January 2, 2018
Following some confusion, a Survey & Certification Letter sent last week has reaffirmed CMS’s stance on texting patient information, specifying that messages sent among clinicians are permissible so long as healthcare teams use a secure platform. Texting patient orders, however, is still prohibited across all platforms.
CMS’s clarification comes shortly after a December 18th report from the...
January 6, 2015
Adding educational health content to text reminders for influenza vaccines improves the effectiveness of those texts, when compared with written reminders and texts that do not offer extra health information, according to a study of 660 children published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Between 2012 and 2013, researchers recruited families of 6-month through 8-year-old...
September 10, 2014
As a group, about 35 percent of baby boomers were interested in using their smartphone to learn about and better manage their own health, according to results from a survey conducted by academic researchers in late 2010. The survey, which consisted of responses from 469 consumers, 258 of which are baby boomers, only published its findings this month.
Researchers from Saint Louis University, ...
July 28, 2014
HealthCrowd, text-message-based patient engagement strategy, has completed a pilot with New York Medicaid plan Healthfirst, showing that 86 percent of Healthfirst's Medicaid population was equipped to receive text messages.
"Over 80 percent of the population we intervened on had a mobile phone," Neng "Bing" Doh, HealthCrowd's CEO and cofounder, told MobiHealthNews in an exclusive interview. "...
February 5, 2014
Crisis Text Line, a 24-7 texting hotline for teenagers who need help, aims to make aggregate data from its program, which show near real-time patterns for people in crisis, available to the public this spring, according to a report in the New York Times. The data will be analyzed through a partnership with the MIT Media Lab.
The Crisis Text Line program offers young people free access to the...
October 15, 2013
South Carolina's Beaufort Memorial Hospital expects to save millions of dollars this year and potentially prevent some deaths as well by investing in secure texting technology, attendees of the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) Fall CIO Forum in Scottsdale, Ariz., heard last week.
According to the hospital's VP and CIO Ed Ricks, texting between clinicians could speed...