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Florida County Offers Free Telemental Health to Uninsured Residents

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A Florida county is offering free telemental health services for low- and no-income residents, available on either a mobile device or at telehealth stations set up in select locations. Polk County authorities expect to serve some 84,000 uninsured...

KU Medical Center, Garmin to Analyze mHealth Value in Wearables

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The University of Kansas Medical Center is partnering with Garmin to study how wearables can be used in mHealth programs. Garmin, a Swiss company with a US headquarters in Kansas City, develops a number of fitness and activity devices through...

Providence St. Joseph Health Takes Telehealth Across the Enterprise

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While telehealth providers were talking consolidation and enterprise platforms at this week’s American Telemedicine Association conference, Providence St. Joseph Health offered an example of how that should be done. The seven-state, 50-hospital...

At ATA18, Telemedicine Moves From a Possibility to a Necessity

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For years, telehealth advocates have been touting virtual visits as being just as good as the in-person visit. Now they’re saying telemedicine is better. “Our focus is now on quality,” American Telemedicine President Peter Yellowlees,...

American Well, InTouch Health Announce Huge Telehealth Deals at ATA

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The trend toward enterprise telehealth platforms over stand-alone programs took a significant step forward Monday with a pair of major news announcements. In moves timed to make a splash at the American Telemedicine Association's ATA18 conference...

AHA Letter: Broadband Funding Cuts Threaten Telehealth Expansion

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The American Hospital Association is protesting planned funding cuts to the Rural Health Care Program, saying the loss of money will severely impact telehealth and telemedicine programs in remote and rural communities around the nation. In a...

Kentucky OKs Telehealth, Coverage Parity for Medicaid Members

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Kentucky lawmakers have enacted legislation to make telehealth and telemedicine services more readily available to Medicaid recipients. SB 112 was signed into law this week by Gov. Matt Bevin following votes of 36-0 in the State Senate and 65-20...

mHealth Program Uses Smartphones to Monitor Medication Adherence

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An mHealth platform in which patients use their smartphones to record themselves taking prescribed medications could boost adherence rates and save public health programs hundreds of thousands of dollars, according a researchers at Johns Hopkins...

ResearchKit Study to Test Smartphones’ mHealth Value in Eye Studies

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Novartis wants to know if smartphones are good enough to be used in eye studies. The pharma giant has launched a new project on Apple’s ResearchKit platform to gather data on how smartphones can be used in ophthalmology programs. Through...

mHealth Strategies Need Careful Planning to Reach the Underserved

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mHealth programs are often hailed as a means of improving access to care for underserved populations, but how do those mobile health platforms reach those people? After all, they’re underserved for a reason. The first step, experts say,...

mHealth Apps With CDS Can Help Doctors Make Quicker, Better Decisions

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mHealth apps for clinical decision support can help clinicians make better and quicker decisions about ordering diagnostic and lab tests, according to a recent study by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine and the Centers of Disease...

mHealth, Telehealth Innovation on Display in Diabetes Challenge

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A global competition launched by the T1D Exchange is shining the spotlight on a wide range of mHealth and telehealth advances for managing diabetes. The Boston-based non-profit, patient-centered research organization unveiled the 10 finalists...

mHealth App Aims to Help Caregivers Identify Perinatal Depression

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A new mHealth app aims to help obstetricians by giving them a mobile health resource to detect and manage depression in pregnant woman and new mothers. Developed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School,...

mHealth Research Touts Digital Health ‘Touches’ to Fight Drug Abuse

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Digital health advocates say an automated mHealth messaging platform can help people dealing with opioid abuse to curb their cravings. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making the argument following...

ATA Looks to Take Telehealth Out of The Hospital and Into The Home

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To Ann Mond Johnson, the biggest barrier to the expansion of telemedicine isn’t reimbursement, licensure or uneven regulations. It’s patient engagement. “We have to make a difference in people’s lives,” says the...

Milwaukee’s Mobile Health Program Shows Benefits of Care Coordination

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A mobile health program launched in 2015 by the Milwaukee Fire Department has reduced 911 calls from so-called “frequent flyers” by more than 50 percent over the past two years. Officials say those callers – identified by the...

Is mHealth Monitoring for Hypertension Safer Than the Doctor’s Office?

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New research suggests that using mHealth to monitor blood pressure may actually be more accurate and safer than blood pressure readings taken in a doctor’s office. A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds...

With Google Glass, Sutter Health Sees mHealth Success in Workflows

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While the disastrous commercial launch of Google Glass is now a distant memory, one of northern California’s largest health systems is seeing strong success with the enterprise version of the mHealth smartglasses. And officials are crediting...

Consumers Like Telehealth, But Still Prefer Face-to-Face Healthcare

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Consumers are eager to have their doctors use telehealth – but many haven’t tried the technology themselves, and they’re not convinced it’s as good as an in-person exam. Those somewhat contradictory points, made in a survey...

NYC Urgent Care Clinics Add mHealth to Help With Care Coordination

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A network of urgent care clinics in New York City has added an mHealth messaging platform to give patients access to post-discharge care coordination services. Manhattan-based CityMD, which boasts more than 85 locations in the New York City metro...

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