Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 09:18 amJune 15, 2015
A Florida health system is giving its physicians a better platform for connecting with chronic care patients outside normal office hours - and, just as importantly, being reimbursed for those encounters. The Florida Hospital Physician Group and Florida Hospital, part of the Adventist Health System, are deploying a mobile health platform from Smartlink Mobile Systems that enables physicians to...
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By Eric Wicklund 08:05 amJune 12, 2015
Nadia de la Houssaye is a partner in the Jones Walker law firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and a member of the Healthcare team. Her practice has a specific concentration in telemedicine and e-health. Her interest in telemedicine began in 1989, while studying the technical and legal aspects of telemedicine's future at Boston University, where she obtained her Masters in...
By Eric Wicklund 12:18 pmJune 11, 2015
The nation's largest drugstore chain has joined the fast-growing ranks of telemedicine providers, partnering with MDLive to push a mobile platform out to as many as 25 states by the end of the year. Walgreens Boots Alliance has announced that its smartphone app pilot, in beta since December, will now include laptops and PCs and be made available soon to customers in five states – California,...
By Eric Wicklund 09:46 amJune 11, 2015
Forget about wrist-worn health monitoring devices; the head is where it's at. "Eyewear is one of the few things worn by humans that's in close proximity to all five senses," says Jay Sales, co-lead at VSP Global's innovation lab, known as The SHOP. And it's the most important part of the body – you can't live without it. It's where the brain is located. That's why VSP Global, a 60-year-old...
By Eric Wicklund 01:00 pmJune 10, 2015
A telemedicine startup spun out of Cisco two years ago is bucking the "best of breed" strategy. Avizia Telehealth proposes to combine all the elements of a telemedicine solution into one package, offering an end-to-end platform that links software, carts and peripherals into a healthcare provider's EHRs and back-end systems.  "Normally a bunch of vendors will approach an IT department and throw a...
By Eric Wicklund 10:45 amJune 10, 2015
The American Medical Association this week put proposed ethical guidelines for telemedicine use on the backburner, amid questions about whether an initial meeting between a physician and a new patient can be established through telemedicine. The AMA's House of Delegates, in fact, delayed action on guidelines prepared by the organization's Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, which defines a "...
By Eric Wicklund 09:09 amJune 10, 2015
Two heavy hitters in the diabetes care industry are joining forces, in a deal compelled by a growing market for cheaper testing supplies. Japan's Panasonic Healthcare Holdings has announced plans to acquire the diabetes care business of Bayer AG for roughly $1.13 billion. Panasonic Healthcare, a joint venture of Panasonic and the U.S.-based Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (KKR) & Company private...
By Eric Wicklund 09:18 amJune 9, 2015
A legal battle between two of the largest telehealth providers in the country could boil down to who practiced telehealth first - and whether what they're doing can be protected by a patent. Following American Well's June 8 filing of a patent infringement suit against Teladoc, Teladoc CEO Jason Gorevic fired back by saying they've been practicing telehealth "long before American Well was even...
By Eric Wicklund 12:27 pmJune 8, 2015
Two of telehealth's top providers are squaring off in a battle over patent infringement. American Well has filed suit against Teladoc in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts, accusing the Dallas-based company of "infringement of its intellectual property rights" in deploying an online telehealth platform that allegedly mirrors what Boston-based American Well deploys. “Teladoc has infringed...
By Eric Wicklund 10:56 amJune 8, 2015
Diabetes management tools and smartphones have long gone hand-in-hand, so to speak, in the push to help people with this chronic disease better manage their health. Now one smartphone maker is forging a partnership with one of the biggest names in the diabetes industry. The deal between Samsung Electronics and Medtronic, announced at the American Diabetes Association's 75th annual Scientific...