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Spectrum Health’s DTC Telehealth Service Tackles the Polar Vortex

February 28, 2019 - When the Polar Vortex swept across the Midwest at the end of January, Spectrum Health’s direct-to-consumer telehealth platform became an emergency healthcare resource for residents trapped inside by the bitter cold. The Grand rapids, Mich.-based health system’s MedNow connected care service saw 423 virtual visits during the three-day weather crisis, during which residents...


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CMS Eyes Reimbursements for Mobile Integrated Healthcare Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials will be testing a new Medicare reimbursement model that supports telehealth and mHealth programs that replace Emergency Department visits. The Health and Humans Services Department’s Center for Medicare and...

Texas Health Resources Turns to mHealth to Meet Urgent Care Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Texas Health Resources is giving new meaning to direct-to-consumer telehealth. The Arlington-based 24-hospital health system recently launched an urgent care mobile health program in which a team of providers in an mHealth-enabled SUV is...

Baltimore Launches mHealth Program to Reduce 911 Calls, ED Transports

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Maryland Medical Center is partnering with Baltimore city officials to launch an mHealth program aimed at reducing 911 calls and ER transports and improving care access and management for the city’s low-income...

Alaska’s Maritime Industry Looks to Telemedicine to Save Lives

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth services delivered through a mobile EHR platform are improving access to care for those who sail on and work in the frigid waters off Alaska. Alaska Maritime Physicians, an Anchorage-based provider serving a wide variety of...

Intermountain Touts the Successes of its NICU Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

An effective telemedicine platform will not only improve outcomes and reduce wasteful spending, but give smaller, rural hospitals the expertise to treat more of their patients and reduce stressful transfers to larger hospitals. That, in...

EDs Face Obstacles in Integrating Pediatric Telemedicine Services

by Eric Wicklund

Only about 8 percent of the nation’s Emergency Departments have pediatric telemedicine units, according to new research. And while connected care platforms have been found to improve care management and clinical outcomes, some health...

Long Island Hospital to Roll Out Mobile Telestroke Units Next Spring

by Eric Wicklund

Stony Brook University Hospital is preparing to launch two mobile telestroke units next spring on New York’s Long Island. The hospital has set aside $2.2 million to equip the mobile health units with telemedicine technology,...

For Small Hospitals, Telemedicine Can Be a Game-Changer in the ED

by Eric Wicklund

Rural hospitals who use telemedicine to improve care management in their Emergency Departments not only save money and preserve limited resources – they also boost staff morale and make it easier to hire new talent. That’s the...

Wyoming Hospital Forges Partnerships to Launch a Telestroke Network

by Eric Wicklund

Wyoming’s largest hospital is launching a telestroke network with other hospitals in the mostly rural state. Wyoming Medical Center in Casper has signed a telemedicine partnership with Memorial Hospital of Converse County, located...

Ohio Hospital Using Telehealth to Tackle 911 calls, ER Overcrowding

by Eric Wicklund

An Ohio hospital is partnering with the local fire department and Miami University Oxford to launch a telehealth program aimed at the most frequent users of the 911 emergency system. Middletown-based Atrium Medical Center and the...

FDA Grants Emergency Clearance to mHealth Platform for Ebola Testing

by Eric Wicklund

With reports of a new Ebola outbreak threatening Africa, the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first-ever fingerstick test for the deadly virus that can be read on an mHealth device. The DPP Ebola Antigen System,...

Ambulance Company Eyes mHealth Reliability With FirstNet Platform

by Eric Wicklund

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,...

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...

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