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mHealth Messages Can Help New Mothers Protect Infants From SIDS

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform can help new mothers protect their children against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), possibly even saving lives, according to a recent study. Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, Yale University...

mHealth Helps Smooth the Care Coordination Process for Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems across the country are turning to telemedicine to ease a particularly problematic pain point: discharging a patient to a skilled nursing facility. With the typical discharge process taking hours and involving dozens of phone calls,...

NJ Telemedicine Law Delayed By Concerns About Veterinarian Use

by Eric Wicklund

New Jersey’s new telemedicine regulations are being held up as state officials try to determine whether they pertain to veterinarians. Gov. Chris Christie met this week with healthcare and veterinary officials to discuss the ramifications...

mHealth Researchers Turn to Crowd-Funding in Parkinson’s Study

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare researchers are turning to crowdfunding to evaluate how mHealth sensors and smartphones can help those with Parkinson’s disease. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research...

Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Expand Telemental Health Services

by Eric Wicklund

California’s Kaiser Foundation Health Plan will be expanding its telehealth platform for behavioral health services to meet long-standing complaints over a lack of access and follow-up care. The announcement by Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente...

mHealth is Put to the Test to Help Cancer Patients at Home

by Eric Wicklund

Swedish researchers have launched a study to determine if an mHealth platform can improve recovery times for cancer patients by connecting them at home with their doctors during treatment. Based at the Karolinskaya Institute in Stockholm, the...

mHealth Sets its Sights on Lupus in New Apple ResearchKit Study

by Eric Wicklund

The Lupus Research Alliance has partnered with Pfizer to launch an mHealth study on Apple’s ResearchKit platform. The partnership launched an app this past June on Apple’s mHealth-based clinical trial platform as part of its VALUE...

Telemental Health Program Targets Military Caregivers in Texas

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas healthcare provider is using a telemental health platform to connect with caregivers for military families, where depression rates are four times higher than other populations. Armed with a USAA grant, the University of Texas Health Science...

Microsoft’s New Broadband Strategy Includes a Nod to Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Microsoft has announced plans to help improve rural America’s broadband capabilities, an ambitious project that could kick-start telemedicine projects to underserved communities. Unveiled Tuesday, “A Rural Broadband Strategy: Connecting...

Building a School-Based Telehealth Program? Start With the Nurse

by Eric Wicklund

The Medical University of South Carolina has an ambitious plan to double the number of school-based telehealth programs next year. To do that, they’ll need the school nurses in their corner. It’s not an easy task, says James T. McElligott,...

mHealth, Telehealth Are Making the House Call Meaningful Again

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth have often been pitched as replacements for the in-person healthcare encounter, but some providers and payers now see mobile health as a means of improving the face-to-face visit. In many cases, they’re reviving the...

Telehealth Supporters Lobby DC for Better Broadband Connectivity

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill on Capitol Hill seeks to help urban healthcare providers expand telemedicine programs to rural areas by giving them access to federal funds for broadband connectivity. The bill is part of a full-court press by rural healthcare providers,...

In Value-Based Care, Telehealth’s Aim is Money Saved, Not Earned

by Eric Wicklund

To find value in a telehealth or mHealth program, healthcare providers must look not at how much money they’ll make, but how much they’ll save. At the St. Louis-based Mercy health system, this means sending home about 1,300 patients...

ATA Task Force to Study Environmental Effects of Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Can telemedicine help reduce global warming? The American Telemedicine Association will be asking that question, and many more, as it launches a task force to determine how telemedicine impacts climate change. Some telehealth and telemedicine...

Mercy Virtual’s President Talks Telemedicine, Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

For telemedicine to truly contribute value to healthcare delivery, it has to be invisible. That is, in a nutshell, the goal for Dr. Randall S. Moore, MD, MBA, president of Mercy Virtual. Billed as the nation’s only hospital without beds,...

Florida Cuts Telemedicine Out of New Medical Marijuana Law

by Eric Wicklund

Florida lawmakers have passed legislation that prevents doctors from using telemedicine to issue a prescription for medical marijuana. The rule, part of 80 pages of legislation passed by lawmakers during a special session on June 9, requires...

Telemedicine Gives ERs an Instant Link to Psychiatric Consults

by Eric Wicklund

In busy emergency departments across the country, doctors are turning to telemedicine to provide one vital service they can’t often handle: the psychiatric consult. Roughly 13 percent of all ER visits require a mental health consult, according...

Ga. Payer Pushes Telehealth to Replace Unnecessary ER Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A Georgia insurer is taking strong steps to promote telehealth as a replacement for most emergency room visits. Starting in July, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia will stop reimbursing for ER visits deemed to be unnecessary. The payer is recommending...

Mobile Health Units Put the Emphasis on Access for mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers around the country are taking a literal approach to mobile health these days. They’re customizing RVs, vans, buses and ambulances with telemedicine tools and wireless connectivity to bring healthcare to underserved...

Health Plans Turn to mHealth Messaging to Reach the Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

To Nancy R. Wharfield, MD, associate chief medical officer of the California-based Gold Coast Health Plan, mHealth messages have one huge advantage over post cards and robocalls when reaching out to her Medicaid members. “They make you...

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