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mHealth and Chronic Care

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

June 11, 2018 - 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 survey of some 500 MA members, 70 percent of which are living with at least one chronic condition. According to that report, a robust 77 percent say they’re...


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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 system...

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 disease. The Marfan...

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 cases during...

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), will...

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 finds...

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 Care Interoperability...

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 Heroin...

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 for Medicare...

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 131...

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 Drug...

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 Evidation...

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 learning technology...

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, to...

Allergists’ Association Supports Telemedicine for Specialty Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare specialists who focus on allergies could use telehealth or telemedicine to improve clinical outcomes, reduce access and travel issues for their patients and boost their bottom line by treating more people, according to the American...

New ECHO Telemedicine Project Targets Diabetes Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

Primary care providers in Florida and California will soon be using telemedicine to improve care management and coordination for patients with Type 1 diabetes. Armed with a $1.6 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable...

mHealth Apps for Chronic Care Struggle to Solve the Motivation Issue

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps have the potential to help people with chronic conditions manage their health. Yet according to new research, that particular population isn’t taking advantage of those apps. A team of researchers led by Rebecca Robbins, PhD,...

UnitedHealth Gives MA Members an mHealth Link to Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

UnitedHealth Group is launching an mHealth program to help its Medicaid Advantage members with type 2 diabetes. The insurer, which boast some 4.3 million seniors in its MA plans, is giving an undisclosed number of members the Dexcom Mobile Continuous...

Weight Loss Success Linked to Telehealth Coaching, mHealth Devices

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program combining video coaching and self-monitoring through mHealth devices can lead to a “significant weight loss” among participants, according to a new study. As reported in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare,...

School-Based Telemedicine Helps City Kids Manage Their Asthma

by Eric Wicklund

A new study finds that a school-based telehealth program can “significantly” improve clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare expenditures for children with asthma in urban settings. The study, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics,...

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