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mHealth Strategies Need Careful Planning to Reach the Underserved

April 25, 2018 - mHealth programs are often hailed as a means of improving access to care for underserved populations, but how do those mobile health platforms reach those people? After all, they’re underserved for a reason. The first step, experts say, lies in understanding why certain people are underserved: do they choose not to access healthcare, or are there cultural, financial or physical barriers...


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mHealth App Aims to Help Caregivers Identify Perinatal Depression

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth app aims to help obstetricians by giving them a mobile health resource to detect and manage depression in pregnant woman and new mothers. Developed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School,...

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 following...

ATA Looks to Take Telehealth Out of The Hospital and Into The Home

by Eric Wicklund

To Ann Mond Johnson, the biggest barrier to the expansion of telemedicine isn’t reimbursement, licensure or uneven regulations. It’s patient engagement. “We have to make a difference in people’s lives,” says the...

Milwaukee’s Mobile Health Program Shows Benefits of Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health program launched in 2015 by the Milwaukee Fire Department has reduced 911 calls from so-called “frequent flyers” by more than 50 percent over the past two years. Officials say those callers – identified by the...

Is mHealth Monitoring for Hypertension Safer Than the Doctor’s Office?

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that using mHealth to monitor blood pressure may actually be more accurate and safer than blood pressure readings taken in a doctor’s office. A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds...

Consumers Like Telehealth, But Still Prefer Face-to-Face Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are eager to have their doctors use telehealth – but many haven’t tried the technology themselves, and they’re not convinced it’s as good as an in-person exam. Those somewhat contradictory points, made in a survey...

NYC Urgent Care Clinics Add mHealth to Help With Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A network of urgent care clinics in New York City has added an mHealth messaging platform to give patients access to post-discharge care coordination services. Manhattan-based CityMD, which boasts more than 85 locations in the New York City metro...

Minnesota Lawmakers Mull New School Telemental Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill to launch four telemedicine projects aimed at improving access to mental health services in schools. HF 4198, introduced in March by State Rep. Peggy Bennett, would set aside an as-yet undecided amount...

mHealth Interventions Need Care Team Support to Affect Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app that’s designed to help users manage uncontrolled hypertension won’t work unless it offers personalized interventions – including a real-time link to the care team. That’s the take-away from a mobile health...

DoD Unveils mHealth Program to Monitor Service Members’ Health

by Eric Wicklund

The Defense Department is launching a new remote patient monitoring project that aims to monitor the health of armed service members through their smartphones. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a DoD department responsible...

Community Health Centers Use Telehealth to Boost Specialty Consults

by Eric Wicklund

A unique partnership in Washington is using telehealth to connect physicians in 20 community health centers with volunteer doctors across the country for specialist consults. Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW), a not-for-profit plan created...

New Mobile Health Program Aims to Avoid Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

The ambulance company serving New Mexico’s Valencia County is partnering with two health plans to launch a community paramedicine program, giving residents access to mobile health services in their homes. American Medical Response unveiled...

New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse. Unveiled at last week’s 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin...

Senate Committee Embraces Telemedicine in Opioid Crisis Response Act

by Eric Wicklund

The Senate HELP (Health Education, Labor & Pensions) Committee is adding its weight to efforts to make telemedicine a prominent strategy in the nation’s battle against opioid abuse. The 23-member committee this week unveiled a comprehensive...

Doctors’ Protests Plague UK’s Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

A direct-to-consumer telehealth service launched in London late last year is proving quite popular with residents – yet it’s also drawing protests from physicians who say their practices are being negatively affected. London-area...

Apple Health’s mHealth Platform Expands to Almost 40 Health Systems

by Eric Wicklund

In a bid to boost mHealth interoperability across the country, almost 40 US health systems are now allowing patients to access read-only copies of their medical records through the Apple Health app. Apple officials released an update to the company’s...

MA Payer’s Digital Health Platform Targets Members’ Health Needs

by Eric Wicklund

A Massachusetts payer is looking to connect its members with digital health programs promoting diabetes management and fertility, pregnancy and parenting guidance. The Emerging Solutions platform being introduced by Blue Cross Blue Shield of...

Providence Targets Patient Demand With Store-and-Forward Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A Pacific Northwest health system has launched an on-demand mHealth app that’s designed to give consumers quick access to care for common health issues. Providence Health & Services recently rolled out the SmartExam service for...

Schools Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle Student Depression, Violence

by Eric Wicklund

Texas school officials are touting a telemedicine service that not only brings behavioral healthcare into the school, but also may be averting serious issues like potential violence. Texas Tech University Health Science Center’s Telemedicine...

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