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New York Launches Telehealth Initiative to Improve Perinatal Care

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New York state officials are launching a “comprehensive telehealth initiative” aimed at improving access to perinatal care, particularly in rural parts of the state. The four-part program was unveiled this week by Gov. Andrew...

MD Anderson Launches mHealth Study Targeting Cancer-Related Fatigue

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The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center is launching a clinical study to determine whether an mHealth app can improve care management and health outcomes for people living with cancer. M.D. Anderson is part of an international...

mHealth Study Will Test An App’s Ability to Help Smokers Quit

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Researchers at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine are launching a five-year study to determine whether a personalized mHealth app can help smokers kick the habit. Backed by a $2.7 million grant from the National Cancer...

Maryland Mulls Medicaid Reimbursement for Telemental Health Services

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Maryland lawmakers will soon be debating a bill that aims to reimburse psychiatric services delivered through telemedicine for residents on the state’s Medicaid program. HB 1200, submitted earlier this month, would require the...

Telemedicine Program Aims to Help Providers in Rural Appalachia

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The University of Virginia Health System is launching a telemedicine program to help primary care providers in remote Appalachia treat patients living with lung disease. UVA will be partnering with Stone Mountain Health Services and The...

Massachusetts Embraces Telemental Health for Medicaid Members

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Roughly 1.9 million Massachusetts residents on Medicaid will soon be able to access mental health services through telemedicine. MassHealth, the commonwealth’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Provider (CHIP) program,...

USDA Prioritizes Opioid Abuse Treatment in Next Telemedicine Grants

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The federal agency responsible for awarding millions of dollars in telehealth and telemedicine grants is prioritizing rural connected health programs that address opioid abuse in its next round of awards. The US Department of Agriculture...

CMS Eyes Reimbursements for Mobile Integrated Healthcare Programs

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Federal officials will be testing a new Medicare reimbursement model that supports telehealth and mHealth programs that replace Emergency Department visits. The Health and Humans Services Department’s Center for Medicare and...

Texas Health Resources Turns to mHealth to Meet Urgent Care Needs

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Texas Health Resources is giving new meaning to direct-to-consumer telehealth. The Arlington-based 24-hospital health system recently launched an urgent care mobile health program in which a team of providers in an mHealth-enabled SUV is...

Xcertia Releases New mHealth App Guidelines, Adding 3 Categories

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Xcertia has released a new draft of proposed guidelines for mHealth apps, adding standards for operability, usability and content to its previously released guidelines for privacy and security. The non-profit organization launched in...

AMA Collaborative Develops mHealth Data Standards for BP Devices

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Healthcare providers using mHealth devices to monitor blood pressure in remote patient monitoring programs now have a model for data collection and analysis. The Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI), launched in 2017 by the...

New Telehealth Bills Address Coverage, Store-and-Forward, RPM

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Lawmakers in several states are pushing forward with bills to amend existing telehealth and telemedicine rules – most notable changing them to improve payer coverage and include remote patient monitoring and asynchronous...

Telemedicine Pioneer Qualcomm Life Sold, to be Renamed CapsuleTech

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One of the early pioneers of the remote patient monitoring movement is changing owners – and its name. Qualcomm announced this week that it’s selling its Qualcomm Life business to Francisco Partners, a San Francisco-based...

VA Boosts Veterans’ mHealth Access With Apple Health Integration

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America’s veterans will soon be able to access their EHR data on an iPhone - the latest in a series of mHealth and telehealth moves by the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to improve veterans’ access to care. In a Monday...

Telemedicine Extends Palliative Care to the Outpatient Setting

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A lot of time and effort is expended in creating a care plan for life-limiting illnesses after those illnesses have taken hold. But palliative care experts say that care coordination and management could be better planned out through...

mHealth Researchers Downplay the Reliability of Smartphone Cameras

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Healthcare providers who make clinical decisions based on smartphone photographs may be putting themselves at risk of a misdiagnosis, according to mHealth researchers. A digital health study conducted at the UK’s Anglia Ruskin...

VA Hits Telemedicine Milestone With 1 Million Video Visits in ‘18

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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has reported reaching a major milestone in its efforts to improve veterans’ access to care through telemedicine and telehealth. According to the VA, more than 1 million healthcare encounters...

Federal Grants to Boost Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers

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More than 100 school-based health centers across the country are getting federal funding to develop telehealth and mHealth platforms for mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services. The US Department of Health...

Arizona Lawmakers Look to Expand Telemedicine Definition, Coverage

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Arizona lawmakers are moving forward with proposed legislation that would expand coverage for telemedicine include more healthcare services, including asynchronous telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The state Senate and House...

AHA Says Telehealth Expansion Can Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

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The American Hospital Association is calling on the federal government to boost telehealth and telemedicine opportunities – including better reimbursement, financial support for new technology and improved access to broadband –...

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