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Hospital’s Telehealth Program Reduces ER Visits, Treatment Costs

January 25, 2019 - A telehealth program launched in 2016 to improve care management for patients with chronic conditions who aren’t in home health care has cut ER visits in half and reduced hospitalizations by almost 90 percent, according to hospital officials. In addition, the Chronic Care Management Program at Frederick Memorial Hospital has cut the cost of care for these patients by more than 50...


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FDA OKs mHealth Wearable to Help Children Living With Epilepsy

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have cleared for use an mHealth wearable designed to detect epileptic seizures in children and immediately alert care team members. The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Embrace smartwatch,...

New Partnership Adds Genetic Testing to mHealth Coaching Platforms

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are adding genetic testing and AI to their mHealth platforms in a bid to create more personalized health and wellness coaching services. The latest collaboration following this trend, announced this week, teams...

mHealth Platforms Expand to Tackle Multiple Chronic Conditions

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth companies who have focused on one chronic condition are now expanding their connected health platforms to treat other health issues. The latest to do so is Omada Health, a digital therapeutics company with a focus on...

IBM Tests mHealth Sensor That Measures Grip Strength in Fingernails

by Eric Wicklund

IBM researchers are working on an mHealth sensor that can continuously measure grip strength in a user’s hand. The wearable digital health device measures the flexibility of and deformation in a user’s fingernail, a key...

FDA OKs mHealth Device, App for Asthma, COPD Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a mobile health device that works with a companion mHealth app to measure inhaler use by people living with asthma and COPD. The ProAir Digihaler, developed by Teva Pharmaceutical, is...

mHealth Project Envisions an Ingestible Controlled By a Smartphone

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital and MIT are working on a mHealth platform that would enable healthcare providers to control an ingestible digital health sensor for up to a month after it’s...

MD Health Plan Launches mHealth Program for Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

A Maryland health plan is launching an innovative mHealth program aimed at improving medication adherence for its Medicaid members living with type 2 diabetes. University of Maryland Health Partners (UMHP), which serves roughly 48,000...

Dignity Health Uses mHealth to Cut ER Visits, Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

A healthcare provider who integrates digital therapeutics with a chronic care management program for asthma patients can cut ER visits and hospitalizations in half, according to a study undertaken by one of the nation’s largest...

Mount Sinai Launches mHealth Project Targeting Asthma Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

The Mount Sinai Health System is launching a five-year mHealth study – billed as the largest of its kind – to examine the causes and effects of asthma. The New York health system is partnering with Sanofi and digital health...

WellSpan Health Uses mHealth, AI to Improve Employee Wellness

by Eric Wicklund

A Pennsylvania health system is rolling out an mHealth platform that uses AI technology to help those at risk of acquiring type 2 diabetes improve their health and wellness. York-based WellSpan Health, a six-hospital network covering...

Penn Medicine Study Uses mHealth to Monitor Kidney Disease Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are adding mHealth wearables to a long-term study that aims to improve care management for people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Armed with a $17.5 million grant from the National...

SIMPRO Project to Use mHealth to Monitor Cancer Patients At Home

by Eric Wicklund

Six health systems are launching a program to collect patient-reported data through an mHealth platform to help healthcare providers improve care management and coordination for people undergoing cancer treatment. Coordinated by the...

mHealth Devices Are Changing Chronic Care Management Standards

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that mHealth is changing the way physicians treat patients with chronic conditions – an outcome that may merit an adjustment in how healthcare providers measure standards of care. Researchers from the...

Hypertension Research Uses mHealth Wearables to Improve Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of California San Diego are developing an mHealth platform that can predict a consumer’s blood pressure from wearable data and offer health and wellness advice to keep those readings healthy. Sujit Dey,...

LA Project Uses mHealth Devices to Help Low-Income Kids With Asthma

by Eric Wicklund

A California health plan is launching a new effort to put mHealth devices into the hands of those who need them the most: underserved children. The Blue Shield of California Foundation, a not-for-profit health plan and philanthropic...

Telehealth Can Connect the Dots Between Chronic Pain, Mental Health

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth advocates have argued that a connected health platform can help providers improve care management for patients with chronic pain. A New Jersey-based pain management and neurology clinic is putting that idea to the...

UPMC Applies Telehealth, RPM Tech to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Care

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at UPMC are studying whether a remote patient monitoring program can improve care management for people suffering from a combination of inflammatory bowel Disease (IBD) and behavioral health issues. UPMC’s Center for...

Designing the Ideal Telemedicine Program for Parkinson’s Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

A comprehensive review of telehealth programs serving people with Parkinson’s disease finds that researchers still aren’t certain whether a virtual care program is better than a more reliable office-based visit. Still, the...

Geisinger Patients Find a Comfort Zone With mHealth Wearables

by Eric Wicklund

Geisinger Health System patients enrolled in an mHealth study on pain management are using wearables “consistently and frequently” to document their care, according to an interim analysis released this week. “We are...

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