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Alabama VA Replaces Mobile Health Units With Telehealth Centers

September 11, 2018 - The Department of Veterans Affairs is replacing mobile health units in Alabama with dedicated telehealth centers in an effort to improve access to healthcare for veterans. The VA has recently opened telehealth centers at Bryan W. Whitfield Memorial Hospital in Demopolis and at the North Mississippi Medical Center in Hamilton. Both are in response to an increase in the number of...


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Scripps Details mHealth Platform for Collecting Pregnancy Data

by Eric Wicklund

Scripps Health researchers are hoping that an mHealth research app embedded in a popular connected health platform for pregnant women will help them improve care management and reduce negative health outcomes. “Pregnant women are...

New York City-based FQHC Launches Its First Mobile Health Unit

by Eric Wicklund

A New York City-based federally qualified health center has converted a Winnebago van into a mobile health unit in an effort to improve access to care in underserved communities. Ryan Health, formerly the William F. Ryan Community Health...

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,...

An mHealth App Helps Injured Vets Connect With Healthcare Resources

by Eric Wicklund

Injured veterans will soon have access to an mHealth app that connects them and their caregivers to healthcare and rehab services. The Oscar Mike Foundation, a non-profit focused on keeping injured veterans active and healthy, is...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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