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Methodist Chooses Asynchronous For Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

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When Methodist Family Health Centers launched an asynchronous consumer-facing telehealth platform at the beginning of this year, they were more than happy to skip the video.  “It’s better for everyone,” says George Williams,...

Payer Launches Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service for Businesses

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An Oregon-based health plan is launching an asynchronous telehealth service to large businesses to help employees get medical advice and prescriptions for common non-acute health issues. Cambia Health Solutions, a Portland-based non-profit selling...

FDA Orders Recall of Drug Dosage mHealth App for Diabetic Patients

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Federal authorities have issued a recall for an mHealth app that could cause people with diabetes to administer incorrect doses of insulin, potentially putting them at risk of death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class 2...

FTC Urges State Legislators to Rethink Ocular Telehealth Ban

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The Federal Trade Commission is wading into the ocular telehealth battle, now being fought in Washington. The agency has come out against Substitute Senate Bill 5411/HB 1473, which, if adopted, would require optometrists and ophthalmologists...

mHealth App Helps Curb Substance Abuse, Reduce Hospital Visits

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An mHealth app designed for people with substance abuse issues helped patients at three federally qualified health centers reduce instances of drinking and drug use, while also drastically cutting ER visits and hospitalizations. The results,...

mHealth Project to Use Digital Health Data to Identify, Treat Pain

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Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is helping to launch a study to determine whether mHealth data collected on smartphones and wearables can be used to help treat people with chronic pain. The hospital is partnering with Evidation...

Homeland Security Eyes Telehealth to Detect Biological Threats

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The Department of Homeland Security is looking to telehealth to help create a tool for identifying potential biological attacks. Five digital health programs that mine social media, news, public health and hospital data for clues to impending...

mHealth Veteran Named CEO of The American Telemedicine Association

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A Chicago-based mHealth entrepreneur described as a “pioneer in healthcare” has been named the new CEO for the American Telemedicine Association. Ann Mond Johnson will take over the post on March 5, assuming leadership of an international...

FDA OKs mHealth App That Uses AI to Spot Strokes, Alert Specialists

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Federal regulators have approved an mHealth app that uses artificial intelligence to analyze CT images for signs of a stroke, potentially speeding up the time to treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing the Contact...

Fitbit Enhances Its mHealth Platform With Twine Health Acquisition

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Fitbit is adding health and wellness coaching to its consumer-facing digital health platform, giving the company new mHealth tools to appeal to providers and payers. The San Francisco-based company announced plans this week to acquire Twine Health,...

States Eye School-Based Telemedicine to Address Mental Health Crisis

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Utah lawmakers are considering a bill to launch a two-year telemental health pilot program in the state’s public schools. The state is one of several looking to school-based telemedicine programs to address a national shortage of mental...

What Do Tomorrow’s Doctors Think of Mobile Health Technology?

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Nathan Ratner is a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota who placed third, with his team, in the 2017 Elsevier Hacks competition in Helsinki, Finland. In this Q&A, he talks about what today’s medical students –...

Telemedicine Licensure Gives Doctors a Chance to Expand Their Reach

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To Dr. Bruce Miewald, telemedicine licensure isn’t a means to acquire more patients and do more business. It’s an opportunity to reach out and help people in other parts of the country who need his expertise. The Coeur D’Alene,...

Telehealth, Telemedicine Reimbursement Score Big in New Budget Deal

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Telehealth and telemedicine reimbursement scored huge successes in the budget deal signed into law by President Donald Trump, with one senator saying the law does more for Medicare coverage of telehealth than any past legislation. The two-year...

Wyoming Introduces an mHealth App for Public, Population Health

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Wyoming’s Department of Health has launched a free, personalized mHealth app designed to connect families in the state with appropriate healthcare resources. The Family Health app was rolled out with the assistance of Wildflower Health,...

Telemedicine Gives Northwell Health a Better Path to Organ Donations

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New York’s largest health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve the organ donation process – a digital health boost that is easing the workload for nurses and giving them more time for bedside care and support. The 22-hospital...

Mobile Health Program Helps Chicago Reach Underserved Adolescents

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Mobile health units are being deployed across the country to address a number of mHealth and population health concerns, from women’s health, dental services and flu coverage to healthcare services for schools, underserved and transient...

mHealth Wearables, AI Used to Detect Diabetes in One’s Heart Rate

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A new study launched at the University of California in San Francisco has found that mHealth wearables integrated with an AI platform can detect early signs of diabetes. UCSF researchers used a “deep neural network” developed by a...

FCC Under Pressure to Boost Broadband Support for Rural Telemedicine

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One of healthcare’s heavy hitters is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to support primary care telemedicine in rural America by boosting resources for broadband expansion. Arguing that improved broadband access will boost telehealth...

FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Tracking Epileptic Seizures

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an mHealth wearable that can detect epileptic seizures and immediately alert care team members. The Embrace smart device, developed by Cambridge, Mass.-based Empatica, uses machine learning technology...

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