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Tech Giants Promise to Make mHealth Interoperability a Reality

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Some of the world’s largest tech companies have pledged to erase barriers that prevent consumers from accessing their own mHealth data when and where they want it. In an unscheduled session at this week’s Blue Button 2.0...

Dignity Health, UCSF Move to Consolidate Their Telehealth Platforms

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Two San Francisco-based health systems are joining forces to coordinate their mHealth and telehealth programs onto one enterprise-wide platform. Dignity Health, which comprises 40 hospitals and 400 healthcare sites in California, Arizona...

CMS Overhaul of ACO Rules Includes a Nod to Telehealth’s Value

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A federal effort to revamp the rules around Accountable Care Organizations includes a few nods to telehealth and telemedicine, giving healthcare providers hope that connected care platforms will become more prominent in an overhauled...

Seattle Children’s Works to Turn PRISM Program Into an mHealth App

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Physicians at Seattle Children’s Hospital are working to turn a web-based coping program for children with serious illnesses into an mHealth app. Created roughly 10 years ago, the Promoting Resiliency in Stress Management (PRISM)...

Xcertia Bolsters Leadership as mHealth App Standards Await Guidance

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A collaboration formed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the American Medical Association to lobby for mHealth app standards is beefing up its leadership. Xcertia, which launched in December 2016 to...

How mHealth Apps Empower Clinicians to Improve Care Management

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mHealth apps that offer clinical decision support are fast becoming a vital part of the clinician’s toolkit – not only because they can improve patient diagnoses, but also because they make life a lot easier for...

CVS, Teladoc Partner on Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

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The direct-to-consumer telehealth battle is heating up, with the announcement that CVS will offer round-the-clock care for non-urgent issues through its mHealth app. CVS Health’s MinuteClinic is offering video visits through its CVS...

Fitbit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Launch Connected Health Partnership

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Fitbit has forged another mHealth partnership in its bid to make the fitness wearables a staple in connected health programs. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has announced that it will include Fitbit in its Blue365 health and...

Johns Hopkins, US Navy Collaborate on New Telemedicine Program

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The U.S. Navy is working with Johns Hopkins University to launch a telemedicine program at its Pensacola, Fla. base. Through a pilot program called Connected Corpsmen in the Community (CCC), health engineers from JHU’s Applied...

Telemedicine Program Brings Diabetic Eye Exams to Upstate New York

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A long-awaited telemedicine program will soon enable healthcare providers in northern New York to screen patients for diabetic retinopathy. Funded by a grant from Excellus BlueCross BlueShield and state funds secured by a local...

A Georgia Non-Profit Looks to Market Telehealth to Rural America

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The Global Partnership for Telehealth has launched a new strategy to increase adoption of connected health technologies in rural and remote parts of the country. It’s marketing its own telemedicine solution. The Georgia-based...

UCSF Studying mHealth Data to Predict Post-Operative Recovery

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Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco have launched a project to determine whether data gathered from mHealth wearables can help clinical outcomes for people who have undergone hip or knee transplants. The connected...

FCC Approves Connected Care Program Featuring Telehealth, RPM

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The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved a $100 million program designed to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past...

Massachusetts Fails to Approve Telehealth Parity Legislation

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Massachusetts lawmakers have failed to approve legislation that would have improved the state’s telehealth and telemedicine laws, further cementing the commonwealth’s reputation as one of least progressive states for connected...

Microsoft Grant Targets Rural Telehealth Projects in 3 States

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A Colorado startup is receiving grant funding from Microsoft to expand its school-based telehealth platform to bring connected health services to underserved communities in California, Texas and Maine. Numbers4Health got its start by...

New Group Aims to Advance Artificial Intelligence in Telehealth

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The former CEO of the American Telemedicine Association has launched a new group focused on applying artificial intelligence to healthcare – including telehealth. The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence and Automation in...

UK’s Bolton Hospital is Replacing its Pagers With mHealth Devices

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A UK hospital is replacing pagers with an mHealth device that allows doctors and nurses to communicate with each other and check on each patient’s health status. Royal Bolton Hospital, part of the National Health Service’s...

mHealth Can Help Teens, Young Adults Struggling With Depression

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Teens and young adults are using mHealth and telehealth to research healthcare and connect with peers online, according to a nationwide survey. It suggests that tomorrow’s consumers are comfortable with connected health services -...

California Medical Board Creates a Mobile App for Doctor Discipline

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California residents can now use an mHealth app to find out if their doctors have been disciplined – or if they’ve moved. Touting itself as “the first American board in the nation to utilize such technology to notify...

Hospitals Are Finding ROI in Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

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New research from a Washington, DC-based think tank suggests that remote patient monitoring will soon become a standard of care, as health systems use telehealth and mHealth to better manage a growing chronic care population and reduce...

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