas-based health system is seeking strong success in a small school-based telehealth program by following one simple rule: “Don’t have a hammer and go searching for a nail.” In other words, says S. Luke Webster, MD, vice...

mHealth Shows its Maturity at HIMSS16

by Eric Wicklund

The 2016 HIMSS Conference and Exhibition may well be remembered for what didn’t happen than what did happen. After a week’s worth of keynotes, education sessions, crowded exhibit halls, cocktail parties and Elvis impersonators, it...

A Digital Health Platform Helps NICU Parents Face the Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

An innovative new mHealth program aims to help the stressed out parents of newborns in neonatal intensive care units. The program, a partnership between Costco and an mHealth startup called NeoCare Solutions, gives Costco employees who have children...

mHealth Put to Work on the Science of Sleep

by Eric Wicklund

IBM and Apple are bringing their mHealth platforms in to tackle a health issue that affects almost everyone: Getting a good night’s sleep. In a partnership announced late Tuesday at HIMSS16, IBM’s Watson Health and the American Sleep...

Putting mHealth to Work for Patient Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

A home-grown mHealth program at Seattle Children’s Hospital is proving just how useful digital tools can be for patients, their families and hospital staff. Traditionally, liver transplant patients and their family meet with hospital staff...

A Global mHealth Project Sets its Sights on America’s Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

A non-profit program that’s supplying mHealth technology and resources to Third World nations is now setting its sights on underserved parts of our own country. Health eVillages, launched in 2011 by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice...

The Future of mHealth Wearables May Focus on Smartglasses

by Eric Wicklund

The intersection of mHealth and wearables most often focuses on the wrist, where fitness bands and smartwatches have ruled the roost. But what if we’re looking at the wrong place for the key to solving the consumer engagement puzzle? How...

Digital Health Translators Help Providers Get Past ‘Hello’

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are relying more and more on digital health tools to communicate with their patients.  That’s especially true when the patient doesn’t understand English. At Chicago’s Advocate Health Care, five of...

mHealth Platforms Are Proving Their Value to Home Health Agencies

by Eric Wicklund

A Chicago-based home health agency is launching an mHealth platform to help its chronic care patients transition from the hospital to the home – and stay home. Health Resource Solutions, which works with more than 1,000 patients a month,...

Hospital’s mHealth Project Finds Value in Fitbit Data

by Eric Wicklund

A Minnesota hospital is tapping into Fitbit to better understand how activity and sleep patterns affect its young diabetic patients. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is using the popular fitness wearable to study the habits...

Mississippi Scales Up Its Telehealth Network

by Eric Wicklund

The success of Mississippi’s telehealth-based diabetes program is prompting its parent health system to expand to other states – and other chronic disease groups. The Diabetes Telehealth Network, a statewide remote care management...

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