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Telehealth, mHealth Put The Spotlight on Interoperability at HIMSS18

March 14, 2018 - For telehealth and mHealth enthusiasts, HIMSS18 was like a healthcare version of The Bachelor – it was all about making the right connection. The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference and exhibition, taking place last week in Las Vegas, wasn’t necessarily about new technologies or tools, aside from the occasional new smart device or sensor-embedded...

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Healthcare Execs Call Telehealth a Priority, But Are Still Reluctant

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare is inundated with surveys indicating health systems have launched a telehealth or telemedicine service or are planning on doing so. One of the latest finds that health system executives see the technology as a priority. That they haven’t...

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...

What Do Tomorrow’s Doctors Think of Mobile Health Technology?

by Eric Wicklund

Nathan Ratner is a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota who placed third, with his team, in the 2017 Elsevier Hacks competition in Helsinki, Finland. In this Q&A, he talks about what today’s medical students –...

FCC Under Pressure to Boost Broadband Support for Rural Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

One of healthcare’s heavy hitters is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to support primary care telemedicine in rural America by boosting resources for broadband expansion. Arguing that improved broadband access will boost telehealth...

Draft Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Are Ready for Review

by Eric Wicklund

A partnership launched by the American Telemedicine Association has unveiled a draft set of standards for a new telemedicine accreditation program. ClearHealth Quality Institute’s Telemedicine Accreditation Program Standards was unveiled...

Telehealth, mHealth Integration Are Highlighted in New Partnerships

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth providers are starting 2018 with a bang, with a trio of announcements aimed at the integration of direct-to-consumer and clinical telehealth and global expansion. Two of the bigger names in the industry, American Well and Philips,...

Senate Passes VETS Act, Enhancing Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

Veterans will soon be able to access healthcare no matter where they live through a telehealth connection. The Senate has unanimously passed The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 (S.925), following the House’s...

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...

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...

Health System CIOs Are Ready to Take mHealth to the Next Level

by Eric Wicklund

With some three-quarters of the nation’s health systems now having an mHealth communications strategy, CIOs are now setting their sights on integrating those platforms with clinical decision support tools, including the EHR. That’s...

Telemedicine Advocates Cry Foul Over FCC’s Net Neutrality Plan

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine experts are warning that Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai’s proposal to scrap net neutrality rules could seriously damage telehealth expansion in rural parts of the country and create a two-tiered...

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...

Workers Comp Execs See Telehealth as a Tool to Manage Costs, Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly half of workers compensation professionals recently surveyed say telehealth and telemedicine will have the biggest impact on the industry in the future. And more than half say it will help them contain rising healthcare costs. Those are...

Should Telehealth, Telemedicine Doctors Have Their Own Specialty?

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine are becoming so commonplace in health systems that they should have their own specialty. That’s the premise of a Nov. 27 opinion piece in the Journal of the American Medical Association by New York Presbyterian...

New Survey Takes Telemedicine Beyond Pilots, Into Growth Phase

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have moved beyond telemedicine pilots and our now looking to expand existing platforms, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner. The global law firm with a strong footprint in telehealth and mHealth released its...

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,...

Its Setbacks Addressed, An mHealth Program Gets Ready to Relaunch

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth study to test the diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone at three US health systems is relaunching this winter. ResApp Health’s first SMARTCOUGH-C study, conducted this summer on more than 1,100 patients at the Cleveland Clinic,...

Survey: Consumer mHealth Use is Growing, But Literacy is Lacking

by Eric Wicklund

Americans are turning to mHealth apps and online websites to shop for healthcare services and do their healthcare research, according to a new survey from UnitedHealthcare. The same survey found an alarmingly low percentage of consumers who understand...

UMMC Earns National Telehealth Center of Excellence Designation

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Mississippi Medical Center has been named a National Telehealth Center of Excellence, the second health system to earn the federal distinction. Jackson-based UMMC was recognized for its 14-year-old telehealth and telemedicine...


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