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mHealth Researchers Turn the Smartphone Into a Diagnostic Device

September 15, 2017 - Two University of Illinois researchers have developed a camera that could vastly improve the mHealth diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone. The key to marketing the “lab-in-a-smartphone,” though, could lie in its popularity as a cool new toy. Funded by a National Sciences Foundation grant three years ago, UI professors Brian Cunningham and John Dallesasse created a “science...


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mHealth Hacking Threat Prompts FDA to Issue Pacemaker Recall

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing recalls for roughly 500,000 implantable pacemakers, saying the mHealth devices are susceptible to hacking. In an Aug. 29 directive, the FDA is urging anyone with pacemakers developed by Abbott...

New mHealth Projects Turn Amazon’s Alexa Into a Home Health Aide

by Eric Wicklund

A UK community is launching an mHealth project that will use Amazon Alexa software and Google’s Echo device for senior care. The Hampshire County Council announced plans this week to place the digital health platform in the homes of 50...

New Study Questions Accuracy of mHealth Devices for Diabetes

by Eric Wicklund

An independent study of 18 popular mHealth sensors used by people with diabetes finds that two-thirds aren’t meeting standards for accuracy, potentially putting those users at risk. The analysis of 18 FDA-approved blood glucose monitoring...

mHealth Still Missing the Comfort Zone for Chronic Care Patients

by Eric Wicklund

More and more people with chronic conditions want access to mHealth devices at home to help them with care coordination. And they’re not happy with what’s available. A report from digital health analyst Parks Associates indicates...

mHealth Tools Help Doctors Diagnose Cleft Palates From A Distance

by Eric Wicklund

A Harvard-led study touting the benefits of a smartphone in helping doctors diagnose cleft lip or palate makes yet another case for the advantages of mHealth tools and platforms in remote areas like developing countries. The study, reported in...

VR Glasses Give Doctors a New mHealth Tool to Treat Concussions

by Eric Wicklund

While health systems like Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai are using virtual reality technology to help their patients with pain and medication management, a California doctor is turning the mHealth technology around to help doctors identify and...

Healthcare Poised to Deliver on mHealth Promises of Google Glass

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan-based Trinity Health is getting ready to test the new Google Glass EE (Enterprise Edition) in home healthcare visits, in a bid to bring new value to an mHealth wearable that spectacularly crashed and burned as a consumer device. Google’s...

Mayo Clinic Using mHealth to Target Sudden Death Events in Kids

by Eric Wicklund

The Mayo Clinic is experimenting with wearable mHealth technology that could help save the lives of thousands of children. The health system is partnering with AliveCor to tailor the California-based company’s Kardia Mobile ECG platform...

Can Behaviors Replace the Password on Mobile Health Devices?

by Eric Wicklund

With mobile devices in healthcare becoming the rule, rather than the exception, Aetna is looking to take advantage of that mobility to improve mHealth privacy and security. Researchers at one of the nation’s largest insurers are teaming...

DoD Grant Eyes Mobile Health Devices as a Pain Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

In what could be a sign of bigger things to come for mHealth and pain management, the U.S. Military is investing in mobile health technology in a bid to help veterans avoid opioid addictions. The announcement this week that the Department of...

MA Invests $10M in Digital Health, Medical Device Research Lab

by Thomas Beaton

The Massachusetts Governor’s Office and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech) are each investing $5 million in a new digital health and medical device research lab centered at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI).  ...

Amazon Alexa Challenge Envisions an mHealth Care Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

Amazon and Merck are joining forces in a challenge designed to turn Alexa into an mHealth care management tool for people with type 2 diabetes. The Alexa Diabetes Challenge offers a $125,000 prize to the mHealth innovator who can best develop...

Lyft Expands Smartphone-Based Medical Ridesharing to 42 States

by Thomas Beaton

Popular ridesharing company Lyft has announced a new partnership with American Medical Response (AMR) that will bring smartphone-based ridesharing for non-emergency and ambulatory medical appointments to patients in 42 states. Through medical...

mHealth Takes a Closer Look at Digital Assistants

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth providers are slowly coming to the conclusion that the human voice can be a powerful digital health tool. For years the concept was championed by the likes of Nuance, whose natural language processing (NLP) technology focused on allowing...

Nokia is Ready to Dive Into Connected Care

by Eric Wicklund

Nokia is going all in on remote patient monitoring The Finnish telecom announced at this week’s Mobile World Congress that it will launch the Withings connected health product line – which it had acquired last April - under the Nokia...

Telemedicine Backpack Gives Providers a New Mobile Health Tool

by Eric Wicklund

EMS providers in the rugged mountains of western North Carolina will soon be using a telemedicine backpack to help hard-to-reach residents with health issues. And the EMS director says it won’t take long for that backpack to pay for itself....

Apple Watch Helps Researchers Study Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

Johns Hopkins University researchers are using the Apple Watch to determine the possible triggers for epileptic seizures. The mHealth-enhanced smartwatch was the focal point of a recent 10-month study conducted at the Baltimore-based health system,...

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...

mHealth Wearables Market to Surge Over Next 4 Years

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables that fit into healthcare providers’ remote patient monitoring goals are expected to lead to a massive surge in the wearables market. According to ABI Research, wearables that can gather and send medical grade data from...

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