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Smartphone Lab Alerts Cut 26 Minutes Off ED Discharge Times

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Research published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal found that smartphone alerts may be helpful for reducing the time it takes to discharge patients from the emergency department. When physicians utilized smartphone push notifications...

UW Develops Substance Abuse Adherence mHealth Application

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Researchers from the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) developed an mHealth app for substance abuse adherence that is a finalist for an $100,000 grant award from the Harvard Innovation in American...

Nurse Support is Crucial to School Telehealth Program Success

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A school-based telehealth program in Sacramento is drawing complaints from the school nurses the program is designed to help. The dispute highlights a key ingredient in any new telehealth venture: Buy-in from everyone involved in the service,...

USDA Offers $500K in Grant Funding for Rural Telemedicine

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The Rural Utilities Service (RUS) within the USDA has announced that healthcare organizations can apply for grants between $50,000 and $500,000 for the purpose of expanding rural telemedicine programs to improve access to education and care....

The Secret to Sustainability in Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

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Healthcare providers often launch a direct-to-consumer telehealth service in hopes of pulling in new patients. A new study now estimates how much business that platform might generate. A health system launching a virtual care platform can expect...

VT Legislature Approves Telemedicine Reimbursement Bill

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UPDATE: Govenor Phil Scott (R.) signed S.50 into law, requiring insurance companies to pay providers the same rates for telemedicine usage as an in-person visit. The bill goes into effect on October 1, 2017.  Legislation that has...

Telehealth-friendly CHRONIC Care Act Passes First Senate Hurdle

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A bill that would boost telehealth services for chronic care treatment is headed to a Senate vote after breezing through a committee review this week. The Creating High-Quality Results and Outcomes Necessary to Improve Chronic (CHRONIC)...

Study Supports Safety, Effectiveness of Telemedicine Abortions

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A three-year study in Ireland and Northern Ireland has apparently proven the effectiveness and safety of abortions by telemedicine. The study, published online in the UK-based BMJ by researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, uses data...

Telehealth Partnerships Focus on Innovative ROI in Upstate NY

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For the two administrators responsible for guiding new telehealth projects to fruition across upstate New York, ROI doesn’t always mean reimbursement. Sometimes a new telemedicine program has to look beyond money for value. “You need...

Telehealth Program Brings Video Consults to Rural NY Schools

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Bassett Healthcare Network has acquired a new telehealth platform to connect with 15 school-based health centers (SBHC) to bring telehealth to students in rural New York state. Bassett Healthcare operates six hospitals and severs 46 school districts...

Mobile Health App for Bipolar Patients Wins RWJF Mood Challenge

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A mobile health app that can spot manic and depressive episodes by analyzing how someone uses a smartphone has won top honors in the Mood Challenge for ResearchKit. It’s one of a growing number of digital health and telehealth resources...

mHealth Apps Aid Remote Monitoring of Elderly Patients

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mHealth apps designed at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) may soon provide remote monitoring solutions that can provide better care choices for treating elderly patients. Using a smartphone secured to the patient with a chest strap,...

mHealth Messages Get High Grades in Medication Adherence Study

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A new study on mobile health and medication adherence has uncovered two interesting points: Patients don’t just forget to take their medications, and real-time mHealth “prodding” can help them to stay on their prescriptions....

Wearable Devices, mHealth Apps Combine for Chronic Disease Care

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A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggests the next step in chronic disease management could involve a combination of wearable devices and mHealth apps that focus on improving health conditions. Patients with osteoarthritis...

DoD Grant Eyes Mobile Health Devices as a Pain Management Tool

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In what could be a sign of bigger things to come for mHealth and pain management, the U.S. Military is investing in mobile health technology in a bid to help veterans avoid opioid addictions. The announcement this week that the Department of...

ATA, CHQI to Develop National Telemedicine Accreditation Standards

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A partnership between ATA and the ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) aims to build national telemedicine accreditation standards that enhance telemedicine transparency, patient outcomes and safety, and regulation. Under the partnership, ATA's...

Wearable Technology Helps Sustain Employer Wellness Programs

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A new survey from the Health Enhancementt Research Organization (HERO) found that employers can use wearable technology, along with supplemental support, to greatly enhance their wellness programs. On average, 53 percent of employers report high...

Texas Legislators Vote to Enact New Telemedicine Regulations

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Texas legislators are tantalizingly close to passing legislation that would allow direct-to-consumer telehealth in the Lone Star State, while also giving doctors the leeway to use telemedicine to meet new patients. House Bill 2697, sponsored...

FCC Seeks Input on Broadband Expansion for mHealth, Telehealth

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Federal officials are seeking advice from the telemedicine and mHealth community on how to improve broadband access for healthcare. The Federal Communication Commission and its Connect2Health Task Force are accepting comments through May 24 (reply...

EHR Integration, Analytics Lead Hospitals to Enterprise Telehealth

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Telehealth and telemedicine for many hospitals is moving from a departmental approach to a more centralized method that allows hospitals to capitalize on EHR integration and analytics-driven decision making. A new report from REACH Health found...

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