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Digital Health Translators Help Providers Get Past ‘Hello’

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are relying more and more on digital health tools to communicate with their patients.  That’s especially true when the patient doesn’t understand English. At Chicago’s Advocate Health Care, five of...

mHealth Platforms Are Proving Their Value to Home Health Agencies

by Eric Wicklund

A Chicago-based home health agency is launching an mHealth platform to help its chronic care patients transition from the hospital to the home – and stay home. Health Resource Solutions, which works with more than 1,000 patients a month,...

Hospital’s mHealth Project Finds Value in Fitbit Data

by Eric Wicklund

A Minnesota hospital is tapping into Fitbit to better understand how activity and sleep patterns affect its young diabetic patients. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is using the popular fitness wearable to study the habits...

Mississippi Scales Up Its Telehealth Network

by Eric Wicklund

The success of Mississippi’s telehealth-based diabetes program is prompting its parent health system to expand to other states – and other chronic disease groups. The Diabetes Telehealth Network, a statewide remote care management...

Watson Brings mHealth Into the Workplace

by Eric Wicklund

Watson’s capabilities in population-based mHealth programs are now being put to the test in the office. IBM’s supercomputer is joining forces with the American Heart Association and Welltok in two new programs, one to measure an employee’s...

UK Goes All In on Remote Patient Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

The UK’s National Health Service is rolling out seven projects to test mHealth and telehealth technology in remote patient monitoring. Officials say the ground-breaking initiative will help millions of Britons live at home while having...

NewYork-Presbyterian’s New App is a Study in Simplicity

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly one week ago, NewYork-Presbyterian launched a new smartphone app for patients in the Apple App Store. Sometime next week, the New York City-based health system will be releasing its third iteration of the app. “We like to be nimble,”...

Making a Case for Pagers - and Smartphones - in Care Team Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

The death of the pager has been reported more than once in healthcare circles. Now an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association is bringing it back to life for a while. Written by University of California-San Francisco doctors...

Ride-Sharing Apps Target a Healthcare Pain Point

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to the latest craze in transportation to make sure their patients make their medical appointments. The ride-sharing service Lyft announced this week that it’s working with the National Medtrans Network’s...

New Telehealth Services Cater to Mobile Employees

by Eric Wicklund

A Pennsylvania college's Social Enterprise Institute has launched a network of health and wellness centers for truckers. Graduate students of Elizabethtown College and the SEI, also based at the college, are converting nine mobile chapels...

Pharmacies Look to Telehealth Partnerships to Keep Clinics Running

by Eric Wicklund

An announcement out of Chicago today might signal a new trend in retail healthcare. Advocate Health Care, one of the Midwest’s largest health systems, has announced that it will take over 56 retail clinics in Walgreens locations in and...

Turning to Telehealth For a Good Night’s Sleep

by Eric Wicklund

The latest trend in telehealth? Using IT to catch some Zs. The advent of remote monitoring platforms has pushed sleep therapy out of the lab and into the bedroom, where specialists or even primary care providers can keep tabs on a patient’s...

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...

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