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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...

UK Approves Wearable mHealth Device for Chronic Pain Management

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UK residents will soon be able to use a prescribed – and reimbursed - mHealth wearable to manage chronic pain. The National Health System has given its approval to the ActiPatch, a wearable device that manages peripheral nerve activity...

Telehealth Targets a Niche in Mental Health Care for Urban Youths

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Pediatricians in New Jersey are using telehealth to connect with mental health experts in a new program designed to improve access to care for urban youths. Armed with a $555,555 grant from the New Jersey department of Children and Families,...

New Group Lobbies to Use ‘TV White Space’ for Rural Telehealth

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A group of business and advocacy organizations is making another push for improved broadband connectivity in rural parts of the country, saying it would – among other things - boost access to telehealth and telemedicine services for millions...

Newest mHealth Intervention for Smokers Combines Apps, Wearables

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The latest mHealth intervention aimed at smokers combines an app with a wearable, targeting both real-time monitoring and patient engagement. An Israeli company called Somatix is testing its new SmokeBeat app in the US, Canada, France, Israel...

CMS Clarifies Texting Rules Amid Rumors of mHealth Message Ban

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has re-affirmed its position on physician texting following news reports that the agency was moving to ban the mHealth messaging platform. In a Dec. 28 Survey & Certification Letter to state...

Telehealth Offers a Platform For Discussing Sensitive Health Issues

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Healthcare providers often see telehealth as an ideal platform for connecting with their patients on sensitive issues. Erectile dysfunction fits into that category quite nicely. Last month, a New York City-based startup armed with more than $3...

mHealth Programs For Adolescents Need to Focus on Patient Engagement

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mHealth and telehealth treatments aren’t being designed for the adolescent patient living with a chronic condition, a group of pediatric health experts say.  As a result, America’s healthcare system is missing out on a golden...

Intermountain Sees mHealth Success With Cardiac Care App for Doctors

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An mHealth app linked to clinical decision support software is helping Intermountain Healthcare identify and treat heart failure patients at risk of life-threatening complications. The app, designed by researchers at the Salt Lake City-based...

Are Providers, Payers Putting Enough Into Telehealth Education?

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New research finds that healthcare providers are turning to telehealth and telemedicine more and more to meet business goals, rather than consumer demand. At the same time, many consumers say they haven’t tried telehealth and don’t...

Drones Show Potential for Delivering Telemedicine, mHealth Services

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Today’s high-tech toy could soon become a valuable telemedicine tool. Drones – those tiny, unmanned planes that have been buzzing over beaches and playgrounds across the US – are beginning to show up on the radar in healthcare...

With ECG Sensor, Apple May Be Adding mHealth Muscle to Its Watch

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Apple is reportedly developing an ECG monitor for the Apple Watch, a move that could pit the tech giant against developers of medical-grade ECG wearables and further push consumer wearables into the remote patient monitoring landscape. While...

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