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Are Health Systems Getting The Most Out of Their mHealth Platforms?

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey finds that healthcare providers are using their smartphones for communication – but not for the growing variety of mHealth capabilities that these devices now feature. The study, developed by HIMSS Analytics and PatientSafe...

Ocular Telehealth Battle Heats Up With New Group, Lawsuit Appeal

by Eric Wicklund

Supporters of ocular telehealth are marshalling their forces for battle in the handful of states where the use of telemedicine platforms for eye exams is prohibited. They recently announced the launch of Americans for Vision Care Innovation,...

Telemedicine in the ICU: How One Hospital Improved Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

A small Florida hospital is finding that a telemedicine platform gives its doctors and nurses the best means of caring for their sickest patients. Executives at Florida Hospital New Smyrna, a 112-bed facility in New Smyrna Beach, just south of...

Healthcare Execs Call Telehealth a Priority, But Are Still Reluctant

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare is inundated with surveys indicating health systems have launched a telehealth or telemedicine service or are planning on doing so. One of the latest finds that health system executives see the technology as a priority. That they haven’t...

Home Health Provider Launches Telehealth Program for Physical Therapy

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest home healthcare agencies is launching a remote patient monitoring program that uses telehealth to help post-acute care patients recover at home. Visiting Nurse Service of New York will make the Virtual Exercise...

How One Home Health Provider Turned Alexa Into an mHealth Assistant

by Eric Wicklund

Home healthcare providers are finding new uses for Amazon’s Alexa that go far beyond checking the weather, opening the front door, playing music and ordering pizza. The voice assistant technology platform is also becoming a valued –...

Toledo Hospitals to Use Telemedicine For ED Psychiatric Consults

by Eric Wicklund

Mercy Health is launching a telemedicine program to meet an urgent need for psychiatric services at emergency departments in and around Ohio’s fourth largest city. The health system is partnering with Lighthouse Telehealth to provide round-the-clock...

Telehealth Measures Up to The Doctor’s Office in Dermatology Care

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program enabling people to access dermatologists through a virtual visit works just as well as an in-person visit to the doctor’s office, according to a study conducted by the University of Southern California’s Keck...

Methodist Chooses Asynchronous For Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

When Methodist Family Health Centers launched an asynchronous consumer-facing telehealth platform at the beginning of this year, they were more than happy to skip the video.  “It’s better for everyone,” says George Williams,...

Payer Launches Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service for Businesses

by Eric Wicklund

An Oregon-based health plan is launching an asynchronous telehealth service to large businesses to help employees get medical advice and prescriptions for common non-acute health issues. Cambia Health Solutions, a Portland-based non-profit selling...

FTC Urges State Legislators to Rethink Ocular Telehealth Ban

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Trade Commission is wading into the ocular telehealth battle, now being fought in Washington. The agency has come out against Substitute Senate Bill 5411/HB 1473, which, if adopted, would require optometrists and ophthalmologists...

mHealth App Helps Curb Substance Abuse, Reduce Hospital Visits

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app designed for people with substance abuse issues helped patients at three federally qualified health centers reduce instances of drinking and drug use, while also drastically cutting ER visits and hospitalizations. The results,...

mHealth Project to Use Digital Health Data to Identify, Treat Pain

by Eric Wicklund

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is helping to launch a study to determine whether mHealth data collected on smartphones and wearables can be used to help treat people with chronic pain. The hospital is partnering with Evidation...

Homeland Security Eyes Telehealth to Detect Biological Threats

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to telehealth to help create a tool for identifying potential biological attacks. Five digital health programs that mine social media, news, public health and hospital data for clues to impending...

Fitbit Enhances Its mHealth Platform With Twine Health Acquisition

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is adding health and wellness coaching to its consumer-facing digital health platform, giving the company new mHealth tools to appeal to providers and payers. The San Francisco-based company announced plans this week to acquire Twine Health,...

States Eye School-Based Telemedicine to Address Mental Health Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

Utah lawmakers are considering a bill to launch a two-year telemental health pilot program in the state’s public schools. The state is one of several looking to school-based telemedicine programs to address a national shortage of mental...

What Do Tomorrow’s Doctors Think of Mobile Health Technology?

by Eric Wicklund

Nathan Ratner is a third-year medical student at the University of Minnesota who placed third, with his team, in the 2017 Elsevier Hacks competition in Helsinki, Finland. In this Q&A, he talks about what today’s medical students –...

Telemedicine Licensure Gives Doctors a Chance to Expand Their Reach

by Eric Wicklund

To Dr. Bruce Miewald, telemedicine licensure isn’t a means to acquire more patients and do more business. It’s an opportunity to reach out and help people in other parts of the country who need his expertise. The Coeur D’Alene,...

Wyoming Introduces an mHealth App for Public, Population Health

by Eric Wicklund

Wyoming’s Department of Health has launched a free, personalized mHealth app designed to connect families in the state with appropriate healthcare resources. The Family Health app was rolled out with the assistance of Wildflower Health,...

Telemedicine Gives Northwell Health a Better Path to Organ Donations

by Eric Wicklund

New York’s largest health system is using a telemedicine platform to improve the organ donation process – a digital health boost that is easing the workload for nurses and giving them more time for bedside care and support. The 22-hospital...

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