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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...

Telehealth Offers a Platform For Discussing Sensitive Health Issues

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often see telehealth as an ideal platform for connecting with their patients on sensitive issues. Erectile dysfunction fits into that category quite nicely. Last month, a New York City-based startup armed with more than $3...

mHealth Programs For Adolescents Need to Focus on Patient Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth treatments aren’t being designed for the adolescent patient living with a chronic condition, a group of pediatric health experts say.  As a result, America’s healthcare system is missing out on a golden...

Are Providers, Payers Putting Enough Into Telehealth Education?

by Eric Wicklund

New research finds that healthcare providers are turning to telehealth and telemedicine more and more to meet business goals, rather than consumer demand. At the same time, many consumers say they haven’t tried telehealth and don’t...

Drones Show Potential for Delivering Telemedicine, mHealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Today’s high-tech toy could soon become a valuable telemedicine tool. Drones – those tiny, unmanned planes that have been buzzing over beaches and playgrounds across the US – are beginning to show up on the radar in healthcare...

The Year in Review: Telehealth, mHealth Made Their Mark in 2017

by Eric Wicklund

From Capitol Hill to Silicon Valley, telehealth, telemedicine and mHealth – and the other half-dozen terms for this fast-moving industry – found its way into the American consciousness in many different forms during 2017. While Congress...

Texas Deputies Turn to Telemedicine to Treat Mental Health Crises

by Eric Wicklund

Sheriff’s deputies in the nation’s third most-populated county are using mHealth to connect people experiencing a mental health crisis with psychiatrists. The Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Texas began arming some of...

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...

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