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mHealth Researchers Downplay the Reliability of Smartphone Cameras

February 8, 2019 - Healthcare providers who make clinical decisions based on smartphone photographs may be putting themselves at risk of a misdiagnosis, according to mHealth researchers. A digital health study conducted at the UK’s Anglia Ruskin University has found that all smartphone cameras are calibrated differently, particularly in defining colors. As a result, a provider using a photograph...


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mHealth Study Uses Wearables, AI to Detect Internalizing Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers and parents may someday be able to identify anxiety and depression in young children by tracking their activity with mHealth wearables. Researchers at the University of Vermont and the University of Michigan have...

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...

FDA OKs mHealth Wearable to Help Children Living With Epilepsy

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have cleared for use an mHealth wearable designed to detect epileptic seizures in children and immediately alert care team members. The US Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the Embrace smartwatch,...

IBM Tests mHealth Sensor That Measures Grip Strength in Fingernails

by Eric Wicklund

IBM researchers are working on an mHealth sensor that can continuously measure grip strength in a user’s hand. The wearable digital health device measures the flexibility of and deformation in a user’s fingernail, a key...

FDA OKs mHealth Device, App for Asthma, COPD Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a mobile health device that works with a companion mHealth app to measure inhaler use by people living with asthma and COPD. The ProAir Digihaler, developed by Teva Pharmaceutical, is...

Dignity Health Uses mHealth to Cut ER Visits, Hospitalizations

by Eric Wicklund

A healthcare provider who integrates digital therapeutics with a chronic care management program for asthma patients can cut ER visits and hospitalizations in half, according to a study undertaken by one of the nation’s largest...

Mayo Clinic Expands the mHealth Platform for a Digital Stethoscope

by Eric Wicklund

The Mayo Clinic is launching an mHealth project to determine whether a digital stethoscope can be used to screen for damaged hearts. The health system is teaming up with Eko to test the Silicon Valley company’s Duo Digital...

Google Shuts Down Its mHealth Quest for a Glucose-Sensing Contact Lens

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth project to create a glucose-sensing contact lens has been put on hold, though its creators still see promise in the digital health capabilities of a smart lens. In a blog written last Friday by Chief Technology Officer Brian...

Garmin Gives Its mHealth Wearables a Connected Health Platform

by Eric Wicklund

Garmin has signed a partnership to integrate its mHealth wearables with a digital health platform for clinical research, putting the Swiss company on line to compete with Fitbit and Apple for connected health projects. The company will be...

BWEL Study Creator Talks About Fitbits, mHealth and Virtual Care

by Eric Wicklund

The leader of an expansive mHealth program designed to improve care management and outcomes for women with breast cancer says the Fitbit is giving her and her researchers an opportunity to change how people think about their health. Dr....

Apple Donates Smartwatches for mHealth Study on Eating Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are launching an mHealth study aimed at improving care management for people living with eating disorders. The Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, part of the UNC School of...

US Military Tests an mHealth Wearable for Remote, Battlefield Care

by Eric Wicklund

A U.S. Navy base in Virginia will soon be testing an mHealth wearable designed to link remote healthcare providers in disaster zones or battlefields with more experienced specialists. Developed by researchers at Purdue University, the...

Hypertension Research Uses mHealth Wearables to Improve Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of California San Diego are developing an mHealth platform that can predict a consumer’s blood pressure from wearable data and offer health and wellness advice to keep those readings healthy. Sujit Dey,...

Choosing the Right mHealth Devices For a Pediatric Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

Pediatricians see telehealth as an opportunity to replicate the office exam at home – a more comfortable environment for both the child and the parents. But the success of the virtual visit hinges on capturing accurate patient...

LA Project Uses mHealth Devices to Help Low-Income Kids With Asthma

by Eric Wicklund

A California health plan is launching a new effort to put mHealth devices into the hands of those who need them the most: underserved children. The Blue Shield of California Foundation, a not-for-profit health plan and philanthropic...

US Army to Use Fitbits in RPM Pilot Program at 2 Military Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

The US Army will be using more than 500 Fitbit activity trackers in a remote patient monitoring program at two military hospitals. The US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity (USAMRAA) is budgeting almost $81,000 to purchase the...

Fitbits For Physicians: New mHealth Project Targets Provider Stress

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables, long seen as a tool for helping patients manage their health, are now being tested as a care management tool for their doctors. Researchers at the University of Michigan, who have been analyzing stress levels of medical...

West Coast Hospitals Get FDA Grant for Pediatric mHealth Support

by Eric Wicklund

A consortium of West Coast children’s hospitals and universities is getting more than $6 million from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to continue research and development of mHealth and telehealth technology for children. The...

Stanford Researchers Use an mHealth Patch to Measure Teenager Stress

by Eric Wicklund

Stanford University is using an mHealth wearable in a new study looking for a connection between stress and depression in teenagers. Researchers in Stanford’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science are using the Vital...

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