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mHealth Gives Providers Quick Access to Decision Support Resources

October 9, 2018 - Healthcare providers who access clinical decision support through mHealth platforms are finding a world of information at their fingertips – and they could be saving lives. That’s the takeaway from researchers at the Scripps Research Translational Institute who took a closer look at online crowdsourced consult platforms. Their conclusion is that these platforms, which...


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UK’s Bolton Hospital is Replacing its Pagers With mHealth Devices

by Eric Wicklund

A UK hospital is replacing pagers with an mHealth device that allows doctors and nurses to communicate with each other and check on each patient’s health status. Royal Bolton Hospital, part of the National Health Service’s...

mHealth Research Touts Digital Health ‘Touches’ to Fight Drug Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Digital health advocates say an automated mHealth messaging platform can help people dealing with opioid abuse to curb their cravings. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making the argument...

CMS Clarifies Texting Rules Amid Rumors of mHealth Message Ban

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has re-affirmed its position on physician texting following news reports that the agency was moving to ban the mHealth messaging platform. In a Dec. 28 Survey & Certification Letter to...

mHealth Diabetes Study Proves That the Right Message Matters

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth study of more than 1,000 people with diabetes finds that simple text messages work better than personalized messages in promoting care management – but the same can’t be said for avoiding...

mHealth Platforms Are a Valuable Resource for New, Expecting Moms

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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