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Survey Reveals Opportunities, Hesitancies in Patient mHealth Views

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mHealth use is widespread among American patients, but there are still opportunities for providers and vendors to encourage hesitant consumers to use innovative mobile health devices and artificial intelligence apps to monitor and improve their...

Watson Flexes its mHealth Muscles at Home and Overseas

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Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities have been the talk of the mHealth community since IBM unveiled the supercomputer a few years back. A platform with machine-learning capabilities has the potential to pull data from any number of...

mHealth App with Coaching Support Aids Diabetic Weight Loss

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An mhealth app that uses the same principals as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) effectively helped overweight Americans, diabetics and pre-diabetics lose weight, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. A...

USC Takes a Closer Look at mHealth-Enabled Eyeglasses

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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...

mHealth Tapped to Help Smokers Quit the Habit

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The Mayo Clinic and Kaiser Permanente's venture capital unit are supporting an mHealth-based smoking cessation program featuring a wearable that releases drugs at timed intervals and an online communication and support platform. The...

Can Apple Make Healthcare Care About Smartwatches?

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Apple is trying once again to make the smartwatch a meaningful health and fitness tool. Almost lost in a splashy, two-hour event that focused more on the iPhone 7 and a couple of gaming announcements, the company unveiled a second generation...

Apple Gets Serious About mHealth App Standards

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Apple is cracking down on health and wellness apps featured in its App Store. The company has revised its review guidelines for apps, adding what iMedicalApps Founder and Editor Iltifat Husain, MD, called “the most stringent language I...

mHealth Platform Tracks Vital Signs With a Camera

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A hospital in Scotland is testing a new mHealth platform designed to triage patients via facial recognition and gaming software. The technology, developed at the University of St. Andrews, measures a person’s blood rate and pulse oxygen...

Digital Health Tools Target Medication Adherence, Population Health

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Public health officials in three central California counties will be using a medication management app to help tuberculosis patients stick to their schedules. Officials in Contra Costa, Fresno and Merced counties are contracting with Emocha Mobile...

Making the Case for In Transit Telestroke

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Studies have long shown that telestroke services can significantly improve the survival rates on stroke patients. Now a study in New Jersey has found that even more time can be saved if those patients are diagnosed in the ambulance. The year-long...

Study: Nurse Workloads Are Driving Hospital mHealth Policies

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Seven out of 10 health systems in the U.S. are making mobile communications a priority in light of the shift to value-based care and improved care management strategies, according to a new report. But more than 80 percent are worried that the...

FDA Urged to Speed Up its mHealth Reviews

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A coalition of healthcare IT organizations is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change the way it reviews new technology, including mHealth. The Clinical Decision Support Coalition, described as a “diverse group of stakeholders...

FDA OK’s mHealth Device for Detecting Concussion Symptoms

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two mHealth devices designed to test adults and children for concussive effects immediately after a head injury. The imPACT and imPACT Pediatric devices won’t enable healthcare providers...

Some mHealth Apps Aren’t Making Privacy a Priority

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An analysis of privacy policies for mHealth apps finds that health and fitness apps aren’t keeping up with the rest of the industry – even though some are capable of gathering “particularly intimate details of a user’s...

HIPAA and mHealth: Giving Dentists Something to Chew On

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Healthcare providers supposedly know how HIPAA guidelines come into play when using smartphones or other mHealth devices, but do dentists? Lee Culp doesn’t think so. “We think we know what it is,” the chief technology officer...

mHealth Answers the Call in an In-Flight Emergency

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A smartphone app designed to provide decision support during medical emergencies in air travel could be a model for mHealth support in any remote emergency. The airRx app is designed for people with a medical background who find themselves in...

mHealth Evolution: IoT Devices Will Reportedly Outnumber Phones by 2018

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A new report says connected devices will outnumber mobile phones in two years, putting added emphasis on the healthcare industry to embrace the Internet of Things. Ericsson’s Mobility Report forecasts an annual growth rate of 23 percent...

Using mHealth to Reduce Alarm Fatigue and Improve Care Coordination

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According to a 2013 study by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), 72 percent to 99 percent of clinical alarms are false. One East Coast hospital reported more than 59,000 alarm conditions over a 12-day period.  The...

Philips Launches mHealth Product Line With an Eye on the Clinician

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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...

An mHealth Project Focuses on Do-It-Yourself Drugs

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An mHealth device being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could one day allow remote doctors to create their own medicine whenever and wherever needed. The project, financed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects...

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