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Clemson Expands Mobile Health Fleet to Reach Underserved Communities

by Eric Wicklund

Clemson University’s health center is using a $100,000 to create a fleet of mobile health clinics aimed at improving access to care in underserved parts of South Carolina. Clemson’s James F. Sullivan Center, a nurse-managed...

Telehealth Gives Patients a Real-Time Link to Mental Health Support

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas-based psychiatry clinic is using telehealth to help patients manage their health outside the doctor’s office. Carter Health Psychiatry & Wellness, located just south of Houston in Friendswood, has launched a remote...

Illinois Expands Reimbursement for Diabetes Care Via Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

A new law taking effect in Illinois this week expands coverage for telehealth programs aimed at seniors living with diabetes. HB 5351, passed in May 2018 and signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner in August, amends the Illinois Insurance Code to...

Kansas Judge Rules Against New Law Banning Telemedicine Abortions

by Eric Wicklund

A Kansas judge has shot down efforts by state lawmakers to ban telemedicine abortions, the second victory for supporters of the connected care service in two weeks. District Judge Franklin Theis ruled on Dec. 31 that the new law banning...

Michigan Governor Vetoes Extension of Telemedicine Abortion Ban

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan Gov. Bill Snyder has vetoed a proposal to extend the state’s six-year-old ban on telemedicine abortions. Snyder shot down Senate Bill 1998 following party-line votes in the state Senate and House in favor of the bill, which...

Will Telehealth and mHealth Fulfill Their Potential in 2019?

by Eric Wicklund

With 2019 on the doorstep, healthcare leaders are looking for clues as to what the coming year will hold for telehealth and mHealth. And while most of the experts have long since tossed out the time-worn “tipping point”...

UPMC-Giant Eagle Partnership Puts Telehealth Kiosks in Markets

by Eric Wicklund

UPMC is extending its telemedicine platform into supermarkets, joining a connected health industry trend that sees consumers shopping for groceries, pharmaceutical products and healthcare all in one location. The Pittsburgh-based health...

New Mexico Bill Adds Telemedicine to Assisted Suicide Debate

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill in New Mexico seeks to add telemedicine to the “right to die” debate. The Elizabeth Whitefield End of Life Options Act (HB 90), introduced on Dec. 20 by State Rep. Deborah Armstrong, would enable qualifying...

EDs Face Obstacles in Integrating Pediatric Telemedicine Services

by Eric Wicklund

Only about 8 percent of the nation’s Emergency Departments have pediatric telemedicine units, according to new research. And while connected care platforms have been found to improve care management and clinical outcomes, some health...

Penn Medicine Launching Telemedicine Platform for Brain Tumor Consults

by Eric Wicklund

Penn Medicine a telemedicine program to expand the reach of its specialists in offering second opinions on brain tumor diagnoses. The health system’s nationally recognized Penn Brain Tumor Center will soon be using a connected care...

UAB Using $4.6M Grant to Apply Telehealth to Physical Therapy Program

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is getting a $4.6 million federal grant to integrate a telemedicine platform into a novel music-enhanced physical therapy program for people with disabilities. Through a partnership with the YMCA of...

mHealth Strategies Need Planning to Avoid Digital Solution Fatigue

by Eric Wicklund

Health plans looking to connect with their members on an mHealth platform these days face a challenge similar to any parent with teen-aged children: The more digital options, the better the chance of making eye contact. But do all those...

Eli Lilly Looks to mHealth Data to Improve Medication Delivery

by Eric Wicklund

One of the bigger players in the pharma industry is upping its mHealth game with a partnership designed to draw data from wearables and smartphones to improve the design and delivery of digital therapeutic treatments. Eli Lilly this week...

How One SNF Used Telemedicine to Qualify for a Medicare Bonus

by Eric Wicklund

A telemedicine platform that provides real-time virtual care has helped a Long Island skilled nursing facility reduce hospital transfers, improve patient care and staff morale – and earn more than $150,000 in Medicare bonuses for the...

Reimbursement Barriers Still Plague Telemental Health Expansion

by Eric Wicklund

Federal and state efforts to boost telemental health may be blossoming – in particular for students, seniors and veterans – but “a lack of meaningful coverage and reimbursement rules” means the telemedicine...

FDA Approves mHealth Platform for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth platform specifically designed to help healthcare providers treat patients with opioid use disorder (OUD). The US Food and Drug Administration’s this week granted clearance for reSET-O, an...

Long Island Hospital to Roll Out Mobile Telestroke Units Next Spring

by Eric Wicklund

Stony Brook University Hospital is preparing to launch two mobile telestroke units next spring on New York’s Long Island. The hospital has set aside $2.2 million to equip the mobile health units with telemedicine technology,...

For Small Hospitals, Telemedicine Can Be a Game-Changer in the ED

by Eric Wicklund

Rural hospitals who use telemedicine to improve care management in their Emergency Departments not only save money and preserve limited resources – they also boost staff morale and make it easier to hire new talent. That’s the...

VA Announces Telehealth Partnerships With Walmart, Philips, T-Mobile

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding its “Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care” program with new telehealth and telemedicine partnerships. At this week’s “Anywhere to Anywhere Together” summit in...

For One Pediatric Practice, mHealth Progress is Small But Significant

by Eric Wicklund

Amid all the talk about low adoption rates and uncertain “tipping points” for telehealth, one point should be made clear: Any provider who finds success with connected care technology is proof that the technology works. And...

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