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OIG OKs Free Phones in mHealth Project Targeting Medication Adherence

February 5, 2019 - Federal officials have given the green light to a digital health company’s plan to loan free smartphones to patients enrolled in an mHealth project tracking medication adherence. The Office of the Inspector General issued the ruling last month in favor of the unidentified virtual care company, an affiliate of a global pharmaceutical corporation. The company plans to give the...


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Oklahoma May Use Telemedicine to Improve Alzheimer’s Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Oklahoma lawmakers are mulling a telemedicine pilot program aimed at training rural healthcare providers to treat patients living with Alzheimer’s. SB 437 would, if approved, create a Project ECHO platform. Project ECHO (Extension...

mHealth Study Uses Wearables, AI to Detect Internalizing Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers and parents may someday be able to identify anxiety and depression in young children by tracking their activity with mHealth wearables. Researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan have...

CDC Project Combines mHealth, Cash in Opioid Abuse Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine are getting more than $2 million test whether an mHealth app combined with financial incentives can help people struggling with opioid abuse. The US Centers for Disease...

UAB Using $4.6M Grant to Apply Telehealth to Physical Therapy Program

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting a $4.6 million federal grant to integrate a telemedicine platform into a novel music-enhanced physical therapy program for people with disabilities. Through a partnership with the YMCA of...

Arkansas Launches Statewide mHealth Program for Concussion Education

by Eric Wicklund

Arkansas officials are launching a statewide effort on an mHealth platform to educate high school athletes on the effects of concussions. The state is partnering with TeachAids, a Stanford-backed non-profit, to launch CrashCourse in every...

Stanford Study Uses mHealth, AI to Scan Home Videos For Autism

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Stanford University are trying to determine whether an mHealth platform that combines AI technology with home movies can be used to identify children with autism spectrum disorder. If proven reliable, the telehealth...

Mayo Clinic Expands the mHealth Platform for a Digital Stethoscope

by Eric Wicklund

The Mayo Clinic is launching an mHealth project to determine whether a digital stethoscope can be used to screen for damaged hearts. The health system is teaming up with Eko to test the Silicon Valley company’s Duo Digital...

Mass General Launches New mHealth Platform for Research Studies

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts General Hospital has announced plans to use an mHealth platform to collect digital health data and enhance collaboration between care providers and consumers taking part in research studies. The Boston hospital, one of the...

UK Study Proves Value of mHealth Therapy in Insomnia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

A study conducted by the UK’s University of Oxford has found that people suffering from insomnia can improve their sleep patterns, brain function and psychological well-being through the use of mHealth. As reported in JAMA...

Apple’s New mHealth Project Takes on Remote Patient Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Several hospitals and health systems across the country will be participating in a massive mHealth study to determine whether an mHealth app and the Apple Watch can be used to improve care management and outcomes for patients undergoing...

Duke Affirms Cost Savings from Physical Therapy Via Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers saved almost $2,750 per patient by using telehealth instead of in-person treatment for post-discharge physical therapy after knee replacement surgery, according to researchers at Duke University. The long-awaited...

Apple Donates Smartwatches for mHealth Study on Eating Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are launching an mHealth study aimed at improving care management for people living with eating disorders. The Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, part of the UNC School of...

US Military Tests an mHealth Wearable for Remote, Battlefield Care

by Eric Wicklund

A U.S. Navy base in Virginia will soon be testing an mHealth wearable designed to link remote healthcare providers in disaster zones or battlefields with more experienced specialists. Developed by researchers at Purdue University, the...

SIMPRO Project to Use mHealth to Monitor Cancer Patients At Home

by Eric Wicklund

Six health systems are launching a program to collect patient-reported data through an mHealth platform to help healthcare providers improve care management and coordination for people undergoing cancer treatment. Coordinated by the...

Telemedicine Partnership Envisions an RPM Program Without Devices

by Eric Wicklund

A new telemedicine partnership aims to improve remote patient monitoring programs by capturing vital signs without the need for medical devices. VSee, the California-based developer of video visit platforms used by Ascension,...

Fitbits For Physicians: New mHealth Project Targets Provider Stress

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables, long seen as a tool for helping patients manage their health, are now being tested as a care management tool for their doctors. Researchers at the University of Michigan, who have been analyzing stress levels of medical...

West Coast Hospitals Get FDA Grant for Pediatric mHealth Support

by Eric Wicklund

A consortium of West Coast children’s hospitals and universities is getting more than $6 million from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to continue research and development of mHealth and telehealth technology for children. The...

Fitbit Launches a Connected Health Platform for mHealth Coaching

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is launching a telehealth platform designed to offer coaching and support for healthcare providers, employers and others using mHealth devices in connected health programs. With the launch of Fitbit Care, the California-based...

Geisinger Patients Find a Comfort Zone With mHealth Wearables

by Eric Wicklund

Geisinger Health System patients enrolled in an mHealth study on pain management are using wearables “consistently and frequently” to document their care, according to an interim analysis released this week. “We are...

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