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Anthem Launches mHealth Program in Ohio for COPD Care Management

August 16, 2018 - Anthem is launching an mHealth program in Ohio that will use a remote patient monitoring platform to improve care management for members living with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Ohio is working with digital health company Propeller Health to equip Medicare Advantage plan members with a digital sensor and mHealth app. The sensor...


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Best Buy Targets Senior Telehealth Market with GreatCall Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Another big retailer is looking to develop mHealth tools and services for the senior care space. Best Buy’s planned acquisition of GreatCall gives the Minnesota-based consumer electronics company, which launched its Assured Living...

Seattle Children’s Works to Turn PRISM Program Into an mHealth App

by Eric Wicklund

Physicians at Seattle Children’s Hospital are working to turn a web-based coping program for children with serious illnesses into an mHealth app. Created roughly 10 years ago, the Promoting Resiliency in Stress Management (PRISM)...

Vanderbilt Uses Telemedicine to Extend Transplant Center’s Reach

by Eric Wicklund

Vanderbilt University Medical Center is using telemedicine to extend the reach of its kidney transplant program and give Tennessee residents the opportunity to be screened for a transplant and receive continuing care closer to home. The...

Geisinger Builds an mHealth Platform for Asthma Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System has partnered with pharma giant AstraZeneca to develop an mHealth platform to improve care management and coordination for people with asthma. The connected health suite includes an mHealth app...

Using mHealth as a Care Management Tool for Bariatric Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are studying whether a mobile health platform can help patients who have undergone bariatric surgery in managing their weight and addressing mental health issues that sometimes appear after the operation. In a study...

Medicare Advantage Members Are Using mHealth, But Their Plans Aren’t

by Eric Wicklund

Medicare Advantage members are using mHealth tools to monitor chronic health conditions. However, the same can’t be said for their health plans. That disparity was picked up in HealthMine’s Medicare Report, based on a 2017...

Hospitals Turn to Telehealth to Connect With Transplant Patients

by Eric Wicklund

The success of a telehealth program for people on home dialysis is prompting the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine to expand its horizons to transplant patients. UAB officials recently announced that the health...

mHealth Gives Clinicians a Platform for Managing Rare Diseases

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who treat patients with Marfan syndrome are hoping a new mHealth platform will help them improve care management and coordination – and give researchers access to digital health data to study the rare...

Mayo Clinic Uses An mHealth App to Identify Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Mayor Clinic are reporting success with an mHealth app that can diagnose epilepsy. The EpiFinder app reportedly correctly identified epilepsy or offered an accurate alternative diagnosis in almost 87 percent of the...

PCORI Grant to Test mHealth Value in Hypertension Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are getting a $6.5 million grant to study whether mHealth can help people with uncontrolled hypertension. The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

Is mHealth Monitoring for Hypertension Safer Than the Doctor’s Office?

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that using mHealth to monitor blood pressure may actually be more accurate and safer than blood pressure readings taken in a doctor’s office. A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine...

AMA Challenges mHealth Providers to Improve Chronic Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association is challenging the mobile health community to come up with a better way for patients to share their data with doctors in chronic care management programs. The AMA is partnering with Google in the Health...

New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse. Unveiled at last week’s 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and...

CMS Under Pressure to Cover mHealth Tools for Diabetes Management

by Eric Wicklund

As federal regulators approve more mHealth devices for diabetes care management and coordination, some in Congress are lobbying for better Medicare coverage of digital health. A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week asked the Centers...

Temple Launches Telehealth Program For Pulmonary Fibrosis Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Temple University is launching a nationwide telemedicine program targeting care management for people suffering from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). The Temple Lung Center at Temple University Hospital, which performed a nation-high...

mHealth Tools, AI Combine to Avert Serious Diabetic Health Issues

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth devices embedded with artificial intelligence are helping people with diabetes identify  dangerous changes in their blood sugar levels before they happen, avoiding serious and sometimes fatal consequences. The U.S. Food and...

mHealth Project to Use Digital Health Data to Identify, Treat Pain

by Eric Wicklund

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is helping to launch a study to determine whether mHealth data collected on smartphones and wearables can be used to help treat people with chronic pain. The hospital is partnering with...

FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Tracking Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an mHealth wearable that can detect epileptic seizures and immediately alert care team members. The Embrace smart device, developed by Cambridge, Mass.-based Empatica, uses machine...

Digital Health Study Targets Virtual Coaching in Diabetes Prevention

by Eric Wicklund

A Nebraska hospital is recruiting 500 patients for a study on the effectiveness of a digital diabetes prevention program that includes mHealth interventions. The University of Nebraska Medical Center will recruit patients for the project,...

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