Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 09:05 amOctober 9, 2015
Healthcare providers looking to adopt telemedicine have long been held back by problems with billing and reimbursement for their services. A new workgroup aims to make that process easier. The American Medical Association has launched a group focused on integrating telemedicine services into the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) code set. Comprised of more than 50 members, including physicians...
By Eric Wicklund 08:49 amOctober 9, 2015
A telemedicine-based disaster-response system patterned after Avera Health's eCare platform has been successfully tested in the Ukraine, and could soon be used in hotspots and remote locations around the globe. NATO conducted a test of the portable medical kits, involving some 1,100 rescue workers from 34 countries, in Lviv, Ukraine, this past September. Called the NATO Science for Peace and...
By Eric Wicklund 12:03 pmOctober 8, 2015
Thirteen senators have signaled their support for efforts to facilitate telemedicine across state lines - a key barrier to health systems and even small practices looking to expand their business and serve remote patients. The senators recently sent a letter of support to the Federation of State Medical Boards, which has recruited 11 states to agree to a compact that streamlines licensing...
By Eric Wicklund 09:52 amOctober 8, 2015
A federal partnership with seven health systems is testing whether a new payment model that supports telemedicine can be used to reduce hospitalizations of long-term residents in nursing homes. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is launching the second phase of this three-year project, which tests whether "high-intensity treatment services" can reduce avoidable hospitalizations, lower...
By Eric Wicklund 01:09 pmOctober 7, 2015
mHealth could see the benefits of recent announcements that push the needle on meaningful use and interoperability. The Office of the National Coordinator of Health IT has completed its interoperability roadmap, setting out three-, six- and 10-year goals for the flow of data between consumers and providers and between different segments of the nation's healthcare system. Almost in unison, the...
By Eric Wicklund 09:25 amOctober 7, 2015
A group of organizations is putting pressure on Congress to allow more reimbursement for mHealth, arguing that using telemedicine and remote patient monitoring will propel the nation's healthcare landscape closer to its achieved goal of value-based care. In a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and Ranking Member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., a dozen organizations are asking...
By Eric Wicklund 08:49 amOctober 6, 2015
With mHealth devices straining the boundaries of privacy and security in healthcare, the Office of Civil Rights has launched a website designed to help app makers maneuver through the HIPAA landscape. An organization representing some 5,000 app developers hailed the new website as a step in the right direction - while pointedly noting the guidelines haven't been updated since 2006, well before...
By Eric Wicklund 10:39 amOctober 5, 2015
A home health monitoring project launched by the University of Michigan is giving clinical pharmacists a role that might have previously been handled by the doctor or even a nurse enabling them to intervene quickly when a patient reports blood pressure problems.  The projec will equip 25 patients of the University of Michigan's Department of Family Medicine with Bluetooth-enabled BP monitors and...
By Eric Wicklund 09:41 amOctober 5, 2015
Health systems used to be able to secure personal health information by locking up all the files at the end of the day. Those days are long gone. The advent of mobile technology means that today's healthcare providers not only have to deal with staff and patients with mobile devices, but computer networks and wired and wireless equipment that could be hacked. And don't forget the supply chain,...
By Eric Wicklund 09:40 amOctober 5, 2015
Editor's Note: It's often been said that we learn more from our mistakes than we do from our successes, and in the ever-growing field of global mHealth, that may be more true than ever. Cultural challenges, language barriers and climate differences often play a huge part in an mHealth project's failure – sometimes with hilarious results. At last year's Global mHealth Forum, part of the 2014...