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Hospitals Expand Home Telemedicine, Remote Monitoring

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Hospital-based telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities that extend access to specialty care and other services are becoming increasingly an increasingly popular option for patients and providers. The use of telemedicine and remote monitoring...

Telemedicine Gives ERs an Instant Link to Psychiatric Consults

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In busy emergency departments across the country, doctors are turning to telemedicine to provide one vital service they can’t often handle: the psychiatric consult. Roughly 13 percent of all ER visits require a mental health consult, according...

mHealth Apps, Patient Coaching Improve Weight Loss, Heart Health

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New research published in the Journal of Internet Medicine found that the combination of mHealth apps and patient coaching can improve weight loss and overall heart health. When a research team from the UCSF Medical School partnered with Vida...

New Jersey Lawmakers on Track to OK Telemedicine Legislation

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New Jersey lawmakers are moving forward with a sweeping set of telemedicine regulations that would open the doors to telehealth, ensure parity and put the Garden State on track to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. In one of the last...

Emergency Room Telemedicine Consults Help Pediatric Patients

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The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in Somerset, NJ is the latest hospital to offer emergency room telemedicine consults to improve access to care for high-acuity patients. The hospital can now connect patients  at its Somerset...

Is Telemedicine Reliable Enough for Conducting Eye Exams?

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Connecticut lawmakers are putting the brakes on telemedicine for eye exams, saying the technology isn’t advanced enough to replace the in-person visit. Similar battles over “ocular telehealth” and playing out in several states....

Top 10 Telemedicine Solutions by Hospital Site Implementations

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Driven by patient demand, improvements in technology, and the need to deliver healthcare outside the traditional hospital setting, health systems across the US are embracing telemedicine. Some are launching platforms to connect patients to specialist...

In-Home Blood Pressure Monitors Inaccurate 70% of the Time

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A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension found that in-home blood pressure (BP) monitors weren't accurate within five mmHg about 70 per cent of the time. These devices were off the mark by 10 mmHg about 30 per cent of the...

Primary Care Telemedicine Produces High Patient Satisfaction

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A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that patients who were offered primary care telemedicine during a pilot program in Pennsylvania experienced high satisfaction with the service. JeffConnect, an initiative launched at...

Telemedicine Legislation Takes Aim at Chronic Kidney Disease

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The latest telemedicine legislation to appear on Capitol Hill seeks to make digital health a key component of treatment for chronic kidney disease treatment. The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017 (H.R. 2644),...

Telemedicine, Remote Care May Forestall Rural Hospital Closure

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Telemedicine and remote care programs may help rural hospitals stay open while serving a greater number of patients, according to a new report from the Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute. According to the researchers, health disparities...

Ga. Payer Pushes Telehealth to Replace Unnecessary ER Visits

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A Georgia insurer is taking strong steps to promote telehealth as a replacement for most emergency room visits. Starting in July, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia will stop reimbursing for ER visits deemed to be unnecessary. The payer is recommending...

Mobile Health Technology is Breathing New Life Into CPAP Therapy

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Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth technology to make CPAP therapy more productive – for both doctors and patients. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines have been around for decades, helping doctors to monitor patients...

mHealth Interventions Benefit Weight Management in Children

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In a clinical trial hosted by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Vanguard, mHealth interventions were found to improve weight management in children. The Connect 4 Health trial took place from June 2014 to March 2016 at Harvard Vanguard...

Mobile Health Application Reduces Depression Symptoms by 42%

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Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital found that the use of a mobile health application helped patients reduce symptoms associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) by 42 percent. Over a six-week clinical trial, the research team provided...

Mobile Health Units Put the Emphasis on Access for mHealth

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Healthcare providers around the country are taking a literal approach to mobile health these days. They’re customizing RVs, vans, buses and ambulances with telemedicine tools and wireless connectivity to bring healthcare to underserved...

Patient-Generated Health Data is Valuable Personalization Tool

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Sixty-two  percent of consumers believe that patient-generated health data (PGHD) from their mHealth devices will put them in control of their own health, according to an industry report from Ericsson. In a survey of 4500 mHealth and broadband...

Fitness Wearables Fail to Accurately Count Calories Burned

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A new study from Stanford Medicine finds that fitness wearables can measure heart rate with 95 percent accuracy, but fail to accurately count calories burned.  Devices produced error rates between 23 percent and 93 percent, indicating that...

Health Plans Turn to mHealth Messaging to Reach the Underserved

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To Nancy R. Wharfield, MD, associate chief medical officer of the California-based Gold Coast Health Plan, mHealth messages have one huge advantage over post cards and robocalls when reaching out to her Medicaid members. “They make you...

AHA: FCC Should Expand Telehealth, Broadband to Rural Regions

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More funding for telehealth providers and an expansion of broadband infrastructure into rural regions will support a growing demand for access to care, said the American Hospital Association (AHA) in comments to the FCC related to the Rural Health...

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