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WHO Creates mHealth Adoption Research Standards Guide

by Sara Heath

mHealth adoption and tool development has seen a surge as patients seek convenient and cost-effective methods to manage their own health and wellness. With that, testing for new mHealth tools and interventions for chronic disease management has...

FTC Creates Tool to Help Developers Find mHealth Regulations

by Jacqueline Belliveau

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced the release of a web-based tool that will help mHealth developers to determine what mobile health regulations and laws might apply to their apps, according to a press release. The FTC partnered...

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...

Top 5 Guidelines for Using mHealth Data Responsibly

by Eric Wicklund

A global research organization is hoping a new set of guidelines for the development and use of personal health technologies will make them more palatable to healthcare. The five guidelines for “responsible innovation and stewardship”...

ResearchKit takes on genetic data, NFL health issues

by Eric Wicklund

ResearchKit is once again shaking up the mHealth ecosystem. Apple’s provider-facing app platform will soon be able to include genetic information in clinical research studies, thanks to a module developed by 23andMe. Two ongoing projects...

Meet the mHealth Platform That Will Make ResearchKit Better

by Eric Wicklund

When it was launched in early 2015, Apple’s ResearchKit platform opened clinical research to new populations and possibilities, thanks to its connection with the iPhone, and spawned a number of potentially ground-breaking studies. Now it’s...

In Rating mHealth Apps, The Best Standard May Be Personal Experience

by Eric Wicklund

The best way to rate an mHealth app these days? Try it out yourself. That’s the decidedly-negative conclusion reached by a team of researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital. In a study published on Feb. 10  in...

Ride-Sharing Apps Target a Healthcare Pain Point

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to the latest craze in transportation to make sure their patients make their medical appointments. The ride-sharing service Lyft announced this week that it’s working with the National Medtrans Network’s...

Hospitals are Missing the Mark on mHealth Apps

by Eric Wicklund

New research indicates that hospitals still aren’t meeting the mHealth demands of consumers, and it’s costing them money and new business. A report from Accenture finds that two-thirds of the nation’s largest hospitals offer...

Using Apps to Bridge the Gap Between Healthcare and Health Management

by Eric Wicklund

It’s estimated that one in every three Americans is at risk of developing diabetes in his or her lifetime. Just as importantly, half of those who do deal with the chronic condition suffer additional health problems because of stress. Those...

Is the FDA Abandoning its mHealth App Regulation Plans?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking for guidance from the Food and Drug Administration on the regulation of mobile medical apps may have to wait a while – possibly a few years. Speakers at a recent Food and Drug Law Institute conference in Washington...

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...

New Apps Target Care Coordination for COPD Patients

by Eric Wicklund

A California home healthcare provider is giving its COPD patients a HealthKit-compliant app designed to help them manage their condition. The app also integrates with the provider’s EHR platform, enabling caregivers to better monitor patients...

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....

Toronto Hospital Adds mHealth to Pain Management Program

by Eric Wicklund

Toronto General Hospital’s two-year-old program to tackle post-surgical pain management and opioid abuse is getting an mHealth upgrade. The hospital, stuck smack-dab in the middle of a province with one of the world’s highest opioid...

How BYOD Strategies Will Affect the Future of Mobile Health

by Vera Gruessner

Could BYOD strategies impact the future of the mobile health space? Read on to find out. The healthcare industry is continually looking toward mobile devices and BYOD strategies as a method for improving communication between patients and physicians,...

The Advantages of Mobile Health Apps Today and Tomorrow

by Vera Gruessner

The mobile health industry, along with remote monitoring and telehealth systems, has a wide impact on reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits throughout the healthcare spectrum by improving communication and care coordination among...

Does Face-to-Face Communication Boost Patient Engagement?

by Vera Gruessner

Are mobile health apps truly capable of improving patient engagement across the healthcare continuum? There may be more to patient engagement than mobile tools can deliver. According to HealthITAnalytics.com, one research study found that even...

How Mobile Health Apps Assist Hydrocephalus Patients in ER

by Vera Gruessner

With the proliferation of mobile health apps, new innovations are now addressing the many diseases and chronic medical conditions affecting patients across the healthcare continuum. For example, one new mobile health app, which comes from a team...

How Mobile Sensor Devices May Help People Quit Smoking

by Vera Gruessner

The medical industry faces many challenges from ongoing healthcare reforms and federal regulations to the constant focus on reducing skyrocketing costs. One of the key ways to cut healthcare spending may be to focus on preventive and wellness...

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