Mobile healthcare, telemedicine, telehealth, BYOD

Mobile Health Strategies

Healthcare Providers Tap Into Social Media for Care Team Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

How’s this for clinical outcomes: A home healthcare facility struggling with a 40 percent readmission rate tests a social media-based communications platform for its care team members. During the three-month pilot this past spring, the...

2016 Will be the Year of the Healthcare Consumer (Again)

by Eric Wicklund

2016 may well be the year of the consumer in healthcare. Wait a minute: That same prediction was made 12 months ago. Let’s try this again. Whereas 2015 saw the consumer and healthcare provider collaborate on care management, this coming...

Digital Reminders May Help Transplant Patients Remember Their Medications

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Medical University of South Carolina are using a $1 million grant to determine if digital medication reminders can save lives. The lives in question are those of kidney transplant patients, who take, on average, 15 different...

mHealth at CES 2016: Will It Be Enough to Attract Healthcare?

by Eric Wicklund

With the world’s largest consumer electronics show less than two weeks away, mHealth advocates are keeping an eye on products that may close the loop between consumers and their doctors. Korea’s Samsung Electronics jumped the gun...

mHealth Comes to the Rescue in Emergencies

by Eric Wicklund

An innovative program in New Jersey that uses an app to dispatch volunteer first responders to medical emergencies has saved its first life. News reports indicate Yves Delphin, one of the first graduates in Jersey City-based United Rescue’s...

Using Apps to Bridge the Gap Between Healthcare and Health Management

by Eric Wicklund

It’s estimated that one in every three Americans is at risk of developing diabetes in his or her lifetime. Just as importantly, half of those who do deal with the chronic condition suffer additional health problems because of stress. Those...

A Look Ahead: Will 2016 be the Year That Telehealth Gets Creative?

by Eric Wicklund

Looking for that last-minute gift that shows you really care? How about an mHealth gift certificate? In what’s being called an industry first – and a new attempt at sparking consumer engagement - New York-based DocChat is offering...

Kaiser Study Finds That Patients Prefer E-Mail

by Eric Wicklund

A four-year-old study conducted by Kaiser Permanente has found that patients prefer their first contact with a doctor to be via e-mail – and that it improves the care management process. The survey of more than 1,000 northern California...

States Take the Lead in Paying for mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

At the root of every mHealth project is one simple question: Who will pay for it? No one has a good answer to that. A recent report prepared by the National Conference of State Legislatures, prepared after a year-long study, questions whether...

Making mHealth Outreach Work for the Patient

by Eric Wicklund

The transition to value-based care and an emphasis on reducing hospital readmissions is prompting health systems to keep the lines of communication open after the patient leaves the hospital or doctor’s office. Some are sending patients...

mHealth and The Sick Note: A Question of Value

by Eric Wicklund

An Australian entrepreneur is putting an mHealth-enabled spin on the sick note, and drawing criticism from that country’s medical association. The website, called The Medic, is the brainchild of Jason MacLulich, who previously launched...

An Online High: Telehealth Opens New Doors for Medical Marijuana

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine is venturing into new territory in California, with the launch of two services designed to connect consumers with medical marijuana providers and their doctors. California legalized medical marijuana in 1996, and researchers estimate...

Is Telemedicine Better for Delivering Bad News?

by Eric Wicklund

Is a bad diagnosis best delivered in person or by telemedicine? According to researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, the telephone may work better. Writing in the November issue of JAMA Oncology, Naveen Krishnan, BS, Angela Fagerlin,...

Toronto Hospital Adds mHealth to Pain Management Program

by Eric Wicklund

Toronto General Hospital’s two-year-old program to tackle post-surgical pain management and opioid abuse is getting an mHealth upgrade. The hospital, stuck smack-dab in the middle of a province with one of the world’s highest opioid...

Gartner Analyst: Healthcare Isn’t Ready for Wearables Just Yet

by Eric Wicklund

Apple’s ResearchKit may be a popular topic these days, but at least one high-profile healthcare analyst says it’ll be a while before consumer wearables are used in clinical trials. Gartner recently projected that wearables will be...

New Study is Bullish on Remote Patient Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems looking to get a handle on population health are finding a valuable partner in home health agencies – and they’re using mHealth tools and platforms to make that connection. Two-thirds of hospitals and health systems...

Taking Over the Reins at

by Eric Wicklund

Greetings! Welcome to the new Actually, you won’t see any significant changes save for one – me. My name is Eric Wicklund, and I’ve become the new editor for this site (you’ll find my predecessor,...

Making the Family Tree a Decision Support Tool

by Eric Wicklund

One of the most vital – and often incomplete – elements of point-of-care clinical decision support is the family history. Too often clinicians have to rely on a paper questionnaire handed out in the waiting room and filled out by...

How BYOD Strategies Will Affect the Future of Mobile Health

by Vera Gruessner

Could BYOD strategies impact the future of the mobile health space? Read on to find out. The healthcare industry is continually looking toward mobile devices and BYOD strategies as a method for improving communication between patients and physicians,...

The Advantages of Mobile Health Apps Today and Tomorrow

by Vera Gruessner

The mobile health industry, along with remote monitoring and telehealth systems, has a wide impact on reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits throughout the healthcare spectrum by improving communication and care coordination among...


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