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mHealth Can Help Teens, Young Adults Struggling With Depression

July 31, 2018 - 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 - and that the best connections are made with others facing the same health concerns. The survey of some 1,300 teens and young adults, conducted in March...


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California Medical Board Creates a Mobile App for Doctor Discipline

by Eric Wicklund

California residents can now use an mHealth app to find out if their doctors have been disciplined – or if they’ve moved. Touting itself as “the first American board in the nation to utilize such technology to notify...

Walgreens Launches An Online Marketplace for Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Walgreens has launched an mHealth platform designed to give its members online access to healthcare services, including telehealth. The “Find Care Now” digital health service, unveiled this week by the Deerfield, Ill.-based...

Telemedicine Gives Specialists a Chance to Exercise Their Skills

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine advocates have long argued that virtual care is equal to in-person care. But for some specialists augmenting their “day job” with eConsult services, that telehealth platform enables them to do more than they...

2nd Michigan Hospital Forges Telehealth Partnership With Shriners

by Eric Wicklund

A second Michigan hospital is opening a telehealth unit to enable families to access care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. Officials at Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital announced this week that they will...

New NIH App is an mHealth Resource on Herbs, Herbal Supplements

by Eric Wicklund

The National Institutes of Health has unveiled an mHealth app offering information and resources on herbs and herbal supplements. HerbList, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, aims to get in front of the growing...

New Mexico Health Plans Launch Phone-Based Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

Some 40,000 New Mexico residents will soon have access to telehealth services through their phone. Health plans True Health New Mexico and New Mexico Health Connections have announced a partnership with MDLive that will enable members to...

Hollander: Don’t Measure Telehealth Value Against In-Person Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Those trying to find value in telehealth by comparing a virtual visit to an in-person visit are getting it all wrong, according to Judd Hollander. The virtual visit, says Hollander, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation...

Texas Governor Lobbies for Statewide School Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to expand an innovative school telehealth program across the state, giving at-risk students access to telemental health services before they pose a risk to themselves or others. The proposed expansion of...

Telehealth Holds Its Own in Helping Stroke Victims Recover Mobility

by Eric Wicklund

Stroke patients who use telehealth to recover at home do just as well as those who undergo physical rehabilitation at a clinic. That’s the take-away from a study conducted by Dr. Steven C. Cramer at the University of California at...

Telehealth May Save Money, But It’s Not Yet a Necessity for Consumers

by Eric Wicklund

A typical telehealth visit can save the average consumer about $100. Now all that’s left is to convince the average consumer to take advantage of the option. That’s the take-away from research recently conducted by Regence,...

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...

Florida VA Center Finds New Uses for Telehealth in Treating PTSD

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth has proven its value in providing much-needed mental health services to Armed Forces members and veterans dealing with PTSD. Now a Florida VA center is tweaking that platform to give veterans access to a unique form of...

Is mHealth Monitoring for Hypertension Safer Than the Doctor’s Office?

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that using mHealth to monitor blood pressure may actually be more accurate and safer than blood pressure readings taken in a doctor’s office. A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine...

Community Health Centers Use Telehealth to Boost Specialty Consults

by Eric Wicklund

A unique partnership in Washington is using telehealth to connect physicians in 20 community health centers with volunteer doctors across the country for specialist consults. Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), a not-for-profit...

New Mobile Health Program Aims to Avoid Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

The ambulance company serving New Mexico’s Valencia County is partnering with two health plans to launch a community paramedicine program, giving residents access to mobile health services in their homes. American Medical Response...

Can mHealth Wearables Help Patients Talk to Their Docs About Sleep?

by Eric Wicklund

An Indiana health system is turning to Fitbit to test the value of mHealth data in helping patients talk to their doctors about sleep problems. The Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute, in a partnership with the National Sleep...

Shriners Brings Telehealth to Michigan With Covenant Health Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan’s Covenant HealthCare has launched a pediatric telehealth program to give residents access to specialists from two Shriners hospitals. In a partnership with Shriners Hospitals for Children, Covenant’s new Saginaw...

Telehealth, RPM Help Visiting Nurses Fill Care Management Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Nebraska’s chapter of the Visiting Nurse Association is launching a telehealth program to improve care management and coordination for its home-based patients. The Omaha-based VNA is deploying 4G tablets with preloaded software and...

Purdue Researchers to Test Telehealth to Diagnose Autism in Infants

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Purdue University will be putting telehealth to the test to see if a remote patient monitoring platform can be used to diagnose autism in infants. The five-year study, funded by the National Institutes of Health, aims to...

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