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FDA Orders Recall of Drug Dosage mHealth App for Diabetic Patients

February 20, 2018 - Federal authorities have issued a recall for an mHealth app that could cause people with diabetes to administer incorrect doses of insulin, potentially putting them at risk of death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a Class 2 device recall for the Accu-Check Connect diabetes management app developed by Roche. Company officials say more than 67,000 people are using the pp. According...


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Fitbit Enhances Its mHealth Platform With Twine Health Acquisition

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is adding health and wellness coaching to its consumer-facing digital health platform, giving the company new mHealth tools to appeal to providers and payers. The San Francisco-based company announced plans this week to acquire Twine Health,...

UnitedHealth Gives MA Members an mHealth Link to Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

UnitedHealth Group is launching an mHealth program to help its Medicaid Advantage members with type 2 diabetes. The insurer, which boast some 4.3 million seniors in its MA plans, is giving an undisclosed number of members the Dexcom Mobile Continuous...

mHealth Researchers Use Gas-Sniffing Sensors to Analyze The Gut

by Eric Wicklund

Australian researchers are working on an ingestible mHealth device that reads gases in the gut, and which could someday help providers diagnose and treat a wide array of gastrointestinal issues. The researchers, from the Royal Melbourne Institute...

UK Approves Wearable mHealth Device for Chronic Pain Management

by Eric Wicklund

UK residents will soon be able to use a prescribed – and reimbursed - mHealth wearable to manage chronic pain. The National Health System has given its approval to the ActiPatch, a wearable device that manages peripheral nerve activity...

Researchers Ready to Test mHealth Diagnostic Device for Head Injuries

by Eric Wicklund

Harvard University researchers are ready for large-scale testing of an mHealth device that could detect traumatic brain injury from a drop of blood. The researchers are working with Boston-based mobile health device company BioDirection to create...

UK Researchers Use mHealth to Help Predict Diabetic Foot Ulcers

by Eric Wicklund

British researchers are developing a mobile health device that can scan the feet of diabetic patients for ulcers, a serious condition that can lead to amputation and death. Robert Simpson, of the National Physical Laboratory near London, is leading...

The Spotlight’s on Apple Watch as an mHealth Tool for Cardiac Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Apple Watch is becoming a popular mHealth wearable for people with cardiac conditions. Two separate announcements have positioned the smartwatch at the center of the remote monitoring ecosystem, giving mHealth and telehealth advocates some...

FDA OKs Prescription mHealth Wearable to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth wearable designed to help those with drug addictions fight off cravings during withdrawal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted de novo premarket review approval to the NSS-2 Bridge device,...

mHealth Looks to Solve the Diabetes Care Management Conundrum

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved the first mHealth device for diabetics that doesn’t require daily user interventions, an important step in improving patient engagement in care management plans. Abbott’s FreeStyle...

mHealth Innovation Takes Center Stage in FDA’s Digital Health Pilot

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones, wearables, mHealth apps and even digital therapeutics will all get equal play in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new digital health software precertification pilot program. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week...

How Do Corporate Health and Wellness Programs Measure mHealth ROI?

by Eric Wicklund

More than a third of the nation’s employers are using a corporate wellness program that includes mHealth wearables - and yet many are struggling to measure whether the program is successful. Those conclusions come from the 2017 State of...

mHealth Researchers Turn the Smartphone Into a Diagnostic Device

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

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