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2nd Michigan Hospital Forges Telehealth Partnership With Shriners

June 21, 2018 - A second Michigan hospital is opening a telehealth unit to enable families to access care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. Officials at Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital announced this week that they will create a virtual care platform linking the hospital to Shriners hospitals in Cincinnati and Chicago. The connected care platform will enable families to meet with...


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New Mexico Health Plans Launch Phone-Based Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

Some 40,000 New Mexico residents will soon have access to telehealth services through their phone. Health plans True Health New Mexico and New Mexico Health Connections have announced a partnership with MDLive that will enable members to call...

Medicare Advantage Members Are Using mHealth, But Their Plans Aren’t

by Eric Wicklund

Medicare Advantage members are using mHealth tools to monitor chronic health conditions. However, the same can’t be said for their health plans. That disparity was picked up in HealthMine’s Medicare Report, based on a 2017 survey...

Hospitals Turn to Telehealth to Connect With Transplant Patients

by Eric Wicklund

The success of a telehealth program for people on home dialysis is prompting the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine to expand its horizons to transplant patients. UAB officials recently announced that the health system...

Opening Up the OR: Using Telemedicine to Enhance Collaboration

by Eric Wicklund

A Pennsylvania health system is seeing unexpected benefits in deploying telemedicine technology inside the operating room. Abington Hospital –Jefferson Health, which comprises two Abington-area hospitals, six outpatient clinics and two...

AACN Updates Guidelines for Nurses in ICU Telemedicine Programs

by Eric Wicklund

The success and expansion of telemedicine programs across the country that focus on ICU care – also known as teleICU programs – has given rise to a new question: How should these programs be designed for nurses? The American Association...

A Telemedicine Program Links ICU Patients to Clinicians Down Under

by Eric Wicklund

An Atlanta health system is seeing enough good results from a telemedicine platform in Australia that it’s opening a second eICU Down Under. Officials at Emory Healthcare have announced a new remote intensive care partnership with Royal...

A Health Plan Finds Success in Using mHealth For Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

Officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska are hoping their new mobile health platform will not only improve communications with members, but give those members more opportunities to talk about health and wellness with their care team. BCBSNE...

VA Finalizes ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Telehealth Program For Vets

by Eric Wicklund

A national telehealth program to connect veterans and healthcare providers no matter where either is located is set to become official. The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted former Secretary David Shulkin’s ambitious connected care...

Fox Foundation to Use mHealth Wearables in Parkinson’s Research

by Eric Wicklund

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is launching a project to gather mHealth data from more than 800 people living with Parkinson’s through a wearable. The foundation is partnering with Verily Life Sciences, one...

New mHealth Technology Platform Aims to Validate Remote Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Several mHealth companies are joining forces to create a clinician-facing platform for assuring data integrity and patient identification in remote patient monitoring programs. The OpenMedReady framework is being developed by Philips, Qualcomm...

Telemedicine Helps Sports Doctors Manage Their Patient Workload

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine program to manage care for sports-related orthopedic injuries reduces the cost and time of treatment, according to physicians at two prominent Mid-Atlantic health systems. It also rates quite highly on the patient satisfaction...

Telehealth Gives Rural Tennessee Residents Access to Specialist Care

by Eric Wicklund

Residents in rural west Tennessee will soon have access to specialist consults through a telehealth network being set up in two health centers. Memphis-based University Clinical Health, 130-doctor physician group affiliated with the University...

Intermountain Turns Telehealth, mHealth Into a Connected Care Platform

by Eric Wicklund

Intermountain Healthcare has decided to bring all of its telehealth and telemedicine programs together under one virtual roof. The 22-hospital, 180-clinic health system, based in Salt Lake City, recently announced the launch of Connect Care Pro,...

Purdue Researchers to Test Telehealth to Diagnose Autism in Infants

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Purdue University will be putting telehealth to the test to see if a remote patient monitoring platform can be used to diagnose autism in infants. The five-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to equip...

Fitbit Enhances Its mHealth Platform With Twine Health Acquisition

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is adding health and wellness coaching to its consumer-facing digital health platform, giving the company new mHealth tools to appeal to providers and payers. The San Francisco-based company announced plans this week to acquire Twine Health,...

More Organizations Urge CMS to Boost Medicare Telehealth Coverage

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare organizations and advocacy groups are ganging up on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in a bid to compel more telehealth and telemedicine coverage. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS), American...

CMS Reimbursing For Telemedicine Even As It Scales Back Programs

by Eric Wicklund

In a bit of good news-bad news for the telemedicine industry, federal officials said they will reimburse healthcare providers for their telemedicine expenses in a bundled payment program – even as they announced plans to scale back that...

The Secret to Sustainability in Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often launch a direct-to-consumer telehealth service in hopes of pulling in new patients. A new study now estimates how much business that platform might generate. A health system launching a virtual care platform can expect...

mHealth’s Goal: A Frictionless Patient (and Provider) Experience

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth-optimized patient portals are most often seen as an easy way for healthcare providers to get in front of mobile patients - returning and new. But a health system that knows how to use its digital front door can see other benefits as well....

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