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Opening Up the OR: Using Telemedicine to Enhance Collaboration

by Eric Wicklund

A Pennsylvania health system is seeing unexpected benefits in deploying telemedicine technology inside the operating room. Abington Hospital –Jefferson Health, which comprises two Abington-area hospitals, six outpatient clinics and two...

In a Competitive Market, Telehealth Can Be a Valuable Commodity

by Eric Wicklund

UPMC is using its telehealth and telemedicine network to attract new patients in central Pennsylvania – possibly to the detriment of one of its biggest competitors. The Pittsburgh-based health system recently announced an expansion of its...

mHealth Gives Clinicians a Platform for Managing Rare Diseases

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who treat patients with Marfan syndrome are hoping a new mHealth platform will help them improve care management and coordination – and give researchers access to digital health data to study the rare disease. The Marfan...

AACN Updates Guidelines for Nurses in ICU Telemedicine Programs

by Eric Wicklund

The success and expansion of telemedicine programs across the country that focus on ICU care – also known as teleICU programs – has given rise to a new question: How should these programs be designed for nurses? The American Association...

A Telepsychiatrist Talks About the Power of mHealth Technology

by Eric Wicklund

In telemental health, one of the most important attributes is immediacy. And Dr. Thomas Kim is never more than a tap on a smartphone app away from someone in crisis. “We should never discount the power in our pocket,” the Austin,...

A Telemedicine Program Links ICU Patients to Clinicians Down Under

by Eric Wicklund

An Atlanta health system is seeing enough good results from a telemedicine platform in Australia that it’s opening a second eICU Down Under. Officials at Emory Healthcare have announced a new remote intensive care partnership with Royal...

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 team. BCBSNE...

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 connected care...

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, one...

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 therapy. The...

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 that roughly...

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), will...

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 uninsured...

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 Peter Yellowlees,...

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 Hopkins...

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. Through...

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 say,...

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 Medical School,...

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 following...

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 the...

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