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CDC Project Combines mHealth, Cash in Opioid Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are getting more than $2 million test whether an mHealth app combined with financial incentives can help people struggling with opioid abuse. The US Centers for Disease...

ACP Supports Telemedicine Standards in Latest Ethics Manual Update

by Eric Wicklund

The American College of Physicians has reinforced its support of telemedicine in establishing the doctor-patient relationship in first-time visits – as long as the virtual care platform includes audio-visual technology. That point...

AMA Survey Finds Medical Practices Are Slow to Embrace Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine and telehealth may be the norm rather than the exception in hospitals and health systems, but smaller medical practices still aren’t embracing connected care technology. A recent survey of some 3,500 physicians by the...

ATA Presses DEA to Loosen Telemedicine Restrictions for Prescribing

by Eric Wicklund

The American Telemedicine Association is urging federal authorities to loosen the reins on regulations that restrict mental health professionals from prescribing controlled substances via telehealth. In a letter to the U.S. Drug...

New York Considers Adding Telemedicine to Workers Comp Guidelines

by Eric Wicklund

New York may be taking a look at how telehealth can help the state’s worker’s comp system. Senate Bill 1042, introduced this week by state Senator Catharine Young proposes establishing a seven-member task force to examine how...

New Jersey Gets $2.3M to Expand Telehealth Programs for Children

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey healthcare providers are getting more than $2.3 million to expand telehealth and telemedicine programs to identify and treat children with behavioral and mental health issues. The state will use a five-year $2.225 million grant...

FDA OKs mHealth Wearable to Help Children Living With Epilepsy

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have cleared for use an mHealth wearable designed to detect epileptic seizures in children and immediately alert care team members. The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Embrace smartwatch,...

CMS Pushes Telehealth, mHealth, But Are Providers Paying Attention?

by Eric Wicklund

Many hospitals and health systems aren’t prepared to take advantage of new reimbursement opportunities for mHealth and telehealth. That’s the takeaway from a survey conducted by Reaction Data, which finds that providers...

mHealth Platforms Expand to Tackle Multiple Chronic Conditions

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth companies who have focused on one chronic condition are now expanding their connected health platforms to treat other health issues. The latest to do so is Omada Health, a digital therapeutics company with a focus on...

Telehealth Helps CMS Bundled Payment Program Show Some Savings

by Eric Wicklund

Mandatory bundled payment programs for joint replacement surgery can save a modest amount of money through the use of telehealth services for rehab, according to a recent analysis. As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, an...

North Dakota Lawmakers Ready to Rehash Telemedicine Standards Debate

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers may soon be rehashing the debate over what constitutes an accepted doctor-patient relationship via telemedicine. The state’s Senate is poised to take up SB 2094, which mandates that a healthcare...

Kansas Judge Rules Against New Law Banning Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

UPMC-Giant Eagle Partnership Puts Telehealth Kiosks in Markets

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

EDs Face Obstacles in Integrating Pediatric Telemedicine Services

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

CCHP Sees 2018 Telehealth Gains in Medicaid, Interstate Licensure

by Eric Wicklund

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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