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Mobile & Telehealth

 

Telemonitoring can help manage patients with heart failure, but evaluating its true impact can be difficult. In response, researchers examined previous studies to establish criteria, which were divided into six classes: dimensions: clinical, economic, user perspective, educational, organizational, and technical. Findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

A psychoeducational tool identifies patients at risk for an opioid overdose but fails to motivate them to change their behavior. Findings are published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

A telehealth-based weight loss program utilizing a health coach through video conferencing could result in loss of over 5 percent of initial body weight in six months. Findings are published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Communication between patient and physician is the foundation in building a close relationship—and cell phones have become the favored tool in clinical communication, according to a study published in European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare.

The telestroke program implemented by Kaiser Permanente Northern California has shown an ability to reduce stroke patients' “door-to-needle” (DTN) time by 19.5 minutes, according to a study published in Stroke.

 

Recent Headlines

Studies: Telemonitoring benefits some CHF patients Telemonitoring can benefit certain patients with congestive heart failure, according to two trials presented at the Heart Failure Association of the European Society of Cardiologys Heart Failure Congress 2011, in Gothenburg, Sweden.
CHIME pans proposed ACO rules The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should go back to the accountable care organization drawing board, according to the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives.
Webinar: ACO partners must find 'shared ground'
When it comes to accountable care organizations (ACOs), little is known for sure. We are looking forward to what tomorrow brings because we know its going to be different. We have no idea what tomorrow looks like so we are making it up as we go, stated Dave Graser, COO of Marquette General Health System, during a May 10 webinar titled Quest for an Accountable Care Organization.
Joint Commission lauds CMS telemedicine revision The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has taken a giant step toward removing unnecessary barriers to the use of telemedicine for medically necessary interventions, according to a statement by the Joint Commission.
IDS debuts Voice2Dox app for iPhone Integrated Document Solutions (IDS) has made Mobile Voice2Dox, its integrated mobile dictation application, available for use with the iPhone.
WebPT creates pediatric EMR module WebPT, an EMR system provider for physical therapists, has released WebPT Pediatric Module, a web-based EMR module built to accommodate physical therapists workflow.
Skyscape and ACC partner to launch mobile app Skyscape, a subsidiary of Physicians Interactive Holdings, and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) have partnered to launch the CardioSource Mobile app, which combines a full set of American Heart Association and ACC guideline recommendations and evidence-based medicine information from CardioSource.org.
Intel-GE Care Innovations Guide goes live The Intel-GE Care Innovations Guide, which enables virtual care coordination on consumer devices, is now available for healthcare organizations.
Study: Medical robotics industry will hit $1.3B in 2016 Advances in robotic capabilities, combined with the improving economic environment for medical services delivery and payments, are driving demand for surgical, assistive and telemedicine-based robots, according to ABI Research.
ATA: CMS must lift telemedicine restrictions for ACOs The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) lauds the federal vision for accountable care organizations (ACOs) and the inclusion of modern technologies and telehealth, wrote Jonathan Linkous, ATA CEO, in a letter to Donald M. Berwick, MD, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

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