The federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to provide special education to students with special needs. This includes, but is not limited to speech therapy. The challenge with providing speech therapy is that there is a nationwide shortage of speech-language pathologists.
In a recent announcement, PresenceLearning shared their praise of the State of Michigan approving Medicaid reimbursed speech therapy. This will not only provide access to the much needed speech therapy services throughout the state of Michigan, but particularly in rural areas where it is even more challenging to find local speech pathologists.
Posted in Healthcare
One of the many benefits to the constantly connected world we live in is that we can find information on just about anything we want or need at any hour of day or night. This includes information we would have previously gained from an industry professional, such as a physician.
Many people from around the globe are performing online searches to identify their symptoms in order to self-diagnose and self-treat. This is one of the reasons why researchers at Harvard set out to determine which of the many online symptom and diagnostics healthcare apps and websites performed the best.
Posted in mHealth, Mobile App
According to a 2013 survey released by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, New Mexico leads the nation in the highest rates of mental illness. While New Mexico may have the highest rates of mental illness, they have only 11 psychiatrists per every 100,000 people.
While not everyone who requires short-term or long-term therapy or psychiatric care is suffering from a mental illness, access to the mental healthcare can be a challenge, particularly for those who live in rural areas.
This is why the recent announcement that Molina Healthcare of New Mexico will now offer their more than 220,000 Medicaid members access to virtual therapy and psychiatric care through MDLIVE is such great news.
Posted in Technology, telehealth platforms, Telemedicine
mHealthWatch was briefed this week by the team at Zibdy, Inc. on the launch of their secure and free DIY tool within ZibdyHealth application.
The resource in question makes it possible for users to consolidate medical records using Microsoft Azure.
According to a provided statement:
Following the Supreme Court decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, Zibdy, Inc. has announced that their platform – ZibdyHealth – addresses and provides a solution to a key goal of the ACA and HITECH act – consolidation and exchange of Electronic Medical Records (EMR).
Posted in Healthcare, Technology
The following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip CEO Alan Portela.
I was very pleased to see that U.S. Senator Lamar Alexander is recommending the delay for Stage 3 of Meaningful Use, since it would drive the entire system to its knees. We all agree that the industry needed to change. This has been a bi-partisan initiative that started with President Bush and his appointment of David Brailer as the National Health Information Technology Coordinator back in 2004. For the past decade, this effort has been continued by the Meaningful Use program under the ONC.
I am not criticizing the initial goals of Meaningful Use (Stage 1 – Data Aggregation & Data Access; Stage 2 – Healthcare Information Exchange and Care Coordination; and Stage 3 – Outcomes Improvement). Rather, my extreme disappointment is directed to the fact that we did not pay attention to the first pillar – Data Aggregation and Data Access – to achieve outcomes improvement, which cannot be accomplished without clear and aggressive guidelines on interoperability requirements. Instead, the effort was directed to the implementation of EHRs for data entry, which created silos around few vendors. Of course, the consolidation and collaboration of healthcare providers that resulted from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exposed the failures of Stages 1 and 2 around interoperability.
Posted in mHealth
Alert is a new app by HelpAround, Inc. designed to provide those who struggle with chronic health conditions emergency access to help when it is needed most. The app is compatible with Apple iOS HealthKit, and designed to send instant alerts regarding blood glucose. Unlike their first app Diabetes Helpers, Alert is designed for a wider range of health concerns.
“With Diabetes Helpers, we saw thousands of strangers stepping up to help each other, but we also learned how much fear our users cope with,” said Yishai Knobel, HelpAround founder and CEO. “We recognized that in times of trouble it is imperative for anyone to be able to easily reach the most trusted people in their lives.”
Posted in Healthcare, mHealth, mHealth news, Mobile App
In March of 2014, a group of researchers at the University of Washington evaluated 9 of the most popular mobile health apps to see if they were compatible with programs such as iPhone’s VoiceOver. They found that all 9 apps were not, meaning that blind users cannot currently benefit from such apps.
iPhone’s VoiceOver program, and similar programs for other smartphones, are designed to allow blind users access to their smartphone or notebook—most often by “reading” the screen features from left to right.
While it is fairly simple for programmers to develop their applications within compliance of such programs, for many these tools simply aren’t on their radar, Medical Press reports.
Posted in Mobile App, Smartphones, Technology