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Mobile Devices in Healthcare

mHealth Engagement Issues Still Stand Between Wearables and Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A new report finds that healthcare providers are going to have to solve the patient engagement paradox before the wearables market opens up to them. A PwC survey of some 1,000 consumers this past March shows solid support for wearables, with...

Wearables and the Heart: Using mHealth to Detect Sickness

by Eric Wicklund

A Canadian hospital is testing a medical-grade wearable designed to alert clinicians if an ICU patient is trending toward illness. Rockyview General Hospital, a 650-bed facility in Calgary, is using a monitor developed by California-based Biotricity...

Joint Commission Ends Text Messaging Ban for Clinicians

by Eric Wicklund

Fire up those smartphones - the Joint Commission is ending its five-year-old ban on text messaging. Effective immediately, “licensed independent practitioners or other practitioners in accordance with professional standards of practice,...

Healthcare Providers Give Smartglasses Another Look

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare hasn’t given up on smartglasses just yet. Today’s announcement that five large health systems have invested in Augmedix puts the high-tech eyewear back in the spotlight, even as the market front-runner – Google, with...

mHealth’s Benefits Are Coming into Focus for Eye Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

Until recently, mHealth in eye care generally consisted of a doctor driving around in a van, providing eye exams for those not inclined or able to visit the local eye doctor. But the advent of mHealth technology and cloud-based platforms has...

Will ‘Wanda’ Solve a Health System’s mHealth Security Concerns?

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Dartmouth College are developing a mobile “wand” that could protect sensitive data and images transmitted between devices in the health system setting. Called “Wanda,” the device is equipped with two antennas...

ResearchKit Project Makes its Data Public

by Eric Wicklund

One of the first ResearchKit projects is going live with its data. Sage Bionetworks has released information collected from more than 9,500 consumers for future studies on people with Parkinson’s disease. The information, collected over...

Healthcare is Finding Plenty of Uses for Tablets

by Eric Wicklund

The American Cancer Society is turning to tablets to help breast cancer patients keep tabs on their health while at home. The organization is partnering with Samsung in a pilot program at the Athens Medical Center’s Breast Health Center...

mHealth Gets Into the Mood

by Eric Wicklund

A new project at Massachusetts General Hospital aims to measure people’s moods by how they use their smartphone. The two-year project, funded by a $1.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health, will measure a person’s...

Philips Unveils a Wearable for Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

One of the bigger players in the hospital-to-home market is bypassing the Fitbits and Jawbones and developing its own clinical wearable. Philips officials say the medical-grade biosensor will gather vital signs – including temperature and...

mHealth and RTLS: When Minutes and Movements Matter

by Eric Wicklund

Real-time location technology has longed helped healthcare providers keep track of equipment and manage inventory. Now it’s being paired with mHealth tools to help patients. The Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City, Mich.,...

Giving Wearables a Place in the Patient Record

by Eric Wicklund

Carolinas HealthCare is meeting the wearables craze head-on with an app platform designed to bring health and wellness data into the care team conversation. The Charlotte, N.C.-based health system has launched two apps that enable consumers to...

Can Watson Help mHealth Predict Health Emergencies?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers may soon be counting on Watson to help those with diabetes avoid hypoglycemic events. In a partnership announced at this year’s CES conference in Las Vegas, Medtronic and IBM’s Watson Health division are joining...

Looking Back at CES: Are Consumers and Doctors Finally Bridging the mHealth Gap?

by Eric Wicklund

With CES 2016 in the rear-view mirror, mHealth experts are assessing whether the glitz and glam of Las Vegas yielded any jackpots for healthcare providers. The consumer-focused conference is seeing more digital health each year, and what once...

Making a Case for Pagers - and Smartphones - in Care Team Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

The death of the pager has been reported more than once in healthcare circles. Now an article in the Journal of the American Medical Association is bringing it back to life for a while. Written by University of California-San Francisco doctors...

mHealth Comes to the Rescue in Emergencies

by Eric Wicklund

An innovative program in New Jersey that uses an app to dispatch volunteer first responders to medical emergencies has saved its first life. News reports indicate Yves Delphin, one of the first graduates in Jersey City-based United Rescue’s...

Using Digital Health to Save Lives

by Eric Wicklund

Some early-stage mHealth projects have focused on using wearables to deliver targeted doses of medication at specific times – think insulin pumps for diabetics or nicotine patches for smokers.  Now a Harvard University partnership...

Doctors Add an App to the Concussion Protocol

by Eric Wicklund

A New York health system is launching a ResearchKit-based study to determine if an app can help concussion patients during the critical six weeks after a diagnosis. The study by NYU Langone Medical Center focuses on charting patient-entered data...

Using mHealth to Help Seniors Age in Place

by Eric Wicklund

A smart home project launched by the University of Missouri has found that seniors who have access to care coordination tools double their chances of living independently. And if they’re using sensors, those chances are doubled again. Marilyn...

New Project to Create mHealth Ethics for Clinical Trials

by Eric Wicklund

What happens when a clinical research project that collects iPhone images unwittingly accesses inappropriate or private content? How about a study that gathers GPS data, or one that pulls in personal data from wearable devices? Clinical studies...

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