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FDA Approves Implantable mHealth Sensor for Diabetes Care Management


Federal officials have given the green light to an implantable mHealth device designed to help people with diabetes and their caregivers remotely monitor blood glucose levels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Eversense...

2nd Michigan Hospital Forges Telehealth Partnership With Shriners


A second Michigan hospital is opening a telehealth unit to enable families to access care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. Officials at Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital announced this week that they will create a...

Doctors Use mHealth to Screen Cancer Survivors for Heart Problems


An mHealth device that measures heart function could potentially save the lives of childhood cancer survivors at risk of developing heart problems later in life. Researchers at the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic at City of Hope in Duarte,...

mHealth Tools Help Hospitals Improve the Physician Query Process


Mobile health technology is helping to make the cumbersome process of responding to physician queries easier for physicians, giving them more time to spend with their patients. Often considered a necessary evil in the hospital-based physician’s...

Pa. Payer Expands Telehealth Platform to Include Telemental Health


A central Pennsylvania health plan is adding telemental health to its telehealth offerings, following a recent surge in virtual visits. Capital BlueCross, which serves 21 counties in the Keystone State, is expanding its Virtual Care telehealth...

Coalition Aims to Help Dentists, Orthodontists Use Telemedicine


A new telemedicine association has formed to help orthodonists and dentists integrate connected care technology into their offices. The American Teledentistry Association (ATDA), launched in May, is “an effort to shape the conversation...

The Pentagon Issues a Call for an Enterprise Telemedicine Platform


The Pentagon is in the market for an enterprise telemedicine platform. The Military Health System (MHS) has asked the telehealth and telemedicine industry for ideas on how it can consolidate its many connected care programs onto one platform,...

Telehealth Gives Doctors a Chance to Be Where They’re Most Needed


Telehealth technology is allowing Dr. John Bender to be in two places at once. And that makes a big different in care management and coordination for thousands of patients at his Colorado-based medical practice. Bender, senior partner and Chief...

New NIH App is an mHealth Resource on Herbs, Herbal Supplements


The National Institutes of Health has unveiled an mHealth app offering information and resources on herbs and herbal supplements. HerbList, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, aims to get in front of the growing interest in...

New Mexico Health Plans Launch Phone-Based Telehealth Service


Some 40,000 New Mexico residents will soon have access to telehealth services through their phone. Health plans True Health New Mexico and New Mexico Health Connections have announced a partnership with MDLive that will enable members to call...

FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Opioid Withdrawal Treatment


Federal regulators have approved an mHealth wearable that fits around the ear and is designed to help people going through opioid withdrawal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) premarket approval of the Drug Relief aural neurostimulator,...

CMS Embraces mHealth With Reimbursement for Smartphone CGM Links


Healthcare providers who collaborate with diabetic patients through smartphone-enabled continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) will soon be reimbursed under Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the change in coverage...

FDA OKs mHealth Version of Neurorehabilitation Therapy Platform


Federal regulators have approved a mobile health version of a neurorehabilitation therapy system that uses gamification to motivate patients undergoing therapy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for US distribution of the...

OIG: HIV Telemedicine Program Doesn’t Violate Anti-Kickback Laws


A healthcare provider offering free telemedicine equipment to a county health clinic for use in HIV treatment and support services won’t be sanctioned under federal anti-kickback laws, according to the Health and Human Services Department’s...

CMS Pitches Telehealth to Medicaid Programs Targeting Opioid Abuse


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is recommending telehealth and telemedicine to healthcare providers looking to leverage Medicaid funding for opioid abuse treatment. CMS made the pitch in a pair of guidance documents issued this...

Medicare Advantage Members Are Using mHealth, But Their Plans Aren’t


Medicare Advantage members are using mHealth tools to monitor chronic health conditions. However, the same can’t be said for their health plans. That disparity was picked up in HealthMine’s Medicare Report, based on a 2017 survey...

mHealth, Telehealth Groups Lobby CMS for Better RPM Reimbursement


Close to 50 healthcare organizations and vendors are lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve reimbursement opportunities for remote patient monitoring. In a letter delivered this morning to CMS Administrator Seema...

FCC Increases Funding for Rural Healthcare Program


Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai has announced his plan to significantly increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program, an initiative that would improve telemedicine in rural areas....

Hollander: Don’t Measure Telehealth Value Against In-Person Healthcare


Those trying to find value in telehealth by comparing a virtual visit to an in-person visit are getting it all wrong, according to Judd Hollander. The virtual visit, says Hollander, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Philadelphia’s...

New Mobile Health Program Offers Pharmacy Access Through a Kiosk


A mobile health program being tested in Arizona will use kiosks to connect consumers to pharmacy services, including prescription-filling and video access to a pharmacist. Six kiosks developed by MedAvail have been deployed in public locations...


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