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

November 9, 2017 - 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 application on the iPhone X, enabling providers to simply look at their mobile device to gain access. “We are committed to staying on top of breakthrough...


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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 telehealth...

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 – St....

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 Jefferson...

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 who understand...

A Failed mHealth Program Offers Lessons Learned For Future Projects

by Eric Wicklund

A recent program to have patients at a federally qualified health center use an mHealth app to manage their hypertension or diabetes failed miserably, with most of the patients abandoning the app within a couple weeks. But while highlighting...

mHealth Innovation Takes Center Stage in FDA’s Digital Health Pilot

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones, wearables, mHealth apps and even digital therapeutics will all get equal play in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new digital health software precertification pilot program. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week...

How Do Corporate Health and Wellness Programs Measure mHealth ROI?

by Eric Wicklund

More than a third of the nation’s employers are using a corporate wellness program that includes mHealth wearables - and yet many are struggling to measure whether the program is successful. Those conclusions come from the 2017 State of...

Canadian Study Finds mHealth Isn’t Serving The Right Populations

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

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