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Ambulance Company Eyes mHealth Reliability With FirstNet Platform

September 10, 2018 - A private ambulance service serving three southern US states will soon be using mHealth and telehealth devices on a specially designed broadband network to improve care coordination and management. Acadian Ambulance, based in Lafayette, La., and serving Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi, is among the first to tap into the First Responder Network (FirstNet) Authority, a public-private...


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PA Hospitals Use Telemedicine to Treat Sexual Assault Victims

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine program that helps small hospitals treat sexual assault victims is gaining favor in Pennsylvania. The Sexual Assault Forensic Examination Telehealth (SAFE-T) Center, created last year by Penn State University's...

Groups Sue Anthem Over Telehealth-Friendly ER Review Policy

by Eric Wicklund

A national payer’s policy of screening ER visits to promote telehealth and mHealth options is being challenged in court. The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP) and Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) have...

How One Urgent Care Clinic Uses Telehealth to Find its Niche

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems often see direct-to-consumer telehealth as a means of competing with retail and stand-alone urgent care services.  Now one Texas-based urgent care network is using virtual care technology to carve its own niche in the...

Will a Payer’s New ER Policy Give Telehealth a Boost in Texas?

by Eric Wicklund

A move by Texas’ largest health insurer to reduce unnecessary ER visits could provide a welcome boost to direct-to-consumer telehealth programs in the state. Beginning in June, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will begin...

Milwaukee’s Mobile Health Program Shows Benefits of Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health program launched in 2015 by the Milwaukee Fire Department has reduced 911 calls from so-called “frequent flyers” by more than 50 percent over the past two years. Officials say those callers – identified...

NYC Urgent Care Clinics Add mHealth to Help With Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A network of urgent care clinics in New York City has added an mHealth messaging platform to give patients access to post-discharge care coordination services. Manhattan-based CityMD, which boasts more than 85 locations in the New York...

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...

Kaiser Study Gives Telemedicine High Marks in Stroke Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Some 20 hospitals in northern California are using telemedicine carts to treat stroke patients almost twice as fast as the national average for stroke treatment. The hospitals, all part of the Kaiser Permanente network, are using the...

Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle ER Triage, Overcrowding

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform that helps emergency departments triage patients just might be the answer to crowded ERs and physician staffing issues.  The virtual visit platform, developed by the Wisconsin-based startup EmOpti, is...

Harvey’s Aftermath Brings mHealth, Telehealth to the Forefront

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth companies are opening their platforms to residents of Texas and Louisiana who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the first of what may be a months- or even years-long effort to include the technology in relief and recovery...

Telehealth Stands to Gain from Anthem’s ER Policy Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Anthem is expanding its strategy of denying payments for unnecessary ER visits, a move that could push more consumers across the country toward telehealth or mHealth services. The insurer, which administers Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in...

House Committee Poised to Consider Medicare Telehealth Bill

by Eric Wicklund

A bill seeking Medicare reimbursement for telestroke services could be headed to a Congressional vote this September. The FAST Act of 2017 (H.R. 1148) is included in the roster of Medicare-related bills to be reviewed this week by the...

NewYork-Presbyterian Offers Pediatric Telehealth for Urgent Care

by Thomas Beaton

NewYork-Presbyterian (NYP) Komansky Children’s Hospital has launched a new pediatric telehealth platform that further expands urgent care to the families in their health system. As part of NYP’s OnDemand suite of digital...

Emergency Room Telemedicine Consults Help Pediatric Patients

by Thomas Beaton

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in Somerset, NJ is the latest hospital to offer emergency room telemedicine consults to improve access to care for high-acuity patients. The hospital can now connect patients  at...

Ga. Payer Pushes Telehealth to Replace Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A Georgia insurer is taking strong steps to promote telehealth as a replacement for most emergency room visits. Starting in July, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia will stop reimbursing for ER visits deemed to be unnecessary. The payer is...

Smartphone Lab Alerts Cut 26 Minutes Off ED Discharge Times

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal found that smartphone alerts may be helpful for reducing the time it takes to discharge patients from the emergency department. When physicians utilized smartphone push...

Lyft Expands Smartphone-Based Medical Ridesharing to 42 States

by Thomas Beaton

Popular ridesharing company Lyft has announced a new partnership with American Medical Response (AMR) that will bring smartphone-based ridesharing for non-emergency and ambulatory medical appointments to patients in 42 states. Through...

mHealth Devices Get A.I. Support for Mobile Telestroke Units

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth devices used in acute care will soon be integrated with an artificial intelligence platform, giving first responders and other clinicians real-time clinical decision support tools during emergencies. The partnership announced...

NATO Ready to Deploy Telemedicine Platform

by Eric Wicklund

NATO has finished testing a multinational telemedicine platform for emergency scenes or combat zones and is ready to deploy the suitcase-sized kits where needed around the world. The 28-nation North Atlantic Treaty Organization made the...

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