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Clemson Expands Mobile Health Fleet to Reach Underserved Communities

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Clemson University’s health center is using a $100,000 to create a fleet of mobile health clinics aimed at improving access to care in underserved parts of South Carolina. Clemson’s James F. Sullivan Center, a nurse-managed...

Telehealth Gives Patients a Real-Time Link to Mental Health Support

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A Texas-based psychiatry clinic is using telehealth to help patients manage their health outside the doctor’s office. Carter Health Psychiatry & Wellness, located just south of Houston in Friendswood, has launched a remote...

Illinois Expands Reimbursement for Diabetes Care Via Telehealth

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A new law taking effect in Illinois this week expands coverage for telehealth programs aimed at seniors living with diabetes. HB 5351, passed in May 2018 and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, amends the Illinois Insurance Code to...

Kansas Judge Rules Against New Law Banning Telemedicine Abortions

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A Kansas judge has shot down efforts by state lawmakers to ban telemedicine abortions, the second victory for supporters of the connected care service in two weeks. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled on Dec. 31 that the new law banning...

Michigan Governor Vetoes Extension of Telemedicine Abortion Ban

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Michigan Gov. Bill Snyder has vetoed a proposal to extend the state’s six-year-old ban on telemedicine abortions. Snyder shot down Senate Bill 1998 following party-line votes in the state Senate and House in favor of the bill, which...

Will Telehealth and mHealth Fulfill Their Potential in 2019?

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With 2019 on the doorstep, healthcare leaders are looking for clues as to what the coming year will hold for telehealth and mHealth. And while most of the experts have long since tossed out the time-worn “tipping point”...

UPMC-Giant Eagle Partnership Puts Telehealth Kiosks in Markets

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UPMC is extending its telemedicine platform into supermarkets, joining a connected health industry trend that sees consumers shopping for groceries, pharmaceutical products and healthcare all in one location. The Pittsburgh-based health...

AAFP Says CMS Changes Could Tilt the Scales to DTC Telehealth

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The national organization representing family physicians is pushing back against proposed changes to Medicare Advantage plans, saying the proposal supports direct-to-consumer telehealth at the expense of primary care...

IBM Tests mHealth Sensor That Measures Grip Strength in Fingernails

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IBM researchers are working on an mHealth sensor that can continuously measure grip strength in a user’s hand. The wearable digital health device measures the flexibility of and deformation in a user’s fingernail, a key...

New Mexico Bill Adds Telemedicine to Assisted Suicide Debate

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A new bill in New Mexico seeks to add telemedicine to the “right to die” debate. The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act (HB 90), introduced on Dec. 20 by State Rep. Deborah Armstrong, would enable qualifying...

UW-Madison Project Uses mHealth to Study Nurse Stress, Fatigue

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A new mHealth project in Wisconsin aims to use Fitbits to monitor – and ultimately improve – nurses’ health. University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Nursing Professor Linsey Steege will use the popular digital health...

FDA OKs mHealth Device, App for Asthma, COPD Care Management

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a mobile health device that works with a companion mHealth app to measure inhaler use by people living with asthma and COPD. The ProAir Digihaler, developed by Teva Pharmaceutical, is...

EDs Face Obstacles in Integrating Pediatric Telemedicine Services

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Only about 8 percent of the nation’s Emergency Departments have pediatric telemedicine units, according to new research. And while connected care platforms have been found to improve care management and clinical outcomes, some health...

Ochsner Adds Remote Patient Monitoring for Cardiac Implant Patients

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The Ochsner Health System is launching a new remote patient monitoring service aimed at improving care management for patients with implanted cardiac devices. The New Orleans-based health system, one of the nation’s most progressive...

Penn Medicine Launching Telemedicine Platform for Brain Tumor Consults

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Penn Medicine a telemedicine program to expand the reach of its specialists in offering second opinions on brain tumor diagnoses. The health system’s nationally recognized Penn Brain Tumor Center will soon be using a connected care...

UAB Using $4.6M Grant to Apply Telehealth to Physical Therapy Program

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The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting a $4.6 million federal grant to integrate a telemedicine platform into a novel music-enhanced physical therapy program for people with disabilities. Through a partnership with the YMCA of...

CCHP Sees 2018 Telehealth Gains in Medicaid, Interstate Licensure

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State legislatures passing new telehealth laws in 2018 focused primarily on expanding Medicaid coverage, approving interstate licensure pacts and establishing guidelines, according to a review by the Center for Connected Health Policy. On...

mHealth Wearables Hit the Mark in Tests to Measure Diabetic Foot Care

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Researchers in California are touting the mHealth benefits of a sensor-embedded sock that’s designed to continuously monitor a patient’s skin temperature. As reported in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, the mHealth...

New Blue Button 2.0 Bill Seeks to Put mHealth in the Spotlight

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Congress is looking to compel the federal government to expand the mHealth platform through which consumers on Medicare and Medicaid can access and use their personal health data. U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Yvette Clark...

mHealth Strategies Need Planning to Avoid Digital Solution Fatigue

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Health plans looking to connect with their members on an mHealth platform these days face a challenge similar to any parent with teen-aged children: The more digital options, the better the chance of making eye contact. But do all those...

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