Eric Wicklund

October 20, 2015
The Internet of Things is now helping a hospital's tiniest patients. Atlanta-based NFANT Labs has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance for an mHealth device that helps Neonatal Intensive Care Unit caregivers determine whether a baby is ready to be weaned off a feeding tube. [See also: Contact-free sensors make a play for NICUs] The nfant Feeding Solution consists of a disposable...
October 20, 2015
Two years ago, as reported in mHealth News, two New Jersey hospitals using DocView mHealth Solutions' text message-based platform reported no readmissions among 10 stage C heart failure patients over three months. Their conclusion? Sometimes the best solutions are the simplest ones. Times have changed. "Simple solutions don't necessarily work any more – they don't bend the curve much," Greg...
October 19, 2015
To Douglas Wood, MD, mHealth works when it pays attention to what the patient wants and needs. And right now, healthcare providers aren't listening. Wood, medical director at the Mayo Clinic's Center for Innovation, says providers traditionally have managed their patients by telling them to "do things we want people to do," rather than understanding what patients want. But that authoritative...
October 19, 2015
It's been a busy year for Watson Health. IBM's mHealth-focused artificial intelligence platform has a new HQ in Cambridge, Mass., new partners and new capabilities. But new TV commercials with the likes of Ken Jennings and Bob Dylan aren't going to be enough to convince healthcare providers that this will move the needle on cutting costs and improving outcomes. They'll want proof. [Learn more...
October 16, 2015
There's more evidence that CMS' attempt to reimburse for telehealth isn't hitting its mark. A recent survey finds that almost 70 percent of physicians don't understand how to use the proper CPT code and less than 20 percent are using it. Launched at the beginning of this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services enabled physicians to be reimbursed at an average rate of $42 per patient...
October 15, 2015
ResearchKit's six-month-old universe is expanding again, thanks to three new healthcare projects that make use of the iPhone and Apple Watch. Apple's enterprise-facing app platform is being used by researchers at Duke University, Johns Hopkins and the Oregon Health & Science University in new studies focused on autism, epilepsy and melanoma. Duke University and Duke Health are partnering with...
October 15, 2015
Care team members in healthcare settings often rely on a mishmash of communications devices, ranging from landlines and pagers to laptops and smartphones. At places like Avera Health, that means a nurse will be interrupted every 11 minutes to answer or place a call – or to run around the hospital looking for a phone or nurse's station. Avera, a six-hospital, 300-site network based in South Dakota...
October 13, 2015
Today's doctor is, by and large, and expert at providing "epistrophic" care – healthcare delivered in episodes, during catastrophes. It's what happens to patients in between those medical emergencies that causes the wheels of the American healthcare system to bog down. And that's where healthcare is failing its patients. Daniel Sands, MD, an assistant professor at the Harvard School of Medicine...
October 12, 2015
Venture capitalists regard startups as investment opportunities, but to the entrepreneurs who are building new companies, the goal is to solve problems being faced by patients and providers.. This year's Venture+ Forum, part of the 2015 mHealth Summit, brings together several vetted digital health startups with some of healthcare's top VC experts, offering not only a look at some of the newer...
October 12, 2015
Health education is rarely fun. Too often, the material is presented in books or pamphlets and its over the head of the average patient. But games can change that scenario. Take Re-Mission, a game for iOS and Android that helps children and young adults learn about cancer and how treatments work. Now in its 10th year, Re-Mission has proven quite successful in helping children and young adults...