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New for Remote Patient Monitoring Programs: An mHealth Toilet Seat

March 22, 2019 - The latest idea in mHealth innovation aims to improve remote patient monitoring for people with cardiac issues through the bathroom. Researchers at New York’s Rochester Institute of Technology are working on a sensor-embedded toilet seat that would enable care providers to monitor a patient’s weight, heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation levels and stroke volume...


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Fitbit, Solera Health Extend mHealth Partnership After DPP Success

by Eric Wicklund

An Arizona-based integrated health network known for its mHealth programs is partnering with Fitbit to launch a connected health platform aimed at improving care management through behavior change and positive reinforcement. Solera Health...

Children’s of Alabama to Use mHealth to Help Families After Discharge

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s third largest children’s hospital is launching an mHealth program to monitor infants with complex heart defects after they’ve been discharged. Children’s of Alabama is partnering with Locus Health on...

OIG OKs Free Phones in mHealth Project Targeting Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have given the green light to a digital health company’s plan to loan free smartphones to patients enrolled in an mHealth project tracking medication adherence. The Office of the Inspector General issued the ruling...

Hospital’s Telehealth Program Reduces ER Visits, Treatment Costs

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program launched in 2016 to improve care management for patients with chronic conditions who aren’t in home health care has cut ER visits in half and reduced hospitalizations by almost 90 percent, according to hospital...

Ochsner Adds Remote Patient Monitoring for Cardiac Implant Patients

by Eric Wicklund

The Ochsner Health System is launching a new remote patient monitoring service aimed at improving care management for patients with implanted cardiac devices. The New Orleans-based health system, one of the nation’s most progressive...

Telehealth Research Uncovers Challenges in Launching an RPM Program

by Eric Wicklund

Remote patient monitoring programs for cardiac care patients have helped reduce mortality over six months – but the telemedicine platform has proven less effective in the long run, and has even led to an increase in hospital...

Home Health Provider Sees mHealth as a Channel to Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

A home health agency serving Medicaid recipients in western New York is using an mHealth platform to improve care coordination for it most fragile patients. And for Raul Vazquez, MD, chief executive officer of the Greater Buffalo United...

Partners Launches Patient-Facing mHealth App to Gather RPM Data

by Eric Wicklund

Partners HealthCare has released a consumer-facing mHealth app that enables patients to share data from roughly 250 connected health devices with their care team. The PGHDConnect app, unveiled at the Connected Health Conference last week...

Apple’s New mHealth Project Takes on Remote Patient Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Several hospitals and health systems across the country will be participating in a massive mHealth study to determine whether an mHealth app and the Apple Watch can be used to improve care management and outcomes for patients undergoing...

Remote Monitoring Gains Favor as an mHealth Platform for Senior Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers and payers are increasingly turning to remote patient monitoring programs for care management of seniors at home. Just this week, Senior Whole Health, a Massachusetts-based health plan for seniors with function...

Fitbit Launches a Connected Health Platform for mHealth Coaching

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is launching a telehealth platform designed to offer coaching and support for healthcare providers, employers and others using mHealth devices in connected health programs. With the launch of Fitbit Care, the California-based...

MGMA, AMIA Weigh In on CMS’ RPM, Digital Health Reimbursement Plans

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services may be taking a step forward with proposed improved reimbursements for remote patient monitoring and other digital health services, but some worry that those changes will negatively affect...

mHealth Program to Help NYC Firefighters Monitor Blood Pressure

by Eric Wicklund

New York City firefighters, both active and retired, will soon have access to an mHealth device to monitor their blood pressure. The Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York City (UFOA), representing some 2,600 active members and...

mHealth, Telehealth Groups Lobby CMS for Better RPM Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

Close to 50 healthcare organizations and vendors are lobbying the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to improve reimbursement opportunities for remote patient monitoring. In a letter delivered this morning to CMS Administrator...

New mHealth Technology Platform Aims to Validate Remote Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Several mHealth companies are joining forces to create a clinician-facing platform for assuring data integrity and patient identification in remote patient monitoring programs. The OpenMedReady framework is being developed by Philips,...

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...

Top 10 Telemedicine Solutions by Hospital Site Implementations

by Kate Monica

Driven by patient demand, improvements in technology, and the need to deliver healthcare outside the traditional hospital setting, health systems across the US are embracing telemedicine. Some are launching platforms to connect patients...

Smartphone Lab Alerts Cut 26 Minutes Off ED Discharge Times

by Thomas Beaton

Research published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine Journal found that smartphone alerts may be helpful for reducing the time it takes to discharge patients from the emergency department. When physicians utilized smartphone push...

Wearable Technology Helps Sustain Employer Wellness Programs

by Thomas Beaton

A new survey from the Health Enhancementt Research Organization (HERO) found that employers can use wearable technology, along with supplemental support, to greatly enhance their wellness programs. On average, 53 percent of employers...

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