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Mobile Health Strategies

Health System CIOs Are Ready to Take mHealth to the Next Level

by Eric Wicklund

With some three-quarters of the nation’s health systems now having an mHealth communications strategy, CIOs are now setting their sights on integrating those platforms with clinical decision support tools, including the EHR. That’s...

Humana Unveils mHealth App for Medication Management, Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Humana is launching an mHealth app designed to give its members and their healthcare providers a mobile tool for medication management and adherence. Available in Apple’s App Store and Google Play as well as on the payer’s website,...

Health Systems Target Telehealth to Fill a Mental Healthcare Gap

by Eric Wicklund

At a time when anxiety and depression are as rampant as TV Christmas specials, health systems are turning to telehealth to meet a huge demand for discreet care. They’re finding success with platforms that connect patients to online therapy...

Kaiser Study Gives Telemedicine High Marks in Stroke Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Some 20 hospitals in northern California are using telemedicine carts to treat stroke patients almost twice as fast as the national average for stroke treatment. The hospitals, all part of the Kaiser Permanente network, are using the Stroke EXPRESS...

Telemedicine Helps NYC Jails Cut Costs and Complexity in Prisoner Care

by Eric Wicklund

A trip to the doctor’s office isn’t an easy task for residents of New York’s City’s 12 municipal jails or their jailers. A telemedicine platform, however, could make things a lot easier. NYC Health + Hospitals is using...

Hospitals Turn to Telemedicine to Tackle ER Triage, Overcrowding

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform that helps emergency departments triage patients just might be the answer to crowded ERs and physician staffing issues.  The virtual visit platform, developed by the Wisconsin-based startup EmOpti, is currently being...

NC Health System Uses mHealth to Manage Gestational Diabetes

by Eric Wicklund

A North Carolina health system will be using the Babyscripts mHealth platform in a remote monitoring program targeting pregnant women in danger of developing gestational diabetes. Cone Health, based in Greensboro, is offering the popular digital...

NewYork-Presbyterian, Walgreen’s Announce Telehealth Collaboration

by Eric Wicklund

A New York City health system is the latest to partner with a national pharmacy chain on a telehealth program, using kiosks to provide consumers with on-demand healthcare. NewYork-Presbyterian announced this week that a kiosk is now located in...

Philips Strengthens RPM Platform With New Telehealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Philips is strengthening its remote patient monitoring platform with the acquisition of a telehealth company specializing in population health technology. The company’s deal with VitalHealth, a Dutch company launched in 2006 out of the...

Health System Executives Are Optimistic About Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Less than half of the health systems surveyed in a new report are getting reimbursed for remote patient monitoring or virtual care – but that isn’t stopping them from launching new telehealth and telemedicine programs. “The...

Alaska’s Largest PCP Launches an mHealth Program for Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

Alaska’s largest primary care group is prescribing mHealth technology to thousands of residents living with diabetes in a unique remote monitoring program designed to improve care management outcomes and drive down costs. Anchorage-based...

Workers Comp Execs See Telehealth as a Tool to Manage Costs, Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly half of workers compensation professionals recently surveyed say telehealth and telemedicine will have the biggest impact on the industry in the future. And more than half say it will help them contain rising healthcare costs. Those are...

Senators Include Telemedicine in New Bill to Modernize the VA

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill that seeks to modernize the oft-criticized Department of Veterans Affairs includes a provision allowing VA doctors to treat veterans via telemedicine no matter where they live. The 125-page Veterans Community Care and Access Act of...

Mobile Health App Helps Seniors Reduce Their Risk For Dementia

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth application designed to help seniors “train their brain” lowered their chances of developing dementia by almost 30 percent over a decade. That’s the takeaway from a study, published on Nov. 16 in Alzheimer's &...

mHealth Diabetes Study Proves That the Right Message Matters

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth study of more than 1,000 people with diabetes finds that simple text messages work better than personalized messages in promoting care management – but the same can’t be said for avoiding hospitalizations. Anindya Ghose,...

UC Davis to Use Telemedicine to Treat Remote Disabled Children

by Eric Wicklund

A California health system is getting a $2 million federal grant to launch a school-based telemedicine program for children with disabilities living in remote areas. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is giving the five-year...

Telemedicine Success Often Hinges on Aligning Providers and Payers

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes a telemedicine service can offer too much value to let a little thing like reimbursement stand in the way. For a group of seven community health centers in Massachusetts, that service is teledermatology. Faced with an average wait...

New Survey Takes Telemedicine Beyond Pilots, Into Growth Phase

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have moved beyond telemedicine pilots and our now looking to expand existing platforms, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner. The global law firm with a strong footprint in telehealth and mHealth released its...

mHealth Startup Uses a Smartphone App to Detect Sickness in Speech

by Eric Wicklund

An Israeli startup’s new mHealth app for treating COPD targets a familiar paint point in digital health – getting the user to adapt to a new tool or habit and continue using it. Instead, the Healthymize app is designed to sit in the...

UK’s ‘GP At Hand’ Service Offers Patients mHealth Access to a Doctor

by Eric Wicklund

Some 3.5 million London residents will soon be able to access healthcare on their smartphones around the clock in an mHealth pilot being rolled out by the UK’s National Health Service. The free program, called GP at Hand, will enable select...

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