Patients increasingly are using mobile health applications, but many physicians are concerned that the apps may not perform as they claim. As a result, health app store Happtique is working to recruit clinicians to evaluate such apps. WBUR/Kaiser Health News, D Healthcare Daily.
The University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, the GE Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have announced they plan to use telehealth to increase access to mental health and substance use disorder services in underserved areas. MedPage Today, Politico.
Telehealth is touted as a way to boost access to care for rural and low-income residents, but a new Department of Commerce study finds that telehealth use is much more prevalent among urban and wealthier Internet users. Clinical Innovation & Technology, FierceGovernmentIT.
On Thursday, Rep. Mike Honda reintroduced a bill aimed at advancing mobile health innovation as well as other health technologies. The bill would require FDA to establish a new Office of Wireless Health and create an HHS program to support mobile health developers and help them ensure that their technologies align with privacy regulations. TMC News, Honda release.
A Kalorama Information report finds that the telehealth patient monitoring market grew by 237% over five years, from $4.2 billion in 2007 to more than $10 billion in 2012. The report states that the market is expected to continue to increase. Healthcare IT News, Kalorama release.
Researchers are using predictive modeling and natural language processing technology to comb through Medicaid beneficiaries' electronic health record data to identify high-risk pregnancy patients, according to an article in the Johns Hopkins Public Health magazine. FierceEMR.
An article published in Telemedicine and e-Health examines several barriers that are impeding widespread adoption of telehealth technology among mental health providers. Such barriers include clinical workflow, technology and licensure issues. FierceHealthIT.
A project launched by the University of California-San Diego's California Institute for Telecommunications and IT and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aims to make self-reported data from personal health devices available for research purposes. MobiHealthNews, GigaOM.
A new study finds that Twitter is a popular and generally reliable source for sharing information about vaccinations. The study also finds that more than two-thirds of the tweets with content containing medical information were scientifically substantiated. Medical News Today.
On Wednesday, the American Telemedicine Association released a set of guidelines that outline best practices for delivering online mental health services via webcams and other interactive video-capable mobile devices. The guidelines address patient safety and privacy. FierceHealthIT.
A report from Novation finds that use of tablet computers and mobile health applications is a growing trend among radiologists. The 2013 Diagnostic Imaging Watch report finds that tablet computers could increase wait-time efficacy and enhance consultations. FierceMobileHealthcare.
The Health Resources and Services Administration has submitted for federal review a request for information on its Rural Health IT Network Development Program. The request aims to examine health IT and sustainability program quality measures. Healthcare IT News.
Guidelines released by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT offer health information service providers, trust communities and accrediting bodies recommended practices for health information exchange interoperability. The guidance will support various criteria for Stage 2 of the meaningful use program and highlight security and trust agents as necessary. Health IT Security.
Several comparative effectiveness projects using health IT will receive grant funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. One such initiative seeks to use telehealth to boost behavioral and mental health services for children. Modern Healthcare.
A new Arizona law prohibits health insurers from denying coverage for medical services provided via telehealth technology if the services would be covered during an in-person consultation. The law applies only to rural areas of the state. Clinical Innovation & Technology, Arizona Daily Star.