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mHealth Closes The Gaps in Medication Adherence During a Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

When Hurricane Harvey battered Houston this past August, public health officials turned to mHealth to make sure patients undergoing treatment for tuberculosis were staying up to date on medication adherence. With roads flooded, health systems...

mHealth Device Earns FDA Approval to Help Smokers Kick The Habit

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile breath sensor has earned federal approval as a class 2 medical device. Combined with a new mHealth app, the digital health platform can now be used to help smokers kick the habit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's...

MUSC Designated a National Telehealth Center of Excellence

by Eric Wicklund

The Medical University of South Carolina has been named a Telehealth Center of Excellence, and given a three-year federal grant to become a model for telehealth and telemedicine programs across the country. The Health and Human Services Department’s...

In Pediatric Specialties, Telemedicine Is a Care Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

For about 20 children in Joplin, Mo., with chronic illnesses, a video screen offers a chance at a healthier life. That screen is part of a telemedicine platform run by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, 157 miles to the north. On...

Texas Mulls Telemedicine Coverage for Workers’ Compensation Cases

by Eric Wicklund

Texas state officials are considering a new rule that would allow residents in workers’ compensation to use telemedicine – and allow healthcare providers to be reimbursed through Medicare. The Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation...

7 Riddles to Solve When Launching a Telehealth Urgent Care Service

by Eric Wicklund

UCHealth isn’t making money on its urgent care telehealth service just yet. But that’s OK with the Colorado health system’s medical director of virtual health. “You can imagine this was not a popular program with primary...

How Do Corporate Health and Wellness Programs Measure mHealth ROI?

by Eric Wicklund

More than a third of the nation’s employers are using a corporate wellness program that includes mHealth wearables - and yet many are struggling to measure whether the program is successful. Those conclusions come from the 2017 State of...

New Telehealth Law Boosts Access to NY Schools, Day Care Centers

by Eric Wicklund

New York has expanded the list of originating sites for telehealth to include schools, giving Empire State children virtual access to doctors, dentists and mental health counselors. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s signature last week on A4703 expands...

Nemours Doctor Measures Telehealth Value in Patient Satisfaction

by Eric Wicklund

To Dr. Alfred Atanda Jr., telehealth isn’t always about improving clinical outcomes. It’s also about making the best use of the patient’s and doctor’s time and reducing costs. Atanda, an orthopedic surgeon at the Nemours/Alfred...

Canadian Study Finds mHealth Isn’t Serving The Right Populations

by Eric Wicklund

In a study that mirrors healthcare attitudes in the US, a new survey finds that Canadians who use mHealth apps and digital health devices aren’t the ones who need them the most. The survey of more than 4,100 Canadians, by the government-funded...

Telehealth Will Only Benefit Seniors if They Know It’s Available

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth is touted as an important avenue for seniors looking to stay healthy and at home, yet almost 90 percent of seniors recently surveyed said they either don’t have access to telehealth through their Medicare plan or they don’t...

PCORI Eyes mHealth, Telehealth Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

by Eric Wicklund

Three projects to test mHealth and telehealth platforms in the treatment of multiple sclerosis are slated to get more than $14 million in grant funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The studies are part of a five-program,...

UK Research Links mHealth to Better Treatments for Sleep Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth therapy can help treat insomnia and mental health disorders arising from sleeplessness, according to a UK-based study. The study of some 3,755 college students between March 2015 and February 2016, detailed in The Lancet, found that Internet-based...

Telehealth Programs Look Past Reimbursement to Find Clinical Value

by Eric Wicklund

Not content to wait for insurers to reimburse them for telehealth, some health systems are launching remote patient monitoring programs with an eye to avoiding unnecessary expenses. In Hudson, N.Y., Columbia Memorial Hospital is sending telehealth...

Telehealth, mHealth Studies Show the Value of Proper Preparation

by Eric Wicklund

A recent study found that a mobile health platform can cause an increase in office visits and a decrease in new business. Now telehealth advocates are saying that study could actually help the industry. Conducted by researchers at the University...

mHealth Messaging Offers Providers Vital Revenue Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers aren’t using mHealth messaging to remind patients to pay their bills – an important digital health resource that could not only improve the revenue cycle but also boost patient engagement efforts. A new survey...

mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

by Eric Wicklund

An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the Pacify...

Harvey’s Aftermath Brings mHealth, Telehealth to the Forefront

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth companies are opening their platforms to residents of Texas and Louisiana who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey, the first of what may be a months- or even years-long effort to include the technology in relief and recovery operations....

With Telehealth, R.I. Docs Open a Portal to the Entire Care Team

by Eric Wicklund

For physicians using telehealth tools to connect with patients, that famed “aha” moment no longer comes when the technology is turned on. The real breakthroughs happen when a doctor begins an online conversation. “Now, out of...

New mHealth Projects Turn Amazon’s Alexa Into a Home Health Aide

by Eric Wicklund

A UK community is launching an mHealth project that will use Amazon Alexa software and Google’s Echo device for senior care. The Hampshire County Council announced plans this week to place the digital health platform in the homes of 50...

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