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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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Proposed Budget Mean and Health IT? Likely Cuts Raise Concerns

President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, some initial details of which were released this week, has raised quite a few eyebrows. This is largely due to its suggested $54 billion increase in defense spending, to be offset by cuts to funding for non-defense programs at various federal agencies–what one administration official termed “lower priority programs […]

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mHealth Gets High Marks From Patients—But is Supply Meeting Demand?

In an increasingly app-obsessed world, it’s only logical that patients, particularly those with chronic health conditions, would want to use their mobile devices to connect with their health care providers—and to take control of their health. As a recent West survey (via mHealth Intelligence) finds, an overwhelming majority of patients want “patient-specific support outside of […]

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Majority of U.S. Smartphone Owners Using Phones to Manage Health

Americans increasingly use their mobile devices for health management, according to a study released last week by Ketchum, a global communications firm. The Ketchum mHealth Monitor maps U.S. consumers’ adoption of wearable technology, apps, and artificial intelligence (A.I.) for personal health and wellness. The firm surveyed 2,000 U.S. smartphone owners in April. Among the findings: […]

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Apple in Fast Health Company

In a recent profile piece of Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, he discussed the importance of diving deeper into the health care market. “We’ve gotten into the health arena and we started looking at wellness, that took us to pulling a string to thinking about research, pulling that string a little further took us to some […]

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Apple’s Patent-Pending Invention Highlights Work on Telehealth

Apple has applied for a patent that signals its intention to move into the telemedicine sphere, according to Patently Apple. The invention, described in a patent application published in July by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, consists of methods for facilitating the communication of health information between patient and physician via portable electronic devices, […]

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How BYOD Strategies Will Affect the Future of Mobile Health

Mobile devices and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies are seen as methods to improve communication between patients and physicians while also reducing health care costs and enabling better health information access. Many hospitals and clinics are requiring physicians to use mobile technology such as a tablet or smart phone to decrease costs. But are […]

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How is Telemedicine Transforming Health Care

The improvement of technology is greatly benefiting the telehealth market. Faster internet speeds, changing insurance standards, smartphone advancements, and increased numbers of health care providers using telehealth services, are all working together to change the future of telehealth. Telemedicine services and technologies open the door for higher quality health care in remote locations. Doctors Without […]

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Telemedicine Boost Patient Engagement

A HealthMine Survey of 500 consumers who use mobile/Internet-connect health applications discovered 39% are not aware of telemedicine. Only one-third of the respondents to the survey identified their health plan offers telehealth as an option. Many healthcare organizations are developing Apple and other technology to increase patient engagement via convenient physician access outside of offices […]

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Study Assesses Direct-to-Consumer Teledermatology Services

A recent study published in JAMA Dermatology, utilized fake patients to assess the performance of direct-to-consumer (DTC) teledermatology websites. This study suggests incorrect diagnoses were made, treatment recommendations contradicted guidelines, and presciprdtions lacked disclosure about possible adverse effects and pregnancy risks. This study continues the dialogue of wondering how effective direct-to-consumer services are in providing […]

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