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Telehealth Platforms Move From Connected Care to Connected Health

October 16, 2018 - The value of a connected care platform lies in connecting everyone to that platform. In telehealth and telemedicine programs, this means adopting an enterprise-wide strategy. As healthcare providers and executives converge on Boston this week for several conferences, headlined by Partners Healthcare’s Connected Health Conference and Xtelligent Healthcare Media’s Value-Based...


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Apple Donates Smartwatches for mHealth Study on Eating Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are launching an mHealth study aimed at improving care management for people living with eating disorders. The Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, part of the UNC School of...

FDA OKs Stand-Alone mHealth App For Detecting Heart Rhythm Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have OK’d the first mHealth app capable of detecting atrial fibrillation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently granted market clearance for FibriCheck, a Belgium-based company whose mobile health app uses...

mHealth Finds the Right Note For Music in Digital Therapeutics Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers may soon be singing the praises of music as another tool in the mHealth arsenal. In much the same way that a jogger sets a pace to his or her favorite playlist, finishing a run with the theme from Rocky, healthcare...

Congress Takes Aim at Opioid Crisis With Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and Telemedicine programs that assist healthcare providers in treating people with substance abuse issues will be getting a significant upgrade, thanks to a massive bill passed by Congress and headed to President Donald...

LA Project Uses mHealth Devices to Help Low-Income Kids With Asthma

by Eric Wicklund

A California health plan is launching a new effort to put mHealth devices into the hands of those who need them the most: underserved children. The Blue Shield of California Foundation, a not-for-profit health plan and philanthropic...

Is Convenience a Problem for Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Programs?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers treating people with respiratory tract infections through a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform tend to speed up the visit by prescribing antibiotics, according to two studies. And those providers are also getting...

mHealth Provider Uses Apple Health Records to Support House Calls

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth service is taking advantage of Apple’s Health Records platform. Heal, the Los Angeles-based developer of a connected care platform for house calls, announced today that its OnCall iPad app will integrate with...

HHS Grants to Help Native Americans Expand Telehealth Resources

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are earmarking more than $50 million to expand telehealth programs and other healthcare service to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes address opioid abuse. The funding, through the Health and Human Services...

Telehealth Can Connect the Dots Between Chronic Pain, Mental Health

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth advocates have argued that a connected health platform can help providers improve care management for patients with chronic pain. A New Jersey-based pain management and neurology clinic is putting that idea to the...

New Bill Targets Medicaid Coverage of Maternity Telehealth Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is considering new legislation to strengthen Medicaid support for maternity care programs delivered through telemedicine. The Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services (MOMMIES)...

Fitbits For Physicians: New mHealth Project Targets Provider Stress

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables, long seen as a tool for helping patients manage their health, are now being tested as a care management tool for their doctors. Researchers at the University of Michigan, who have been analyzing stress levels of medical...

John Hancock Makes mHealth a Part of All Insurance Policies

by Eric Wicklund

One of America’s oldest insurers is switching from traditional policies to an interactive model that tracks member health through mHealth devices, including wearables. John Hancock announced this week that its interactive life...

Fitbit Launches a Connected Health Platform for mHealth Coaching

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is launching a telehealth platform designed to offer coaching and support for healthcare providers, employers and others using mHealth devices in connected health programs. With the launch of Fitbit Care, the California-based...

Are Healthcare Providers Getting Comfortable With Telehealth?

by Eric Wicklund

While research has long suggested that telehealth can be more cost-effective than the in-person visit, new studies are suggesting that doctors who use connected care technology are also becoming better care providers. A year-long...

Apple’s New Smartwatch Gets to The Heart of The mHealth Debate

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth enhancements to the new Apple Watch are designed to make digital health more consumer-friendly, but will healthcare providers embrace the wearable? The Apple Watch Series 4, unveiled this week during the company’s typically...

UK Schools to Test mHealth App for Mental Health Conversations

by Eric Wicklund

Hundreds of teachers in the UK will soon be testing an mHealth app designed to guide them in talking to students about mental health issues. Developed by the University of London’s Royal Holloway branch, MindAid is billed as a...

Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans. The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W....

Planning a Hospital Strategy for Broadband, Telehealth Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

As hospitals and health systems launch new telehealth and telemedicine programs, one of the major challenges is finding enough broadband to handle the service. “Unless broadband in the US improves, the promise of telehealth will...

Scripps Details mHealth Platform for Collecting Pregnancy Data

by Eric Wicklund

Scripps Health researchers are hoping that an mHealth research app embedded in a popular connected health platform for pregnant women will help them improve care management and reduce negative health outcomes. “Pregnant women are...

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