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AMA Collaborative Develops mHealth Data Standards for BP Devices

February 13, 2019 - Healthcare providers using mHealth devices to monitor blood pressure in remote patient monitoring programs now have a model for data collection and analysis. The Integrated Health Model Initiative (IHMI), launched in 2017 by the American Medical Association (AMA), has unveiled the Self-Measured Blood Pressure Data Model, which aims to “define what data to collect, select how...


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Telemedicine Pioneer Qualcomm Life Sold, to be Renamed CapsuleTech

by Eric Wicklund

One of the early pioneers of the remote patient monitoring movement is changing owners – and its name. Qualcomm announced this week that it’s selling its Qualcomm Life business to Francisco Partners, a San Francisco-based...

Scripps-Fitbit Partnership Adds mHealth Wearables to All of Us Project

by Eric Wicklund

The National Institutes of Health is launching an mHealth project to include digital data from wearables in the massive All of Us research program. The NIH has announced a partnership with Fitbit that will enable consumers using the...

New Partnership Adds Genetic Testing to mHealth Coaching Platforms

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are adding genetic testing and AI to their mHealth platforms in a bid to create more personalized health and wellness coaching services. The latest collaboration following this trend, announced this week, teams...

New Blue Button 2.0 Bill Seeks to Put mHealth in the Spotlight

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is looking to compel the federal government to expand the mHealth platform through which consumers on Medicare and Medicaid can access and use their personal health data. U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Yvette Clark...

Eli Lilly Looks to mHealth Data to Improve Medication Delivery

by Eric Wicklund

One of the bigger players in the pharma industry is upping its mHealth game with a partnership designed to draw data from wearables and smartphones to improve the design and delivery of digital therapeutic treatments. Eli Lilly this week...

Feds, Philips Warn of Security Flaw in HealthSuite mHealth App

by Eric Wicklund

Philips and the Department of Homeland Security are issuing warnings about weak security features on an mHealth app that could make it susceptible to hacking. The company and DHS Industrial Control Systems' Cyber Emergency Response...

Xcertia Posts mHealth App Privacy, Security Guidelines for Review

by Eric Wicklund

Xcertia has released a new draft of proposed privacy and security guidelines for mHealth apps. The non-profit organization launched in 2016 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, American Medical Association,...

New Program Offers Free Insurance For mHealth Data From a Smartwatch

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app developer is partnering with a life insurance company to offer $1,000 in free insurance in exchange for the user’s digital health data collected through a smartwatch. Cardiogram, which markets a smartwatch app that...

Cerner, Duke Develop mHealth App for Clinical Decision Support

by Eric Wicklund

Cerner and the Duke Clinical Research Institute have developed an mHealth app that enables clinicians to gauge whether their patients are at an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The ASCVD Risk Calculator app, available in the...

AHRQ’s New App Challenge Seeks an mHealth Platform for PRO Data

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app capable of using standardized patient-reported outcomes to improve care management could net its developer as much as $87,000. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has put up $250,000 in prize money in a...

Tech Giants Promise to Make mHealth Interoperability a Reality

by Eric Wicklund

Some of the world’s largest tech companies have pledged to erase barriers that prevent consumers from accessing their own mHealth data when and where they want it. In an unscheduled session at this week’s Blue Button 2.0...

UCSF Studying mHealth Data to Predict Post-Operative Recovery

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco have launched a project to determine whether data gathered from mHealth wearables can help clinical outcomes for people who have undergone hip or knee transplants. The connected...

CMS Embraces mHealth With Reimbursement for Smartphone CGM Links

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who collaborate with diabetic patients through smartphone-enabled continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) will soon be reimbursed under Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the change in...

mHealth Programs Look For Clinical Value to Medical Marijuana

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth to study whether medical marijuana can produce positive clinical outcomes. Up until now, much of the mobile health activity in this controversial field has focused on mHealth apps and tools that...

Fox Foundation to Use mHealth Wearables in Parkinson’s Research

by Eric Wicklund

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is launching a project to gather mHealth data from more than 800 people living with Parkinson’s through a wearable. The foundation is partnering with Verily Life Sciences,...

mHealth Project to Use Digital Health Data to Identify, Treat Pain

by Eric Wicklund

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is helping to launch a study to determine whether mHealth data collected on smartphones and wearables can be used to help treat people with chronic pain. The hospital is partnering with...

Homeland Security Eyes Telehealth to Detect Biological Threats

by Eric Wicklund

The Department of Homeland Security is looking to telehealth to help create a tool for identifying potential biological attacks. Five digital health programs that mine social media, news, public health and hospital data for clues to...

Apple Unveils mHealth Integration With EMR Data Through Health App

by Eric Wicklund

Patients at 12 national health systems will soon be able to access their EMR data on an iPhone or iPad, thanks to an mHealth upgrade from Apple. The tech giant announced this week that iOS 11.3 will include a feature that allows users to...

Microsoft Ends mHealth App Experiment, Shuts Down HealthVault

by Eric Wicklund

Microsoft is shutting down its line of personal mHealth apps, abruptly ending a program that sought to engage users in creating a digital platform for health and wellness. The company announced online that it would be closing out all iOS,...

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