Eric Wicklund

September 25, 2015
People who undergo a routine surgical procedure would much rather go online for their follow-up appointment than visit their doctor's office. That's the takeaway from a study done at Nashville's Vanderbilt University Medical Center, the results of which appear in the online version of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. [See also: Communicating with patients? Follow their preferences...
September 24, 2015
A new partnership is using RFID to connect hospital clinicians and patients to the EHR. Barcoding, a Baltimore-based developer of supply chain solutions, is teaming up with Better Day Health to make the latter's clinical documentation platform accessible through radio frequency identification. The concept would enable clinicians to access and amend medical records and receive real-time decision...
September 23, 2015
Lawmakers and healthcare leaders are pushing legislation that would enable Medicare to reimburse more providers for telestroke services. A House bill, the "Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act (H.R. 2799)," would change what its sponsors call an "outdated provision of law" and expand the locations where stroke sufferers could receive telestroke treatment. Current Medicare rules...
September 22, 2015
A Canadian developer of medical imaging technology is launching a new division devoted to mobile imaging – as well as an app and cloud storage service for clinicians who use their smartphones to take pictures. Ottawa-based Clearwater Clinical's launch of MODICA follows a trend in mHealth tools and platforms designed to let the doctor use what he or she already has at hand. Studies estimate that...
September 22, 2015
A European nation long considered one of the leaders in the telehealth movement is launching five ambitious home monitoring projects. Denmark's Danish Digitization Authority reports that it will invest roughly $3.3 million in the projects, which will run through 2018. They are: 1. Home rehabilitation and physiotherapy in and around Copenhagen aiming to reduce hospital readmissions. 2. Connecting...
September 21, 2015
HIMSS has issued a six-pronged proposal to expand access to telehealth for Medicare beneficiaries, one of three Congressional Asks announced earlier this month. The non-profit parent company of HIMSS Media and mHealth News said the three directives focus on the use of healthcare IT to save lives, improve care outcomes and reduce costs. They're made every year in advance of National Health IT Week...
September 21, 2015
When patients leave a medical appointment with unanswered questions or concerns, they'll look for answers online. Then they'll look for a new doctor. Healthcare providers are looking to counter this gap in communications with something that's been a staple in the retail and hospitality industries for some time: The survey. And they're using the survey platform as an entry point to patient...
September 21, 2015
The pending visit by Pope Francis has everyone in Philadelphia on edge – especially those in the city's hospitals, who are wondering how the massive crowds and intense security measures might affect people in need of medical assistance. Those concerns have prompted Jefferson Health, a system comprised of five hospitals and 13 outpatient and urgent care centers, to launch its consumer-facing app...
September 18, 2015
Telehealth advocates have long argued that the platform won't become an accepted form of healthcare delivery until doctors are reimbursed for using it. But do we need a national policy, or can we expect state governments to lead the way? One look at the telehealth policies in the Northeast isn't so promising. During a recent webinar by American Well, Kofi Jones, the Boston-based telehealth...
September 17, 2015
An analysis of 10 of the top-selling smartwatches finds serious privacy and security concerns, including a finding that data collected on many of the watches and passed through an app can easily make its way to third parties. The analysis, conducted by HP and Fortify on Demand, calls the results "disappointing, but not surprising," an indicator that the smartwatch market has a ways to go before...