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New Project Looks to Turn a Bandage into an mHealth Sensor

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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...

Flu Season Turns the Spotlight on mHealth, Telehealth Advances

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Just in time for flu season, researchers at the University of Texas in Arlington are reportedly developing an mHealth device that would specifically test for the flu virus. The device is similar to a breathalyzer, reports Perena Gouma, a professor...

Study Questions Safety of mHealth Messaging in High-Acuity Healthcare

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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...

Are mHealth Sensors for Babies Doing More Harm Than Good?

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mHealth technology designed for babies may be doing more harm than good, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Smart devices and sensor-embedded clothing that track an infant’s vital signs and alert parents and caregivers...

Stanford mHealth Grant Offers Giveaway of 1000 Apple Watches

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The Stanford Center for Digital Health (CHD) is looking for ideas from innovators that "stimulate and support" creative uses of Apple Watch devices for mHealth use by offering $10,000 and 1000 Apple Watches to awardees for research...

A Patient-Facing mHealth App Can Also Benefit Providers

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Inspira Health is launching a mobile health platform designed to reducing staffing bottlenecks and take the waiting out of waiting rooms. The New Jersey-based health system is deploying a mobile app that allows patients to check in online and...

Healthcare Still Sees mHealth Value in Smartglasses

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While much of the healthcare world seems focused on virtual reality headsets these days, hospitals and health systems across the country are quietly finding value in smartglasses. Led by digital health stalwarts like Augmedix and Pristine, the...

An mHealth Quest - The Workable Tricorder - Nears Its Completion

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A five-year mission to develop the ultimate mHealth diagnostic device may soon be over. A global competition to create a workable version of the tricorder used in Star Trek is in its last stages, with devices created by two different teams soon...

UnitedHealthcare Announces a Huge Expansion of its mHealth Program

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An mHealth program launched by one of the nation’s largest insurers that pays employees for meeting activity goals is getting a huge upgrade. UnitedHealthcare announced today at CES 2017 that it is expanding its Motion wellness program...

mHealth Sensors Look to Diagnose Diseases From One’s Breath

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Israeli researchers are testing an mHealth device that can detect 17 different diseases – including cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and Crohn’s disease – from a single breath. According to a study published...

FDA Warns Hospitals of Fire Threat in Mobile Medical Carts

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Federal officials are warning healthcare providers across the country that their mobile medical carts may be a fire hazard. A letter issued on December 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says lithium and lead acid batteries used in crash...

FDA Issues Final Guidance on mHealth Device Security

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Federal officials have released final guidance on protecting mHealth devices from hackers, and is calling on the mHealth community to build cybersecurity into their mobile health products. The 30-page document, issued on December 28 by the U.S....

For mHealth Messaging, That Pager Isn’t as Secure As You Might Think

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Smartphones and secure messaging apps may be gaining favor in health systems these days, but many providers still use good old-fashioned pagers for emergency communications. And that may be putting patient privacy at risk. Developed in the 1940s...

mHealth and CES: Shining a Light on Patient Engagement and Digital Health

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With patient engagement still a struggle, healthcare providers are slowly starting to take the consumer seriously in their mHealth strategies. They’re partnering with Fitbit, Garmin, Apple, Nike, Under Armour and other companies in projects...

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

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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,...

Healthcare Focuses on the Possibilities of Virtual Reality

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Virtual Reality headsets like Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift might seem more suited to the gaming industry, but healthcare providers are finding a use for them as well. VR headsets are popping up in clinical studies across the...

Big Business Survey Suggests mHealth is Motivating Employees

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Large employers may be solving the mHealth engagement puzzle with health plans that include wearables. A two-year study of 14 large employers, covering some 240,000 employees, saw “no measurable decline in engagement for more than nine...

New mHealth Study to Test the Smartphone’s Diagnostic Capabilities

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In what could be a pivotal test of the diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone, three prominent U.S. health systems are ready to conduct clinical trials on an app that analyzes a user’s cough. Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s...

Survey: Doctors Like iPhone 7, But the mHealth Romance May Not Last

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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...

Is Pharma Ready to Realize the Value of mHealth?

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When Apple launched its ResearchKit platform in 2015, healthcare providers and the pharma industry hailed the mHealth platform as a meaningful step toward better clinical trials. They’re starting to see that pay off. Digital health tools...

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