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Cedars-Sinai Study Finds mHealth, RPM Aren’t Changing Outcomes Yet

January 16, 2018 - mHealth sensors in smartwatches, fitness bands and other wearables aren’t improving patient outcomes in remote monitoring programs, according to a new study conducted at Cedars-Sinai. But researchers say the issue is one of volume rather than value. Led by Brennan Spiegel, MD, the Los Angeles-based health system’s director of Health Services Research, researchers pored through...


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VA Puts Telehealth to Work in ‘Anywhere to Anywhere’ Care Initiative

by Eric Wicklund

With Congressional approval in hand, the Department of Veterans Affairs is moving forward with plans for a national telehealth network for veterans. The VA recently awarded a $260 million contract to 1Vision LLC, a subsidiary of HMS Technologies,...

Philips Strengthens RPM Platform With New Telehealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Philips is strengthening its remote patient monitoring platform with the acquisition of a telehealth company specializing in population health technology. The company’s deal with VitalHealth, a Dutch company launched in 2006 out of the...

Alaska’s Largest PCP Launches an mHealth Program for Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

Alaska’s largest primary care group is prescribing mHealth technology to thousands of residents living with diabetes in a unique remote monitoring program designed to improve care management outcomes and drive down costs. Anchorage-based...

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 technology....

mHealth Study Gives Smartphones a Failing Grade on Foot Ulcer Care

by Eric Wicklund

Australian researchers have found that an mHealth platform that relies on photographs taken by a smartphone isn’t enough to properly treat a diabetic foot ulcer. Roughly 3.4 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes around the world develop...

AMGA Lobbies CMS to Give Telehealth More Medicare Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Group Association is lobbying for more Medicare acceptance of telehealth, by recommending five new CPT codes and a demonstration of the value of virtual coaching platform for those with diabetes. In a letter issued on Sept....

Telehealth Programs Look Past Reimbursement to Find Clinical Value

by Eric Wicklund

Not content to wait for insurers to reimburse them for telehealth, some health systems are launching remote patient monitoring programs with an eye to avoiding unnecessary expenses. In Hudson, N.Y., Columbia Memorial Hospital is sending telehealth...

Telehealth Project Helps Ostomy Patients Get Adjusted at Home

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth pilot being launched at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hopes to ease the stigma around ostomy and help patients adjust to living with ostomy bags. Developed by UAB Nursing School Instructor Tracie White, MSN, the pilot connects...

Most Wired 2017 Hospitals Lead in Telehealth, Remote Monitoring

by Thomas Beaton

The 2017 AHA Most Wired Hospitals survey revealed that a strong reliance on telehealth, remote monitoring, and mHealth tools is key for becoming a top health IT performer. The survey, representing approximately 39 percent of all hospitals in...

Top 10 Remote Patient Monitoring Companies for Hospitals

by Thomas Beaton

To enhance care delivery and improve patient outcomes for conditions that need constant surveillance, hospitals are increasing their use of remote patient monitoring solutions. Integrated remote monitoring solutions with messaging and alert systems...

mHealth Companies Fined for Medicare Fraud on Wearable Monitors

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials say the developers of an mHealth wearable forced doctors to bill Medicare for remote patient monitoring services that were more expensive than necessary. The U.S. Department of Justice has levied a $13.45 million fine against...

Hospitals Expand Home Telemedicine, Remote Monitoring

by Thomas Beaton

Hospital-based telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities that extend access to specialty care and other services are becoming increasingly an increasingly popular option for patients and providers. The use of telemedicine and remote monitoring...

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 to specialist...

In-Home Blood Pressure Monitors Inaccurate 70% of the Time

by Thomas Beaton

A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension found that in-home blood pressure (BP) monitors weren't accurate within five mmHg about 70 per cent of the time. These devices were off the mark by 10 mmHg about 30 per cent of the...

Patient-Generated Health Data is Valuable Personalization Tool

by Thomas Beaton

Sixty-two  percent of consumers believe that patient-generated health data (PGHD) from their mHealth devices will put them in control of their own health, according to an industry report from Ericsson. In a survey of 4500 mHealth and broadband...

mHealth Apps Aid Remote Monitoring of Elderly Patients

by Thomas Beaton

mHealth apps designed at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) may soon provide remote monitoring solutions that can provide better care choices for treating elderly patients. Using a smartphone secured to the patient with a chest strap,...

Wearable Devices, mHealth Apps Combine for Chronic Disease Care

by Thomas Beaton

A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggests the next step in chronic disease management could involve a combination of wearable devices and mHealth apps that focus on improving health conditions. Patients with osteoarthritis...

HEART Act Targets Medicare Limits on Rural Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill making its way around Capitol Hill aims to improve access to telehealth services for people with heart disease and those in rural parts of the country. The Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, filed on May 3 by U.S....

35% of Employers Use Wearable Devices for Wellness Programs

by Thomas Beaton

A recent survey conducted by Springbuk found that 35 percent of employers are currently using wearable devices to develop effective, value-driven corporate wellness programs for employees. In addition to the third of employers who have already...

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