Could targeted and interactive text messages to Medicaid patients improve disease management and boost primary care visits?
That’s something Harvard researchers, in partnership with mPulse Mobile, plan to find out. Mobile health engagement leader mPulse Mobile just announced the new effort, which will be tackled in cooperation with researchers at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School (Harvard).
The research will start with implementation of two distinct programs.
“One program will evaluate whether interactive text messaging helps new members select and visit a primary care clinician soon after enrolling,” explained mPulse Mobile in a media release. “The second program hopes to activate members with chronic conditions, such as asthma, to enroll and engage in a disease management program.”
The initiative builds on a known medical fact: of all U.S. health problems, chronic diseases are among the most preventable. Since chronic disease management accounts for 86 percent of the nation’s total healthcare costs, improvements in engagement with the Medicaid population could pay big dividends.
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On Monday, Medici — the next-generation HIPAA-compliant messaging app that enables medical providers and their patients to communicate virtually via text or video — announced its official launch in the U.S. in all 50 states.
“Beginning today, users can invite their existing family physician, pediatrician, dermatologist, dentist, veterinarian, mental health provider, nutritionist and other medical providers to join the Medici platform.” the platform’s makers tell us.
Providers throughout the U.S. can similarly invite their patients to join Medici, which offers a more convenient, accessible and modernized method of communication and represents the latest innovation in healthcare technology.
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HealthGrid, a mobile patient engagement leader will exhibit its patient engagement platform at the American Telemedicine Association’s ATA 2017 conference April 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., “focusing on its ability to drive telehealth utilization and improve the patient experience.”
If you’re not familiar, ATA 2017 is the world’s largest telehealth innovation and networking event.
HealthGrid’s patient engagement platform integrates with telehealth platforms and telehealth-specific campaigns for increased utilization. It assists providers in achieving returns on their telehealth platform by driving telehealth utilization and automates campaigns for patients eligible for telehealth for readmission management and value-based care initiatives.
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Mercom Capital Group — a global communications and research firm — has just released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) / Digital Health sector for the first quarter of 2017.
Mercom’s comprehensive report, if you’re not familiar, covers deals of all sizes from across the globe.
Venture capital (VC) funding, including private equity and corporate VC, in the Health IT sector almost doubled quarter-over-quarter, coming in at $1.6 billion in 165 deals compared to $845 million in 159 deals in Q42016.
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Media Announcement: ClickAClinic.com®, a Florida-based telemedicine company specializing in a broad range of services, today announced it will exhibit at the ATA Telehealth 2.0 Conference at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, April 23-25, 2017, at booth #2442.
ClickAClinic.com® will introduce its new ‘DME Deal’ (www.dmedeal.com), one of the most advanced online software platforms for secure and affordable mail-order and durable medical equipment, to more than 6,000 healthcare and industry professionals. DME Deal is the first of an expanding line of technological services that ClickAClinic.com® will roll out in 2017. It offers patients a quick, safe and affordable way to manage healthcare products online from the comfort of their home or office.
“We look forward to unveiling DME Deal at this year’s Telehealth 2.0 Conference which attracts the world’s leading technology companies, experts and insightful speakers,” said ClickAClinic.com® Founder and CEO, Lawrence Bentvena. “Our philosophy on medical consultations and treatment is that everyone should have quick and convenient access to healthcare. Through DME Deal, we’ve been able to accomplish this and empower patients.”
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In this week’s installment of mHealthWatch’s new blog series, we’re tackling the challenge of improving portal adoption.
Although 87 percent of patients now want electronic access to their health records, according to athenahealth’s research highlighted recently by Healthcare Information, the portal adoption rate in the U.S. is just 29%. As a result, it behooves Integrated Delivery Networks (IDNs) to seek new and effective ways to improve their portal adoption rates and increase their return on investments in procurement of engaged patients.
For this particular case study , we’re setting our sights on the experience of a large, multi-state IDN which invested significant resources into boosting portal adoption. This effort in question provided the foundation for a case study presented in mPulse Mobile’s new Outcomes Report.
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It’s a first of its kind announcement and achievement for eKare Inc., a medtech company based in metropolitan DC.
This week, the firm announced inSight 2.0 — “the first Google Tango-enabled medical app in the US.”
We’re told that eKare has previously developed inSight as the first truly mobile 3D wound imaging solution on the iOS platform.
inSight addresses the unmet need for accurate and consistent measurement in wound care. Traditionally, wound measurement are done manually using rulers and q-tips with up to 40% error. Building on top of its first generation product (based on Apple iPad & Structure Sensor), inSight 2.0 delivers the same level of accuracy and consistency on Google Tango-powered smartphones.
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