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Telehealth Research Uncovers Challenges in Launching an RPM Program

December 5, 2018 - 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 visits. The good news-bad news results of a study led by Columbia University and Northwell Health researchers and published in this month’s issue of...


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Mercy Virtual Uses mHealth Wearables to Create a New Model of Care

by Eric Wicklund

Officials at Mercy Virtual are hoping an mHealth patch that allows them to monitor patients in distant hospitals can also help them track patients at home. The St. Louis-based hospital, billed as the nation’s first free-standing...

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...

CMS to Reimburse Providers for Remote Patient Monitoring Services

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized plans to reimburse healthcare providers for certain remote patient monitoring and telehealth services. CMS this week issued its final 2019 Physician Fee Schedule and Quality...

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...

Penn Medicine Study Uses mHealth to Monitor Kidney Disease Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania are adding mHealth wearables to a long-term study that aims to improve care management for people with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Armed with a $17.5 million grant from the National...

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...

Apple Donates Smartwatches for mHealth Study on Eating Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are launching an mHealth study aimed at improving care management for people living with eating disorders. The Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, part of the UNC School of...

mHealth Devices Are Changing Chronic Care Management Standards

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that mHealth is changing the way physicians treat patients with chronic conditions – an outcome that may merit an adjustment in how healthcare providers measure standards of care. Researchers from the...

US Army to Use Fitbits in RPM Pilot Program at 2 Military Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

The US Army will be using more than 500 Fitbit activity trackers in a remote patient monitoring program at two military hospitals. The US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) is budgeting almost $81,000 to purchase the...

Telemedicine Partnership Envisions an RPM Program Without Devices

by Eric Wicklund

A new telemedicine partnership aims to improve remote patient monitoring programs by capturing vital signs without the need for medical devices. VSee, the California-based developer of video visit platforms used by Ascension,...

UPMC Applies Telehealth, RPM Tech to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Care

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at UPMC are studying whether a remote patient monitoring program can improve care management for people suffering from a combination of inflammatory bowel Disease (IBD) and behavioral health issues. UPMC’s Center for...

Stanford Researchers Use an mHealth Patch to Measure Teenager Stress

by Eric Wicklund

Stanford University is using an mHealth wearable in a new study looking for a connection between stress and depression in teenagers. Researchers in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science are using the Vital...

Telehealth Groups Back FCC’s Proposed Connected Care Pilot Program

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare groups are coming out in support of the Federal Communications Commission’s $100 million Connected Care Pilot Program, saying the proposed telehealth project could improve access to care for rural and remote Americans by...

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...

FCC Approves Connected Care Program Featuring Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Communications Commission has unanimously approved a $100 million program designed to support telehealth and telemedicine programs for underserved populations, including remote patient monitoring programs that have shown past...

Hospitals Are Finding ROI in Remote Patient Monitoring Programs

by Eric Wicklund

New research from a Washington, DC-based think tank suggests that remote patient monitoring will soon become a standard of care, as health systems use telehealth and mHealth to better manage a growing chronic care population and reduce...

CMS Makes a ‘Landmark Change’ in RPM, Telehealth Reimbursement

by Eric Wicklund

Earlier this month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled its proposed 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program, with several amendments designed to boost remote patient monitoring and telehealth...

Geisinger Builds an mHealth Platform for Asthma Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System has partnered with pharma giant AstraZeneca to develop an mHealth platform to improve care management and coordination for people with asthma. The connected health suite includes an mHealth app...

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