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Telehealth Gains Favor as a Coaching Platform for Chronic Care

November 14, 2017 - Healthcare providers who use telehealth or mHealth tools to coach patients with chronic conditions are seeing marked improvements in clinical outcomes. The latest to report this is Pack Health, a Birmingham, Ala.-based digital health coaching company, whose 12-week program helped patients with rheumatoid arthritis improve their activity levels, sleep and medication adherence. As reported at...


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VETS Act, Supporting Telehealth for Veterans, Now in Senate’s Hands

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth advocates are cheering the House’s unanimous approval this week of the VETS Act, saying it would give the nation’s veterans unfettered access to telehealth no matter where they live. “The passage of our bill in the...

Saint Luke’s New mHealth Platform is Proving Popular With Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Saint Luke’s Health System saw a 30 percent increase in patient access to the Epic MyChart portal after consolidating its mHealth apps onto one platform. To Debe Gash, the 10-hospital, Kansas City-based health system’s Chief Information...

Designing a Mobile Patient Portal to Boost mHealth Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly every health system has a patient portal, but few are using mHealth tools and platforms to create an effective patient engagement experience. The trick, experts say, is not just redesigning the patient portal to show up on a smartphone,...

Partners Looks to Integrate mHealth Data Into the Clinical Record

by Eric Wicklund

Partners Connected Health is expanding its mHealth platform to integrate data from consumer-facing devices and wearables, giving healthcare providers new pathways to remote monitoring and care coordination. The Massachusetts-based organization,...

Florida Hospital, Supermarket Chain Launch Telehealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

An innovative telehealth partnership between a Florida health system and a supermarket pharmacy chain is creating new business lines for connected care. The BayCare Health System recently opened Public pharmacies at three hospitals – St....

mHealth App Looks to Identify, Help Treat Postpartum Depression

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have developed an mHealth app to help diagnose postpartum depression in new mothers – and give researchers more information on how to identify and treat the behavioral health condition. The MGH...

CDC Grant to Help Florida Hospital Use Telemedicine for HIV Care

by Eric Wicklund

Florida’s UF Health Jacksonville will be using a $2.2 million federal grant to tailor a rural telemedicine program to treat patients with HIV in one of the state’s largest urban areas. The Jacksonville-based health system serves one...

A Failed mHealth Program Offers Lessons Learned For Future Projects

by Eric Wicklund

A recent program to have patients at a federally qualified health center use an mHealth app to manage their hypertension or diabetes failed miserably, with most of the patients abandoning the app within a couple weeks. But while highlighting...

mHealth Closes The Gaps in Medication Adherence During a Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

When Hurricane Harvey battered Houston this past August, public health officials turned to mHealth to make sure patients undergoing treatment for tuberculosis were staying up to date on medication adherence. With roads flooded, health systems...

In Pediatric Specialties, Telemedicine Is a Care Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

For about 20 children in Joplin, Mo., with chronic illnesses, a video screen offers a chance at a healthier life. That screen is part of a telemedicine platform run by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, 157 miles to the north. On...

mHealth Looks to Solve the Diabetes Care Management Conundrum

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved the first mHealth device for diabetics that doesn’t require daily user interventions, an important step in improving patient engagement in care management plans. Abbott’s FreeStyle...

Nemours Doctor Measures Telehealth Value in Patient Satisfaction

by Eric Wicklund

To Dr. Alfred Atanda Jr., telehealth isn’t always about improving clinical outcomes. It’s also about making the best use of the patient’s and doctor’s time and reducing costs. Atanda, an orthopedic surgeon at the Nemours/Alfred...

PCORI Eyes mHealth, Telehealth Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

by Eric Wicklund

Three projects to test mHealth and telehealth platforms in the treatment of multiple sclerosis are slated to get more than $14 million in grant funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The studies are part of a five-program,...

UK Research Links mHealth to Better Treatments for Sleep Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth therapy can help treat insomnia and mental health disorders arising from sleeplessness, according to a UK-based study. The study of some 3,755 college students between March 2015 and February 2016, detailed in The Lancet, found that Internet-based...

Telehealth Programs Look Past Reimbursement to Find Clinical Value

by Eric Wicklund

Not content to wait for insurers to reimburse them for telehealth, some health systems are launching remote patient monitoring programs with an eye to avoiding unnecessary expenses. In Hudson, N.Y., Columbia Memorial Hospital is sending telehealth...

mHealth Messaging Offers Providers Vital Revenue Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers aren’t using mHealth messaging to remind patients to pay their bills – an important digital health resource that could not only improve the revenue cycle but also boost patient engagement efforts. A new survey...

With Telehealth, R.I. Docs Open a Portal to the Entire Care Team

by Eric Wicklund

For physicians using telehealth tools to connect with patients, that famed “aha” moment no longer comes when the technology is turned on. The real breakthroughs happen when a doctor begins an online conversation. “Now, out of...

New mHealth Projects Turn Amazon’s Alexa Into a Home Health Aide

by Eric Wicklund

A UK community is launching an mHealth project that will use Amazon Alexa software and Google’s Echo device for senior care. The Hampshire County Council announced plans this week to place the digital health platform in the homes of 50...

mHealth, Pharma Give Hemophilia Patients New Care Management Tools

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth are coming to the aid of people with hemophilia. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has unveiled both a wearable and a modified version of a popular video game to help the estimated 20,000 Americans and 400,000 around the world...

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