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Minnesota Lawmakers Mull New School Telemental Health Programs


Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill to launch four telemedicine projects aimed at improving access to mental health services in schools. HF 4198, introduced in March by State Rep. Peggy Bennett, would set aside an as-yet undecided...

mHealth Interventions Need Care Team Support to Affect Outcomes


An mHealth app that’s designed to help users manage uncontrolled hypertension won’t work unless it offers personalized interventions – including a real-time link to the care team. That’s the take-away from a mobile...

Feds Take CMS to Task Over Improper Telehealth Reimbursements


About three of every 10 Medicare reimbursements for telehealth in 2014-15 were made in error, according to a recent audit by federal regulators. The U.S. Health and Human Services Department of the Inspector General announced last week...

mHealth Gives Pharmacists a Powerful Diabetes Management Platform


A medical journal is suggesting that pharmacists use telemedicine and mHealth to play a more active role in medication management for people with diabetes – a move that could improve adherence, reduce errors and boost clinical...

DoD Unveils mHealth Program to Monitor Service Members’ Health


The Defense Department is launching a new remote patient monitoring project that aims to monitor the health of armed service members through their smartphones. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a DoD department...

Community Health Centers Use Telehealth to Boost Specialty Consults


A unique partnership in Washington is using telehealth to connect physicians in 20 community health centers with volunteer doctors across the country for specialist consults. Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), a not-for-profit...

mHealth Replaces The Specialist Consult in Retinopathy Detection


Federal regulators have given the green light to mHealth technology that can identify diabetic retinopathy in adults without the need for a specialist consult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the IDx-DR, which uses...

Security Fears Outweigh Benefits in Mobile Device Management Report


A global survey of health system executives finds that mobile devices are driving patient satisfaction and experience across the enterprise – yet less than half of those decision-makers aren’t confident in the security of the...

New Mobile Health Program Aims to Avoid Unnecessary ER Visits


The ambulance company serving New Mexico’s Valencia County is partnering with two health plans to launch a community paramedicine program, giving residents access to mobile health services in their homes. American Medical Response...

AMA Challenges mHealth Providers to Improve Chronic Care Management


The American Medical Association is challenging the mobile health community to come up with a better way for patients to share their data with doctors in chronic care management programs. The AMA is partnering with Google in the Health...

New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools


Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse. Unveiled at last week’s 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and...

Research Validates Telemedicine in Identifying ROP in Newborns


Doctors can use telemedicine images to identify a rare cause of blindness in premature babies with as much accuracy as if they were examining the infant in person, according to international research done by eight health systems. Led by...

MIT Uses mHealth to Help Cancer Patients Improve Chemotherapy Care


With remote patient monitoring looking to make a bigger impact on care management for patients with chronic conditions, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are working on a mobile health device that would allow cancer...

Senate Committee Embraces Telemedicine in Opioid Crisis Response Act


The Senate HELP (Health Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee is adding its weight to efforts to make telemedicine a prominent strategy in the nation’s battle against opioid abuse. The 23-member committee this week unveiled a...

An mHealth App Beats The Physical Exam For Accuracy in One Study


Canadian researchers have found that an mHealth app is better than a traditional bedside examination for determining blood flow in a patient’s wrist. In a study published this month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal...

Doctors’ Protests Plague UK’s Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service


A direct-to-consumer telehealth service launched in London late last year is proving quite popular with residents – yet it’s also drawing protests from physicians who say their practices are being negatively...

Apple Health’s mHealth Platform Expands to Almost 40 Health Systems


In a bid to boost mHealth interoperability across the country, almost 40 US health systems are now allowing patients to access read-only copies of their medical records through the Apple Health app. Apple officials released an update to...

MA Payer’s Digital Health Platform Targets Members’ Health Needs


A Massachusetts payer is looking to connect its members with digital health programs promoting diabetes management and fertility, pregnancy and parenting guidance. The Emerging Solutions platform being introduced by Blue Cross Blue Shield...

Providence Targets Patient Demand With Store-and-Forward Telehealth


A Pacific Northwest health system has launched an on-demand mHealth app that’s designed to give consumers quick access to care for common health issues. Providence Health & Services recently rolled out the SmartExam service...

Schools Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle Student Depression, Violence


Texas school officials are touting a telemedicine service that not only brings behavioral healthcare into the school, but also may be averting serious issues like potential violence. Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s...


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