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The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

October 18, 2017 - A mobile health service started more than 30 years ago out of the back of a Volkswagen is using telehealth, mHealth devices and even drones to improve healthcare access and outcomes in one of the most underserved regions of America. The Health Wagon visits dozens of sites in southwest Virginia, targeting a region known for its rugged terrain, insular communities, high chronic disease, opioid...


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Telemedicine Workgroup Develops Curriculum for Teleneurology

by Eric Wicklund

With teleneurology and telestroke services quickly becoming commonplace in health systems across the country, a workgroup has developed a standardized curriculum for healthcare providers using the telemedicine platform. A 12-member group of experts...

Texas Mulls Telemedicine Coverage for Workers’ Compensation Cases

by Eric Wicklund

Texas state officials are considering a new rule that would allow residents in workers’ compensation to use telemedicine – and allow healthcare providers to be reimbursed through Medicare. The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation...

mHealth App to Help Mothers, Daughters in Domestic Abuse Recovery

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Yale University are studying whether an mHealth app can help mothers and daughters avoid health issues and risky behaviors associated with witnessing domestic abuse in the home. Dr. Trace S. Kershaw, MA, PhD, a professor of social...

Nemours Doctor Measures Telehealth Value in Patient Satisfaction

by Eric Wicklund

To Dr. Alfred Atanda Jr., telehealth isn’t always about improving clinical outcomes. It’s also about making the best use of the patient’s and doctor’s time and reducing costs. Atanda, an orthopedic surgeon at the Nemours/Alfred...

UK Research Links mHealth to Better Treatments for Sleep Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth therapy can help treat insomnia and mental health disorders arising from sleeplessness, according to a UK-based study. The study of some 3,755 college students between March 2015 and February 2016, detailed in The Lancet, found that Internet-based...

Research Compares Telemedicine Abortions to In-Person Services

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine abortions are as safe as those done by doctors in a clinic or hospital, according to the latest research from the University of California San Francisco. The large-scale study of some 20,000 patients comes at a time when 18 states...

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 operations....

Telemedicine May Prove Valuable in Rural Sexual Assault Cases

by Eric Wicklund

A new program in Pennsylvania plans to use telemedicine to help nurses identify and treat sexual assault victims. The Penn State College of Nursing is using a Justice Department grant to launch the program through the Pennsylvania Sexual Assault...

mHealth Tools Help Doctors Diagnose Cleft Palates From A Distance

by Eric Wicklund

A Harvard-led study touting the benefits of a smartphone in helping doctors diagnose cleft lip or palate makes yet another case for the advantages of mHealth tools and platforms in remote areas like developing countries. The study, reported in...

Abortion Access Study Ties Telemedicine to Reduced Care Costs

by Eric Wicklund

Women who have access to abortion services via telemedicine could save thousands of dollars by using the platform for follow-up care instead of going to the nearest hospital ER. That’s the conclusion reached by Advancing New Standards in...

Telemedicine Could Help Medicaid Patients With Specialty Access

by Eric Wicklund

New research indicates telemedicine consults for specialty referrals could improve much-needed access for Medicaid populations. It also could offer support to an innovative telehealth platform now being used in nine states to connect doctors,...

Survey Finds Big Business is Refining its Telehealth Benefits

by Eric Wicklund

The latest survey on big business and healthcare finds that they’re moving from making telehealth a benefit to finding specific uses for the new service. As with last year’s survey, the “Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care...

Telehealth Counseling Study Shows Value Against In-Person Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A new study is reportedly one of the first to prove that telehealth counseling is just as good as in-person counseling for genetic test results. While the study, conducted in 2014 by researchers from four major health systems, focused on women...

Survey Suggests Employers Have Confidence in Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Are telehealth programs and mHealth tools giving employers more confidence that they can support employee healthcare needs despite rising costs and chaos in the nation’s capital? A new survey from global advisory company Willis Towers Watson...

mHealth Messages Can Help New Mothers Protect Infants From SIDS

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform can help new mothers protect their children against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), possibly even saving lives, according to a recent study. Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, Yale University...

Building a School-Based Telehealth Program? Start With the Nurse

by Eric Wicklund

The Medical University of South Carolina has an ambitious plan to double the number of school-based telehealth programs next year. To do that, they’ll need the school nurses in their corner. It’s not an easy task, says James T. McElligott,...

mHealth, Telehealth Are Making the House Call Meaningful Again

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth have often been pitched as replacements for the in-person healthcare encounter, but some providers and payers now see mobile health as a means of improving the face-to-face visit. In many cases, they’re reviving the...

In Value-Based Care, Telehealth’s Aim is Money Saved, Not Earned

by Eric Wicklund

To find value in a telehealth or mHealth program, healthcare providers must look not at how much money they’ll make, but how much they’ll save. At the St. Louis-based Mercy health system, this means sending home about 1,300 patients...

ATA Task Force to Study Environmental Effects of Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Can telemedicine help reduce global warming? The American Telemedicine Association will be asking that question, and many more, as it launches a task force to determine how telemedicine impacts climate change. Some telehealth and telemedicine...

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