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

April 20, 2018 - 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 newly appointed CEO of the American Telemedicine Association. “We have to get rid of the distractions … and meet the community where they...


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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...

NYC Urgent Care Clinics Add mHealth to Help With Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A network of urgent care clinics in New York City has added an mHealth messaging platform to give patients access to post-discharge care coordination services. Manhattan-based CityMD, which boasts more than 85 locations in the New York City metro...

mHealth Interventions Need Care Team Support to Affect Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app that’s designed to help users manage uncontrolled hypertension won’t work unless it offers personalized interventions – including a real-time link to the care team. That’s the take-away from a mobile health...

mHealth Gives Pharmacists a Powerful Diabetes Management Platform

by Eric Wicklund

A medical journal is suggesting that pharmacists use telemedicine and mHealth to play a more active role in medication management for people with diabetes – a move that could improve adherence, reduce errors and boost clinical outcomes....

New Mobile Health Program Aims to Avoid Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

The ambulance company serving New Mexico’s Valencia County is partnering with two health plans to launch a community paramedicine program, giving residents access to mobile health services in their homes. American Medical Response unveiled...

AMA Challenges mHealth Providers to Improve Chronic Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association is challenging the mobile health community to come up with a better way for patients to share their data with doctors in chronic care management programs. The AMA is partnering with Google in the Health Care Interoperability...

Doctors’ Protests Plague UK’s Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

A direct-to-consumer telehealth service launched in London late last year is proving quite popular with residents – yet it’s also drawing protests from physicians who say their practices are being negatively affected. London-area...

Apple Health’s mHealth Platform Expands to Almost 40 Health Systems

by Eric Wicklund

In a bid to boost mHealth interoperability across the country, almost 40 US health systems are now allowing patients to access read-only copies of their medical records through the Apple Health app. Apple officials released an update to the company’s...

MA Payer’s Digital Health Platform Targets Members’ Health Needs

by Eric Wicklund

A Massachusetts payer is looking to connect its members with digital health programs promoting diabetes management and fertility, pregnancy and parenting guidance. The Emerging Solutions platform being introduced by Blue Cross Blue Shield of...

Providence Targets Patient Demand With Store-and-Forward Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A Pacific Northwest health system has launched an on-demand mHealth app that’s designed to give consumers quick access to care for common health issues. Providence Health & Services recently rolled out the SmartExam service for...

Can mHealth Wearables Help Patients Talk to Their Docs About Sleep?

by Eric Wicklund

An Indiana health system is turning to Fitbit to test the value of mHealth data in helping patients talk to their doctors about sleep problems. The Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute, in a partnership with the National Sleep Foundation...

Despite EMR Hangups, Hospitals Are Embracing Enterprise Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are moving away from individual telehealth and telemedicine programs and migrating toward an enterprise-wide platform. And they’re doing it while battling disparities in payment and EMR platforms that can’t handle...

Temple Launches Telehealth Program For Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Temple University is launching a nationwide telemedicine program targeting care management for people suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The Temple Lung Center at Temple University Hospital, which performed a nation-high 131...

mHealth Tools, AI Combine to Avert Serious Diabetic Health Issues

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth devices embedded with artificial intelligence are helping people with diabetes identify  dangerous changes in their blood sugar levels before they happen, avoiding serious and sometimes fatal consequences. The U.S. Food and Drug...

Shriners Brings Telehealth to Michigan With Covenant Health Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan’s Covenant HealthCare has launched a pediatric telehealth program to give residents access to specialists from two Shriners hospitals. In a partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children, Covenant’s new Saginaw location...

Telehealth, RPM Help Visiting Nurses Fill Care Management Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Nebraska’s chapter of the Visiting Nurse Association is launching a telehealth program to improve care management and coordination for its home-based patients. The Omaha-based VNA is deploying 4G tablets with preloaded software and Bluetooth-connected...

Stroke Research Uses mHealth Patches, Wearables to Detect, Treat AF

by Eric Wicklund

Two new studies are proving the value of mHealth wearables – including the Apple Watch and a sensor-embedded patch – in detecting dangerous cardiac issues that can lead to a stroke. Presented at the American College of Cardiology’s...

Employers Are High on Telehealth - But Not Necessarily on mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

More and more employers are making telehealth a part of their health plans – and they’re adding incentives so that employees will choose telehealth over a visit to the doctor’s office or emergency room or urgent care center....

FDA Reviews Mobile Health Platform for Autism Diagnosis, Care

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators are moving toward approval of a mobile health platform designed to help doctors diagnose autism more quickly – and to help parents learn how to care for autistic children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently...

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