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Congress Looks to Give SNFs More Telemedicine for Senior Care

July 26, 2018 - In the latest effort by Congress to compel Medicare to embrace telehealth, a group a lawmakers have submitted a bill that would enable skilled nursing facilities to adopt connected health technology. The Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2018 aims to reduce rehospitalizations at qualified SNFs by giving them more incentives to use telemedicine and telehealth to...


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Anthem Creates a New mHealth Resource on Members’ Mobile Devices

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s second largest payer is giving its member access to mHealth services from their mobile devices. Anthem, which manages Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in more than a dozen states, is making its LiveHealth Online service...

Army Ready to Test Telemedicine Platform for Emergency Transports

by Eric Wicklund

The US Army is testing a telemedicine platform designed to transmit critical data from the field to the hospital, enabling providers there to better prepare for incoming patients. The connected care service might someday be used by health...

Geisinger Builds an mHealth Platform for Asthma Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System has partnered with pharma giant AstraZeneca to develop an mHealth platform to improve care management and coordination for people with asthma. The connected health suite includes an mHealth app...

mHealth Program to Help NYC Firefighters Monitor Blood Pressure

by Eric Wicklund

New York City firefighters, both active and retired, will soon have access to an mHealth device to monitor their blood pressure. The Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York City (UFOA), representing some 2,600 active members and...

How One VNA Uses mHealth to Boost Care Management and Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth technology works best when it improves care management and coordination for patients going through transition. For the Visiting Nurse Association Health Group, the largest provider of post-acute and community-based healthcare in...

mHealth Researchers Eye the Smartphone as a Zika Detection Device

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital are working on mHealth technology that can detect the Zika virus through a smartphone. As reported in the journal ACS Nano, the researchers are developing nanotechnology...

mHealth Brain Games Help Post-ICU Patients Recover Cognitive Skills

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform that enables recent ICU patients to “exercise” their brain at home after discharge is helping to improve recovery and reduce cognitive issues. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have reported that a...

mHealth Tools Help Hospitals Improve the Physician Query Process

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health technology is helping to make the cumbersome process of responding to physician queries easier for physicians, giving them more time to spend with their patients. Often considered a necessary evil in the hospital-based...

Telehealth Gives Doctors a Chance to Be Where They’re Most Needed

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth technology is allowing Dr. John Bender to be in two places at once. And that makes a big different in care management and coordination for thousands of patients at his Colorado-based medical practice. Bender, senior partner and...

mHealth Tools Can Play a Role in Managing Schizophrenia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health advocates are touting another mHealth program that has proven its value in treating people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, a mobile health platform...

Telehealth Holds Its Own in Helping Stroke Victims Recover Mobility

by Eric Wicklund

Stroke patients who use telehealth to recover at home do just as well as those who undergo physical rehabilitation at a clinic. That’s the take-away from a study conducted by Dr. Steven C. Cramer at the University of California at...

A Telemedicine Program Links ICU Patients to Clinicians Down Under

by Eric Wicklund

An Atlanta health system is seeing enough good results from a telemedicine platform in Australia that it’s opening a second eICU Down Under. Officials at Emory Healthcare have announced a new remote intensive care partnership with...

mHealth Scores High With Consumers in Boosting Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are looking to mobile health tools, such as mHealth apps and wearables, to improve their medication adherence. A recent study of some 800 prescription medication users, conducted by Russell Research for Express Scripts, finds...

PCORI Grant to Test mHealth Value in Hypertension Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are getting a $6.5 million grant to study whether mHealth can help people with uncontrolled hypertension. The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

ResearchKit Study to Test Smartphones’ mHealth Value in Eye Studies

by Eric Wicklund

Novartis wants to know if smartphones are good enough to be used in eye studies. The pharma giant has launched a new project on Apple’s ResearchKit platform to gather data on how smartphones can be used in ophthalmology programs....

mHealth Replaces The Specialist Consult in Retinopathy Detection

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have given the green light to mHealth technology that can identify diabetic retinopathy in adults without the need for a specialist consult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the IDx-DR, which uses...

Research Validates Telemedicine in Identifying ROP in Newborns

by Eric Wicklund

Doctors can use telemedicine images to identify a rare cause of blindness in premature babies with as much accuracy as if they were examining the infant in person, according to international research done by eight health systems. Led by...

mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by...

VA Video Telemedicine mHealth App to Provide Easy Care Access

by Jessica Kent

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mobile Health program has released the VA Video Connect application, an mHealth application that will provide veterans with access to real-time telemedicine services. The VA Video Connect...

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