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Wearables and the Heart: Using mHealth to Detect Sickness

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A Canadian hospital is testing a medical-grade wearable designed to alert clinicians if an ICU patient is trending toward illness. Rockyview General Hospital, a 650-bed facility in Calgary, is using a monitor developed by California-based Biotricity...

CMS Launches mHealth Platform Competition to Support MIPS

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has challenged healthcare developers to create a mobile health platform that will educate providers on the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), according to a notice on the Federal...

Health Systems Make a Game of mHealth to Improve Education

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Health system administrators wanting to make sure their staff and residents are up-to-date on the latest protocols have a new tool at their disposal: The smartphone. They’re using a gaming platform developed by Qstream, a Harvard Medical...

Apple’s CareKit Puts mHealth in Consumers’ Hands

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CareKit – Apple’s open-source, consumer-facing mHealth platform – went live today with four apps. Unlike its predecessor HealthKit, which debuted in 2014, CareKit puts the iOS platform out there on its own (the framework is...

Joint Commission Ends Text Messaging Ban for Clinicians

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Fire up those smartphones - the Joint Commission is ending its five-year-old ban on text messaging. Effective immediately, “licensed independent practitioners or other practitioners in accordance with professional standards of practice,...

Nokia Targets the Smart Home with Withings Acquisition

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Nokia is going all in on the Internet of Things. The once-struggling Finnish cellphone company said it’s targeting mobile health – projected to be the fastest growing healthcare segment through 2020 – in its purchase of Withings,...

Digital Health Innovation Finds a Home at Cedars-Sinai

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A handful of digital health entrepreneurs are getting the opportunity to test their products at Cedars-Sinai, thanks to a new program from an international accelerator. The three-month Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, taking place through June...

6 Guidelines to Creating a Secure Mobile App for Providers

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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...

Healthcare Providers Give Smartglasses Another Look

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Healthcare hasn’t given up on smartglasses just yet. Today’s announcement that five large health systems have invested in Augmedix puts the high-tech eyewear back in the spotlight, even as the market front-runner – Google, with...

Humana Turns the Apple Watch into a Medication Management Tool

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One of the nation’s largest insurers is allowing members to order prescriptions through their Apple Watch. The Louisville, Ky.-based company last month introduced its second Apple Watch app, enabling users to scan the barcode or photograph...

mHealth’s Benefits Are Coming into Focus for Eye Doctors

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Until recently, mHealth in eye care generally consisted of a doctor driving around in a van, providing eye exams for those not inclined or able to visit the local eye doctor. But the advent of mHealth technology and cloud-based platforms has...

ResearchKit - The Perfect Platform for Population Health?

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Offering access to anyone in the world with an iPhone, Apple’s ResearchKit is becoming a popular platform for population health studies. The latest to jump on the bandwagon is Boston Children’s Hospital, where researchers are now...

97.6M mHealth Wearable Devices to Ship Yearly by 2021

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The market for wearable technology is expected to grow as more healthcare providers are using the mHealth technology to improve patient outcomes and help providers make more informed healthcare decisions, according to a recent study by Tractica....

Secure Text Messaging Apps Boost Provider Communication

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Secure text messaging apps may be the future of interprofessional communication within a hospital, according to a recent report published in the Journal of Medical Information Research. A research team led by Bhavesh Patel, BSc, MB BS, MRCS,...

mHealth Apps Need Better Regulation Despite Clinical Benefits

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mHealth apps and online health tools have several clinical benefits, but their ubiquitous availability and low levels of regulation present significant risk, says a research team led by Linda Wilhelmina Maria van Kerkhof, PhD. In a study published...

ResearchKit Challenge Focuses on Moody Behaviors

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The latest ResearchKit study could turn the iPhone into a mood ring. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has launched a $500,000 competition that challenges researchers to use Apple’s clinical research platform to measure moods. The Mood...

FTC Creates Tool to Help Developers Find mHealth Regulations

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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...

Secure Text Messaging Study Shows Clinical Benefits

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Two Pennsylvania hospitals have found that care teams using a secure text-messaging program can reduce their patients’ length of stay. A study of some 11,500 patients at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn Presbyterian Medical...

Will ‘Wanda’ Solve a Health System’s mHealth Security Concerns?

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Researchers at Dartmouth College are developing a mobile “wand” that could protect sensitive data and images transmitted between devices in the health system setting. Called “Wanda,” the device is equipped with two antennas...

WHO Unveils Standards for Global mHealth Projects

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mHealth experts often wonder whether a successful smartphone-based public health program in Africa might translate to Asia or South America, or if a population health project in India can affect the same outcomes in the Caribbean. Those questions...

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