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A Health Plan Finds Success in Using mHealth For Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

Officials at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Nebraska are hoping their new mobile health platform will not only improve communications with members, but give those members more opportunities to talk about health and wellness with their care...

VA Finalizes ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Telehealth Program For Vets

by Eric Wicklund

A national telehealth program to connect veterans and healthcare providers no matter where either is located is set to become official. The Department of Veterans Affairs has posted former Secretary David Shulkin’s ambitious...

Fox Foundation to Use mHealth Wearables in Parkinson’s Research

by Eric Wicklund

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is launching a project to gather mHealth data from more than 800 people living with Parkinson’s through a wearable. The foundation is partnering with Verily Life Sciences,...

Florida VA Center Finds New Uses for Telehealth in Treating PTSD

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth has proven its value in providing much-needed mental health services to Armed Forces members and veterans dealing with PTSD. Now a Florida VA center is tweaking that platform to give veterans access to a unique form of...

mHealth Scores High With Consumers in Boosting Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are looking to mobile health tools, such as mHealth apps and wearables, to improve their medication adherence. A recent study of some 800 prescription medication users, conducted by Russell Research for Express Scripts, finds...

PCORI Grant to Test mHealth Value in Hypertension Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are getting a $6.5 million grant to study whether mHealth can help people with uncontrolled hypertension. The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

Florida County Offers Free Telemental Health to Uninsured Residents

by Eric Wicklund

A Florida county is offering free telemental health services for low- and no-income residents, available on either a mobile device or at telehealth stations set up in select locations. Polk County authorities expect to serve some 84,000...

At ATA18, Telemedicine Moves From a Possibility to a Necessity

by Eric Wicklund

For years, telehealth advocates have been touting virtual visits as being just as good as the in-person visit. Now they’re saying telemedicine is better. “Our focus is now on quality,” American Telemedicine President...

mHealth Program Uses Smartphones to Monitor Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform in which patients use their smartphones to record themselves taking prescribed medications could boost adherence rates and save public health programs hundreds of thousands of dollars, according a researchers at Johns...

ResearchKit Study to Test Smartphones’ mHealth Value in Eye Studies

by Eric Wicklund

Novartis wants to know if smartphones are good enough to be used in eye studies. The pharma giant has launched a new project on Apple’s ResearchKit platform to gather data on how smartphones can be used in ophthalmology programs....

mHealth Strategies Need Careful Planning to Reach the Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth programs are often hailed as a means of improving access to care for underserved populations, but how do those mobile health platforms reach those people? After all, they’re underserved for a reason. The first step, experts...

mHealth App Aims to Help Caregivers Identify Perinatal Depression

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth app aims to help obstetricians by giving them a mobile health resource to detect and manage depression in pregnant woman and new mothers. Developed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Massachusetts...

mHealth Research Touts Digital Health ‘Touches’ to Fight Drug Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Digital health advocates say an automated mHealth messaging platform can help people dealing with opioid abuse to curb their cravings. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making the argument...

ATA Looks to Take Telehealth Out of The Hospital and Into The Home

by Eric Wicklund

To Ann Mond Johnson, the biggest barrier to the expansion of telemedicine isn’t reimbursement, licensure or uneven regulations. It’s patient engagement. “We have to make a difference in people’s lives,” says...

Milwaukee’s Mobile Health Program Shows Benefits of Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health program launched in 2015 by the Milwaukee Fire Department has reduced 911 calls from so-called “frequent flyers” by more than 50 percent over the past two years. Officials say those callers – identified...

Is mHealth Monitoring for Hypertension Safer Than the Doctor’s Office?

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that using mHealth to monitor blood pressure may actually be more accurate and safer than blood pressure readings taken in a doctor’s office. A study recently published in the New England Journal of Medicine...

Consumers Like Telehealth, But Still Prefer Face-to-Face Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are eager to have their doctors use telehealth – but many haven’t tried the technology themselves, and they’re not convinced it’s as good as an in-person exam. Those somewhat contradictory points, made in...

NYC Urgent Care Clinics Add mHealth to Help With Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

A network of urgent care clinics in New York City has added an mHealth messaging platform to give patients access to post-discharge care coordination services. Manhattan-based CityMD, which boasts more than 85 locations in the New York...

Minnesota Lawmakers Mull New School Telemental Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Minnesota lawmakers are considering a bill to launch four telemedicine projects aimed at improving access to mental health services in schools. HF 4198, introduced in March by State Rep. Peggy Bennett, would set aside an as-yet undecided...

mHealth Interventions Need Care Team Support to Affect Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app that’s designed to help users manage uncontrolled hypertension won’t work unless it offers personalized interventions – including a real-time link to the care team. That’s the take-away from a mobile...

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