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Telemedicine Backpack Gives Providers a New Mobile Health Tool

February 23, 2017 - EMS providers in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina will soon be using a telemedicine backpack to help hard-to-reach residents with health issues. And the EMS director says it won’t take long for that backpack to pay for itself. “This will create our sustainability plan for the entire program” says Charles Blankenship, manager of system EMS transport for Mission...


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Telemedicine Backpack Gives Providers a New Mobile Health Tool

by Eric Wicklund

EMS providers in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina will soon be using a telemedicine backpack to help hard-to-reach residents with health issues. And the EMS director says it won’t take long for that backpack to pay for itself....

mHealth Wearables Market to Surge Over Next 4 Years

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables that fit into healthcare providers’ remote patient monitoring goals are expected to lead to a massive surge in the wearables market. According to ABI Research, wearables that can gather and send medical grade data from...

Are mHealth Sensors for Babies Doing More Harm Than Good?

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth technology designed for babies may be doing more harm than good, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Smart devices and sensor-embedded clothing that track an infant’s vital signs and alert parents and caregivers...

Stanford mHealth Grant Offers Giveaway of 1000 Apple Watches

by Thomas Beaton

The Stanford Center for Digital Health (CHD) is looking for ideas from innovators that "stimulate and support" creative uses of Apple Watch devices for mHealth use by offering $10,000 and 1000 Apple Watches to awardees for research...

Healthcare Still Sees mHealth Value in Smartglasses

by Eric Wicklund

While much of the healthcare world seems focused on virtual reality headsets these days, hospitals and health systems across the country are quietly finding value in smartglasses. Led by digital health stalwarts like Augmedix and Pristine, the...

An mHealth Quest - The Workable Tricorder - Nears Its Completion

by Eric Wicklund

A five-year mission to develop the ultimate mHealth diagnostic device may soon be over. A global competition to create a workable version of the tricorder used in Star Trek is in its last stages, with devices created by two different teams soon...

mHealth Sensors Look to Diagnose Diseases From One’s Breath

by Eric Wicklund

Israeli researchers are testing an mHealth device that can detect 17 different diseases – including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease – from a single breath. According to a study published...

FDA Warns Hospitals of Fire Threat in Mobile Medical Carts

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are warning healthcare providers across the country that their mobile medical carts may be a fire hazard. A letter issued on December 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says lithium and lead acid batteries used in crash...

FDA Issues Final Guidance on mHealth Device Security

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials have released final guidance on protecting mHealth devices from hackers, and is calling on the mHealth community to build cybersecurity into their mobile health products. The 30-page document, issued on December 28 by the U.S....

American Well CEO: Telehealth Must Integrate With the Home and the Hospital

by Eric Wicklund

Up until now, consumer-facing telehealth platforms have primarily focused on a conversation between doctor and patient. But if telehealth is going to match the value of an in-person exam, it’s going to have to incorporate new data streams....

The Challenges of Validating Digital Health Devices for Remote Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Digital health devices like blood pressure cuffs are great for keeping tabs on daily health and wellness, but their true value comes when a healthcare provider is looking at that data. Companies like Philips, Intel-GE Care Innovations and Nokia...

mHealth Patch is Put to the Test at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

by Eric Wicklund

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is launching a remote patient monitoring study to determine whether a smart patch can help physicians take care of patients at home rather than in the hospital. The hospital, part of the Partners...

Fitbit’s Push for Pebble Could Stir Up the mHealth Wearables Market

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking for an entry into the wearables market may want to wait a while. New reports today have Fitbit, the biggest and best-positioned developer of consumer-facing fitness bands, offering as much as $40 million for Pebble,...

Canadian mHealth Project Uses iPads for School Hearing Tests

by Eric Wicklund

Elementary schools in three Canadian cities will soon conduct hearing tests with an iPad, thanks to an mHealth program launched by the University of Ottawa Medical School. It’s the first step in what the medical school students hope will...

Healthcare Focuses on the Possibilities of Virtual Reality

by Eric Wicklund

Virtual Reality headsets like Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift might seem more suited to the gaming industry, but healthcare providers are finding a use for them as well. VR headsets are popping up in clinical studies across the...

Big Business Survey Suggests mHealth is Motivating Employees

by Eric Wicklund

Large employers may be solving the mHealth engagement puzzle with health plans that include wearables. A two-year study of 14 large employers, covering some 240,000 employees, saw “no measurable decline in engagement for more than nine...

mHealth Startups Look to Connect the Clinical, Consumer Markets

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth developers may be seeing dollar signs in the lucrative consumer market, but they’d be best advised to start first with doctors. That’s what Tyto Care is doing. The Israeli startup recently received U.S. Food and Drug Administration...

Survey: Doctors Like iPhone 7, But the mHealth Romance May Not Last

by Eric Wicklund

Whether it’s the access to mHealth platforms like CareKit and ResearchKit or a desire to be ahead of the curve, doctors are jumping on the iPhone 7 bandwagon. But that trend may not last. A new survey from Doximity finds that more than...

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