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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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Telehealth could reduce costs of hypertension—but barriers remain

Telehealth could make managing chronic conditions like hypertension more cost effective, according to a study published in JMIR Medical Informatics.

Wearable device detects seizures in epilepsy patients

A wearable device capable of detecting and characterizing seizures could improve care for patients with epilepsy, according to a study published in Epilepsia.

Texas partnership provides telehealth to rural trauma patients

swyMed has partnered with the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) to implement telehealth services between Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers and rural trauma centers in Texas.

Telehealth could reduce the amount of unnecessary ED visits

Implementation of telehealth services could decrease the amount of unnecessary emergency department (ED) transfers, according to a study published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Anthem Blue Cross introduces digital health engagement, benefits platform

Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) has introduced its integrated digital health platform, providing members with a way to connecting health plan and benefits data with individual clinical and claims data.

Mass General introduces iPhone app to screen for postpartum depression

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)'s Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health have developed a comprehensive screening tool for postpartum depression (PPD).

Text app reduces time to administer care in heart attack patients

Ambulance staff using the mobile text messaging application WhatsApp were able to administer treatment to heart attack patients more quickly leading to lower mortality rates than staff without the app, according to a study presented at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2017).

Suspended clinical trial 'underscores pitfalls' of utilizing mHealth apps

A clinical trial, set to evaluate the effectiveness of mobile health (mHealth) applications in supporting patients’ health management, was suspended due to a lack of participation. Researchers of the study, which was published in JMIR Human Factors, explained the effect of outside factors on mHealth utilization and provided recommendations for improved use.

Teleneurology curriculum outlines 5 points for improved care

Teleneurology, while a potentially effective route in delivering quality neurological care to remote patients, remains unregulated in medical education. In response, a researcher from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a team at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) developed a teleneurology curriculum.

MUSC, UMMC awarded $600K grant, named ‘Telehealth Center of Excellence’

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The grant includes naming the two centers as ‘Telehealth Centers of Excellence’ in the United States.

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