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mHealth Diabetes Study Proves That the Right Message Matters

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth study of more than 1,000 people with diabetes finds that simple text messages work better than personalized messages in promoting care management – but the same can’t be said for avoiding hospitalizations. Anindya Ghose,...

UC Davis to Use Telemedicine to Treat Remote Disabled Children

by Eric Wicklund

A California health system is getting a $2 million federal grant to launch a school-based telemedicine program for children with disabilities living in remote areas. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is giving the five-year...

Telemedicine Success Often Hinges on Aligning Providers and Payers

by Eric Wicklund

Sometimes a telemedicine service can offer too much value to let a little thing like reimbursement stand in the way. For a group of seven community health centers in Massachusetts, that service is teledermatology. Faced with an average wait...

New Survey Takes Telemedicine Beyond Pilots, Into Growth Phase

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have moved beyond telemedicine pilots and our now looking to expand existing platforms, according to a new survey from Foley & Lardner. The global law firm with a strong footprint in telehealth and mHealth released its...

mHealth Startup Uses a Smartphone App to Detect Sickness in Speech

by Eric Wicklund

An Israeli startup’s new mHealth app for treating COPD targets a familiar paint point in digital health – getting the user to adapt to a new tool or habit and continue using it. Instead, the Healthymize app is designed to sit in the...

UK’s ‘GP At Hand’ Service Offers Patients mHealth Access to a Doctor

by Eric Wicklund

Some 3.5 million London residents will soon be able to access healthcare on their smartphones around the clock in an mHealth pilot being rolled out by the UK’s National Health Service. The free program, called GP at Hand, will enable select...

mHealth Platforms Are a Valuable Resource for New, Expecting Moms

by Eric Wicklund

New mothers in Nebraska now have an mHealth resource for baby and postpartum health and wellness. WellCare of Nebraska, a subsidiary of Florida-based WellCare Health Plans serving 86,000 Nebraskans on Medicaid, has launched a free text-messaging...

With Fitbits, STSI Adds mHealth to its Precision Medicine Project

by Eric Wicklund

Scripps Health’s Digital Health research unit is providing as many as 10,000 Fitbits to participants in a precision medicine program to track how home activities may affect their health. The Scripps Translational Science Institute will...

CMS, AMA Look for Common Ground on Remote Patient Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Fans of remote patient monitoring found a lot to like in new payment rules released last week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, continuing what many hope is a trend toward CMS support for mHealth and telehealth technology....

CMS Won’t Cover Telehealth in Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has once again declined to cover virtual coaching platforms in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, saying the mHealth and telehealth platform isn’t reliable enough to warrant reimbursement....

Designing a Mobile Patient Portal to Boost mHealth Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly every health system has a patient portal, but few are using mHealth tools and platforms to create an effective patient engagement experience. The trick, experts say, is not just redesigning the patient portal to show up on a smartphone,...

Partners Looks to Integrate mHealth Data Into the Clinical Record

by Eric Wicklund

Partners Connected Health is expanding its mHealth platform to integrate data from consumer-facing devices and wearables, giving healthcare providers new pathways to remote monitoring and care coordination. The Massachusetts-based organization,...

mHealth Data Adds Detail, Meaning to Population Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones have long been considered an ideal mHealth tool for personalized medicine, capable of collecting individual data and pushing out targeted reminders and information. Now that data is being used to power population health programs,...

For Addiction Experts, mHealth Has Its Advantages And Drawbacks

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth may prove to be a critical tool in addressing the national opioid epidemic, but a panel discussion at the Connected Health Conference made it clear that digital health devices might sometimes be more of a hindrance than a help. Mobile...

Florida Hospital, Supermarket Chain Launch Telehealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

An innovative telehealth partnership between a Florida health system and a supermarket pharmacy chain is creating new business lines for connected care. The BayCare Health System recently opened Public pharmacies at three hospitals – St....

The Health Wagon: A Telehealth Resource in a Rural Wilderness

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile health service started more than 30 years ago out of the back of a Volkswagen is using telehealth, mHealth devices and even drones to improve healthcare access and outcomes in one of the most underserved regions of America. The Health...

Telehealth Barriers Should Be Defined by Access, Not Geography

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth and telemedicine programs aren’t catching on in urban America because reimbursement models are targeting the wrong metric. That’s the opinion of researchers from Princeton University and Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson...

Survey: Consumer mHealth Use is Growing, But Literacy is Lacking

by Eric Wicklund

Americans are turning to mHealth apps and online websites to shop for healthcare services and do their healthcare research, according to a new survey from UnitedHealthcare. The same survey found an alarmingly low percentage of consumers who understand...

CDC Grant to Help Florida Hospital Use Telemedicine for HIV Care

by Eric Wicklund

Florida’s UF Health Jacksonville will be using a $2.2 million federal grant to tailor a rural telemedicine program to treat patients with HIV in one of the state’s largest urban areas. The Jacksonville-based health system serves one...

A Failed mHealth Program Offers Lessons Learned For Future Projects

by Eric Wicklund

A recent program to have patients at a federally qualified health center use an mHealth app to manage their hypertension or diabetes failed miserably, with most of the patients abandoning the app within a couple weeks. But while highlighting...

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