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New York City-based FQHC Launches Its First Mobile Health Unit

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A New York City-based federally qualified health center has converted a Winnebago van into a mobile health unit in an effort to improve access to care in underserved communities. Ryan Health, formerly the William F. Ryan Community Health...

FDA Approves Smartphone-based mHealth Platform For Urinalysis Tests

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In yet another sign that smartphones are becoming mHealth diagnostic tools, federal officials have approved a digital health platform that enables users to test their urine on a smartphone and share that data with their doctor. The U.S....

Walgreens Launches An Online Marketplace for Telehealth, mHealth

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Walgreens has launched an mHealth platform designed to give its members online access to healthcare services, including telehealth. The “Find Care Now” digital health service, unveiled this week by the Deerfield, Ill.-based...

Congress Looks to Give SNFs More Telemedicine for Senior Care

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In the latest effort by Congress to compel Medicare to embrace telehealth, a group a lawmakers have submitted a bill that would enable skilled nursing facilities to adopt connected health technology. The Reducing Unnecessary Senior...

Anthem Creates a New mHealth Resource on Members’ Mobile Devices

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The nation’s second largest payer is giving its member access to mHealth services from their mobile devices. Anthem, which manages Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in more than a dozen states, is making its LiveHealth Online service...

Groups Sue Anthem Over Telehealth-Friendly ER Review Policy

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A national payer’s policy of screening ER visits to promote telehealth and mHealth options is being challenged in court. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) have...

Virginia Commonwealth Tackles the Opioid Crisis With Telemedicine

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Healthcare providers across Virginia are using an innovative telemedicine program to collaborate in the battle against opioid abuse. Launched in May, the ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program brings together practitioners...

Vanderbilt Uses Telemedicine to Extend Transplant Center’s Reach

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Vanderbilt University Medical Center is using telemedicine to extend the reach of its kidney transplant program and give Tennessee residents the opportunity to be screened for a transplant and receive continuing care closer to home. The...

CMS Makes a ‘Landmark Change’ in RPM, Telehealth Reimbursement

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Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled its proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, with several amendments designed to boost remote patient monitoring and telehealth...

Telemedicine Gives Specialists a Chance to Exercise Their Skills

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Telemedicine advocates have long argued that virtual care is equal to in-person care. But for some specialists augmenting their “day job” with eConsult services, that telehealth platform enables them to do more than they...

Army Ready to Test Telemedicine Platform for Emergency Transports

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The US Army is testing a telemedicine platform designed to transmit critical data from the field to the hospital, enabling providers there to better prepare for incoming patients. The connected care service might someday be used by health...

Rite Aid Eyes Telehealth Kiosks in New Deal With InTouch Health

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Rite Aid is taking another shot at telehealth kiosks. The national pharmacy chain, which saw its first foray into kiosks go south two years ago with the demise of HealthSpot, has agreed to a telehealth partnership with California-based...

Geisinger Builds an mHealth Platform for Asthma Care Management

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Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System has partnered with pharma giant AstraZeneca to develop an mHealth platform to improve care management and coordination for people with asthma. The connected health suite includes an mHealth app...

Many mHealth Apps for Mental Health Aren’t Offering Sound Advice

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New research suggests that mHealth apps designed to address mental health issues may be doing more harm than good. In a study of some 60 popular consumer-facing mobile health apps available in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, Researchers...

HHS Is Looking For mHealth Devices That Can Diagnose Influenza

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Federal officials are hoping to head the upcoming flu season off at the pass with an mHealth device that would allow consumers to test themselves at home for the influenza virus and connect with a care provider via telemedicine for...

Maryland Seeks Providers for New School-Based Telehealth Programs

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Maryland officials are looking to expand the state’s school-based telehealth platform. The Maryland Health Care Commission (MHCC) has made available two $200,000 grants for new telehealth programs in the state, one to increase...

mHealth Program to Help NYC Firefighters Monitor Blood Pressure

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New York City firefighters, both active and retired, will soon have access to an mHealth device to monitor their blood pressure. The Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York City (UFOA), representing some 2,600 active members and...

CMS Proposes More Medicare Reimbursement For Telehealth, RPM

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The federal government is once again moving toward acceptance of telehealth and remote patient monitoring with new rules on how Medicare reimburses providers for their use of connected health technology. The Centers for Medicare &...

InTouch Health Joins Newly Launched Global Telehealth Program

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One of the nation’s largest telehealth companies is joining forces with a newly-formed international non-profit to support connected care projects around the world. The World Telehealth Initiative launched this week “with the...

FCC Eyes Support for Telehealth, RPM Projects Serving Rural America

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Federal authorities are proposing to launch a $100 million program to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past success in treating rural...

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