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Licensing Compact Goes Live, Opening Door to Telehealth for Nurses

January 19, 2018 - Licensed nurses in 29 states can now use telehealth to treat patients in other states, under terms of the Enhamced Nurse Licensure Compact (eNLC). Under the eNLC, overseen by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical/vocational nurses (LPN/VNs) in member states can provide care to patients in other states without having to obtain additional...


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Microsoft Ends mHealth App Experiment, Shuts Down HealthVault

by Eric Wicklund

Microsoft is shutting down its line of personal mHealth apps, abruptly ending a program that sought to engage users in creating a digital platform for health and wellness. The company announced online that it would be closing out all iOS, Android...

Can mHealth Make the Connection Between Providers and Minorities?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to connect with minorities should develop an mHealth strategy that focuses on the smartphone. That’s the takeaway from a pair of studies published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care. The studies...

An mHealth Wearable Helps Cedars-Sinai Doctors Manage Patient Care

by Eric Wicklund

Physicians at Cedars-Sinai Hospital are using an mHealth wearable to track and improve recovery times for post-operative patients. In a program that began roughly one year ago, patients are given a Fitbit after undergoing major surgery to track...

Study: Telemedicine Consults Help Save About $500 Per Patient

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine consult platform for cardiology cases saved almost $500 per patient in Medicaid costs over in-person treatments, according to a newly released study. In what’s being billed as the first published randomized study of the eConsult...

mHealth Apps for Chronic Care Struggle to Solve the Motivation Issue

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps have the potential to help people with chronic conditions manage their health. Yet according to new research, that particular population isn’t taking advantage of those apps. A team of researchers led by Rebecca Robbins, PhD,...

Cedars-Sinai Study Finds mHealth, RPM Aren’t Changing Outcomes Yet

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth sensors in smartwatches, fitness bands and other wearables aren’t improving patient outcomes in remote monitoring programs, according to a new study conducted at Cedars-Sinai. But researchers say the issue is one of volume rather...

Telehealth Lends a Helping Hand to Senior Fall Prevention Programs

by Eric Wicklund

A Los Angeles-based provider of senior healthcare services is expanding its telehealth footprint to help more seniors stay out of the hospital. The Los Angeles Jewish Home has been using a telehealth platform to help seniors recover from joint...

VA Puts Telehealth to Work in ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Care Initiative

by Eric Wicklund

With Congressional approval in hand, the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with plans for a national telehealth network for veterans. The VA recently awarded a $260 million contract to 1Vision LLC, a subsidiary of HMS Technologies,...

Weight Loss Success Linked to Telehealth Coaching, mHealth Devices

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program combining video coaching and self-monitoring through mHealth devices can lead to a “significant weight loss” among participants, according to a new study. As reported in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare,...

Making Telehealth a Valuable Part of Preventive Care Programs

by Eric Wicklund

An under-the-radar bill introduced in Congress last year could, if passed, pave the way for Medicare coverage of telehealth in preventive health programs. The Preventive Health Savings Act (S. 2164 and H B.. 2953) proposes to expand the window...

Telemedicine Helps SNFs Improve Patient Care, Curb Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

Skilled nursing facilities across the country are using telemedicine to bring critical healthcare services to their residents, improving health and wellness outcomes and reducing costly ER transports. In many cases, real-time clinical support...

School-Based Telemedicine Helps City Kids Manage Their Asthma

by Eric Wicklund

A new study finds that a school-based telehealth program can “significantly” improve clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare expenditures for children with asthma in urban settings. The study, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics,...

Telehealth, mHealth Integration Are Highlighted in New Partnerships

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth providers are starting 2018 with a bang, with a trio of announcements aimed at the integration of direct-to-consumer and clinical telehealth and global expansion. Two of the bigger names in the industry, American Well and Philips,...

Connecticut Health Systems Launch New Telemedicine Consult Program

by Eric Wicklund

One of New England’s largest health plans is investing in a telemedicine platform that enables patients and their primary care providers to access specialty consults. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care has awarded $32,000 in grants to two Connecticut...

Senate passes VETS Act, Enhancing Telehealth Access for Veterans

by Eric Wicklund

Veterans will soon be able to access healthcare no matter where they live through a telehealth connection. The Senate has unanimously passed The Veterans E-Health & Telemedicine Support (VETS) Act of 2017 (S.925), following the House’s...

UK Approves Wearable mHealth Device for Chronic Pain Management

by Eric Wicklund

UK residents will soon be able to use a prescribed – and reimbursed - mHealth wearable to manage chronic pain. The National Health System has given its approval to the ActiPatch, a wearable device that manages peripheral nerve activity...

Telehealth Targets a Niche in Mental Health Care for Urban Youths

by Eric Wicklund

Pediatricians in New Jersey are using telehealth to connect with mental health experts in a new program designed to improve access to care for urban youths. Armed with a $555,555 grant from the New Jersey department of Children and Families,...

New Group Lobbies to Use ‘TV White Space’ for Rural Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A group of business and advocacy organizations is making another push for improved broadband connectivity in rural parts of the country, saying it would – among other things - boost access to telehealth and telemedicine services for millions...

Newest mHealth Intervention for Smokers Combines Apps, Wearables

by Eric Wicklund

The latest mHealth intervention aimed at smokers combines an app with a wearable, targeting both real-time monitoring and patient engagement. An Israeli company called Somatix is testing its new SmokeBeat app in the US, Canada, France, Israel...

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