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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

LifeWatch Signs Agreement With AliveCorHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Provata Health Touts New VR Guided Meditation App
Ahead of the long holiday weekend, digital health company Provata Health confirmed to VRJournal the launch of Provata VR, a virtual reality guided meditation app.

Hospitals and EMS Announce Technology Collaboration
Two Colorado Springs health systems have partnered with more than a dozen local emergency medical services agencies to implement the use of a mobile application to provide faster, better care to patients suffering from potentially devastating conditions.

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Tyto Care, American Well Get Physical with Telehealth

American Well Delivering Doctor Visits via Mobile DevicesThis week, Tyto Care — a telehealth company with breakthrough technology for conducting remote medical visits and examinations — and American Well — a leading telehealth technology and services company — announced a new partnership to combine video telehealth visits with comprehensive remote examinations.

Together the companies will offer the tools needed to conduct “the most complete virtual visit in telemedicine, significantly expanding the scope and safety of care delivered to consumers via telehealth.”

“This partnership will further our efforts to extend the clinician’s reach beyond the four walls of the clinic,” said Dedi Gilad, CEO and Co-Founder of Tyto Care. “Our collaborative efforts will allow us to unlock one of telehealth’s most challenging shortcomings by adding remote examinations to fully inform a telehealth visit, closely replicating what happens in the doctor’s office.”
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New Study Set to Examine Virtual Rehabilitation Platform for Physical Therapy

physical-therapy-1198344_960_720Reflexion Health Inc., a digital healthcare company, in conjunction with the Duke Clinical Research Institute announced on Tuesday the enrollment of the first patients in Virtual Exercise Rehabilitation In-home Therapy: A Research Study (VERITAS), which is “designed to evaluate the cost and outcomes of using a virtual rehabilitation platform to deliver physical therapy following total knee replacement (TKR) surgery.”

And the timing of the effort couldn’t be more opportune.

According to a provided statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 700,000 total knee replacements are performed each year in the United States. TKR is the most frequently performed procedure in the hospital and is more common among women than men.

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What the New Administration Means for Healthcare IT

donald-trump-1818950_960_720The following is a guest contributed post from Alan Portela, Chief Executive Officer at AirStrip.

For over a year, the US has spent much of its time wondering who would be the next Commander-in-Chief, and what the implications would be with a Hillary Clinton or a Donald Trump presidency. Now that we have our answer – that Donald Trump will be leading the nation for at least the next four years – people across all industries are wondering how a new administration will impact their business.

What exactly will this new administration mean for healthcare IT? The space is relatively bipartisan. People on both sides of the aisle realize that technology can enable better patient care in a cost-effective way and has the ability to be far-reaching, providing better care options to those in rural areas. But there’s no doubt that the most recent election will drive some changes in 2017.

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Care Bridge International Reveals New Tools for Medical Claims Payers

Money, Money, Money Guess What Would Inspire More Family Physicians to Use TelehealthThis week, Care Bridge International announced the launch of its technology based Future Medical forecasting tools.

The company, if you’re not familiar, was formed in August 2015 by former claim, clinical and data analytic experts, and hosts a data warehouse with an excess of 150 million medical claim transactions, nationally.

By applying data science, the company has developed the Medical Reserve Calculator and the Analytic-Powered Medical Reserve. Using simple drop down selections, the Medical Reserve Calculator generates a quick future medical forecast to validate or quantify future medical exposure. The Analytic-Powered Medical Reserve incorporates comprehensive line item future care detail in report format, instantly.

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TopLine MD Unveils New Services to Enhance Patient Experience

computer-1149148_960_720On Tuesday, mHealthWatch learned that Femwell Group Health, Inc., a management service organization (MSO) that provides business services to physician practices in South and Central Florida, announced the launch of three new services for its elite physician network, TopLine MD Health Alliance, which will enable patients to better connect with their physicians in this fast-growing digital age.

TopLine MD doctors are now offering telemedicine and online bill pay to their patients. Practices affiliated with the TopLine MD Health Alliance will also gain access to a comprehensive review or “check-up” of their offices financial and operational health, to ultimately enhance the patient experience.

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Nonprofessionals Successfully Interpret Medical Images of the Eye Online

press-releasePress Release: Scientists have found that with minimal training, members of the general public may be able to match the accuracy of experts in interpreting medical images of the eye. The work, published in Translational Vision Science & Technology (TVST), introduces a world where individuals without medical training could contribute to decisions made in the clinic.

The paper, “The Accuracy and Reliability of Crowdsource Annotations of Digital Retinal Images,” describes results from over 5,000 internet users who volunteered to interpret 100 medical images. Optional training was offered, and those who pursued the training performed as well as medical experts in marking areas of the images that suggested a clinical issue.

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