Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 09:44 amMay 29, 2015
The evolution of the smartphone as a diagnostic device may well rest on the development of the dongle. The tiny device that fits into the audio jack of a smartphone or tablet is at the center of a recent Colombia University project to help mobile healthcare workers in developing countries test for infectious diseases like HIV and syphilis. When working properly, it could enable someone to test...
By Eric Wicklund 08:20 amMay 29, 2015
John Scott, MD, is an associate professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at University of Washington Medicine and the UW's medical director for telemedicine. A graduate of Stanford University and Georgetown University, he leads the Project ECHO clinician-to-clinician consultation program and was named 2014's "Top Doctor" by Seattle Met. He also has an active research program...
By Eric Wicklund 09:47 amMay 28, 2015
Security-conscious healthcare providers rue the day a doctor logs into the EMR through his or her Facebook page, or accesses patient data from a Google account on a child's laptop. And heaven forbid they use their pet's name or favorite NFL team for authentication. But what about a clinician using a hosted telemedicine service who needs to see a patient's medical history? The surge of third-party...
By Eric Wicklund 10:51 amMay 27, 2015
A new RAND Corporation study finds that doctors prescribing antibiotics in a telehealth encounter are more likely to resort to a broad-spectrum drug than in a face-to-face visit with a patient, leading to higher costs through over-use and antibiotic resistance. The California-based study compared 1,700 patient visits for acute respiratory infection between April 2012 and October 2013 through...
By Eric Wicklund 08:21 amMay 27, 2015
A California-based company is giving mental health clinicians a means of managing patients between office visits – and charging for those interventions. SelfEcho's Mobile Therapy platform gathers information through short, custom-designed smartphone questionnaires answered by the patient throughout the day. If the answers to those questions trigger any alerts that had been previously set by the...
By Eric Wicklund 10:05 amMay 26, 2015
Three years after pushing through a bill to enable veterans to receive telemedicine services across state lines, two Congressmen are launching another bill aimed at removing even more barriers. Introduced on May 22, the "Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015" (H.R. 2516), would enable the Department of Veterans Affairs to push needed telehealth services – particularly behavioral...
By Eric Wicklund 08:47 amMay 26, 2015
With patients in such distant locales as Alaska and Montana and the likes of Swedish Medical Center and Providence Health in the neighborhood, Seattle's UW Medicine sometimes has to scramble to stay at the top of its game. The four-hospital University of Washington-based health system has had a telehealth program for more than 40 years, serving patients in Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and...
By Eric Wicklund 10:19 amMay 22, 2015
A California-based study comparing telemedicine to telephone consults for pediatric cases in rural hospitals has found that telemedicine saves more than $4,500 per use. Published in Medical Decision Making and funded by, among others, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth and the California Healthcare Foundation, the study by researchers at...
By Eric Wicklund 08:06 amMay 22, 2015
Steve Shirley, CIO and vice president of IT at Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo, Colo., has more than 35 years of experience in the information technology field. In this role, he leads a team of 52. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Colorado State University Pueblo, a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Computer...
By Eric Wicklund 12:42 pmMay 20, 2015
A California health system has announced a five-year partnership with one of the world's largest biopharmaceutical companies in a bid to push digital health solutions to patients with chronic conditions. Sacramento-based Sutter Health officials said the pact with Boehringer Ingelheim will first target patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the third ranking killer in the...