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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

Casio and Verizon Wireless unveil rugged smartphone Verizon Wireless and Casio have debuted a rugged Android-powered smartphone, the Casio GzOne Commando. 
Urban Telehealth: Ready to Fly? Despite promising results from pilot programs among underserved populations in urban areas, telehealth hasnt taken off. The barriers arent always technical: for example, telehealth has been something of a regulatory afterthought until quite recently. What will it take to get from promising pilot programs to widespread use?
eMix debuts reporting tool eMix has added EMRconnect, a tool for formatting and sending medical reports among healthcare providers, to its cloud-based platform.
Verizon, MEDfx pilot document-sharing program Verizon and MEDfx have implemented a pilot program to convert paper records to a digital format and share them with other authorized providers.
mHealth: What happened in IS?
Mobile devices have played a part in quality improvement at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH), a healthcare organization serving 1.2 million people across Eastern Ontario. Using these devices is part of TOHs strategy to put best practices to work, regardless of where they originate, to help clinicians improve care, said Dale Potter, senior vice president and CIO at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH) at last weeks mHealth Initiative Conference in Chicago.
Iron Media's VoIP system debuts in clinical settings Iron Media has released its MD-oriented voice-over-IP (VoIP) system for connecting medical professionals, patients and families via video, voice and chat capabilities.
Study: Telemedicine can help when disaster strikes Voice and data linkages in a telemedicine system permit services to be provided remotely, potentially increasing both the speed and the capacity of medical response and making it available when and where it is needed. Thus, in a disaster situation, a regional telemedicine hub that links a central command center with a network of clinical experts may expedite disaster response and improve patient outcomes, according to a study in the Journal of Medical Systems.
Florida health system selects eClinicalWorks BayCare Health System, a community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area, will provide eClinicalWorks EHR technology to its approximately 3,000 physicians.
HIMSS: Avaya touts mobility, communications, convenience Avaya showcased a trio of communications systems designed to untether staff, streamline patient follow-up and enable clinical collaboration at the annual meeting of the Healthcare Information & Management Systems Society (HIMSS) held in Orlando Feb. 20 to Feb. 24.
Remotely Monitoring Patients: Pilot Programs Take Off As 4G arrives, smartphone cameras improve and telehealth goes mainstream, a wide range of pilot projects are taking remote patient monitoring over new horizons.