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mHealth Gives Clinicians a Platform for Managing Rare Diseases

May 18, 2018 - 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 Foundation has unveiled a mobile health app, developed by Backpack Health, that allows people living with Marfan syndrome to collect health information...


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Florida County Offers Free Telemental Health to Uninsured Residents

by Eric Wicklund

A Florida county is offering free telemental health services for low- and no-income residents, available on either a mobile device or at telehealth stations set up in select locations. Polk County authorities expect to serve some 84,000 uninsured...

mHealth Program Uses Smartphones to Monitor Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform in which patients use their smartphones to record themselves taking prescribed medications could boost adherence rates and save public health programs hundreds of thousands of dollars, according a researchers at Johns Hopkins...

mHealth Strategies Need Careful Planning to Reach the Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth programs are often hailed as a means of improving access to care for underserved populations, but how do those mobile health platforms reach those people? After all, they’re underserved for a reason. The first step, experts say,...

Wyoming Introduces an mHealth App for Public, Population Health

by Eric Wicklund

Wyoming’s Department of Health has launched a free, personalized mHealth app designed to connect families in the state with appropriate healthcare resources. The Family Health app was rolled out with the assistance of Wildflower Health,...

Mobile Health Program Helps Chicago Reach Underserved Adolescents

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health units are being deployed across the country to address a number of mHealth and population health concerns, from women’s health, dental services and flu coverage to healthcare services for schools, underserved and transient...

Can mHealth Make the Connection Between Providers and Minorities?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to connect with minorities should develop an mHealth strategy that focuses on the smartphone. That’s the takeaway from a pair of studies published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care. The studies...

VA Puts Telehealth to Work in ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Care Initiative

by Eric Wicklund

With Congressional approval in hand, the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with plans for a national telehealth network for veterans. The VA recently awarded a $260 million contract to 1Vision LLC, a subsidiary of HMS Technologies,...

mHealth Data Adds Detail, Meaning to Population Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones have long been considered an ideal mHealth tool for personalized medicine, capable of collecting individual data and pushing out targeted reminders and information. Now that data is being used to power population health programs,...

mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

by Eric Wicklund

An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the Pacify...

mHealth Study Ties App to Improved Outcomes for Pregnant Women

by Eric Wicklund

A Medicaid-based mHealth study in Wyoming has found that pregnant women using a customized app are far more likely to consult with doctors during maternity – and they’re more likely to deliver healthy babies. The study, conducted...

Iowa Telehealth Program Bolsters State’s Rural Healthcare Access

by Thomas Beaton

Telehealth can transform rural healthcare access for patients that face geographic barriers and their associated healthcare costs, such as transportation, child care, and taking time off from work.   Innovative telehealth services can create...

Mobile Health Units Put the Emphasis on Access for mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers around the country are taking a literal approach to mobile health these days. They’re customizing RVs, vans, buses and ambulances with telemedicine tools and wireless connectivity to bring healthcare to underserved...

Health Plans Turn to mHealth Messaging to Reach the Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

To Nancy R. Wharfield, MD, associate chief medical officer of the California-based Gold Coast Health Plan, mHealth messages have one huge advantage over post cards and robocalls when reaching out to her Medicaid members. “They make you...

Wearable Thermometer, mHealth App Predict Flu Outbreaks

by Thomas Beaton

A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that a wearable thermometer integrated with an online educational tool can predict influenza outbreaks. When developers from Boston Children’s Hospital integrated...

Mount Sinai Touts Success of mHealth Asthma Project

by Eric Wicklund

New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital is reporting positive results from its mHealth study on asthma patients, though nagging questions remain on patient engagement. In a study published in Nature Biotechnology, Mount Sinai researchers claimed...

New Jersey Boosts Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s Virtua Health is getting almost $300,000 to enhance its telehealth platform for veterans. The health system, consisting of four hospitals, dozens of clinics and care facilities, a fleet of mobile intensive care units and a...

Telemedicine Study Cites Tele-ICU’s Positive Impact on Patients

by Eric Wicklund

A year-long study of telemedicine programs at 17 hospital ICUs around the country has found that the tele-ICU concept has a direct impact on patient health. Presenting at the Society of Critical Care Medicine’s 46th Critical Care Congress...

ResearchKit Reaches a Crossroads - And Faces Some Tough Questions

by Eric Wicklund

ResearchKit was hailed as an innovative mHealth tool when it debuted in 2015. But as one of the first studies to use the clinical trial platform begins to show results, competitors and mHealth analysts are taking shots at Apple’s shine,...

Texas Hospital’s mHealth Game Targets a Public Health Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas health system is combing mHealth and gaming technology to teach the local Hispanic population about liver disease. The Hospitals of Providence partnered with the El Paso Times and gamification software company OfferCraft to produce an...

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