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Text Messaging Program Offers an mHealth Nudge to Busy Parents

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A text messaging program is boosting engagement for a Minnesota health system’s youngest patients simply by reminding their parents to schedule well-child visits. More than 70 percent of the parents contacted by the Park Nicollet Health...

Telehealth Can Work for Veterans Dealing With Depression

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Veterans dealing with depression can be treated just as well with telehealth as with in-person care, according to a recent study. Studying more than 200 senior-aged veterans for one year between 2007 and 2011, researchers from the Medical University...

Can Telehealth Make Physical Therapy More Effective?

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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

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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

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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

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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,...

Study: Telemedicine Helps Small Hospitals Reduce NICU Transports

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In yet another example of how telemedicine helps small hospitals hold onto their patients, a Mayo Clinic study found that online access to specialists helped one of every three complicated births avoid a transfer to a larger hospital with an...

Nemours Launches First School Telehealth Partnership

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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...

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

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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...

Rural Schools turn to mHealth - and the NFL - for Concussion Management Help

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A two-year telemedicine project to link student-athletes in 19 rural school districts with Houston Methodist Hospital’s Concussion Center could be a model for a statewide program – and a model for other states as well. The program,...

Are Retail Clinics Changing the mHealth Business Dynamic?

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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...

New Standards Validate Telemedicine in Stroke Care

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Telestroke is finally getting its own guidance document. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have released a scientific statement on quality measures and outcomes for the use of telemedicine in stroke cases, marking...

Survey Finds Strong Support for Telehealth from Mothers

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The best way to increase telehealth adoption is to get Mom’s approval. A survey of more than 500 mothers by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and telehealth provider LiveHealth Online finds that every one of them wants round-the-clock access...

Companies Pledge to Share mHealth Data to Reduce Deaths

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mHealth companies are taking notice of an international effort to share once-siloed data and reduce preventable patient deaths. Earlier this month, Medtronic announced that it would contribute its de-identified data to the Patient Safety Movement...

Mississippi Steps Back from New Telehealth Rules

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Mississippi lawmakers have decided to leave in place telehealth regulations that permit phone-based encounters, despite threats earlier this year to introduce legislation that would mandate that video be part of the platform. Mississippi State...

A Telehealth Primer: 5 Tips to Making the Virtual Visit a Success

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Not every doctor can “do” telehealth. As more and more health systems adopt audio-visual platforms and train their doctors and nurses to use the technology, they’re discovering one little problem: One’s “bedside...

Using mHealth to Tackle the Concussion Conundrum

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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...

Using Telehealth, mHealth to Fight the Flu

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Healthcare providers may have a new cure for the flu this winter: The virtual visit. mHealth tools and platforms have for years been used to identify outbreaks of the flu and other highly infectious viruses and direct doctors and drugs to where...

Telemedicine Helps Link Children, Mental Health Specialists in ER Cases

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Telemedicine access to mental health experts can significantly improve outcomes for pediatric cases in an ER or urgent care clinic, a new study has found. In a report presented at the recent American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference...

Emory’s eICU Platform Takes Telehealth to a New Time Zone

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Emory Healthcare is testing a telehealth platform that ensures patients in ICUs at any location and any time have immediate access to a clinician at the top of his or her game. To do this, the Atlanta-based health system is partnering with Royal...

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