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Google Shuts Down Its mHealth Quest for a Glucose-Sensing Contact Lens

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An mHealth project to create a glucose-sensing contact lens has been put on hold, though its creators still see promise in the digital health capabilities of a smart lens. In a blog written last Friday by Chief Technology Officer Brian...

Congress Facing Pressure to Pass Telehealth Bill for Senior Care

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Connected care advocates are lobbying Congress to pass the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2018, which aims to reduce rehospitalizations at qualified skilled nursing facilities by giving them more...

New Group Lobbies for More Telehealth, mHealth in Medicaid Programs

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Dozens of health technology companies have formed a non-profit aimed at lobbying for more telehealth and mHealth in Medicaid. Spurred by recent federal and state efforts to expand Medicaid programs targeting underserved populations,...

CHQI Unveils Its First Class of Accredited Telehealth Providers

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One of two organizations providing telehealth accreditation has unveiled its first graduating class. Five telehealth providers – including two health systems – have been accredited under guidelines developed by the ClearHealth...

Mary Free Bed Hospital Adds Telemedicine to Improve Care Coordination

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With a new telemedicine platform, Michigan’s Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is looking to take the “physical” out of physical rehabilitation. The 167-bed hospital, based in Grand Rapids, offers acute care...

Indian Health Adds Telemedicine to Opioid Abuse Treatment Strategy

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The federal agency responsible for coordinating care for Native American and Alaskan Indian populations is launching a telemedicine platform to improve access to opioid abuse disorder (OAD) treatment. Rear Admiral Michael Toedt, MD, chief...

Ohio Hospital Using Telehealth to Tackle 911 calls, ER Overcrowding

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An Ohio hospital is partnering with the local fire department and Miami University Oxford to launch a telehealth program aimed at the most frequent users of the 911 emergency system. Middletown-based Atrium Medical Center and the...

Texas Eyes Telemedicine for Students, Sexual Assault Survivors

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A Texas legislator is looking to improve access to telemedicine for students with mental health issues and sexual assault survivors. Those proposals were included in a package of 11 bills filed this week by Texas State Senator Jane...

Rural Telehealth Project Examines Palliative Care, Population Health

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Three Southeast hospitals are partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a study to determine whether a telehealth platform can improve palliative care options for rural African-Americans. Community hospitals in Aiken,...

FDA Grants Emergency Clearance to mHealth Platform for Ebola Testing

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With reports of a new Ebola outbreak threatening Africa, the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first-ever fingerstick test for the deadly virus that can be read on an mHealth device. The DPP Ebola Antigen System,...

CMS Code Gives Docs a Chance to Use Store-and-Forward Telehealth

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Healthcare providers looking for new ways to implement telehealth and telemedicine are getting a Christmas present from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: a new code for asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth...

Kansas Faces Lawsuit Over Anti-Abortion Clause in Telemedicine Law

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A national women’s rights organization is taking Kansas to court over a clause in its newly enacted telehealth regulations that prohibits abortions via telemedicine. The Center for Reproductive Rights filed suit this week...

Mercy Virtual Uses mHealth Wearables to Create a New Model of Care

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Officials at Mercy Virtual are hoping an mHealth patch that allows them to monitor patients in distant hospitals can also help them track patients at home. The St. Louis-based hospital, billed as the nation’s first free-standing...

Licensure Compacts Gain Ground as a Means to Expand Telehealth

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More than 3,000 US physicians have received permission to practice in multiple states through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, giving them the opportunity to expand their practice through telehealth and telemedicine. According to...

FDA Targets Patient Data With Open-Source MyStudies mHealth App

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The federal agency in charge of regulating new mHealth technology is looking to include digital health data from consumers into the mix. The US Food and Drug Administration has unveiled an open-source mHealth app called MyStudies...

USDA Report Highlights Challenges to Rural Telehealth Adoption

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New research from the US Department of Agriculture confirms what the healthcare industry has long suspected: Telehealth isn’t being used by those who need it the most. The USDA report, Rural Individuals’ Telehealth Practices:...

Mass General Launches New mHealth Platform for Research Studies

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Massachusetts General Hospital has announced plans to use an mHealth platform to collect digital health data and enhance collaboration between care providers and consumers taking part in research studies. The Boston hospital, one of the...

Ochsner, American Well Partner on Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

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The Ochsner Health System has joined the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement. The New Orleans-based health system, long known for its innovative work in telehealth and mHealth, is partnering with American Well to launch Ochsner...

FCC Faces New Pressure to Expand Broadband for Rural Telehealth

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Rural broadband advocates are looking to put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband services through TV white space technology, which could be used to expand telehealth and telemedicine services to remote...

UK Study Proves Value of mHealth Therapy in Insomnia Treatment

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A study conducted by the UK’s University of Oxford has found that people suffering from insomnia can improve their sleep patterns, brain function and psychological well-being through the use of mHealth. As reported in JAMA...

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