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mHealth App for HIV Patients Proves the Value of ‘Warm Technology’

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app designed at the University of Virginia for recently-diagnosed HIV patients not only has improved care management and coordination, but has also helped them suppress the virus. The effectiveness of the PositiveLinks app,...

Telehealth Licensure Compact for Physical Therapists is Ready to Go

by Eric Wicklund

Physical therapists in Missouri, North Dakota and Tennessee will soon be able to use telehealth to treat patients in other states. The three states will go live on July 9 under the Physical Therapy Licensure Compact, which allows PTs and...

How One Urgent Care Clinic Uses Telehealth to Find its Niche

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems often see direct-to-consumer telehealth as a means of competing with retail and stand-alone urgent care services.  Now one Texas-based urgent care network is using virtual care technology to carve its own niche in the...

mHealth Brain Games Help Post-ICU Patients Recover Cognitive Skills

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform that enables recent ICU patients to “exercise” their brain at home after discharge is helping to improve recovery and reduce cognitive issues. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have reported that a...

Georgia’s First Mobile Telestroke Unit is Ready to Roll in Atlanta

by Eric Wicklund

Georgia is adding a new mobile health resource to its telemedicine service with the state’s first mobile stroke unit. The mobile stroke treatment unit, a specially equipped ambulance designed to bring telestroke care directly to the...

2nd Michigan Hospital Forges Telehealth Partnership With Shriners

by Eric Wicklund

A second Michigan hospital is opening a telehealth unit to enable families to access care from Shriners Hospitals for Children. Officials at Grand Rapids-based Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital announced this week that they will...

mHealth Tools Help Hospitals Improve the Physician Query Process

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health technology is helping to make the cumbersome process of responding to physician queries easier for physicians, giving them more time to spend with their patients. Often considered a necessary evil in the hospital-based...

Pa. Payer Expands Telehealth Platform to Include Telemental Health

by Eric Wicklund

A central Pennsylvania health plan is adding telemental health to its telehealth offerings, following a recent surge in virtual visits. Capital BlueCross, which serves 21 counties in the Keystone State, is expanding its Virtual Care...

Coalition Aims to Help Dentists, Orthodontists Use Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

A new telemedicine association has formed to help orthodonists and dentists integrate connected care technology into their offices. The American Teledentistry Association (ATDA), launched in May, is “an effort to shape the...

The Pentagon Issues a Call for an Enterprise Telemedicine Platform

by Eric Wicklund

The Pentagon is in the market for an enterprise telemedicine platform. The Military Health System (MHS) has asked the telehealth and telemedicine industry for ideas on how it can consolidate its many connected care programs onto one...

Telehealth Gives Doctors a Chance to Be Where They’re Most Needed

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth technology is allowing Dr. John Bender to be in two places at once. And that makes a big different in care management and coordination for thousands of patients at his Colorado-based medical practice. Bender, senior partner and...

New NIH App is an mHealth Resource on Herbs, Herbal Supplements

by Eric Wicklund

The National Institutes of Health has unveiled an mHealth app offering information and resources on herbs and herbal supplements. HerbList, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, aims to get in front of the growing...

New Mexico Health Plans Launch Phone-Based Telehealth Service

by Eric Wicklund

Some 40,000 New Mexico residents will soon have access to telehealth services through their phone. Health plans True Health New Mexico and New Mexico Health Connections have announced a partnership with MDLive that will enable members to...

CMS Pitches Telehealth to Medicaid Programs Targeting Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is recommending telehealth and telemedicine to healthcare providers looking to leverage Medicaid funding for opioid abuse treatment. CMS made the pitch in a pair of guidance documents...

Hollander: Don’t Measure Telehealth Value Against In-Person Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Those trying to find value in telehealth by comparing a virtual visit to an in-person visit are getting it all wrong, according to Judd Hollander. The virtual visit, says Hollander, Senior Vice President of Healthcare Delivery Innovation...

New Mobile Health Program Offers Pharmacy Access Through a Kiosk

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health program being tested in Arizona will use kiosks to connect consumers to pharmacy services, including prescription-filling and video access to a pharmacist. Six kiosks developed by MedAvail have been deployed in public...

St. Joseph’s Villa Uses Telehealth to Connect With Children in Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes a telehealth program’s best feature is its ability to start a conversation. At St. Joseph’s Villa in Richmond, Va., a simple virtual visit platform has turned an eight-bed crisis stabilization center into an...

Texas Governor Lobbies for Statewide School Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott wants to expand an innovative school telehealth program across the state, giving at-risk students access to telemental health services before they pose a risk to themselves or others. The proposed expansion of...

Will a Payer’s New ER Policy Give Telehealth a Boost in Texas?

by Eric Wicklund

A move by Texas’ largest health insurer to reduce unnecessary ER visits could provide a welcome boost to direct-to-consumer telehealth programs in the state. Beginning in June, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas will begin...

mHealth Tools Can Play a Role in Managing Schizophrenia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health advocates are touting another mHealth program that has proven its value in treating people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, a mobile health platform...

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