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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...

Saint Luke’s Takes a Cue from the NFL to Make mHealth Apps Fan-Friendly

by Eric Wicklund

Saint Luke’s Health System is consolidating its mHealth apps onto one platform with help from a tech company that made the San Francisco 49ers’ new football stadium fan-friendly. The 10-hospital, Kansas City-based health system currently...

New Project Looks to Turn a Bandage into an mHealth Sensor

by Eric Wicklund

North Carolina State University is launching a federally funded project to create a wearable mHealth sensor capable of continuously monitoring the amount of oxygen in surrounding tissue. Wearables have long held promise in healthcare for the...

Study Questions Safety of mHealth Messaging in High-Acuity Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

A new study questions the reliability of mHealth messaging in high-acuity care, saying it could lead to patient harm. Writing in the AHIMA Foundation’s Perspectives in Health Information Management, researchers from Dallas-based CHRISTUS...

Telehealth Gives Trainers, Physical Therapists a Healthcare Niche

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to telehealth to bridge the gap between primary care and health and wellness.  In many cases, solo doctors and small clinics are partnering with local physical therapists. Patients are referred to a PT clinic...

Study Proves Telemedicine’s Value in Coma Assessment and Care

by Eric Wicklund

Mayo Clinic Researchers are adding to the literature supporting telemedicine in the ICU with a study that indicates digital health can be used to monitor comatose patients as well as having someone at the bedside. A study conducted by researchers...

Northwell Health Takes Telehealth to the Next Level

by Eric Wicklund

A recent Harris Poll found that one of every five consumers would switch healthcare providers if their doctor didn’t use telehealth. Northwell Health is making sure that won’t happen. The New York-based health system, comprising some...

mHealth Programs Aim to Reach Patients Before they Need the ER

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health platforms, be they kiosks, consumer-facing telehealth portals or virtual care stations, are often seen as an antidote to the overcrowded Emergency Department. Now a Seattle health system is using mobile care coordination teams to...

Mobile Telestroke Units to Hit the Road in Chicago

by Eric Wicklund

Chicago is taking telestroke directly to the patient, with the deployment over the next few months of two specially equipped mobile vans. Northwest Medicine Central DuPage Hospital is scheduled to launch the first vehicle this month, and Rush...

Texas Hospital’s mHealth Game Targets a Public Health Crisis

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas health system is combing mHealth and gaming technology to teach the local Hispanic population about liver disease. The Hospitals of Providence partnered with the El Paso Times and gamification software company OfferCraft to produce an...

Consumers, Doctors Still Aren’t Agreeing on mHealth’s Goals

by Eric Wicklund

Nine out of 10 consumers say their doctors should store mHealth data collected from wearables. And just as many of their doctors disagree According to a poll of consumer mHealth attitudes by Black Book, 96 percent of physicians surveyed don’t...

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...

mHealth Takes on Missed Healthcare Appointments

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers often look at mHealth in terms of bringing healthcare to the patient. But sometimes it’s more important to bring the patient to healthcare. With an eye to patient engagement and satisfaction, health systems are now...

Fitbit’s Push for Pebble Could Stir Up the mHealth Wearables Market

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking for an entry into the wearables market may want to wait a while. New reports today have Fitbit, the biggest and best-positioned developer of consumer-facing fitness bands, offering as much as $40 million for Pebble,...

mHealth Platforms Are Bringing Back the House Call

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas-based mHealth app platform offering house calls to parents of sick children is gaining momentum with partnerships with two large health systems. Memorial Hermann Health in Houston and Baylor Scott & White in Dallas are now using the...

For Telehealth and mHealth, Value-Based Care Takes Time to Work Out

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are gradually coming to realize that telehealth can be a key component in the transition to value-based care. But not everyone’s definition of value will be the same. With roughly six out of 10 U.S. health systems now...

mHealth Messages Connect the Dots in Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Three of every four physicians in a recent survey say patient satisfaction will play a more important role over the next five years. And almost 90 percent say mHealth messages between trips to the doctor’s office will be vital tools to...

Organization Vows to Tackle mHealth’s Murky Meanings

by Eric Wicklund

The organization that recently defined “store-and-forward” telehealth says this is the first salvo in an ongoing battle to make the industry meaningful. The healthcare landscape is littered with outdated or vague words and phrases,...

Digital Decision Support: Using mHealth to Combat Antibiotic Overuse

by Eric Wicklund

Timely tweets, Facebook posts and other social mHealth messages can help healthcare providers cut down on potentially deadly antibiotic overuse, a new study indicates. The study, conducted at the University of Chicago Medicine and appearing in...

Using mHealth to Vault the Barriers to Value-Based Care

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth may help healthcare providers move toward value-based care, but the road won’t be easy. For example, a primary care provider might use a digital health platform to improve clinical outcomes for patients, resulting in a substantial...

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