Eric Wicklund

September 1, 2015
An Arizona health system is expanding its home health monitoring program following a pilot project that saw significant reductions in hospitalizations and length of stay. The "Care Beyond Walls and Wires" Program, launched by Northern Arizona Healthcare in a partnership with Qualcomm Life, saved an estimated $92,000 per patient, according to data taken of the first 50 patients six months prior to...
August 31, 2015
History is filled with businesses trying to stand out in the crowd and differentiate themselves from their competitors. It's no different in telemedicine, where companies like American Well, Teledoc and Doctor on Demand seem to be taking up all the space. The trick is finding something new or different to hook providers still skeptical of the consept's appeal.  Two companies – one that's been...
August 31, 2015
More than a dozen Mississippi high schools will have access to telemedicine during football games this fall to help detect concussions – and possibly save lives. Coordinated by the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Dell, the high schools are being equipped with a HIPAA-compliant platform integrated with VSee software. Using Windows tablets with high-definition cameras, medical...
August 28, 2015
The idea of telehealth in the local pharmacy is so powerful, even a couple of bitter rivals are working together to achieve it. Though locked in legal dispute over patent infringement charges, American Well and Teladoc are joining forces as partners in a new telehealth initiative by pharmacy giant CVS Health. The New Jersey-based chain, which operates close to 8,000 sites around the nation, has...
August 27, 2015
For people with complex chronic conditions, a "snapshot" won't work. That's why researchers at Cedars Sinai in Los Angeles are testing out a remote patient monitoring platform that continuously collects biometric information from the patient at home and uploads that data to a cloud-based platform. The project combines the Internet of Things with the latest in wearable sensors and data analytics...
August 26, 2015
Expect the smartwatch race to heat up next week, with the unveiling of at least five newly updated competitors to the Apple Watch. As reported by CNet, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Asus and Huawei are all expected to show off their new smartwatches at next week's IFA electronics trade show in Berlin. Each is rolling out a new version of a previously released product, and most will be using Google's...
August 26, 2015
With mHealth apps and wearables slowly gaining favor in healthcare provider circles, it's important to remember that these solutions not only have to appeal to doctors and their patients, but pass legal muster as well. Writing in Inside Counsel Magazine, Krysti Wolff, a special counsel with the Washington, D.C. office of Kelley Drye, offers six guidelines for developers and healthcare providers...
August 25, 2015
School districts are taking a shine to telehealth, as evidenced by new projects in Texas and Georgia. In north Texas, the Children's Health System of Dallas is expanding a pilot project launched two years ago in two pre-schools with the rollout of a telehealth platform in 57 schools across four counties. Funded by a Medicaid waiver, the program places telemedicine carts in each school and allows...
August 25, 2015
Samsung and WellDoc are taking their technology north of the border to test a digital self-management program for diabetics. Conducted through the publicly funded Ontario Telemedicine Network – one of the largest networks in the world – the Bluestar S program will initially target at least 300 people with type 2 diabetes. Each participant will get a prescription from their healthcare provider for...
August 24, 2015
A Netherlands-based company has secured more than $3 million in funding to further develop and market an app that analyzes photographs of moles for evidence of melanoma. Cancer-detecting apps haven't fared well in the U.S., and SkinVision's app currently isn't available here (though it was part of a critical UPMC analysis in 2013). But the company has seen success in Europe and Australia since...