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DoD Grant Eyes Mobile Health Devices as a Pain Management Tool

May 15, 2017 - In what could be a sign of bigger things to come for mHealth and pain management, the U.S. Military is investing in mobile health technology in a bid to help veterans avoid opioid addictions. The announcement this week that the Department of Defense is investing $6 million in a four year-project to develop mHealth tools for pain relief is the latest in a series digital therapeutic projects....


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DoD Grant Eyes Mobile Health Devices as a Pain Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

In what could be a sign of bigger things to come for mHealth and pain management, the U.S. Military is investing in mobile health technology in a bid to help veterans avoid opioid addictions. The announcement this week that the Department of...

Amazon Alexa Challenge Envisions an mHealth Care Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

Amazon and Merck are joining forces in a challenge designed to turn Alexa into an mHealth care management tool for people with type 2 diabetes. The Alexa Diabetes Challenge offers a $125,000 prize to the mHealth innovator who can best develop...

Lyft Expands Smartphone-Based Medical Ridesharing to 42 States

by Thomas Beaton

Popular ridesharing company Lyft has announced a new partnership with American Medical Response (AMR) that will bring smartphone-based ridesharing for non-emergency and ambulatory medical appointments to patients in 42 states. Through medical...

mHealth Devices Get A.I. Support for Mobile Telestroke Units

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth devices used in acute care will soon be integrated with an artificial intelligence platform, giving first responders and other clinicians real-time clinical decision support tools during emergencies. The partnership announced between...

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...

Fitbit’s mHealth Quest: Making Doctors Care About Health and Wellness

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have balked at embracing wearables because they aren’t sure how to integrate the data into the clinical record. Fitbit executives say the time has come to start embracing. The developers of the most widely-adopted fitness...

mHealth Developer Warns Doctors, Patients About Hacking Threat

by Eric Wicklund

In an mHealth industry first, a developer of digital insulin pumps is warning users that one of its devices could be hacked – with possibly fatal results. Officials at Johnson & Johnson are playing down the potential for a hacker to...

mHealth Milestone: FDA OK’s First Artificial Pancreas

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have OK’d an mHealth device that may soon greatly improve how Type 1 diabetics manage their disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved Medtronic’s MiniMid 670G artificial pancreas, which includes...

Aetna, Apple Launch mHealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Aetna is turning to Apple to get its members more interested in mHealth The payer is launching a new initiative to provide Apple Watches – in some instances fully subsidized – to employees and select member populations, beginning...

USC Takes a Closer Look at mHealth-Enabled Eyeglasses

by Eric Wicklund

For many people, eyeglasses aren’t a luxury – they’re a necessity. Dr. Leslie Saxon is wondering if they might make a good mHealth monitor as well. Saxon, head of the University of Southern California’s Center for Body...

Philips Launches mHealth Product Line With an Eye on the Clinician

by Eric Wicklund

Philips Healthcare has unveiled a new line of consumer mHealth devices, but don’t expect consumers to snap them up like the latest activity band or smart scale. The devices and an accompanying mHealth app, part of the company’s HealthSuite...

Are Providers Paying Attention to mHealth Hygiene?

by Eric Wicklund

That smartphone in the hands of a doctor or nurse may not be a sanitary as you think. A study conducted at one French hospital uncovered traces of viral RNA on almost 40 percent of devices, while a corresponding survey indicated 20 percent of...

mHealth Thermometers: No Touch, No Problem

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth-enabled thermometer that can accurately measure temperature without touching the body is finding favor in and outside the hospital. ARC Devices’ InstaTemp thermometers are proving popular in hospitals across the country –...

Using Wearables to Empower the Patient

by Eric Wicklund

As healthcare waits and wonders if the FitBits and Apple Watches of the world will become relevant to clinicians, some mHealth companies are looking to become relevant to consumers. AliveCor, a San Francisco-based developer of mobile ECG technology...

mHealth’s Answer to Mobile Security May Be NFMI

by Eric Wicklund

A chip-and-antenna technology that creates a wireless “bubble” around users is being touted as the next big thing in mHealth security. Near Field Magnetic Induction (NMFI) creates a short-range (up to nine feet), low-power magnetic...

A Global mHealth Project Sets its Sights on America’s Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

A non-profit program that’s supplying mHealth technology and resources to Third World nations is now setting its sights on underserved parts of our own country. Health eVillages, launched in 2011 by the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice...

mHealth Takes a Closer Look at the Smart Contact Lens

by Eric Wicklund

Digital health researchers are looking past smartglasses – literally – and finding value in wearables much closer to the eye. A team at Columbia University Medical Center has found that tech-enhanced contact lenses can be used to...

Hospital’s mHealth Project Finds Value in Fitbit Data

by Eric Wicklund

A Minnesota hospital is tapping into Fitbit to better understand how activity and sleep patterns affect its young diabetic patients. Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is using the popular fitness wearable to study the habits...

Wearables Can Help People With Heart Conditions - If Only They’d Wear Them

by Eric Wicklund

A new survey finds that people with heart disease can benefit from activity trackers and other mHealth devices. Few, however, are actually using them. According to HealthMine, three-quarters of people with known heart disease and/or risk said...

Apple, Fitbit Accused of Stealing Wearable Technology

by Eric Wicklund

A developer of biometric sensing technology used in wearables has filed suit against both Apple and Fitbit, claiming the two companies are using patent-protected technology in their consumer-facing fitness bands. Filed in U.S. District Court...

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