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States Eye School-Based Telemedicine to Address Mental Health Crisis

February 13, 2018 - Utah lawmakers are considering a bill to launch a two-year telemental health pilot program in the state’s public schools. The state is one of several looking to school-based telemedicine programs to address a national shortage of mental health care services for children. Experts say there are roughly 15 million children in the US who need psychiatric care, yet only 8,300 practicing child...


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Telehealth Targets a Niche in Mental Health Care for Urban Youths

by Eric Wicklund

Pediatricians in New Jersey are using telehealth to connect with mental health experts in a new program designed to improve access to care for urban youths. Armed with a $555,555 grant from the New Jersey department of Children and Families,...

Texas Deputies Turn to Telemedicine to Treat Mental Health Crises

by Eric Wicklund

Sheriff’s deputies in the nation’s third most-populated county are using mHealth to connect people experiencing a mental health crisis with psychiatrists. The Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Texas began arming some of...

Health Systems Target Telehealth to Fill a Mental Healthcare Gap

by Eric Wicklund

At a time when anxiety and depression are as rampant as TV Christmas specials, health systems are turning to telehealth to meet a huge demand for discreet care. They’re finding success with platforms that connect patients to online therapy...

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...

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...

Mass. Health Systems Lobby for Telehealth Parity, State Support

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Massachusetts are urging state officials to make telehealth more accessible to meet a growing lack of access to mental health services. At a recent roundtable, representatives of several health systems lamented that the...

CMS Considers Telehealth for New Models of Behavioral Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are looking at telehealth in their search for new models of care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health issues. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a September summit to develop...

Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

What Features are Needed to Make an mHealth App Effective?

by Thomas Beaton

mHealth apps are used by both providers and patients to improve communication, promote health, and foster better self-management behaviors. Apps accessible from smartphones, tablets, and other devices have the potential to expand access to care...

mHealth App Addresses Behavioral Health Issues in Children

by Thomas Beaton

The National Institute of Mental Health and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) awarded a four-year $533,151 grant to Wayne State University to develop an mHealth parenting app for addressing disruptive behavioral health disorders. The newly...

mHealth Interventions Streamline Provider, Caregiver Management

by Thomas Beaton

mHealth interventions are being tested, tried, and evaluated by health experts across the country to streamline provider and caregiver management. Allowing patients to access communication and support through flexible, mobile devices can enhance...

Video Visits for Insomnia Less Effective than Live Consults

by Thomas Beaton

A study out of the University of North Texas (UNT) found that online video visits to receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic insomnia were less effective than receiving treatment directly from a therapist or similar provider. Researchers...

Telemedicine Gives ERs an Instant Link to Psychiatric Consults

by Eric Wicklund

In busy emergency departments across the country, doctors are turning to telemedicine to provide one vital service they can’t often handle: the psychiatric consult. Roughly 13 percent of all ER visits require a mental health consult, according...

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 Vida...

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 Vanguard...

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 provided...

UW Develops Substance Abuse Adherence mHealth Application

by Thomas Beaton

Researchers from the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) developed an mHealth app for substance abuse adherence that is a finalist for an $100,000 grant award from the Harvard Innovation in American...

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 resources...

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 not. A team...

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