Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 10:27 amJuly 7, 2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs is adding a provider-facing app to its arsenal, joining two patient-facing apps already in the testing phase. As reported in FCW, the apps are designed to help both doctors and patients access information contained in the VA's Vista electronic health record platform, with the goal of improving workflows for providers and improving clinical outcomes. The provider...
By Eric Wicklund 09:00 amJuly 7, 2015
The nation's largest organization of pediatricians has announced its support for telemedicine – but not on a first visit or for episodic care without the primary care provider's participation. Taking a position similar to the Texas Medical Board - which is locked in a contentious battle with telemedicine provider Teladoc - the American Academy of Pediatrics published a policy statement that...
By Eric Wicklund 11:12 amJuly 6, 2015
Can the Mayo Clinic convince Congress to take telemedicine seriously? That's the gist of a July 4 story in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, which notes how the Rochester, Minn.-based health system is absorbing the cost of its eICU service to seven network hospitals and charging a subscription fee for telestroke consults to health systems outside the Mayo network. The pioneering health system, which...
By Eric Wicklund 12:13 pmJuly 2, 2015
Efforts to rate the reliability of apps and pay providers for using telehealth, along with an ongoing battle in Texas over the efficacy of a telehealth visit, have garnered the most interest among mHealth News readers through the first half of the year. In tabulating reader interest over the first six months of 2015, these stories ended up as the top 10 most read to date: 1. Top mHealth apps as...
By Eric Wicklund 10:39 amJuly 2, 2015
Telehealth has come to the Land Down Under. Australia's largest telecommunications and media company has rolled out ReadyCare, a video- and phone-based service designed to connect the nation's 7 million residents with a general practitioner at a moment's notice. [See also: ConnectedHealth launches fitness-based mHealth platform in Australia] Officials at Sydney-based Telstra are taking an...
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By Eric Wicklund 08:41 amJuly 2, 2015
Alice Larson Sneed, RN, BSN, CCRN, FCCS, is a critical care nurse at Banner Health, and has been part of the health system's telehealth program since 2007. A 1991 graduate of Oregon Health Sciences University, she received critical care certification for the newly recognized sub-specialty of nursing telehealth in 2009 from the AACN. Prior to joining Banner Health, she served at the Portland (Ore...
By Eric Wicklund 01:56 pmJuly 1, 2015
One of the front-runners in the home health monitoring market is embracing the Internet of Things. Seattle-based Numera is selling its mobile personal emergency response systems (mPERS) and telehealth business assets to Nortek Security & Control, a developer of smart controls for residential and commercial security. The move pushes Numera's home telehealth business further into the connected...
By Eric Wicklund 08:12 amJuly 1, 2015
One of the hot trends is the integration of patient-facing data into the electronic medical record. From Epic's new app store to Validic's partnerships with Cerner and athenahealth (to name just a few), EMR platforms are evolving to accept health and wellness data from devices to better define a patient's profile outside the medical encounter. "It's not just physician documentation any more,"...
By Eric Wicklund 11:37 amJune 30, 2015
Billionaire entrepreneur Patrick Soon-Shiong is planning on taking NantHealth public by the end of the year. The news is the latest bombshell in a busy month for digital health IPOs. First there was FitBit, which soared in its impressive opening on June 18, becoming the biggest tech IPO to date at $731.5 million. By the end of this week telehealth provider Teladoc expects to step onto the public...
By Eric Wicklund 09:37 amJune 30, 2015
How long does it take for a doctor to get the message when his or her patient is admitted to the ER or transferred to another facility? Chances are, that phone call is down a ways on the list, behind family and friends, and not always made during office hours. A New York-based startup aims to make that connection immediately, giving the doctor or any other member of the care team an opportunity...