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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...

The Year in Review: Telehealth, mHealth Made Their Mark in 2017

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From Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley, telehealth, telemedicine and mHealth – and the other half-dozen terms for this fast-moving industry – found its way into the American consciousness in many different forms during 2017. While Congress...

Texas Deputies Turn to Telemedicine to Treat Mental Health Crises

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Sheriff’s deputies in the nation’s third most-populated county are using mHealth to connect people experiencing a mental health crisis with psychiatrists. The Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Texas began arming some of...

2017: A Look Back At The Year In State Telemedicine Legislation

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Some 63 pieces of legislation focusing on telehealth or telemedicine were approved by 34 state Legislatures this year, according to the Center for Connected Health Policy. The various bills cover a wide variety of digital health issues, from...

Health System CIOs Are Ready to Take mHealth to the Next Level

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With some three-quarters of the nation’s health systems now having an mHealth communications strategy, CIOs are now setting their sights on integrating those platforms with clinical decision support tools, including the EHR. That’s...

Humana Unveils mHealth App for Medication Management, Adherence

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Humana is launching an mHealth app designed to give its members and their healthcare providers a mobile tool for medication management and adherence. Available in Apple’s App Store and Google Play as well as on the payer’s website,...

Researchers Ready to Test mHealth Diagnostic Device for Head Injuries

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Harvard University researchers are ready for large-scale testing of an mHealth device that could detect traumatic brain injury from a drop of blood. The researchers are working with Boston-based mobile health device company BioDirection to create...

Health Systems Target Telehealth to Fill a Mental Healthcare Gap

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At a time when anxiety and depression are as rampant as TV Christmas specials, health systems are turning to telehealth to meet a huge demand for discreet care. They’re finding success with platforms that connect patients to online therapy...

Kaiser Study Gives Telemedicine High Marks in Stroke Treatment

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Some 20 hospitals in northern California are using telemedicine carts to treat stroke patients almost twice as fast as the national average for stroke treatment. The hospitals, all part of the Kaiser Permanente network, are using the Stroke EXPRESS...

Telemedicine Helps NYC Jails Cut Costs and Complexity in Prisoner Care

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A trip to the doctor’s office isn’t an easy task for residents of New York’s City’s 12 municipal jails or their jailers. A telemedicine platform, however, could make things a lot easier. NYC Health + Hospitals is using...

FCC Project Looks to Tie Broadband, Telehealth to Better Cancer Care

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A new partnership will examine whether better broadband access in remote parts of Kentucky can boost telehealth and mHealth programs that improve outcomes for cancer patients. The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health Task...

Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle ER Triage, Overcrowding

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A telemedicine platform that helps emergency departments triage patients just might be the answer to crowded ERs and physician staffing issues.  The virtual visit platform, developed by the Wisconsin-based startup EmOpti, is currently being...

NC Health System Uses mHealth to Manage Gestational Diabetes

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A North Carolina health system will be using the Babyscripts mHealth platform in a remote monitoring program targeting pregnant women in danger of developing gestational diabetes. Cone Health, based in Greensboro, is offering the popular digital...

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