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Microsoft Ends mHealth App Experiment, Shuts Down HealthVault

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Microsoft is shutting down its line of personal mHealth apps, abruptly ending a program that sought to engage users in creating a digital platform for health and wellness. The company announced online that it would be closing out all iOS, Android...

Can mHealth Make the Connection Between Providers and Minorities?

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Healthcare providers looking to connect with minorities should develop an mHealth strategy that focuses on the smartphone. That’s the takeaway from a pair of studies published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care. The studies...

An mHealth Wearable Helps Cedars-Sinai Doctors Manage Patient Care

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Physicians at Cedars-Sinai Hospital are using an mHealth wearable to track and improve recovery times for post-operative patients. In a program that began roughly one year ago, patients are given a Fitbit after undergoing major surgery to track...

Telemedicine Consults Help Save About $500 Per Patient

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A telemedicine consult platform for cardiology cases saved almost $500 per patient in Medicaid costs over in-person treatments, according to a newly released study. In what’s being billed as the first published randomized study of the eConsult...

mHealth Apps for Chronic Care Struggle to Solve the Motivation Issue

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mHealth apps have the potential to help people with chronic conditions manage their health. Yet according to new research, that particular population isn’t taking advantage of those apps. A team of researchers led by Rebecca Robbins, PhD,...

Cedars-Sinai Study Finds mHealth, RPM Aren’t Changing Outcomes Yet

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mHealth sensors in smartwatches, fitness bands and other wearables aren’t improving patient outcomes in remote monitoring programs, according to a new study conducted at Cedars-Sinai. But researchers say the issue is one of volume rather...

Mayo Clinic to Explore The Use of Telemedicine for Stent Surgeries

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A projected shortage of cardiologists is pushing the Mayo Clinic to consider telemedicine for conducting some minimally invasive coronary interventions, such as inserting stents. The Minnesota-based health system recently announced a multi-phase,...

Telehealth Lends a Helping Hand to Senior Fall Prevention Programs

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A Los Angeles-based provider of senior healthcare services is expanding its telehealth footprint to help more seniors stay out of the hospital. The Los Angeles Jewish Home has been using a telehealth platform to help seniors recover from joint...

Missouri Bill Aims to Remove Most Barriers to Telehealth Adoption

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Missouri lawmakers are contemplating a bill that would loosen the reins on telehealth, potentially making the Show Me State one of the most lenient in the country. HB 1617, sponsored by State Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), would, among other...

VA Puts Telehealth to Work in ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Care Initiative

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With Congressional approval in hand, the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with plans for a national telehealth network for veterans. The VA recently awarded a $260 million contract to 1Vision LLC, a subsidiary of HMS Technologies,...

UnitedHealth Gives MA Members an mHealth Link to Diabetes Care

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UnitedHealth Group is launching an mHealth program to help its Medicaid Advantage members with type 2 diabetes. The insurer, which boast some 4.3 million seniors in its MA plans, is giving an undisclosed number of members the Dexcom Mobile Continuous...

Weight Loss Success Linked to Telehealth Coaching, mHealth Devices

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A telehealth program combining video coaching and self-monitoring through mHealth devices can lead to a “significant weight loss” among participants, according to a new study. As reported in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare,...

Making Telehealth a Valuable Part of Preventive Care Programs

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An under-the-radar bill introduced in Congress last year could, if passed, pave the way for Medicare coverage of telehealth in preventive health programs. The Preventive Health Savings Act (S. 2164 and H B.. 2953) proposes to expand the window...

Telemedicine Helps SNFs Improve Patient Care, Curb Hospitalizations

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Skilled nursing facilities across the country are using telemedicine to bring critical healthcare services to their residents, improving health and wellness outcomes and reducing costly ER transports. In many cases, real-time clinical support...

mHealth Researchers Use Gas-Sniffing Sensors to Analyze The Gut

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Australian researchers are working on an ingestible mHealth device that reads gases in the gut, and which could someday help providers diagnose and treat a wide array of gastrointestinal issues. The researchers, from the Royal Melbourne Institute...

School-Based Telemedicine Helps City Kids Manage Their Asthma

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A new study finds that a school-based telehealth program can “significantly” improve clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare expenditures for children with asthma in urban settings. The study, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics,...

Telehealth, mHealth Integration Are Highlighted in New Partnerships

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Telehealth providers are starting 2018 with a bang, with a trio of announcements aimed at the integration of direct-to-consumer and clinical telehealth and global expansion. Two of the bigger names in the industry, American Well and Philips,...

Amid a Flood of New mHealth Apps, Xcertia Looks to Set Standards

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An mHealth app evaluation and certification resource launched roughly a year ago by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is seeking public input on...

Connecticut Health Systems Launch New Telemedicine Consult Program

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One of New England’s largest health plans is investing in a telemedicine platform that enables patients and their primary care providers to access specialty consults. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has awarded $32,000 in grants to two Connecticut...

Senate Passes VETS Act, Enhancing Telehealth Access for Veterans

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Veterans will soon be able to access healthcare no matter where they live through a telehealth connection. The Senate has unanimously passed The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 (S.925), following the House’s...

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