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At-home blood-pressure monitoring (HBPM) could reduce hospital visits in pregnant patients with hypertension, according to a study published in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has announced Ann Mond Johnson as the CEO starting March 5, 2018. Johnson will lead the network of over 10,000 healthcare executives in advancing healthcare technology to improve quality while remaining cost effective.

Researchers from Purdue University, IU Health Arnett and Virta Health have found the combination of nutritional ketosis with a mobile health application could safely reverse type 2 diabetes. Findings are published in Diabetes Therapy.

According to a survey conducted by Sage Growth Partners, 44 percent of healthcare organizations have not yet implemented telehealth but 86 percent stated it as a priority.

Utilizing the mPulse Mobile interactive text messaging application resulted in a 14 percent increase in medication adherence in partially or nonadherent Medicare patients, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

 

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Dermatology diagnoses derived from photos are similar to those made in-office

According to a study conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and published in JAMA Dermatology, parents that send high-quality photos from a smartphone camera of their child’s skin condition to dermatologists could skip the office visits and receive treatment through telehealth.

Text message reminders increase flu vaccination rates

Text message reminders were found to be an effective, low-cost method to increase influenza vaccinations, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine.

St. Louis 'virtual' hospital hopes to make very real improvements in care

The buzzwords related to information technology and advanced communication are familiar—digital, virtual, real-time, eHealth, telemedicine. But sometimes they can be used in a way that’s a bit confusing. For example, a facility outside St. Louis is perhaps the world’s most advanced virtual hospital. But the building is real, the doctors are real, the nurses making rounds are real. It’s just the patients that are missing.

At-home monitoring app could provide better look into patient vision

A mobile application assisting patients with macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy in testing their vision is just as accurate in providing results as in-person office visits, according to a study presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

Wireless spectrometer sends real-time images to smartphones

Researchers have developed a wireless handheld spectrometer that is compatible with smartphones to provide users with spectral images of patients in real-time. Researchers examined how it can be used as a point-of-care medical diagnosis tool in Biomedical Optics Express.

Mobile medical consultations reduce costs for arthritis patients

Researchers from China have developed an online consultation tool accessed through a mobile app that could improve patient-provider relationships, improve self-care for chronic disease patients and lower costs for rheumatic disease patients, according to findings presented at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Telehealth counseling could reduce rates of opioid relapse

Individuals struggling with opioid addiction meet their greatest challenge when returning home, where relapse rates are between 40 to 60 percent. In an attempt to slow the opioid epidemic, mental health and substance abuse professionals have utilized teleconsulting to deliver support to patients and families.

CDC releases app for parents to track child development

Tracking a child’s development is important in ensuring one meets age-related milestones. To make this easier for parents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a millstone app for parents.

One Drop, Fitbit partner for diabetes management data insights

One Drop, a digital diabetes self-management platform, will partner with Fitbit to provide data-driven care management tools to those living with diabetes.

Telehealth could increase access to allergy care

In a position paper presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting, allergists and immunologists presented a case for telemedicine in allergy care. The paper offered recommendations for improving telemedicine access to allergy patients in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

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