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AHRQ’s New App Challenge Seeks an mHealth Platform for PRO Data

August 14, 2018 - An mHealth app capable of using standardized patient-reported outcomes to improve care management could net its developer as much as $87,000. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has put up $250,000 in prize money in a three-phased challenge to develop a mobile health app that would help healthcare providers use such data in clinical care and research. The contest is...


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AMA Announces Winners of Mobile Health Data Sharing Challenge

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association is honoring three mHealth startups for developing “cutting edge” platforms that make use of mobile health data. The three were chosen as the best from 36 entries in the AMA Health Care...

mHealth, Telehealth Innovation on Display in Diabetes Challenge

by Eric Wicklund

A global competition launched by the T1D Exchange is shining the spotlight on a wide range of mHealth and telehealth advances for managing diabetes. The Boston-based non-profit, patient-centered research organization unveiled the 10...

AMA Challenges mHealth Providers to Improve Chronic Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association is challenging the mobile health community to come up with a better way for patients to share their data with doctors in chronic care management programs. The AMA is partnering with Google in the Health...

mHealth App Helps Curb Substance Abuse, Reduce Hospital Visits

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app designed for people with substance abuse issues helped patients at three federally qualified health centers reduce instances of drinking and drug use, while also drastically cutting ER visits and hospitalizations. The...

Homeland Security Eyes Telehealth to Detect Biological Threats

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to telehealth to help create a tool for identifying potential biological attacks. Five digital health programs that mine social media, news, public health and hospital data for clues to...

Judge Tosses Challenge to South Carolina’s Ocular Telehealth Ban

by Eric Wicklund

South Carolina’s law prohibiting telemedicine-based eye exams will remain on the books, following the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Opternative. U.S. District Court Judge DeAndrea Gist Benjamin has thrown out a lawsuit filed on...

Microsoft Ends mHealth App Experiment, Shuts Down HealthVault

by Eric Wicklund

Microsoft is shutting down its line of personal mHealth apps, abruptly ending a program that sought to engage users in creating a digital platform for health and wellness. The company announced online that it would be closing out all iOS,...

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...

Cedars-Sinai Study Finds mHealth, RPM Aren’t Changing Outcomes Yet

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth sensors in smartwatches, fitness bands and other wearables aren’t improving patient outcomes in remote monitoring programs, according to a new study conducted at Cedars-Sinai. But researchers say the issue is one of volume...

New Group Lobbies to Use ‘TV White Space’ for Rural Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A group of business and advocacy organizations is making another push for improved broadband connectivity in rural parts of the country, saying it would – among other things - boost access to telehealth and telemedicine services for...

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...

FCC Project Looks to Tie Broadband, Telehealth to Better Cancer Care

by Eric Wicklund

A new partnership will examine whether better broadband access in remote parts of Kentucky can boost telehealth and mHealth programs that improve outcomes for cancer patients. The Federal Communications Commission’s Connect2Health...

Texas Medical Board Adopts New Telehealth, Telemedicine Rules

by Eric Wicklund

The Texas Medical Board has adopted a broad set of telehealth and telemedicine rules and regulations, bringing the once-resistant board in line with legislation passed this year to improve digital health adoption in the Lone Star...

EHR Provider Touts mHealth Access by Apple’s Facial Recognition App

by Eric Wicklund

The developer of an mHealth-based electronic health record platform has reportedly become the first to enable EHR access by facial recognition. Drchrono announced this week that its EHR can now be opened through Apple’s new Face ID...

Telehealth Groups Urge Congress to Double Rural Broadband Funding

by Eric Wicklund

Calling it a “life and death issue for rural America,” some 35 healthcare providers and a coalition of schools, libraries and health centers are urging Congress to double the amount of funding for broadband expansion to boost...

Its Setbacks Addressed, An mHealth Program Gets Ready to Relaunch

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth study to test the diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone at three US health systems is relaunching this winter. ResApp Health’s first SMARTCOUGH-C study, conducted this summer on more than 1,100 patients at the Cleveland...

Florida Hospital, Supermarket Chain Launch Telehealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

An innovative telehealth partnership between a Florida health system and a supermarket pharmacy chain is creating new business lines for connected care. The BayCare Health System recently opened Public pharmacies at three hospitals...

Telehealth Barriers Should Be Defined by Access, Not Geography

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine programs aren’t catching on in urban America because reimbursement models are targeting the wrong metric. That’s the opinion of researchers from Princeton University and Philadelphia’s Thomas...

Survey: Consumer mHealth Use is Growing, But Literacy is Lacking

by Eric Wicklund

Americans are turning to mHealth apps and online websites to shop for healthcare services and do their healthcare research, according to a new survey from UnitedHealthcare. The same survey found an alarmingly low percentage of consumers...

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