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Apple Watch Study to Use Digital Health to Tackle Depression

February 24, 2017 - British mHealth researchers are launching a project to determine whether the Apple Watch can help treat people with depression. Takeda Pharmaceuticals has joined forces with UK-based Cognition Kit Limited to use the Cognition Kit app in a controlled trial of 30 adults diagnosed with mild to moderate depression who are taking medication. The app monitors cognitive function through the user...


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Apple Watch Study to Use Digital Health to Tackle Depression

by Eric Wicklund

British mHealth researchers are launching a project to determine whether the Apple Watch can help treat people with depression. Takeda Pharmaceuticals has joined forces with UK-based Cognition Kit Limited to use the Cognition Kit app in a controlled...

Apple Watch Helps Researchers Study Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

Johns Hopkins University researchers are using the Apple Watch to determine the possible triggers for epileptic seizures. The mHealth-enhanced smartwatch was the focal point of a recent 10-month study conducted at the Baltimore-based health system,...

American Well, Samsung announce telehealth-mHealth partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Today’s mHealth-telehealth partnership between Samsung and American Well is yet another step in the ongoing courtship of consumer and clinical. As it did with last year’s partnership with Tyto Care, American Well – one of the...

Trinity Health Invests in Telehealth for Home Care

by Eric Wicklund

Trinity Health is adding an mHealth platform to its home healthcare ministry, which serves thousands of people across the country in an effort to keep them in their homes and out of the hospital. The 22-state, Michigan-based health system has...

Can Digital Assistants be mHealth Assistants?

by Eric Wicklund

Digital assistants may have been the hottest Christmas gift this year, but they aren’t yet ready to make the transition to an mHealth platform. That capability, however, may be the biggest untapped potential for Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google...

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...

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...

Self-Directed mHealth Program Improves Mental Health for Vets

by Nathan Boroyan

A self-guided mHealth training program may be an effective way to reduce the symptoms of mental health conditions experienced by post-9/11 veterans and their significant others, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

Watson Flexes its mHealth Muscles at Home and Overseas

by Eric Wicklund

Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities have been the talk of the mHealth community since IBM unveiled the supercomputer a few years back. A platform with machine-learning capabilities has the potential to pull data from any number of...

Digital Health Tools Target Medication Adherence, Population Health

by Eric Wicklund

Public health officials in three central California counties will be using a medication management app to help tuberculosis patients stick to their schedules. Officials in Contra Costa, Fresno and Merced counties are contracting with Emocha Mobile...

Are Fitbits Fitting into Hospitals’ Care Coordination Plans?

by Eric Wicklund

One of the nation’s top cancer hospitals is turning to consumer-facing wearables to help patients with their care management. New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is giving its multiple myeloma patients activity trackers...

Healthcare Wakes Up to the Value of mHealth and Sleep

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are taking a closer look at remote monitoring and mobile coaching to help consumers get a good night’s sleep. A recent Kaiser Permanente study found that patients with obstructive sleep apnea who use an mHealth-enabled...

New Partnership Puts the Mobility into mHeath

by Eric Wicklund

Vodafone is partnering with a San Francisco-based robotics company to give mHealth a whole new meaning to patients with mobility issues. The global telecommunications giant is throwing its support – and its smart-device support platform...

New mHealth Partnership Opens a Digital Link to the EHR

by Eric Wicklund

A California-based chain of urgent care clinics is integrating data from a digital stethoscope into its electronic health record, giving clinicians instant access to heart and lung sounds. Direct Urgent Care, serving some 30,000 consumers in...

mHealth Gives Children a Reason to Smile

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth partnership is quite literally bringing smiles to thousands of children around the world. Videoconferencing and collaboration technology from Polycom and Microsoft is being used to improve surgeries, as well as pre- and post-operative...

CMS Launches mHealth Platform Competition to Support MIPS

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has challenged healthcare developers to create a mobile health platform that will educate providers on the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), according to a notice on the Federal...

Nokia Targets the Smart Home with Withings Acquisition

by Eric Wicklund

Nokia is going all in on the Internet of Things. The once-struggling Finnish cellphone company said it’s targeting mobile health – projected to be the fastest growing healthcare segment through 2020 – in its purchase of Withings,...

How mHealth Devices Rely on Patient Engagement for Better Care

by Sara Heath

mHealth devices can play a significant role in improving care outcomes, but that is dependent upon the level of patient engagement, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. The study, led...

Secure Text Messaging Apps Boost Provider Communication

by Sara Heath

Secure text messaging apps may be the future of interprofessional communication within a hospital, according to a recent report published in the Journal of Medical Information Research. A research team led by Bhavesh Patel, BSc, MB BS, MRCS,...

How Patient Demographics Affect mHealth Tool Usability

by Sara Heath

mHealth treatments for diabetes patients may be effective, but only the patient fits certain criteria. In a recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, researchers Mattias Georgsson and Nancy Staggers...

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