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mHealth Platforms Are a Valuable Resource for New, Expecting Moms

November 9, 2017 - New mothers in Nebraska now have an mHealth resource for baby and postpartum health and wellness. WellCare of Nebraska, a subsidiary of Florida-based WellCare Health Plans serving 86,000 Nebraskans on Medicaid, has launched a free text-messaging program to assist mothers up to 15 weeks after childbirth. The program, the first of its kind in Nebraska, is one of several launched across the country...


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Telehealth Will Only Benefit Seniors if They Know It’s Available

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth is touted as an important avenue for seniors looking to stay healthy and at home, yet almost 90 percent of seniors recently surveyed said they either don’t have access to telehealth through their Medicare plan or they don’t...

mHealth Messaging Offers Providers Vital Revenue Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers aren’t using mHealth messaging to remind patients to pay their bills – an important digital health resource that could not only improve the revenue cycle but also boost patient engagement efforts. A new survey...

mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

by Eric Wicklund

An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the Pacify...

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...

Health Plans Turn to mHealth Messaging to Reach the Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

To Nancy R. Wharfield, MD, associate chief medical officer of the California-based Gold Coast Health Plan, mHealth messages have one huge advantage over post cards and robocalls when reaching out to her Medicaid members. “They make you...

mHealth Messages Get High Grades in Medication Adherence Study

by Eric Wicklund

A new study on mobile health and medication adherence has uncovered two interesting points: Patients don’t just forget to take their medications, and real-time mHealth “prodding” can help them to stay on their prescriptions....

Survey: Chronic Care Patients Want an mHealth Connection With Their Doctor

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey finds that many people living with a chronic condition would benefit from a connected care platform that allows healthcare providers to check in regularly. But less than a third of those people are getting that mHealth service.  ...

Study Questions Safety of mHealth Messaging in High-Acuity Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A new study questions the reliability of mHealth messaging in high-acuity care, saying it could lead to patient harm. Writing in the AHIMA Foundation’s Perspectives in Health Information Management, researchers from Dallas-based CHRISTUS...

Remote Monitoring Platform is an mHealth Lifeline for New York’s ‘Sickest Children’

by Eric Wicklund

A remote monitoring program has reduced hospitalizations and saved more than $2 million for a New York City-based home care agency that deals with some of the country’s sickest children. The positive results reported by St. Mary’s...

mHealth Messages Connect the Dots in Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Three of every four physicians in a recent survey say patient satisfaction will play a more important role over the next five years. And almost 90 percent say mHealth messages between trips to the doctor’s office will be vital tools to...

The Message is Clear: mHealth Can Be Motivational

by Eric Wicklund

The text message can be a powerful mHealth motivator. Its use as a population health tool was recently proven in India, where a study that sent twice-weekly text messages to 1 million people found that health and wellness reminders could sway...

mHealth and Patient Engagement: Balance the Method With the Message

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes technology is the last thing that matters in an mHealth relationship. Healthcare providers shifting to value-based care are looking for platforms that extend the conversation beyond the doctor’s office. More importantly, they...

mHealth Gets the Message Right in Population Health Study

by Eric Wicklund

A California health plan has found that a text-messaging platform has boosted engagement and reduced unnecessary trips to the local emergency room. The three-month study, conducted by the Los Angeles-based, 1.14-million-member Inland Empire Health...

What the Joint Commission’s Guidance on Texting Means for Physicians

by Terry Edwards of PerfectServe

The Joint Commission recently issued new guidance to give physicians and other independent practitioners the ability to not just communicate via text, but to actually use secure texting platforms to deliver orders. This is a major change from...

mHealth Lends an Ear to Speech Recognition Technology

by Eric Wicklund

The longest journey in healthcare may be the distance from the doctor’s mouth to the medical record. And that’s where speech recognition technology may do the most good. It’s an mHealth tool just now coming into its own, says...

Joint Commission Ends Text Messaging Ban for Clinicians

by Eric Wicklund

Fire up those smartphones - the Joint Commission is ending its five-year-old ban on text messaging. Effective immediately, “licensed independent practitioners or other practitioners in accordance with professional standards of practice,...

Secure Text Messaging Study Shows Clinical Benefits

by Eric Wicklund

Two Pennsylvania hospitals have found that care teams using a secure text-messaging program can reduce their patients’ length of stay. A study of some 11,500 patients at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical...

Making a Case for Pagers - and Smartphones - in Care Team Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

The death of the pager has been reported more than once in healthcare circles. Now an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association is bringing it back to life for a while. Written by University of California-San Francisco doctors...

Digital Reminders May Help Transplant Patients Remember Their Medications

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina are using a $1 million grant to determine if digital medication reminders can save lives. The lives in question are those of kidney transplant patients, who take, on average, 15 different...

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