Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 07:44 amJune 5, 2015
mHealth devices and platforms connected to the Internet of Things could reduce the nation's healthcare bill by some $100 billion of the next four years. FDA-regulated digital health solutions helped save $6 billion in 2014, primarily through improved medication adherence, positive behavior modifications and reduced ER visits, according to a report prepared by Accenture. The company expects those...
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By Eric Wicklund 07:17 amJune 5, 2015
Ranya Habash, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at Everbridge, a global mass communications company, and was recently named to Castle Connolly’s “America's Top Doctors 2015” list. A founder of Eye Physicians of Florida and on the Advisory Board for Blue Cross/Blue Shield, she is a two-time president of the Palm Beach County Ophthalmology Society, president-elect of the Florida Society of...
By Eric Wicklund 10:42 amJune 4, 2015
A new survey indicates nurses are relying more than ever on their smartphone for clinical care – to the detriment of the so-called "doctor on call." Conducted by InCrowd, a Boston-based market intelligence firm, the survey found that 95 percent of the 241 responding nurses own a smartphone and 88 percent use smartphone apps at work. More intriguing, 52 percent said they use an app instead of...
By Eric Wicklund 09:30 amJune 4, 2015
An app developed by university students in Dubai makes sure that doctors are in the loop in helping users control their cholesterol. The MyChol app, launched at the University of Wollongong Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (a satellite campus of Australia's university), was developed with the help of local clinicians and very specifically brings the doctor into the daily conversation. [See also...
By Eric Wicklund 10:20 amJune 3, 2015
"In the blink of an eye" might be little more than a popular expression to most people, but to surgeons performing an operation via telemedicine, it's a crucial measurement of time. That blink – about 150 to 200 milliseconds – is imperceptible to surgeons practicing telesurgery across a distance of 1,200 miles, according to researchers at the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center in Celebration who...
By Eric Wicklund 12:17 pmJune 2, 2015
If you're planning on launching a remote treatment program or partnering with a healthcare provider in Germany, don't. Remote telehealth programs are banned in that country. But they are encouraged in Spain. Market conditions for mHealth vary greatly across Europe, according to a new report issued by the research2guidance. In fact, the Berlin-based marketing company's analysis of five key mHealth...
By Eric Wicklund 09:27 amJune 2, 2015
How should a doctor explain the potential limits of telemedicine to a patient? And what's the best way to advise patients how to get follow-up care? These are among the questions American Medical Association members are targeting as they look to strengthen the standards set at last year's meeting for doctors using the technology. This time, they're focusing on patient engagement. “As the public...
By Eric Wicklund 12:07 pmJune 1, 2015
A new study on privacy policies for mobile health apps finds that less than a third actually have a policy in place – and many of those don't even address information on the app itself. The study, conducted last August by researchers at the University of Cologne in Germany and recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, paints a disturbing picture of the...
By Eric Wicklund 09:29 amJune 1, 2015
The back-and-forth battle over telemedicine in Texas has taken another turn, with a federal court ruling in favor of Teladoc's practice of connecting doctors with first-time patients by phone. U.S. District Court Judge Robert Pittman has blocked action taken by the Texas Medical Board in April to prevent doctors from issuing prescriptions or making certain diagnoses to new patients when their...
By Eric Wicklund 01:57 pmMay 29, 2015
Fueled by innovative telemedicine platforms, U.S. businesses are finding it easier to bring healthcare right to their employees. More than one third of large U.S. employers recently surveyed by Towers Watson are offering telemedicine services to their employees, and another 12 percent say they'll be adding the service within two years – all part of a national trend toward the use of onsite health...