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Telehealth, mHealth Studies Show the Value of Proper Preparation

September 8, 2017 - A recent study found that a mobile health platform can cause an increase in office visits and a decrease in new business. Now telehealth advocates are saying that study could actually help the industry. Conducted by researchers at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Pennsylvania, the five-year study found that a health clinic’s telephone-based e-visit platform boosted office...


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mHealth, Telehealth Are Making the House Call Meaningful Again

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth have often been pitched as replacements for the in-person healthcare encounter, but some providers and payers now see mobile health as a means of improving the face-to-face visit. In many cases, they’re reviving the...

Primary Care Telemedicine Produces High Patient Satisfaction

by Thomas Beaton

A new study published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that patients who were offered primary care telemedicine during a pilot program in Pennsylvania experienced high satisfaction with the service. JeffConnect, an initiative launched at...

Telemedicine, Remote Care May Forestall Rural Hospital Closure

by Thomas Beaton

Telemedicine and remote care programs may help rural hospitals stay open while serving a greater number of patients, according to a new report from the Texas A&M Rural and Community Health Institute. According to the researchers, health disparities...

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 expect...

Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth: One Hospital’s Virtual Care Plan

by Eric Wicklund

A small southern Maine hospital is using direct-to-consumer telehealth to put the community back into its community health mission. York Hospital’s new Virtual Care service aims to give local residents a more convenient connection to the...

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 point-of-care testing...

Telehealth Experts at ATA: Direct-to-Consumer Care Takes Time

by Eric Wicklund

Executives from three of the nation’s best-known telemedicine networks offered advice this weekend on how to set up a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform. First and foremost, they said, don’t expect consumers to come calling all...

ATA Survey: Parents Like Telehealth for Primary Care Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Parents surveyed by a national pediatric health network say they know about telemedicine and are willing to use it to address primary care issues, but they’re hesitant to use it to manage chronic conditions. That divide separates two of...

Telehealth Trends: Telemental Health, Direct-to-Consumer Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are adopting telehealth for telemental health and psychiatry services, and they’re far more interested in direct-to-consumer care than in using the platform to talk to each other. Those conclusions come from the Advisory...

DTC Telehealth Prompts Use of Medical Services, Not Savings

by Thomas Beaton

A new study from RAND found that 12 percent of telehealth use replaced office and emergency room visits while 88 percent represented new use of medical services. The team of RAND policy researchers examined claims information from 300,000 beneficiaries...

Can Clinical, Commercial Uses Coincide on a Telehealth Platform?

by Eric Wicklund

A new partnership aims to combine clinical and retail dermatology services on one digital health platform, giving solo and small-practice doctors a new model for sustainability. SkyMD, a telehealth vendor designed to help dermatologists establish...

American Well, Samsung announce telehealth-mHealth partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Today’s mHealth-telehealth partnership between Samsung and American Well is yet another step in the ongoing courtship of consumer and clinical. As it did with last year’s partnership with Tyto Care, American Well – one of the...

Northwell Health Takes Telehealth to the Next Level

by Eric Wicklund

A recent Harris Poll found that one of every five consumers would switch healthcare providers if their doctor didn’t use telehealth. Northwell Health is making sure that won’t happen. The New York-based health system, comprising some...

mHealth Startups Look to Connect the Clinical, Consumer Markets

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth developers may be seeing dollar signs in the lucrative consumer market, but they’d be best advised to start first with doctors. That’s what Tyto Care is doing. The Israeli startup recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

ATA to Providers: Use Telehealth to Compete Against Retail Clinics

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth can be a powerful tool in reducing costs and improving outcomes. For traditional health systems, it also might be the perfect antidote to that new urgent care clinic down the street. With the advent of so-called direct-to-consumer...

Telehealth Terminology: ‘Store-and-Forward’ Has its Fans - And Critics

by Eric Wicklund

The ongoing battle in Arkansas over new telemedicine guidelines is shining a spotlight on “store and forward” technology. Long considered the alternative to real-time (or live interactive) telemedicine, store and forward (or asynchronous)...

Telemental Health in the Heartland

by Eric Wicklund

A Wisconsin-based provider of behavioral health services is expanding its reach in the Midwest with a very simple formula – “just a therapist and a camera.” Wisconsin Lutheran Christian Family Solutions, based just outside of...

Do Providers Really Benefit from Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth?

by Eric Wicklund

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth really that good for health systems? Commercial on-demand platforms may be all the rage these days, but some critics contend they disrupt healthcare far more than they should, and end up hindering health systems...

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