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Arkansas Launches Statewide mHealth Program for Concussion Education

December 3, 2018 - Arkansas officials are launching a statewide effort on an mHealth platform to educate high school athletes on the effects of concussions. The state is partnering with TeachAids, a Stanford-backed non-profit, to launch CrashCourse in every state high school. The VR-based program teaches high school-aged athletes on the causes and effects of a concussion. “Arkansas is setting a...


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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...

CHIME’s Most Wired Survey Finds Telehealth Still Needs a Boost

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are using sophisticated patient portals to improve patient engagement, but they’re still lagging in connecting with patients for virtual care visits. According to the College of Health Information Management...

Kaiser Permanente Sees Good Results With Video-Based Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s largest health systems is seeing success with video-based telehealth, though only a small fraction of their patients are using the virtual care platform. Researchers at California-based Kaiser Permanente analyzed...

Opening Up the OR: Using Telemedicine to Enhance Collaboration

by Eric Wicklund

A Pennsylvania health system is seeing unexpected benefits in deploying telemedicine technology inside the operating room. Abington Hospital –Jefferson Health, which comprises two Abington-area hospitals, six outpatient clinics and...

Providence St. Joseph Health Takes Telehealth Across the Enterprise

by Eric Wicklund

While telehealth providers were talking consolidation and enterprise platforms at this week’s American Telemedicine Association conference, Providence St. Joseph Health offered an example of how that should be done. The seven-state,...

American Well, InTouch Health Announce Huge Telehealth Deals at ATA

by Eric Wicklund

The trend toward enterprise telehealth platforms over stand-alone programs took a significant step forward Monday with a pair of major news announcements. In moves timed to make a splash at the American Telemedicine Association's...

Consumers Like Telehealth, But Still Prefer Face-to-Face Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are eager to have their doctors use telehealth – but many haven’t tried the technology themselves, and they’re not convinced it’s as good as an in-person exam. Those somewhat contradictory points, made in...

North Dakota Lawmakers Mull Video-Only Telehealth for First Visits

by Eric Wicklund

North Dakota lawmakers are grappling with a proposal to restrict telemedicine in first-time episodic patient care, a move that could prevent rural residents from accessing care online. The state Legislature’s Administrative Rules...

Research Compares Telemedicine Abortions to In-Person Services

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine abortions are as safe as those done by doctors in a clinic or hospital, according to the latest research from the University of California San Francisco. The large-scale study of some 20,000 patients comes at a time when 18...

Parkinson’s Patients, Doctors Find Value in Telehealth Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program for patients with Parkinson’s disease received high marks from both patients and doctors, according to a paper published this week in Neurology. Whether such a program can be sustained, researchers say, may...

CMS Targets Telemedicine in Study to Curb SNF Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

Three skilled nursing facilities in Florida are launching a telemedicine platform in a federal study to determine the cost-effectiveness of an off-hours virtual care service. The study could help the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health...

UC Riverside Testing Telemedicine Visits for MS Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have been using telemedicine to connect with patients at home who suffer from debilitating chronic conditions like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.  Now the University of California Riverside is...

7.1M Patients Use Remote Monitoring, Connected Medical Devices

by Thomas Beaton

More than seven million patients now benefit from remote monitoring and the use of connected medical devices as an integral part of their care routines, says a new estimate from Berg Insights.  Remote monitoring use grew by 44 percent...

mHealth Model focuses On Early Detection of Chronic Conditions

by Eric Wicklund

A Minneapolis health system is launching an mHealth tool designed to identify people at risk of diabetes or heart disease and steer them to treatment. Fairview Health Services is making the online health risk assessments available to its...

Alabama Telehealth Project Focuses on Home Dialysis Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly a dozen home dialysis patients in Alabama now have their monthly checkups via telehealth, thanks to a partnership between the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine and the Alabama Department of Public Health. The...

Virtual Care Within the EHR May Be a ‘Game-Changer’

by Eric Wicklund

Virtual visits may be all the rage these days, but healthcare providers have been slow to adapt – for one very good reason. The video visit may meet the patient’s desire for quick healthcare, but it’s often a nightmare...

Do Providers Really Benefit from Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth?

by Eric Wicklund

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth really that good for health systems? Commercial on-demand platforms may be all the rage these days, but some critics contend they disrupt healthcare far more than they should, and end up hindering health...

Mercy’s Telemedicine Network is Growing

by Eric Wicklund

Mercy Virtual’s telemedicine hub has gained another spoke. The high-tech “hospital without beds” in St. Louis announced a partnership with Penn State Health’s Milton S. Hershey Medical Center during last...

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