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Choosing the Right mHealth Devices For a Pediatric Telehealth Program

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Pediatricians see telehealth as an opportunity to replicate the office exam at home – a more comfortable environment for both the child and the parents. But the success of the virtual visit hinges on capturing accurate patient...

Is Convenience a Problem for Direct-to-Consumer Telehealth Programs?

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Healthcare providers treating people with respiratory tract infections through a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform tend to speed up the visit by prescribing antibiotics, according to two studies. And those providers are also getting...

Telemedicine Partnership Envisions an RPM Program Without Devices

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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,...

mHealth Provider Uses Apple Health Records to Support House Calls

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A new mHealth service is taking advantage of Apple’s Health Records platform. Heal, the Los Angeles-based developer of a connected care platform for house calls, announced today that its OnCall iPad app will integrate with...

Telehealth Provider Joins Global Effort to Curb Antibiotic Resistance

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One of the nation’s largest telehealth providers is joining a global effort to reduce antibiotic resistance. California-based Doctor On Demand is pledging to reduce antibiotic prescription rates for acute upper respiratory...

HHS Grants to Help Native Americans Expand Telehealth Resources

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Federal officials are earmarking more than $50 million to expand telehealth programs and other healthcare service to help American Indian and Alaska Native tribes address opioid abuse. The funding, through the Health and Human Services...

Telehealth Can Connect the Dots Between Chronic Pain, Mental Health

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Telehealth advocates have argued that a connected health platform can help providers improve care management for patients with chronic pain. A New Jersey-based pain management and neurology clinic is putting that idea to the...

New Bill Targets Medicaid Coverage of Maternity Telehealth Programs

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Congress is considering new legislation to strengthen Medicaid support for maternity care programs delivered through telemedicine. The Maximizing Outcomes for Moms through Medicaid Improvement and Enhancement of Services (MOMMIES)...

UPMC Applies Telehealth, RPM Tech to Irritable Bowel Syndrome Care

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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...

Designing the Ideal Telemedicine Program for Parkinson’s Treatment

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A comprehensive review of telehealth programs serving people with Parkinson’s disease finds that researchers still aren’t certain whether a virtual care program is better than a more reliable office-based visit. Still, the...

Telehealth Providers Look to Expand Their International Presence

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One of the nation’s largest telehealth providers is expanding its platform to offer connected care services to multinational companies, Americans living abroad and those going on vacation outside the US. Teladoc Health’s new...

West Coast Hospitals Get FDA Grant for Pediatric mHealth Support

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A consortium of West Coast children’s hospitals and universities is getting more than $6 million from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to continue research and development of mHealth and telehealth technology for children. The...

John Hancock Makes mHealth a Part of All Insurance Policies

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One of America’s oldest insurers is switching from traditional policies to an interactive model that tracks member health through mHealth devices, including wearables. John Hancock announced this week that its interactive life...

Florida Dumps Telehealth Bill, Leaving Some Questions Unanswered

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Florida lawmakers have failed to pass a bill that would have clarified guidelines for telemedicine and telehealth, leaving certain healthcare providers in the Sunshine State uncertain as to how to use connected care platforms. Senate Bill...

Fitbit Launches a Connected Health Platform for mHealth Coaching

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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...

HHS Makes a Pitch for Telemedicine in Substance Abuse Treatment

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The Health and Human Services Department wants to remind everyone that telemedicine can be an important tool in treating people with addiction and substance abuse issues. In a blog timed to coincide with Prescription Opioid and Heroin...

New Bill Takes Aim at Originating Site Restrictions for Telehealth

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Even as new legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic snakes its way through Capitol Hill, members of Congress are introducing new bills designed to make telehealth and telemedicine a pivotal tool for Medicaid-based...

Are Healthcare Providers Getting Comfortable With Telehealth?

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While research has long suggested that telehealth can be more cost-effective than the in-person visit, new studies are suggesting that doctors who use connected care technology are also becoming better care providers. A year-long...

Occupational Therapists Find Scant Support for Telehealth Adoption

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Telehealth has the potential to help many healthcare specialties, including occupational therapy. But the path to launching a connected health platform isn’t that easy. That’s what Cynthia Abbott-Gaffney discovered. A...

House Bill Seeks Medicaid Support for Expanding Telehealth Services

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As Congress lurches toward voting on legislation to tackle the nation’s opioid crisis, a bill newly introduced in the House aims to help state Medicaid programs use telehealth to treat people with substance abuse issues. Rep Ben Ray...

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