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mHealth and Patient Engagement

For One Pediatric Practice, mHealth Progress is Small But Significant

November 29, 2018 - Amid all the talk about low adoption rates and uncertain “tipping points” for telehealth, one point should be made clear: Any provider who finds success with connected care technology is proof that the technology works. And often that success comes in small increments. At Pediatric Associates of Stockton, telehealth and telemedicine haven’t entered into the...


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Mass General Launches New mHealth Platform for Research Studies

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts General Hospital has announced plans to use an mHealth platform to collect digital health data and enhance collaboration between care providers and consumers taking part in research studies. The Boston hospital, one of the...

mHealth Can Help Teens, Young Adults Struggling With Depression

by Eric Wicklund

Teens and young adults are using mHealth and telehealth to research healthcare and connect with peers online, according to a nationwide survey. It suggests that tomorrow’s consumers are comfortable with connected health services -...

mHealth App for HIV Patients Proves the Value of ‘Warm Technology’

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app designed at the University of Virginia for recently-diagnosed HIV patients not only has improved care management and coordination, but has also helped them suppress the virus. The effectiveness of the PositiveLinks app,...

In a Competitive Market, Telehealth Can Be a Valuable Commodity

by Eric Wicklund

UPMC is using its telehealth and telemedicine network to attract new patients in central Pennsylvania – possibly to the detriment of one of its biggest competitors. The Pittsburgh-based health system recently announced an expansion...

A Health Plan Finds Success in Using mHealth For Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

Officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska are hoping their new mobile health platform will not only improve communications with members, but give those members more opportunities to talk about health and wellness with their care...

ATA Looks to Take Telehealth Out of The Hospital and Into The Home

by Eric Wicklund

To Ann Mond Johnson, the biggest barrier to the expansion of telemedicine isn’t reimbursement, licensure or uneven regulations. It’s patient engagement. “We have to make a difference in people’s lives,” says...

mHealth Interventions Need Care Team Support to Affect Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app that’s designed to help users manage uncontrolled hypertension won’t work unless it offers personalized interventions – including a real-time link to the care team. That’s the take-away from a mobile...

Fitbit Enhances Its mHealth Platform With Twine Health Acquisition

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is adding health and wellness coaching to its consumer-facing digital health platform, giving the company new mHealth tools to appeal to providers and payers. The San Francisco-based company announced plans this week to acquire...

An mHealth Wearable Helps Cedars-Sinai Doctors Manage Patient Care

by Eric Wicklund

Physicians at Cedars-Sinai Hospital are using an mHealth wearable to track and improve recovery times for post-operative patients. In a program that began roughly one year ago, patients are given a Fitbit after undergoing major surgery to...

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...

mHealth Programs For Adolescents Need to Focus on Patient Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth treatments aren’t being designed for the adolescent patient living with a chronic condition, a group of pediatric health experts say.  As a result, America’s healthcare system is missing out on a...

Are Providers, Payers Putting Enough Into Telehealth Education?

by Eric Wicklund

New research finds that healthcare providers are turning to telehealth and telemedicine more and more to meet business goals, rather than consumer demand. At the same time, many consumers say they haven’t tried telehealth and...

mHealth Startup Uses a Smartphone App to Detect Sickness in Speech

by Eric Wicklund

An Israeli startup’s new mHealth app for treating COPD targets a familiar paint point in digital health – getting the user to adapt to a new tool or habit and continue using it. Instead, the Healthymize app is designed to sit...

Designing a Mobile Patient Portal to Boost mHealth Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly every health system has a patient portal, but few are using mHealth tools and platforms to create an effective patient engagement experience. The trick, experts say, is not just redesigning the patient portal to show up on a...

FTC Targets Mobile Health App Developer for Deceptive Practices

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Trade Commission is sanctioning the developers of an mHealth app for allegedly failing to pay promised bonuses to users who met health and wellness goals – and in many cases charging them whether they met those goals or...

Telehealth Will Only Benefit Seniors if They Know It’s Available

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth is touted as an important avenue for seniors looking to stay healthy and at home, yet almost 90 percent of seniors recently surveyed said they either don’t have access to telehealth through their Medicare plan or they...

mHealth Messaging Offers Providers Vital Revenue Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers aren’t using mHealth messaging to remind patients to pay their bills – an important digital health resource that could not only improve the revenue cycle but also boost patient engagement efforts. A new...

With Telehealth, RI Docs Open a Portal to the Entire Care Team

by Eric Wicklund

For physicians using telehealth tools to connect with patients, that famed “aha” moment no longer comes when the technology is turned on. The real breakthroughs happen when a doctor begins an online conversation. “Now,...

New mHealth Projects Turn Amazon’s Alexa Into a Home Health Aide

by Eric Wicklund

A UK community is launching an mHealth project that will use Amazon Alexa software and Google’s Echo device for senior care. The Hampshire County Council announced plans this week to place the digital health platform in the homes of...

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