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Newest ResearchKit Study Focuses on a Rare Disease

January 20, 2017 - Penn Medicine is launching an mHealth project on the ResearchKit platform, aimed at connecting healthcare providers with the few thousand people across the globe who have a rare condition called sarcoidosis. An inflammatory condition that leads to the formation of lumps known as granulomas, sarcoidosis usually begins in the lungs, skin or lymph nodes, but can affect any organ, including the...


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Newest ResearchKit Study Focuses on a Rare Disease

by Eric Wicklund

Penn Medicine is launching an mHealth project on the ResearchKit platform, aimed at connecting healthcare providers with the few thousand people across the globe who have a rare condition called sarcoidosis. An inflammatory condition that leads...

A Patient-Facing mHealth App Can Also Benefit Providers

by Eric Wicklund

Inspira Health is launching a mobile health platform designed to reducing staffing bottlenecks and take the waiting out of waiting rooms. The New Jersey-based health system is deploying a mobile app that allows patients to check in online and...

Stanford’s mHealth App Gets a Precision Medicine Upgrade

by Eric Wicklund

Stanford’s popular MyHeart Counts app is getting a precision medicine update. One of the first apps to be introduced on Apple’s ResearchKit platform two years ago, the Stanford University School of Medicine’s MyHeart Counts...

Study: mHealth App Usability Isn’t Matching Up With Demand

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps can help high-need, high-cost populations such as those with complex or multiple chronic conditions, a new study finds. But with the bar set so low on mHealth app usability, it’s difficult to match the right apps to the right...

Penn. State mHealth Challenge Aims to Make Apps Appealing

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps that help users manage their health challenges dominated the day at Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth Challenge, offering insight into where tomorrow’s entrepreneurs think the industry will go. Coordinated...

mHealth Apps are Surging - But are They Sustainable?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are developing mHealth strategies at record pace, but they aren’t budgeting enough money to support them. That’s the gist of the new Red Hat survey, which finds that 82 percent of the healthcare organizations...

mHealth and Pokémon Go: Yet Another Wasted Opportunity?

by Eric Wicklund

Pokémon Go may have been a nationwide sensation this past summer – including offering up some impressive mobile health statistics – but it’s suffering the same fate as many healthcare apps. It isn’t keeping up that...

ResearchStack Goes Live, Opening mHealth Studies to the Android Ecosystem

by Eric Wicklund

This week’s launch of the MoleMapper app in Google Play expands the clinical trial ecosystem to a whole new population: the estimated 70 percent of the world using Android-based smartphones. Proponents say the long-awaited launch of ResearchStack,...

mHealth App Studies Focus on Engagement Over Accuracy

by Eric Wicklund

With a survey pointing out that many popular mHealth apps are too complicated to sustain users’ interest, studies that struggle with patient engagement are putting more emphasis on user design and less on the accuracy of data. In simple...

New Survey Blames Healthcare for mHealth’s Struggles

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey says the healthcare industry is to blame for slow mHealth adoption. Adobe Digital Insights’ survey of 1,000 consumers finds that those who know how to use a mobile device are twice as likely to say the quality of healthcare...

mHealth Apps Are Failing the Usability Test

by Eric Wicklund

Some of the most popular mHealth apps are basically useless, according to a new study out of the University of California at San Francisco. The study, published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, finds that the apps aren’t...

ONC Challenge Seeks an mHealth Answer to Care Coordination Woes

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are looking for an mHealth platform that will improve care coordination. And they’re willing to pay for it. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, a three-part...

Ready for ResearchKit? 9 Tips for Starting an mHealth Study

by Eric Wicklund

ResearchKit is all the rage these days, with a new clinical study on the Apple app platform seemingly being introduced every week. But while it may sound easy – pick a clinical condition, set up a questionnaire, send it out to everyone...

mHealth App to Help Eye Doctors in Cataract Surgeries

by Eric Wicklund

IBM and Bausch + Lomb are developing an app that will help eye surgeons collaborate with their patients before cataract surgery. The app, to be developed for the iPhone and iPad, will gather IOL (artificial lens) calculations, corneal topography...

6 Guidelines to Creating a Secure Mobile App for Providers

by Robert Lacis of Apperian

Healthcare providers are creating – or thinking about creating – internal business apps to help clinicians improve patient care or streamline core processes, but they face challenges with privacy and security. After all, it’s...

How Do You Validate a Digital Health App?

by Eric Wicklund

Health and wellness apps may be flooding the consumer market in ever greater numbers, but they’re still being treated by users as a disposable commodity. And that won’t convince healthcare providers that it’s worth their time....

Cornell Project Looks to Open ResearchKit to Android Ecosystem

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Cornell University are working on an Android counterpart to Apple’s ResearchKit platform. Called ResearchStack, the SDK and UX platform for research study apps is targeted at the estimated 60 percent of Americans who own...

mHealth App Market Sees $400 Million Growth in Five Years

by Sara Heath

The mHealth apps market is a quickly growing industry, specifically provided the growth of mobile devices in healthcare. According to a recent study by Kalorama, there has been significantly fast growth in the mHealth app industry since 2010....

Mobile Application Testing a Challenge in Healthcare

by Ryan Mcaskill

When it comes to mobile applications, the testing period is one of the most crucial. Launching an app that is not complete or filled with bugs is the fastest ways to ruin the reputation of an app and the company behind it. However, there is a...

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