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HHS Makes a Pitch for Telemedicine in Substance Abuse Treatment

September 18, 2018 - The Health and Human Services Department wants to remind everyone that telemedicine can be an important tool in treating people with addiction and substance abuse issues. In a blog timed to coincide with Prescription Opioid and Heroin Epidemic Awareness Week, Assistant Health Secretary Adm. Brett P. Giroir, MD, noted that healthcare providers can use connected care platforms to improve...


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Stanford Researchers Use an mHealth Patch to Measure Teenager Stress

by Eric Wicklund

Stanford University is using an mHealth wearable in a new study looking for a connection between stress and depression in teenagers. Researchers in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science are using the Vital...

UK Schools to Test mHealth App for Mental Health Conversations

by Eric Wicklund

Hundreds of teachers in the UK will soon be testing an mHealth app designed to guide them in talking to students about mental health issues. Developed by the University of London’s Royal Holloway branch, MindAid is billed as a...

California Mulls Guidelines for School Telemental Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

California lawmakers are pushing a bill to develop a statewide policy for telehealth and telemedicine that will give students remote access to mental health services. AB 2315, which is now headed to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk, calls on...

Illinois OKs Medicaid Coverage for Mental Health Via Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner has approved legislation mandating the state’s Medicaid program to reimburse behavioral and mental health providers for telehealth. The bill was one of five signed into law this week by Rauner, all...

New Connecticut Law Enables Providers to Prescribe Via Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers in Connecticut will soon be able to use telemedicine to prescribe controlled substances for mental health and substance abuse treatment. Gov. Daniel Malloy’s signature on S.B. 302 reverses the state’s...

Pa. Payer Expands Telehealth Platform to Include Telemental Health

by Eric Wicklund

A central Pennsylvania health plan is adding telemental health to its telehealth offerings, following a recent surge in virtual visits. Capital BlueCross, which serves 21 counties in the Keystone State, is expanding its Virtual Care...

St. Joseph’s Villa Uses Telehealth to Connect With Children in Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes a telehealth program’s best feature is its ability to start a conversation. At St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., a simple virtual visit platform has turned an eight-bed crisis stabilization center into an...

Texas Governor Lobbies for Statewide School Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to expand an innovative school telehealth program across the state, giving at-risk students access to telemental health services before they pose a risk to themselves or others. The proposed expansion of...

mHealth Tools Can Play a Role in Managing Schizophrenia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health advocates are touting another mHealth program that has proven its value in treating people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, a mobile health platform...

A Telepsychiatrist Talks About the Power of mHealth Technology

by Eric Wicklund

In telemental health, one of the most important attributes is immediacy. And Dr. Thomas Kim is never more than a tap on a smartphone app away from someone in crisis. “We should never discount the power in our pocket,” the...

Florida VA Center Finds New Uses for Telehealth in Treating PTSD

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth has proven its value in providing much-needed mental health services to Armed Forces members and veterans dealing with PTSD. Now a Florida VA center is tweaking that platform to give veterans access to a unique form of...

Florida County Offers Free Telemental Health to Uninsured Residents

by Eric Wicklund

A Florida county is offering free telemental health services for low- and no-income residents, available on either a mobile device or at telehealth stations set up in select locations. Polk County authorities expect to serve some 84,000...

mHealth App Aims to Help Caregivers Identify Perinatal Depression

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth app aims to help obstetricians by giving them a mobile health resource to detect and manage depression in pregnant woman and new mothers. Developed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Massachusetts...

Minnesota Lawmakers Mull New School Telemental Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill to launch four telemedicine projects aimed at improving access to mental health services in schools. HF 4198, introduced in March by State Rep. Peggy Bennett, would set aside an as-yet undecided...

Schools Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle Student Depression, Violence

by Eric Wicklund

Texas school officials are touting a telemedicine service that not only brings behavioral healthcare into the school, but also may be averting serious issues like potential violence. Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s...

mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by...

mHealth Wearables Are Put to The Test in Schizophrenia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Psychiatrists are taking a closer look at remote patient monitoring technology to help patients diagnosed with schizophrenia. mHealth devices that can measure a patient’s moods in real time “represent a valuable method for...

VA Launches Telehealth Program to Treat Rural Veterans With PTSD

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is launching a nationwide telehealth program to help rural veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The pilot program, coordinated by the VA’s Office of Rural Health and...

Congress Turns to Telemedicine to Take On Substance Abuse Epidemic

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is pushing to make telemedicine a critical component of the nation’s efforts to combat substance abuse. House lawmakers have introduced two draft discussion bills designed to ease restrictions in the Ryan Haight Act and...

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