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Small Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine for ER Services

by Eric Wicklund

A small hospital on Prince Edward Island may turn to telemedicine to keep its emergency department open 24 hours a day. Officials with Health PEI, Prince Edward Island’s island-wide health system, are discussing a virtual visit platform...

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...

Telemedicine Gives Long-Term Care Facilities an Instant Link to Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform launched by a Kentucky-based long-term healthcare system is poised for growth after officials say it helped one facility decrease costs by 30 percent. YourDoc2U, a startup created in 2015 by executives at Louisville-based...

Hospital Uses Telestroke Program’s Success to Branch Out to Other Specialties

by Eric Wicklund

A Mississippi hospital at the center of s successful telestroke network is expanding its telehealth platform to deliver behavioral health services. St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson launched its telestroke program in 2012, and now sits at the center...

Hospital Uses Telehealth to Help Children Manage Their Weight

by Eric Wicklund

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is launching a telehealth project designed to help children with weight management issues. The 12-week pediatric telehealth weight management pilot will enable the hospital’s registered dietitian...

Study: Telehealth Can Add to Providers’ Workflows if Not Properly Planned

by Eric Wicklund

A new study suggests that telehealth may add to the burden on local healthcare providers if not properly planned. As reported in Health Affairs, the study found that a telehealth program can increase the workload for specialists and healthcare...

Survey: Telemedicine Tops the List of Medical Board Priorities

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine dominated the list of state medical board concerns going into 2017, according to a survey conducted by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB). The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit, representing some 70 boards and organizations...

Defense Bill Expands Telehealth Services in TRICARE

by Eric Wicklund

A Defense bill that includes expanded telehealth access for active duty military personnel and veterans has been approved by Congress – minus controversial language that would have basically federalized telehealth doctors. The National...

Telemedicine Study Makes a Financial Case for eICUs

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine access in a hospital’s ICU can improve case volume, save millions of dollars and pay for its own capital costs within three months, according to a new study. Conducted by Craig M. Lilly, MD, director of the eICU program at...

Can Telehealth Make Physical Therapy More Effective?

by Eric Wicklund

Duke University’s Clinical Research Institute has launched a new study to determine whether telehealth-based physical therapy works better than traditional therapy. Called VERITAS (Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-home Therapy: A Research...

Digital Health Tools Help Patients, Doctors Plan for End-of-Life Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are using mHealth to help patients and their families prepare for the end of their healthcare journey. Through a secure online platform, providers can meet with patients, family members and caregivers in any location to map...

Canadian mHealth Project Uses iPads for School Hearing Tests

by Eric Wicklund

Elementary schools in three Canadian cities will soon conduct hearing tests with an iPad, thanks to an mHealth program launched by the University of Ottawa Medical School. It’s the first step in what the medical school students hope will...

New York Eases Telehealth Rules for Mental Health Providers

by Eric Wicklund

New York officials are easing telehealth regulations to enable mental health providers to treat some of their patients online. Some 250 providers in New York will now be able to use telepsychiatry in comprehensive psychiatric emergency programs,...

Nemours Launches First School Telehealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

The Nemours Children’s Health System has launched its first school telehealth program, and officials expect many more partnerships to follow. The national healthcare network, with hospitals and clinics in Florida, Delaware, Pennsylvania...

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...

Remote Monitoring Platform is an mHealth Lifeline for New York’s ‘Sickest Children’

by Eric Wicklund

A remote monitoring program has reduced hospitalizations and saved more than $2 million for a New York City-based home care agency that deals with some of the country’s sickest children. The positive results reported by St. Mary’s...

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...

Are Retail Clinics Changing the mHealth Business Dynamic?

by Eric Wicklund

Retail medical clinics aren’t replacing ER visits, according to a RAND Corporation study. But they may be creating a new dynamic in on-demand healthcare that either boosts costs or prompts consumers to be more health-conscious. A five-year...

Using mHealth to Tackle the Concussion Conundrum

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth tools, ranging from apps to headgear the occasional robot, are changing the way schools and youth sports leagues check for concussions in their athletes. It’s not uncommon these days for a high school or college physical trainer...

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