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By Jonah Comstock March 10, 2017
Medical device maker Zoll Medical Corporation has received FDA premarket approval for a wearable external defibrillator for use in the hospital. Zoll got approval last year for its LifeVest, a similar product designed for home use. "The HWD [Hospital Wearable Defibrillator] offers hospital care teams a new option for managing patients at risk of VT/VF by providing continuous protection even...
March 9, 2017
West Virginia delegates approved a telehealth bill on Monday with a vote of 95-4 that would expand access to mental and behavioral healthcare medications in rural areas. The bill now heads to the state senate for another vote. House Bill 2509 would allow providers to prescribe certain medications through the use of telemedicine. Currently, state laws prohibit providers from prescribing certain...
By Heather Mack March 9, 2017
Interactive patient engagement and education company GetWellNetwork has added a new client to its roster: Children’s Mercy, in Kansas City, Missouri is now one of about 40 pediatric hospitals in the country to deploy GetWellNetwork’s platform, which is rooted in putting patients at the center of care by equipping them with digital tools and information to be an active participant in their...
By Jonah Comstock March 9, 2017
A study published in Health Affairs and conducted by the RAND Corporation made a big splash this week with a bold claim: That telemedicine doesn’t actually reduce healthcare costs because the increased convenience leads to increased utilization, which ultimately costs more than in-person care would have. The study looked at claims data from a cohort of 300,000 employees with access to Teladoc...
By Jonah Comstock March 9, 2017
As exciting as the near future of diabetes management is, with numerous efforts underway to perfect closed-loop CGM and pump systems for automated insulin delivery, the systems of the future could be even easier. A paper out yesterday in Science Advances details the prototype for a 4 millimeter wearable patch that could not only noninvasively detect glucose levels from sweat, but also deliver the...
By Heather Mack March 8, 2017
It has become an undeniable fact of life that people are going to Google their health symptoms. However, as most physicians are reminded every day by patients who come to the hospital or office armed with their smartphones or printouts of their search results, the internet often leads people to draw erroneous or even harmful conclusions about their health. Fed up with the confusion and...
By Jonah Comstock March 8, 2017
Miami-based TreatMD, a telemedicine company that uses a platform approach to connect patients and physicians around the world, has been acquired by site-to-site telemedicine technology group GlobalMed. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. “The addition and integration of TreatMD into the GlobalMed family cements our position as the only vertically integrated solution that spans the complete care...
By Heather Mack March 7, 2017
UK-based digital health company Inhealthcare is now working with Medway Community Healthcare to provide remote monitoring services to people who are self-managing cardiac health. Using Inhealthcare’s telehealth platform, Medway patients who have been prescribed the anticoagulant Warfarin for longterm use and currently self-test their blood can now manage their condition completely remotely,...
By Jack McCarthy March 6, 2017
Patient expectations about the power of digital health records are well ahead of the ability of healthcare providers to keep up, according to a new survey. The report, by Transcend Insights, Humana’s population health management company, found that a vast majority of patients (97 percent) believe it is important for any health institution, regardless of type or location, to have access to their...
By Jonah Comstock March 6, 2017
This article has been updated with comments from Opternative and the Virginia House of Delegates. In stark contrast to the law that past last year in South Carolina, the state of Virginia has proactively passed a pro-telemedicine bill that protects the rights of optometrists and ophthalmologists to see patients and issue prescriptions via telemedicine. The law, signed late last month, states that...