Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 08:41 amJune 29, 2015
Apple's ResearchKit app will be put to the test in a landmark population health study aimed at identifying and treating health issues facing the LGBT community. Researchers at the University of California at San Francisco recently announced that they would use the clinical research platform to collect data on health issues faced by gays, lesbians and transgenders, including HIV/AIDS, cancer,...
By Eric Wicklund 10:23 amJune 26, 2015
Nebraska Medicine is joining the growing ranks of providers who are trying out the Apple Watch to improve patient engagement. The health system, comprised of The Nebraska Medical Center, Bellevue Medical Center and UNMC Physicians, is working with its EHR provider, Epic, to make several apps available to patients, as well as one targeted at physicians. [See also: Epic makes another play for...
By Eric Wicklund 08:02 amJune 26, 2015
Gail Borgatti Croall, MD, is the chief medical officer for HealthSpot, the developer of a comprehensive healthcare delivery platform combining cloud-based software with integrated biomedical equipment at their HealthSpot kiosks. She practiced as a pediatrician for 17 years and was the senior vice president and CMO for Anthem commercial products and, before that, CMO for OptumHealth Care Solutions...
By Eric Wicklund 10:14 amJune 25, 2015
One of the bigger names in the home telehealth space has closed up shop. Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, the U.S.-based subsidiary of the German tech giant, "is currently realigning its business in the medical and healthcare sector," according to a recent press release, and has closed its offices in Palo Alto, Calif., and Utica, N.Y., effectively putting 125 people out of work. [See also: Bosch...
By Eric Wicklund 11:36 amJune 24, 2015
Buoyed by new technology that reduces manufacturing costs and improves output, the mobile health industry is enjoying some sustained growth right now. Whether it's a smartphone equipped with more accurate sensors or a wearable that gives clinicians the healthcare data they need to improve the wearer's life, consumers and providers alike are starting to see the value in mHealth tools and platforms...
By Eric Wicklund 09:07 amJune 24, 2015
Prescriptions aren't just for medications any more.  An increasing number of doctors are prescribing apps for their patients. But picking from a database of more than 160,000 apps – and growing – is a challenge for the time-constrained doctor. [See also: mHealth apps aren't passing the test, IMS report says] That's where IMS Health comes in. Two years ago, the Danbury, Conn.-based mHealth...
By Eric Wicklund 12:26 pmJune 23, 2015
Avera Health's telemedicine platform may be going global. The South Dakota-based health system, long praised for delivering healthcare to remote locations across the Midwest and West, is hosting NATO officials who are looking at different methods for responding to global disasters, ranging from armed conflicts to tsunamis and earthquakes. [See also: A 'disaster doc' offers his take on mHealth's...
By Eric Wicklund 10:41 amJune 23, 2015
A new survey finds that almost 60 percent of doctors are willing to meet with their patients via video – and just as many would refer their patients to a hospital that offered telemedicine consults with specialists. The "Telehealth Index: 2015 Physician Survey" of more than 2,000 primary doctors, conducted by American Well and QuantiaMD, found strong support for video-based telemedicine over...
By Eric Wicklund 08:31 amJune 23, 2015
Tired of waiting for the next big thing in mHealth? Help it along! That's what officials at Aurora Health Care have decided to do. The Milwaukee-based not-for-profit health system, spanning some 15 hospitals, 159 clinics and 70 pharmacies in Wisconsin and Illinois, has become a lead investor in StartUp Health, the New York-based health innovation incubator. [See also: Startup takes top honors at...
By Eric Wicklund 08:21 amJune 22, 2015
Reversing a recent trend in state legislative action, Iowa's Supreme Court has rejected that state's ban on administering abortion drugs through telemedicine. The unanimous decision, issued on Friday, allows Iowa's three Planned Parenthood clinics to continue treating women through two-way video consults. The court stated that since the organization had only those three clinics in the state, the...