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Survey Shows Senior Homes Aren’t Taking Telehealth Seriously

August 16, 2017 - A recent survey of vendor preferences among senior living providers finds that they aren’t using telehealth all that much – but they are taking a liking to mHealth. The survey by Ziegler indicates less than 10 percent of the 143 chief financial officers of single and multi-site senior living facilities are using a telehealth platform to connect staff and patients to outside healthcare...


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Abortion Access Study Ties Telemedicine to Reduced Care Costs

by Eric Wicklund

Women who have access to abortion services via telemedicine could save thousands of dollars by using the platform for follow-up care instead of going to the nearest hospital ER. That’s the conclusion reached by Advancing New Standards in...

Telemedicine Could Help Medicaid Patients With Specialty Access

by Eric Wicklund

New research indicates telemedicine consults for specialty referrals could improve much-needed access for Medicaid populations. It also could offer support to an innovative telehealth platform now being used in nine states to connect doctors,...

Alabama County Commission to Tackle Telehealth Engagement Issue

by Eric Wicklund

An Alabama county commission is reversing its decision to end a telehealth program for almost 400 employees, saying rising healthcare costs are more damaging than low engagement. The Morgan County Commission rescinded its decision last week to...

Could Trump’s Opioid Emergency Boost Telemedicine, mHealth Use?

by Eric Wicklund

President Donald Trump’s surprise announcement this week to declare a national emergency on opioid abuse could thrust telemedicine and mHealth into the spotlight. If and when it happens, the declaration would “enable the federal government...

Survey Finds Big Business is Refining its Telehealth Benefits

by Eric Wicklund

The latest survey on big business and healthcare finds that they’re moving from making telehealth a benefit to finding specific uses for the new service. As with last year’s survey, the “Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care...

Telehealth Counseling Study Shows Value Against In-Person Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A new study is reportedly one of the first to prove that telehealth counseling is just as good as in-person counseling for genetic test results. While the study, conducted in 2014 by researchers from four major health systems, focused on women...

Telehealth Project Helps Ostomy Patients Get Adjusted at Home

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth pilot being launched at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hopes to ease the stigma around ostomy and help patients adjust to living with ostomy bags. Developed by UAB Nursing School Instructor Tracie White, MSN, the pilot connects...

Telehealth, mHealth Help Pediatric Hospitals Connect With Kids

by Eric Wicklund

A Baltimore children’s hospital is turning to telehealth and mHealth wearables to help its young patients with health, diet and lifestyle issues at home. Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital will be using Fitbits and Fitbit-connected scales...

Survey Suggests Employers Have Confidence in Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Are telehealth programs and mHealth tools giving employers more confidence that they can support employee healthcare needs despite rising costs and chaos in the nation’s capital? A new survey from global advisory company Willis Towers Watson...

VA Wants its Doctors to Treat Veterans Anywhere With Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have unveiled a plan to give VA doctors the authority to treat veterans via telemedicine no matter where those veterans are located. In a ceremony attended by President Donald Trump this past week, Department of Veterans Affairs...

CBO Analysis Highlights ROI Challenge Faced by Telehealth Bills

by Eric Wicklund

A Congressional Budget Office analysis of a bill that would expand telestroke services may have hit upon a common roadblock in the advancement of telehealth and telemedicine legislation: The government won’t always see a quick ROI. The...

Legislators Urge FCC to Open Up TV Airwaves for Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Congress and telemedicine advocates are jumping on the bandwagon to open up so-called TV white space for telehealth and other uses. A bipartisan group of 43 members of Congress is urging the Federal Communications Commission to designate unused...

mHealth Study Ties App to Improved Outcomes for Pregnant Women

by Eric Wicklund

A Medicaid-based mHealth study in Wyoming has found that pregnant women using a customized app are far more likely to consult with doctors during maternity – and they’re more likely to deliver healthy babies. The study, conducted...

VR Glasses Give Doctors a New mHealth Tool to Treat Concussions

by Eric Wicklund

While health systems like Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai are using virtual reality technology to help their patients with pain and medication management, a California doctor is turning the mHealth technology around to help doctors identify and...

CMS Urged to Include mHealth in Diabetes Prevention Program

by Eric Wicklund

Digital diabetes coaching providers are joining forces in an effort to convince the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include mHealth in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. Some virtual coaching is included in the MDPP, which...

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 University...

mHealth Helps Smooth the Care Coordination Process for Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems across the country are turning to telemedicine to ease a particularly problematic pain point: discharging a patient to a skilled nursing facility. With the typical discharge process taking hours and involving dozens of phone calls,...

NJ Telemedicine Law Delayed By Concerns About Veterinarian Use

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s new telemedicine regulations are being held up as state officials try to determine whether they pertain to veterinarians. Gov. Chris Christie met this week with healthcare and veterinary officials to discuss the ramifications...

mHealth Researchers Turn to Crowd-Funding in Parkinson’s Study

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare researchers are turning to crowdfunding to evaluate how mHealth sensors and smartphones can help those with Parkinson’s disease. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research...

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