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Anthem Launches DTC Telehealth Platform for Medi-Cal Members

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest Medicaid programs is launching a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform for its members. Anthem Blue Cross announced this week that its 1.2 million Medicaid members in California’s Medi-Cal program...

mHealth Treatment for Substance Abuse Now Available to Providers

by Eric Wicklund

The first mHealth platform to receive federal approval for the treatment of people with substance abuse issues is now available to providers as a prescription-based digital therapeutic. The reSET mHealth app, developed by Pear...

USC, Northwestern to Study Antibiotic Prescribing Via Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at two universities are launching a five-year study to determine whether telemedicine can help healthcare providers improve their medication management habits. Funded by a grant from the Health and Human Services...

mHealth Project to Use Smartphones to Tackle Pregnancy Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Texas is launching an mHealth project to track 1,000 pregnant women through the smartphones. Backed by a $1.2 million National Science Foundation Smart and Connected Health grant, researchers will use an mHealth app to...

Duke to Use mHealth Wearables to Help Freshmen Improve Health

by Eric Wicklund

Duke University will be arming incoming freshmen with smartwatches next year in an mHealth program that aims to improve student health outcomes. The WearDuke program, developed by Geoff Ginsburg, a professor of medicine, and Susanne Haga,...

Congress Facing Pressure to Pass Telehealth Bill for Senior Care

by Eric Wicklund

Connected care advocates are lobbying Congress to pass the Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations (RUSH) Act of 2018, which aims to reduce rehospitalizations at qualified skilled nursing facilities by giving them more...

New Group Lobbies for More Telehealth, mHealth in Medicaid Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Dozens of health technology companies have formed a non-profit aimed at lobbying for more telehealth and mHealth in Medicaid. Spurred by recent federal and state efforts to expand Medicaid programs targeting underserved populations,...

CHQI Unveils Its First Class of Accredited Telehealth Providers

by Eric Wicklund

One of two organizations providing telehealth accreditation has unveiled its first graduating class. Five telehealth providers – including two health systems – have been accredited under guidelines developed by the ClearHealth...

Mary Free Bed Hospital Adds Telemedicine to Improve Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

With a new telemedicine platform, Michigan’s Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital is looking to take the “physical” out of physical rehabilitation. The 167-bed hospital, based in Grand Rapids, offers acute care...

Ohio Hospital Using Telehealth to Tackle 911 calls, ER Overcrowding

by Eric Wicklund

An Ohio hospital is partnering with the local fire department and Miami University Oxford to launch a telehealth program aimed at the most frequent users of the 911 emergency system. Middletown-based Atrium Medical Center and the...

Texas Eyes Telemedicine for Students, Sexual Assault Survivors

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas legislator is looking to improve access to telemedicine for students with mental health issues and sexual assault survivors. Those proposals were included in a package of 11 bills filed this week by Texas State Senator Jane...

Rural Telehealth Project Examines Palliative Care, Population Health

by Eric Wicklund

Three Southeast hospitals are partnering with the University of Alabama at Birmingham on a study to determine whether a telehealth platform can improve palliative care options for rural African-Americans. Community hospitals in Aiken,...

FDA Grants Emergency Clearance to mHealth Platform for Ebola Testing

by Eric Wicklund

With reports of a new Ebola outbreak threatening Africa, the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first-ever fingerstick test for the deadly virus that can be read on an mHealth device. The DPP Ebola Antigen System,...

CMS Code Gives Docs a Chance to Use Store-and-Forward Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking for new ways to implement telehealth and telemedicine are getting a Christmas present from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: a new code for asynchronous (store-and-forward) telehealth...

Licensure Compacts Gain Ground as a Means to Expand Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

More than 3,000 US physicians have received permission to practice in multiple states through the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, giving them the opportunity to expand their practice through telehealth and telemedicine. According to...

USDA Report Highlights Challenges to Rural Telehealth Adoption

by Eric Wicklund

New research from the US Department of Agriculture confirms what the healthcare industry has long suspected: Telehealth isn’t being used by those who need it the most. The USDA report, Rural Individuals’ Telehealth Practices:...

Mass General Launches New mHealth Platform for Research Studies

by Eric Wicklund

Massachusetts General Hospital has announced plans to use an mHealth platform to collect digital health data and enhance collaboration between care providers and consumers taking part in research studies. The Boston hospital, one of the...

Ochsner, American Well Partner on Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The Ochsner Health System has joined the direct-to-consumer telehealth movement. The New Orleans-based health system, long known for its innovative work in telehealth and mHealth, is partnering with American Well to launch Ochsner...

FCC Faces New Pressure to Expand Broadband for Rural Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

Rural broadband advocates are looking to put pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to expand broadband services through TV white space technology, which could be used to expand telehealth and telemedicine services to remote...

UK Study Proves Value of mHealth Therapy in Insomnia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

A study conducted by the UK’s University of Oxford has found that people suffering from insomnia can improve their sleep patterns, brain function and psychological well-being through the use of mHealth. As reported in JAMA...

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