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HIMSS18 Shines a Spotlight on mHealth, Telehealth Programs, Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth will be on full display during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference next month in Las Vegas. HIMSS18, scheduled to take place March 4-9, is expected to draw thousands of healthcare...

mHealth App Helps Curb Substance Abuse, Reduce Hospital Visits

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app designed for people with substance abuse issues helped patients at three federally qualified health centers reduce instances of drinking and drug use, while also drastically cutting ER visits and hospitalizations. The results,...

Wyoming Introduces an mHealth App for Public, Population Health

by Eric Wicklund

Wyoming’s Department of Health has launched a free, personalized mHealth app designed to connect families in the state with appropriate healthcare resources. The Family Health app was rolled out with the assistance of Wildflower Health,...

Digital Health Study Targets Virtual Coaching in Diabetes Prevention

by Eric Wicklund

A Nebraska hospital is recruiting 500 patients for a study on the effectiveness of a digital diabetes prevention program that includes mHealth interventions. The University of Nebraska Medical Center will recruit patients for the project, to...

Amid a Flood of New mHealth Apps, Xcertia Looks to Set Standards

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app evaluation and certification resource launched roughly a year ago by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is seeking public input on...

mHealth Programs For Adolescents Need to Focus on Patient Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth treatments aren’t being designed for the adolescent patient living with a chronic condition, a group of pediatric health experts say.  As a result, America’s healthcare system is missing out on a golden...

Intermountain Sees mHealth Success With Cardiac Care App for Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app linked to clinical decision support software is helping Intermountain Healthcare identify and treat heart failure patients at risk of life-threatening complications. The app, designed by researchers at the Salt Lake City-based...

With ECG Sensor, Apple May Be Adding mHealth Muscle to Its Watch

by Eric Wicklund

Apple is reportedly developing an ECG monitor for the Apple Watch, a move that could pit the tech giant against developers of medical-grade ECG wearables and further push consumer wearables into the remote patient monitoring landscape. While...

The Year in Review: Telehealth, mHealth Made Their Mark in 2017

by Eric Wicklund

From Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley, telehealth, telemedicine and mHealth – and the other half-dozen terms for this fast-moving industry – found its way into the American consciousness in many different forms during 2017. While Congress...

NC Health System Uses mHealth to Manage Gestational Diabetes

by Eric Wicklund

A North Carolina health system will be using the Babyscripts mHealth platform in a remote monitoring program targeting pregnant women in danger of developing gestational diabetes. Cone Health, based in Greensboro, is offering the popular digital...

Health System Executives Are Optimistic About Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Less than half of the health systems surveyed in a new report are getting reimbursed for remote patient monitoring or virtual care – but that isn’t stopping them from launching new telehealth and telemedicine programs. “The...

Alaska’s Largest PCP Launches an mHealth Program for Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

Alaska’s largest primary care group is prescribing mHealth technology to thousands of residents living with diabetes in a unique remote monitoring program designed to improve care management outcomes and drive down costs. Anchorage-based...

Penn State mHealth Challenge Casts a Wide Net for Innovative Ideas

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps designed to prevent sexual assaults, help those with lactose intolerance and enable parents to manage their children’s vaccinations took top honors during Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth Challenge. The...

mHealth Diabetes Study Proves That the Right Message Matters

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth study of more than 1,000 people with diabetes finds that simple text messages work better than personalized messages in promoting care management – but the same can’t be said for avoiding hospitalizations. Anindya Ghose,...

Telehealth Gains Favor as a Coaching Platform for Chronic Care

by Eric Wicklund

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...

FDA OKs First Ingestible mHealth Sensor for Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved the first digestible digital therapeutic, a pill with embedded sensors and an mHealth patch designed to help with medication adherence. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced approval late Monday of Ability...

UK’s ‘GP At Hand’ Service Offers Patients mHealth Access to a Doctor

by Eric Wicklund

Some 3.5 million London residents will soon be able to access healthcare on their smartphones around the clock in an mHealth pilot being rolled out by the UK’s National Health Service. The free program, called GP at Hand, will enable select...

mHealth Platforms Are a Valuable Resource for New, Expecting Moms

by Eric Wicklund

New mothers in Nebraska now have an mHealth resource for baby and postpartum health and wellness. WellCare of Nebraska, a subsidiary of Florida-based WellCare Health Plans serving 86,000 Nebraskans on Medicaid, has launched a free text-messaging...

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...

For Addiction Experts, mHealth Has Its Advantages And Drawbacks

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth may prove to be a critical tool in addressing the national opioid epidemic, but a panel discussion at the Connected Health Conference made it clear that digital health devices might sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help. Mobile...

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