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Doctors Use mHealth to Screen Cancer Survivors for Heart Problems

June 21, 2018 - An mHealth device that measures heart function could potentially save the lives of childhood cancer survivors at risk of developing heart problems later in life. Researchers at the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., say the Vivio, a wireless, handheld device that collects pulse waves and phonocardiogram data from the carotid artery and sends that data to...


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Coalition Aims to Help Dentists, Orthodontists Use Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

A new telemedicine association has formed to help orthodonists and dentists integrate connected care technology into their offices. The American Teledentistry Association (ATDA), launched in May, is “an effort to shape the conversation...

The Pentagon Issues a Call for an Enterprise Telemedicine Platform

by Eric Wicklund

The Pentagon is in the market for an enterprise telemedicine platform. The Military Health System (MHS) has asked the telehealth and telemedicine industry for ideas on how it can consolidate its many connected care programs onto one platform,...

CMS Embraces mHealth With Reimbursement for Smartphone CGM Links

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who collaborate with diabetic patients through smartphone-enabled continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) will soon be reimbursed under Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the change in coverage...

CMS Pitches Telehealth to Medicaid Programs Targeting Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is recommending telehealth and telemedicine to healthcare providers looking to leverage Medicaid funding for opioid abuse treatment. CMS made the pitch in a pair of guidance documents issued this...

mHealth, Telehealth Groups Lobby CMS for Better RPM Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

Close to 50 healthcare organizations and vendors are lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve reimbursement opportunities for remote patient monitoring. In a letter delivered this morning to CMS Administrator Seema...

Hollander: Don’t Measure Telehealth Value Against In-Person Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Those trying to find value in telehealth by comparing a virtual visit to an in-person visit are getting it all wrong, according to Judd Hollander. The virtual visit, says Hollander, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation at Philadelphia’s...

An mHealth App Helps Injured Vets Connect With Healthcare Resources

by Eric Wicklund

Injured veterans will soon have access to an mHealth app that connects them and their caregivers to healthcare and rehab services. The Oscar Mike Foundation, a non-profit focused on keeping injured veterans active and healthy, is partnering with...

Teladoc Eyes Global Telehealth Network With Advance Medical Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Teladoc is looking to expand its reach with the acquisition of a Spain-based telehealth company that will open up markets in Latin America and Asia. The New York-based direct-to-consumer telehealth giant whose specialty to date has been telephone-based...

St. Joseph’s Villa Uses Telehealth to Connect With Children in Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes a telehealth program’s best feature is its ability to start a conversation. At St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., a simple virtual visit platform has turned an eight-bed crisis stabilization center into an indispensable...

Telehealth Holds Its Own in Helping Stroke Victims Recover Mobility

by Eric Wicklund

Stroke patients who use telehealth to recover at home do just as well as those who undergo physical rehabilitation at a clinic. That’s the take-away from a study conducted by Dr. Steven C. Cramer at the University of California at Irvine....

mHealth Programs Look For Clinical Value to Medical Marijuana

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth to study whether medical marijuana can produce positive clinical outcomes. Up until now, much of the mobile health activity in this controversial field has focused on mHealth apps and tools that connect...

mHealth Gives Clinicians a Platform for Managing Rare Diseases

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who treat patients with Marfan syndrome are hoping a new mHealth platform will help them improve care management and coordination – and give researchers access to digital health data to study the rare disease. The Marfan...

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...

mHealth Scores High With Consumers in Boosting Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are looking to mobile health tools, such as mHealth apps and wearables, to improve their medication adherence. A recent study of some 800 prescription medication users, conducted by Russell Research for Express Scripts, finds that roughly...

Providence St. Joseph Health Takes Telehealth Across the Enterprise

by Eric Wicklund

While telehealth providers were talking consolidation and enterprise platforms at this week’s American Telemedicine Association conference, Providence St. Joseph Health offered an example of how that should be done. The seven-state, 50-hospital...

At ATA18, Telemedicine Moves From a Possibility to a Necessity

by Eric Wicklund

For years, telehealth advocates have been touting virtual visits as being just as good as the in-person visit. Now they’re saying telemedicine is better. “Our focus is now on quality,” American Telemedicine President Peter Yellowlees,...

mHealth Program Uses Smartphones to Monitor Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform in which patients use their smartphones to record themselves taking prescribed medications could boost adherence rates and save public health programs hundreds of thousands of dollars, according a researchers at Johns Hopkins...

ATA Looks to Take Telehealth Out of The Hospital and Into The Home

by Eric Wicklund

To Ann Mond Johnson, the biggest barrier to the expansion of telemedicine isn’t reimbursement, licensure or uneven regulations. It’s patient engagement. “We have to make a difference in people’s lives,” says the...

Milwaukee’s Mobile Health Program Shows Benefits of Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health program launched in 2015 by the Milwaukee Fire Department has reduced 911 calls from so-called “frequent flyers” by more than 50 percent over the past two years. Officials say those callers – identified by the...

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