Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 08:03 amJuly 27, 2015
For something about as popular as New Coke, Google Glass seems to be finding its way back into the spotlight.  News sites and the blog site 9to5Google have unearthed a number of rumors surrounding the interactive eyewear, which was shelved earlier this year after a number of less-than-flattering consumer experiences and placed under the direction of Nest creator Tony Fadell. But with healthcare...
By Eric Wicklund 10:20 amJuly 24, 2015
Missouri is reportedly becoming the first state to publicly fund a telehealth project that uses videoconferencing to educate primary care providers around the state. The Missouri Telehealth Network has received $1.5 million to create the Show-Me Extension for Community Health Outcomes (ECHO) program, offering training for specialized treatment in diabetes care, hepatitis C, dermatology, chronic...
By Eric Wicklund 07:49 amJuly 24, 2015
Rob Flippo is CEO of MobileHelp. For the past 16 years, he has worked in both start-up environments as well as Fortune 50 companies, holding executive roles at Motorola, Boca Research and Emergin Inc. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of MAMA, the Medical Alert Monitoring Association. He holds an MBA from the University of Miami and a BS in Electrical Engineering from the...
By Eric Wicklund 02:29 pmJuly 23, 2015
In yet another sign that EHR providers recognize the value of real-time care coordination, athenahealth has rolled out its own secure text messaging solution. Called athenaText, it's available free of charge to everyone on the company's network and fully integrated with the company's cloud-based EHR platform, accessible through either its own app or the Epocrates app. It’s designed to enable...
By Eric Wicklund 09:17 amJuly 23, 2015
Approximately one of every three Americans is older than 50, and they're remaining active and living longer. Meanwhile, roughly one in every 10 Americans owns an activity or sleep tracker – while seven out of 10 know what they are. But only one of every four people using an activity or sleep tracker is a senior. Any guesses as to where the market might be heading? A new report from the AARP cites...
By Eric Wicklund 08:18 amJuly 20, 2015
Move over, Texas. Mississippi officials are considering legislation that would restrict how telemedicine is used in the state, too. The Mississippi Board of Medical Licensure has ordered an economic impact statement on a proposed bill that would mandate secure videoconferencing in instances where medication is prescribed during a telemedicine encounter. In addition, the bill would require...
By Eric Wicklund 01:22 pmJuly 17, 2015
An Israeli company is tapping into the Apple HealthKit platform to create an emergency app for people with chronic conditions. Targeted primarily at diabetics, the Alert app pulls real-time blood glucose data from HealthKit and issues a notification when the user's blood glucose level falls above or below predefined limits. The app also sends a notice to as many as three designated care team...
By Eric Wicklund 08:57 amJuly 17, 2015
Karen Rheuban, MD, serves the University of Virginia Health System as professor of pediatrics (pediatric cardiology), Senior Associate Dean for Continuing Medical Education and director of the UVA Center for Telehealth. She is a fellow of the American College of Cardiology, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American Telemedicine Association and serves as a board member of the Center for...
By Eric Wicklund 09:26 amJuly 16, 2015
Healthcare providers who call patients or send automated calls or text messages may be running afoul of federal law. The law in question, the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), was enacted in the 1990s to protect consumers against unwanted automated calls sent to residences or cellphones. The Federal Communications Commission recently established an exemption for healthcare messages that...
By Eric Wicklund 02:18 pmJuly 15, 2015
Castlight Health isn't about to fade into the sunset just yet. The mHealth engagement company that has been struggling since going public last year has announced a significant deal. Fifth Third Bank, a Cincinnati-based financial services company, has announced that it will deploy Castlight's Enterprise Healthcare Cloud to help its employees manage their healthcare benefits. "Fifth Third has...