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Do Medication Adherence Apps Deliver on Functionality Promises?

April 21, 2017 - Medication adherence apps have the potential to help patients remember to take their medicines, but not all of these apps provide the necessary functionalities to do so. A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that users may not see value from many of these apps due to shortcomings in features advertised by developers and a broad range of applications that...


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Do Medication Adherence Apps Deliver on Functionality Promises?

by Thomas Beaton

Medication adherence apps have the potential to help patients remember to take their medicines, but not all of these apps provide the necessary functionalities to do so. A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found...

UK Tries Again With a Library of Certified Mobile Health Apps

by Eric Wicklund

After four years of wrangling, the UK’s National Health Service has unveiled its library of certified mobile health apps – containing only one approved app. The NHS Digital Apps Library is designed to showcase mobile health tools...

mHealth Apps for Cancer Survivors Aren’t Meeting Their Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health apps designed for cancer survivors aren’t as effective as they should be, according to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. A 2016 analysis of dozens of mHealth apps by researchers from CPIC and Stanford University...

Providers Like Virtual Care, But Sustainability Issues Linger

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly three-quarters of healthcare providers in a new survey say they’ve launched a telemedicine platform or are beginning pilot projects, but less than half say they’ve reached sustainability. The survey of 147 health systems,...

MA Invests $10M in Digital Health, Medical Device Research Lab

by Thomas Beaton

The Massachusetts Governor’s Office and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) are each investing $5 million in a new digital health and medical device research lab centered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  ...

Store-and-Forward Telehealth Service Replaces the Office Visit

by Eric Wicklund

Rush University Medical Center has launched a store-and-forward telemedicine platform for non-emergency cases, giving patients an effective alternative to the doctor’s office or retail clinic visit. Rush SmartExam is the Chicago-based hospital’s...

Telemedicine Success Linked to Workflow, Rather Than Technology

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine is proving its value not because of new technology, but because of better workflows and collaboration. A program that placed telemedicine platforms into 15 primary care clinics at the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services...

Ohio Board Relaxes Telemedicine Policies to Allow Prescribing

by Eric Wicklund

Ohio physicians can use telemedicine to prescribe both non-controlled and controlled drugs – as long as they meet a long list of guidelines. The two rules passed earlier this month by the Ohio Medical Board, 4731-11-09 and 4731-11-01, enable...

mHealth Study Proves Remote Monitoring Beats In-Person Visits

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform for post-operative care helped patients collaborate better and more often with their doctors and reduced follow-up visits to the doctor’s office. In addition, more than half of those using the mobile health platform,...

New Telehealth Platform Offers Grief Counseling to Military Survivors

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth vendor is partnering with a national support network to offer digital health grief counseling for families of military members who are killed while serving. The non-profit Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) is partnering...

New Study Gives mHealth High Marks in Children’s Health

by Eric Wicklund

An analysis of dozens of mHealth studies has found that mHealth interventions can help children live healthier lifestyles. The analysis, appearing in JAMA Pediatrics, finds that parents and caregivers can improve healthcare outcomes and behaviors...

Healthcare Looks to Digital Health Tools to Measure Heart Health

by Eric Wicklund

Wearable mHealth technology that helps both doctors and patients monitor heart rate is in the spotlight these days. AliveCor, whose Kardia Mobile was among the first ECG wearables on the market, has announced the release of Kardia Pro, a platform...

Defining Digital Health: What Makes an ‘Effective’ mHealth Program?

by Eric Wicklund

How does the healthcare system measure the effectiveness of a digital health program? The Connected Health Initiative, which last year sought a consensus definition for asynchronous telemedicine, is ready to tackle more confusing mHealth...

Express Scripts Looks To mHealth Gaming to Boost Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s largest pharmacy benefit management organization is turning to mHealth in a bid to improve medication adherence through patient engagement. Express Scripts has announced an investment Mango Health, a San Francisco-based mHealth...

mHealth Takes a Closer Look at Digital Assistants

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth providers are slowly coming to the conclusion that the human voice can be a powerful digital health tool. For years the concept was championed by the likes of Nuance, whose natural language processing (NLP) technology focused on allowing...

mHealth-based Workplace Wellness Programs Face Congressional Scrutiny

by Eric Wicklund

A bill quietly moving through Congress could have a significant impact on workplace wellness programs that use digital health tools. Opponents say HR 1313, the Preserving Employee Wellness Programs Act, could undermine mHealth-based employee...

Telemedicine on Tap: ATA Readies for Telehealth 2.0

by Eric Wicklund

With HIMSS17 in the rear-view mirror, healthcare providers are now setting their sights on the American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth 2.0 conference next month. But don’t expect the same old news on pilot projects and real-world...

GPS Data Has Potential to Model Symptoms of Depression

by Thomas Beaton

The authors of a recent study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that is it not only accurate but also feasible to use GPS data from smartphones to discover time-imperative behavioral symptoms of patients with depression....

Upstate New Yorkers Beginning to Favor Telemedicine Services

by Thomas Beaton

A survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that around five out of ten adults are aware of telemedicine services, with 80 percent rating their telemedicine usage as “very good” or “excellent.” The results of...

DTC Telehealth Prompts Use of Medical Services, Not Savings

by Thomas Beaton

A new study from RAND found that 12 percent of telehealth use replaced office and emergency room visits while 88 percent represented new use of medical services. The team of RAND policy researchers examined claims information from 300,000 beneficiaries...

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