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The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

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A mobile health service started more than 30 years ago out of the back of a Volkswagen is using telehealth, mHealth devices and even drones to improve healthcare access and outcomes in one of the most underserved regions of America. The Health...

Telemedicine Workgroup Develops Curriculum for Teleneurology

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With teleneurology and telestroke services quickly becoming commonplace in health systems across the country, a workgroup has developed a standardized curriculum for healthcare providers using the telemedicine platform. A 12-member group of experts...

mHealth App Looks to Identify, Help Treat Postpartum Depression

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Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have developed an mHealth app to help diagnose postpartum depression in new mothers – and give researchers more information on how to identify and treat the behavioral health condition. The MGH...

Telehealth Barriers Should Be Defined by Access, Not Geography

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Telehealth and telemedicine programs aren’t catching on in urban America because reimbursement models are targeting the wrong metric. That’s the opinion of researchers from Princeton University and Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson...

Survey: Consumer mHealth Use is Growing, But Literacy is Lacking

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Americans are turning to mHealth apps and online websites to shop for healthcare services and do their healthcare research, according to a new survey from UnitedHealthcare. The same survey found an alarmingly low percentage of consumers who understand...

mHealth Researchers Develop Smart Bandage With Timed Drug Release

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mHealth researchers are working on a smart bandage that can deliver timed doses of medication directly into the wound, speeding up the healing process and reducing the need for opioids. As envisioned by researchers from MIT, Harvard Medical School,...

CDC Grant to Help Florida Hospital Use Telemedicine for HIV Care

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Florida’s UF Health Jacksonville will be using a $2.2 million federal grant to tailor a rural telemedicine program to treat patients with HIV in one of the state’s largest urban areas. The Jacksonville-based health system serves one...

A Failed mHealth Program Offers Lessons Learned For Future Projects

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A recent program to have patients at a federally qualified health center use an mHealth app to manage their hypertension or diabetes failed miserably, with most of the patients abandoning the app within a couple weeks. But while highlighting...

Joint Commission Steps Back From Proposed Telemedicine Standards

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The Joint Commission is scrapping proposed telehealth amendments to its accreditation standards that would have forced health systems to obtain patient consent and predict a patient’s financial responsibility prior to services rendered....

mHealth Study Gives Smartphones a Failing Grade on Foot Ulcer Care

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Australian researchers have found that an mHealth platform that relies on photographs taken by a smartphone isn’t enough to properly treat a diabetic foot ulcer. Roughly 3.4 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes around the world develop...

Telehealth in The Nation’s Capital: DC Board Mulls Regulations

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Healthcare regulators in the District of Columbia are moving closer to telemedicine legislation that would enable healthcare providers to establish a doctor-patient relationship as long as they first get the patient’s permission to use...

mHealth Group Posts Action Plan for Using Consumer-Facing Data

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A group of mHealth experts brought together by Duke University’s Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy has drafted an action plan to integrate consumer-facing mHealth technology into clinical trials. The 39-page plan, “Mobilizing...

mHealth Closes The Gaps in Medication Adherence During a Crisis

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When Hurricane Harvey battered Houston this past August, public health officials turned to mHealth to make sure patients undergoing treatment for tuberculosis were staying up to date on medication adherence. With roads flooded, health systems...

UMMC Earns National Telehealth Center of Excellence Designation

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The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been named a National Telehealth Center of Excellence, the second health system to earn the federal distinction. Jackson-based UMMC was recognized for its 14-year-old telehealth and telemedicine...

mHealth Device Earns FDA Approval to Help Smokers Kick The Habit

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A mobile breath sensor has earned federal approval as a class 2 medical device. Combined with a new mHealth app, the digital health platform can now be used to help smokers kick the habit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's...

HIMSS Makes Its Pitch for Telehealth Legislation, Rural Broadband

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One of the nation’s largest healthcare IT organizations is throwing its weight behind a telehealth bill stuck in Congress and investments in broadband infrastructure that would push telemedicine and mHealth into rural America. The Healthcare...

MUSC Designated a National Telehealth Center of Excellence

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The Medical University of South Carolina has been named a Telehealth Center of Excellence, and given a three-year federal grant to become a model for telehealth and telemedicine programs across the country. The Health and Human Services Department’s...

In Pediatric Specialties, Telemedicine Is a Care Management Tool

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For about 20 children in Joplin, Mo., with chronic illnesses, a video screen offers a chance at a healthier life. That screen is part of a telemedicine platform run by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, 157 miles to the north. On...

mHealth Researchers Look to Make Their Mark With Tattoos, Patches

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In the latest project to overcome the form factor limitations of wearables, researchers are working to develop mHealth sensors that could be contained in tattoos. The Dermal Abyss project, a collaboration between researchers at the Massachusetts...

A Parkinson’s Doctor Explains How mHealth is Changing Patient Care

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Rajesh Pahwa, MD, has long treated his Parkinson’s disease patients by sitting them down and asking them how each day has gone in between doctor’s visits. Now he’s using an mHealth wearable to better understand those days. Pahwa,...

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