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Hospitals Expand Home Telemedicine, Remote Monitoring

by Thomas Beaton

Hospital-based telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities that extend access to specialty care and other services are becoming increasingly an increasingly popular option for patients and providers. The use of telemedicine and remote...

mHealth Apps, Patient Coaching Improve Weight Loss, Heart Health

by Thomas Beaton

New research published in the Journal of Internet Medicine found that the combination of mHealth apps and patient coaching can improve weight loss and overall heart health. When a research team from the UCSF Medical School partnered with...

Emergency Room Telemedicine Consults Help Pediatric Patients

by Thomas Beaton

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in Somerset, NJ is the latest hospital to offer emergency room telemedicine consults to improve access to care for high-acuity patients. The hospital can now connect patients  at...

Is Telemedicine Reliable Enough for Conducting Eye Exams?

by Eric Wicklund

Connecticut lawmakers are putting the brakes on telemedicine for eye exams, saying the technology isn’t advanced enough to replace the in-person visit. Similar battles over “ocular telehealth” and playing out in several...

Telemedicine Legislation Takes Aim at Chronic Kidney Disease

by Eric Wicklund

The latest telemedicine legislation to appear on Capitol Hill seeks to make digital health a key component of treatment for chronic kidney disease treatment. The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017...

mHealth Interventions Benefit Weight Management in Children

by Thomas Beaton

In a clinical trial hosted by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Vanguard, mHealth interventions were found to improve weight management in children. The Connect 4 Health trial took place from June 2014 to March 2016 at Harvard...

Mobile Health Application Reduces Depression Symptoms by 42%

by Thomas Beaton

Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital found that the use of a mobile health application helped patients reduce symptoms associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) by 42 percent. Over a six-week clinical trial, the research team...

The Secret to Sustainability in Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often launch a direct-to-consumer telehealth service in hopes of pulling in new patients. A new study now estimates how much business that platform might generate. A health system launching a virtual care platform can...

Mobile Health App for Bipolar Patients Wins RWJF Mood Challenge

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health app that can spot manic and depressive episodes by analyzing how someone uses a smartphone has won top honors in the Mood Challenge for ResearchKit. It’s one of a growing number of digital health and telehealth...

mHealth Apps Aid Remote Monitoring of Elderly Patients

by Thomas Beaton

mHealth apps designed at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) may soon provide remote monitoring solutions that can provide better care choices for treating elderly patients. Using a smartphone secured to the patient with a chest...

mHealth Messages Get High Grades in Medication Adherence Study

by Eric Wicklund

A new study on mobile health and medication adherence has uncovered two interesting points: Patients don’t just forget to take their medications, and real-time mHealth “prodding” can help them to stay on their...

Wearable Devices, mHealth Apps Combine for Chronic Disease Care

by Thomas Beaton

A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggests the next step in chronic disease management could involve a combination of wearable devices and mHealth apps that focus on improving health conditions. Patients with...

Pediatric Mobile Health Interventions Benefit Patients, Caregivers

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that caregivers that utilized pediatric mobile health interventions had stronger, positive effect on the adolescent health behaviors than caregivers who did...

Telehealth Looks to Digital Diagnostics to Improve Virtual Care

by Eric Wicklund

With direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms popping up all over the country these days, healthcare providers are now looking at combining virtual care with lab tests. Health systems and consumer-facing telehealth vendors see...

Inaccurate Heart Rate mHealth Apps Pose Consumer Problems

by Thomas Beaton

About a fifth of measurements recorded by heart rate monitoring mHealth apps for consumers can be inaccurate by upwards of 20 beats per minute, compared to clinical monitoring, according to research from the European Society of Cardiology....

CDS Coalition Floats Guidelines for Mobile Health App Design

by Eric Wicklund

A coalition of software developers and healthcare providers is pushing for new guidelines that would help certain mobile health applications avoid FDA regulation. The CDS Coalition has issued a 26-page document designed to help developers...

Personalized mHealth App Raises Likelihood of Smoking Cessation

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that a personalized mHealth application specializing in smoking cessation can help would-be quitters end their tobacco usage without more intensive clinical intervention....

Telehealth Licensure Compact Goes Live for Physical Therapists

by Eric Wicklund

Physical therapists in 10 states will soon be able to use telehealth to expand their practices and give consumers more access to mobile healthcare services. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s signature on HB 1278 this week means 10 states...

mHealth, Home Monitoring Boost Cystic Fibrosis Adherence

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in Global Pediatric Health found that mHealth and remote monitoring tools can improve adherence to complex treatment regimens for forgetful adolescents with cystic fibrosis (CF).   Adolescents with the pulmonary...

Chronic Care mHealth Apps Benefit from Patient Feedback

by Thomas Beaton

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that integrating patient feedback into the chronic care mHealth app development process can increase usage, adoption, and the value of apps used to encourage...

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