Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Has Arrived

Rythym published a report with some numbers that are very encouraging for our healthcare system and patients with chronic conditions. Here’s a link to the report: https://www.myrhythmnow.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/RhythmMarketReport_DIGITAL_FINAL.pdf Executive Summary Remote patient monitoring (RPM)—the next big wave in healthcare—has arrived. This virtual care management approach, in which physicians remotely monitor patients’ vital signs such as heart […]

Hypertension RPM Program Has Led to Increased Blood Pressure Control and Fewer Emergency Department (ED) Visits

A pharmacist-led remote patient monitoring (RPM) program at Mount Sinai Health System, in New York City, that started during the COVID-19 pandemic for the management of hypertension has led to increased blood pressure control and fewer emergency department (ED) visits and inpatient admissions for hypertension-related concerns. Patients take blood pressure readings daily, which are sent directly […]

Who Will Care for Rural Older Adults? Measuring the Direct Care Workforce in Rural Areas

Photo by Kathy Henning kathleenhenning.photo [@] gmail.com University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center’s Policy Brief This policy brief helps to make it clear that residents living in rural areas will find it increasingly more difficult to get health care as easily as their urban counterparts. The purpose of the research: Direct care workers are […]

Giving Tuesday: 5 Health Benefits of Giving

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Research suggests that there are both physical and mental health benefits for those who give During the holiday season, more people are inspired to give. This doesn’t just mean shopping or donating money to charitable organizations—giving can include volunteering, or participating in social campaigns. Research suggests that there are both physical and mental health benefits of […]

Health Worker Burnout

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Why health worker burnout matters The realities of our health care system are driving many health workers to burnout. They are at an increased risk for mental health challenges and choosing to leave the health workforce early. They work in distressing environments that strain their physical, emotional, and psychological well-being. This will make it harder […]

Maternal Health Outcomes Worsened During the Pandemic

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Hundreds of women in the U.S. die each year from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Pregnant women with COVID-19 are more likely to experience complications. The GAO analyzed CDC data and found: Maternal deaths increased during the pandemic compared to 2018 and 2019 COVID-19 contributed to 25% of maternal deaths in 2020 and 2021 […]

Maternity Care Deserts are Growing in the U.S.

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Click on the image to access the report The March of Dimes report, Nowhere to Go: Maternity Care Deserts Across the U.S., identifies counties in which access to maternity health care services is limited or absent, either through lack of services or barriers to a woman’s ability to access that care. The report found that […]

FQHCs are Launching Remote Patient Monitoring Programs Through Partnerships

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BlueStar has helped a good number of forward-thinking FQHC executives launch their remote patient monitoring programs so this article hits home with us.  The article is in mHealth Intelligence. We’ve added an excerpt below and you can read the entire article here: https://mhealthintelligence.com/features/how-fqhcs-are-standing-up-sustaining-remote-patient-monitoring-programs How FQHCs Are Standing Up, Sustaining Remote Patient Monitoring Programs Federally qualified […]

HHS Announces $20 Million in Awards to Help Address the Maternal Health Crisis

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Funding Supports Community-based Doulas, Rural Obstetric Care, New State Task Forces to Tackle Maternal Health Disparities, and Investments in Infant Health Equity On August 29th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), announced investments of over $20 million to improve maternal and infant health and implement […]