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Canadian Study Finds mHealth Isn’t Serving The Right Populations

September 20, 2017 - In a study that mirrors healthcare attitudes in the US, a new survey finds that Canadians who use mHealth apps and digital health devices aren’t the ones who need them the most. The survey of more than 4,100 Canadians, by the government-funded non-profit Canada Health Infoway, found that roughly one-third of Canadians use mHealth apps on their mobile devices – but a large majority...


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Telehealth Bills Targeting Stroke Care, MA Plans Show Progress

by Eric Wicklund

Two bills designed to improve telehealth and telemedicine access sailed through Congressional subcommittee reviews on Wednesday. The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health approved H.R. 1148, the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine...

mHealth Survey: Providers Are Slowly Embracing the Value of Video

by Eric Wicklund

With the advent of mobile devices in the healthcare space, providers are using streaming video in a number of different ways to improve care coordination and patient engagement while reducing healthcare costs. A new survey, however, wonders if...

mHealth App Targets Healthcare Access Barriers for Immigrants

by Eric Wicklund

The European Union is testing an mHealth app designed to help immigrants easily access healthcare services. The digital health tool targets a prevalent problem – language barriers. Dubbed Project KRISTINA, the app answers healthcare questions...

mHealth Still Missing the Comfort Zone for Chronic Care Patients

by Eric Wicklund

More and more people with chronic conditions want access to mHealth devices at home to help them with care coordination. And they’re not happy with what’s available. A report from digital health analyst Parks Associates indicates...

mHealth Apps for Dementia Patients Aren’t Protecting Health Data

by Eric Wicklund

Despite the continued drumbeat for better safety and security, a majority of mHealth apps designed for patients with dementia and their caregivers aren’t protecting health information. That’s the take-away from a recent study of 125...

Telehealth Offers a Vital Resource to Maine’s Island Residents

by Eric Wicklund

The success of telehealth has always been closely tied to the idea of bringing healthcare to those who have problems with access. To the 700 or so residents of several islands off Maine’s Downeast region, that success is tied to a video...

Telehealth Licensure Compact For Nurses To Go Live in January

by Eric Wicklund

Nurses will be able to apply for a license to practice telehealth in multiple states in five months. The National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) has set Jan. 19, 2018 as the go-live date for the Enhanced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC)....

CMS Reimbursing For Telemedicine Even As It Scales Back Programs

by Eric Wicklund

In a bit of good news-bad news for the telemedicine industry, federal officials said they will reimburse healthcare providers for their telemedicine expenses in a bundled payment program – even as they announced plans to scale back that...

Alabama County Commission to Tackle Telehealth Engagement Issue

by Eric Wicklund

An Alabama county commission is reversing its decision to end a telehealth program for almost 400 employees, saying rising healthcare costs are more damaging than low engagement. The Morgan County Commission rescinded its decision last week to...

VA Wants its Doctors to Treat Veterans Anywhere With Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have unveiled a plan to give VA doctors the authority to treat veterans via telemedicine no matter where those veterans are located. In a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump this past week, Department of Veterans Affairs...

CBO Analysis Highlights ROI Challenge Faced by Telehealth Bills

by Eric Wicklund

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a bill that would expand telestroke services may have hit upon a common roadblock in the advancement of telehealth and telemedicine legislation: The government won’t always see a quick ROI. The...

Legislators Urge FCC to Open Up TV Airwaves for Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Congress and telemedicine advocates are jumping on the bandwagon to open up so-called TV white space for telehealth and other uses. A bipartisan group of 43 members of Congress is urging the Federal Communications Commission to designate unused...

NJ Telemedicine Law Delayed By Concerns About Veterinarian Use

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s new telemedicine regulations are being held up as state officials try to determine whether they pertain to veterinarians. Gov. Chris Christie met this week with healthcare and veterinary officials to discuss the ramifications...

Lawmakers Want Medicare Changed to Expand Telehealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Legislators are ramping up their efforts to expand Medicare coverage for telehealth and telemedicine. The latest bill to take the spotlight is the Medicare Telehealth Parity Act of 2017 (HR 2550), re-introduced in May by a familiar group of pro-telehealth...

Telehealth Supporters Lobby DC for Better Broadband Connectivity

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill on Capitol Hill seeks to help urban healthcare providers expand telemedicine programs to rural areas by giving them access to federal funds for broadband connectivity. The bill is part of a full-court press by rural healthcare providers,...

Texas Telemedicine Law Prompts Feds to Close Medical Board Probe

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have closed their investigation of the Texas Medical Board over charges the board sought to unfairly restrict telemedicine providers. The Federal Trade Commission voted 2-0 to end its probe shortly after Gov. Greg Abbot signed...

Florida Cuts Telemedicine Out of New Medical Marijuana Law

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to issue a prescription for medical marijuana. The rule, part of 80 pages of legislation passed by lawmakers during a special session on June 9, requires...

In-Home Blood Pressure Monitors Inaccurate 70% of the Time

by Thomas Beaton

A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension found that in-home blood pressure (BP) monitors weren't accurate within five mmHg about 70 per cent of the time. These devices were off the mark by 10 mmHg about 30 per cent of the...

Nurse Support is Crucial to School Telehealth Program Success

by Eric Wicklund

A school-based telehealth program in Sacramento is drawing complaints from the school nurses the program is designed to help. The dispute highlights a key ingredient in any new telehealth venture: Buy-in from everyone involved in the service,...

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