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UW Develops Substance Abuse Adherence mHealth Application

May 24, 2017 - Researchers from the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) developed an mHealth app for substance abuse adherence that is a finalist for an $100,000 grant award from the Harvard Innovation in American Government program. The app, called A-CHESS, provides users a forum to talk to other recovering addicts, a panic button that notifies friends or...


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VT Legislature Approves Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

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Legislation that has been passed by the Vermont House and Senate aims to extend and regulate telemedicine reimbursement within the state. The bill includes new requirements for payers to reimburse telemedicine services, and modifies regulations...

mHealth Apps Aid Remote Monitoring of Elderly Patients

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mHealth apps designed at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) may soon provide remote monitoring solutions that can provide better care choices for treating elderly patients. Using a smartphone secured to the patient with a chest strap,...

ATA, CHQI to Develop National Telemedicine Accreditation Standards

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A partnership between ATA and the ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) aims to build national telemedicine accreditation standards that enhance telemedicine transparency, patient outcomes and safety, and regulation. Under the partnership, ATA's...

Blue Cross Blue Shield of GA Offers Maternity Telehealth Program

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Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia made a maternity telehealth platform available for all members on the State Health Benefit Plan (SHBP), as part of their existing maternity support program. With ever growing telehealth adoption rates,...

Rural Telemedicine Visits Rose 45% Each Year for a Decade

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From 2004 to 2014, rural telemedicine visits by mentally ill Medicare beneficiaries rose by 45 percent each year, according to research from Harvard Medical School and RAND Corporation.   The number of telemedicine visits increased from...

Harvard mHealth Partnership to Improve Medicaid Chronic Care

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A new mHealth partnership between Harvard Medical School and mPulse Mobile aims to study the effects of two-way text messaging on the self-care habits of Medicaid beneficiaries. Through two separate programs, researchers from the Department of...

Nebraska Joins Telehealth Interstate Medical Licensure Compact

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Earlier this week, the Nebraska government became the 19th state to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact (IMLC), which will open up new opportunities for providers to engage in telehealth and remote care services. The bill, introduced...

Hospital Wayfinding App Improves Patient Experience at Mercy

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Mercy Health - Cincinnati is aiming to improve the patient experience by rolling out an in-hospital wayfinding app for Apple and Android devices, making it easier for visitors to find everything from their physician to their parking spot. The...

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

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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...

Stanford mHealth Grant Offers Giveaway of 1000 Apple Watches

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The Stanford Center for Digital Health (CHD) is looking for ideas from innovators that "stimulate and support" creative uses of Apple Watch devices for mHealth use by offering $10,000 and 1000 Apple Watches to awardees for research...

WA State Payer Picks mHealth Application for Depression Care

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Local payer Amerigroup Washington has chosen an mHealth application to help beneficiaries with mental health self-management, the organizations announced in a press release.  The collaboration, which aims to improve access to resources related...

Strong Patient Demand for Telehealth Motivated by Convenience

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The convenience factor is a major driver for patients investigating the use of telehealth to consult with their providers, according to a survey by the American Telemedicine Association and WEGO Health.  The poll of 429 patients, conducted...

Digital mHealth Platform Expands Population Health in California

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The Community Health Center Network (CHCN) and Welkin Health have partnered to develop a new digital mHealth platform geared towards improving the long-term health outcomes of at-risk and underserved patient populations. Selected as one of three...

North Dakota Medical Board Releases New Telehealth Guidelines

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Telemedicine legislation continues to evolve throughout the nation as quickly as healthcare reforms have been implemented and spread across the healthcare continuum. For example, the North Dakota Board of Medicine has issued some telehealth guidelines...

New Hampshire Law Propels Telemedicine Software Adoption

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With doctor shortages on the horizon and a lack of specialized physicians available in rural locations, telemedicine software adoption is becoming more mainstream among large sections of the country. A large number of states have implemented...

New York’s Telehealth Legislation Stresses Remote Monitoring

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Telehealth legislation continues to break new ground, as more states adopt telemedicine coverage and payment parity laws are put in place. When payment parity regulations are put into place, virtual doctor visits will receive the same reimbursement...

AMA Guides Coding Set for Telehealth Physician Consultations

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The telehealth sphere continues to expand across medical organizations throughout the nation. For example, the American Medical Association (AMA) has recently announced making more headway into promoting telehealth physician consultations. In...

Patient Engagement on the Rise due to Blue Button Initiative

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Patient engagement continues to grow among medical facilities including hospitals and clinics. Ever since the federal government established meaningful use requirements under the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs, eligible hospitals...

Wearable Devices May Prevent Falls among Elderly Patients

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Along with telemedicine, remote monitoring technology, and mobile health apps, the development of wearable devices could also have a significant impact on patient care throughout the nation. Wearable devices such as smart watches and smartphones...

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