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mHealth Researchers Downplay the Reliability of Smartphone Cameras

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Healthcare providers who make clinical decisions based on smartphone photographs may be putting themselves at risk of a misdiagnosis, according to mHealth researchers. A digital health study conducted at the UK’s Anglia Ruskin...

VA Hits Telemedicine Milestone With 1 Million Video Visits in ‘18

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The Department of Veterans’ Affairs has reported reaching a major milestone in its efforts to improve veterans’ access to care through telemedicine and telehealth. According to the VA, more than 1 million healthcare encounters...

Federal Grants to Boost Telehealth in School-Based Health Centers

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More than 100 school-based health centers across the country are getting federal funding to develop telehealth and mHealth platforms for mental health, substance abuse, and childhood obesity-related services. The US Department of Health...

Arizona Lawmakers Look to Expand Telemedicine Definition, Coverage

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Arizona lawmakers are moving forward with proposed legislation that would expand coverage for telemedicine and add more healthcare services, including asynchronous telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The state Senate and House...

AHA Says Telehealth Expansion Can Help Struggling Rural Hospitals

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The American Hospital Association is calling on the federal government to boost telehealth and telemedicine opportunities – including better reimbursement, financial support for new technology and improved access to broadband –...

Baltimore Launches mHealth Program to Reduce 911 Calls, ED Transports

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The University of Maryland Medical Center is partnering with Baltimore city officials to launch an mHealth program aimed at reducing 911 calls and ER transports and improving care access and management for the city’s low-income...

OIG OKs Free Phones in mHealth Project Targeting Medication Adherence

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Federal officials have given the green light to a digital health company’s plan to loan free smartphones to patients enrolled in an mHealth project tracking medication adherence. The Office of the Inspector General issued the ruling...

Cedars-Sinai Doctors Use mHealth to Improve Post-Operative Recovery

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An mHealth program that encourages and measures daily exercise after major surgery can help hospitals reduce the average length-of-stay and send those patients home sooner. That’s the take-away from researchers at Cedars-Sinai...

Oklahoma May Use Telemedicine to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment

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Oklahoma lawmakers are mulling a telemedicine pilot program aimed at training rural healthcare providers to treat patients living with Alzheimer’s. SB 437 would, if approved, create a Project ECHO platform. Project ECHO (Extension...

HIMSS19 to Move the Conversation on Telehealth, RPM, Digital Health

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Telehealth and mHealth will play a part in many of the education sessions at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition, which takes place Feb. 11-15 in Orlando. Aside from...

Washington State Lawmakers to Debate 4 Separate Telehealth Bills

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Washington state lawmakers will be taking up no less than four telemedicine bills this legislative session, thanks to one state senator who sees telehealth as a priority in the Pacific Northwest. “It’s a challenge for people...

Alaska’s Maritime Industry Looks to Telemedicine to Save Lives

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Telehealth services delivered through a mobile EHR platform are improving access to care for those who sail on and work in the frigid waters off Alaska. Alaska Maritime Physicians, an Anchorage-based provider serving a wide variety of...

mHealth Deals Integrate Chronic Care, Mental Health Platforms

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Livongo Health’s pending acquisition of an mHealth platform for mental health offers new proof that connected health platforms won’t work unless they integrate care management for a broad array of chronic health...

Telemedicine Proves its Value in Improving Dermatology Consults

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A network of seven community health centers in Massachusetts has cut specialist referrals in half by using a telemedicine platform, saving hundreds of thousands of dollars a year for both the providers and the patients. The community...

mHealth Games Offer New Treatments for Kids With Autism, ADHD

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An mHealth platform using video game technology is helping to improve attention spans in children with autism spectrum disorder and co-occurring attention/deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Researchers at the Children’s Hospital...

NM Lawmakers Drop Telemedicine From Physician-Assisted Suicide Bill

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New Mexico lawmakers have eliminated all references to telemedicine in a bill aimed at setting standards for physician-assisted suicide. Following a public hearing this week, legislators made two changes to HB 90, also called The...

ND Lawmakers Amend Bill to Support Store-and-Forward Telemedicine

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North Dakota lawmakers are working on an amended telemedicine bill that would allow healthcare providers in the state to establish a doctor-patient relationship with new patients through asynchronous (store-and-forward) technology. The...

Hospital’s Telehealth Program Reduces ER Visits, Treatment Costs

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A telehealth program launched in 2016 to improve care management for patients with chronic conditions who aren’t in home health care has cut ER visits in half and reduced hospitalizations by almost 90 percent, according to hospital...

ATA Panelists Discuss Challenges, Promise of Telehealth Interoperability

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Telehealth will only succeed in the US if it becomes interoperable. That was the main takeaway from an American Telemedicine Association webinar this week, the opening salvo in a long-term campaign by the organization to promote...

Telehealth Gives College Students a Discreet Path to Counseling

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Healthcare providers are discovering that a telehealth platform is an effective forum for connecting with college students dealing with stress and other mental health issues. “It can introduce a lot of people to a form of therapy...

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