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Partners, Teladoc Launch Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

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Partners HealthCare is joining the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement with the launch of an on-demand virtual visit service for urgent care. The Boston-based health system is partnering with Teladoc Health on Partners HealthCare On...

California Eyes Medicaid Reimbursement for Telehealth Counseling

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California Gov. Jerry Brown is expected to sign into law a bill that would expand the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse certain healthcare providers who use telehealth to deliver substance abuse counseling. AB 2861 mandates that...

New Telemedicine Center to Extend Connected Health Across Idaho

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Idaho’s largest health system is opening a “virtual hospital” to extend telehealth services to rural hospitals, doctor’s offices and patients in Idaho and eastern Oregon. Located in Boise, the 35,000-square-foot...

Telemedicine Gives SNFs a Tool to Improve Care, Cut Medicare Costs

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An after-hours telemedicine platform helped a Brooklyn-based skilled nursing facility eliminate almost 100 hospitalizations and save roughly $1.5 million in Medicare costs in one year. Those outcomes are included in a case study published...

Healthcare Providers Mull Clinical mHealth Applications for Alexa

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Voice-enabled digital assistants like Alexa are all the rage in the consumer market these days, but connected health experts are expecting providers to be cautious in developing mHealth applications for clinical use. Still, the interest...

Cerner, Duke Develop mHealth App for Clinical Decision Support

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Cerner and the Duke Clinical Research Institute have developed an mHealth app that enables clinicians to gauge whether their patients are at an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The ASCVD Risk Calculator app, available in the...

Telehealth Can Give Caregivers Much-Needed Support, Peace of Mind

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Sometimes the most effective telehealth programs focus not on the patient, but on the caregiver. This past June, the National Institute on Aging awarded a three-year, $4.5 million grant to People Power to explore how a home-based...

Illinois OKs Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health Via Telehealth

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved legislation mandating the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse behavioral and mental health providers for telehealth. The bill was one of five signed into law this week by Rauner, all...

PCORI Directs $31M in Grants Toward Innovative Telehealth Projects

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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) is putting more than $31 million into programs that will use telehealth and telemedicine to improve access to treatment. The Washington, D.C.-based non-profit created by Congress in...

Geisinger mHealth Apps Target Care Coordination, Medication Adherence

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The Geisinger Health System has developed two mHealth apps designed to tap into EHR data to improve care management and medication adherence. Working with Merck, the Pennsylvania-based health system has unveiled the My Family Caregiver...

Telemedicine Still Tops Health Execs’ Interests, With AI Rising

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Healthcare executives are still seeing a bright future for telehealth and telemedicine, with artificial intelligence quickly moving up the list of hot topics. A survey of roughly 100 health industry executives by Utah-based Reaction Data...

KU Uses Telehealth to Tackle Dangerous Post-Transplant Weight Gain

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A telehealth pilot program developed by the University of Kansas Medical Center helped kidney transplant patients reduce weight gain and improve diet and exercise in the crucial months following a transplant, reducing the chances of organ...

When Its Only Doctor Retired, A Rural Town Turned to Telehealth

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A Georgia university with a history of expanding telehealth resources into rural parts of the state has opened a new telemedicine clinic in a town whose one and only physician recently retired. The Mercer University School of Medicine...

DoD Eyes mHealth Platform for Service Members’ Respiratory Exams

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The US Military has tapped an Australian mHealth company to help develop a smartphone-based digital health platform that can detect respiratory problems in service personnel prior to deployment. Brisbane-based ResApp Health was selected...

Anthem Launches mHealth Program in Ohio for COPD Care Management

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Anthem is launching an mHealth program in Ohio that will use a remote patient monitoring platform to improve care management for members living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio...

Best Buy Targets Senior Telehealth Market with GreatCall Deal

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Another big retailer is looking to develop mHealth tools and services for the senior care space. Best Buy’s planned acquisition of GreatCall gives the Minnesota-based consumer electronics company, which launched its Assured Living...

WEDI, CAPP Unveil New Resources for Telehealth Program Development

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With the gradual adoption of connected health services in the healthcare industry, there’s seemingly no shortage of resource materials for health systems and other sites interested in developing a telehealth or telemedicine...

South Carolina Telehealth Network to Benefit from Broadband Funds

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The Federal Communications Commission’s June vote to increase funding for the Universal Service Fund’s Rural Healthcare Program was seen as a victory for states and healthcare providers looking to expand telehealth and...

Do Consumers Favor Ease of Use Over Accuracy in mHealth Apps?

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An mHealth app that pledged to easily measure one’s systolic blood pressure scored high marks with users even though the readings were inaccurate, leading researchers to question whether users value convenience over...

AHRQ’s New App Challenge Seeks an mHealth Platform for PRO Data

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An mHealth app capable of using standardized patient-reported outcomes to improve care management could net its developer as much as $87,000. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has put up $250,000 in prize money in a...

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