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mHealth is Put to the Test to Help Cancer Patients at Home

July 18, 2017 - Swedish researchers have launched a study to determine if an mHealth platform can improve recovery times for cancer patients by connecting them at home with their doctors during treatment. Based at the Karolinskaya Institute in Stockholm, the study is measuring the effects of a digital health platform on patients undergoing treatment for breast or prostate cancer.  The program combines...


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mHealth Sets its Sights on Lupus in New Apple ResearchKit Study

by Eric Wicklund

The Lupus Research Alliance has partnered with Pfizer to launch an mHealth study on Apple’s ResearchKit platform. The partnership launched an app this past June on Apple’s mHealth-based clinical trial platform as part of its VALUE...

Contest Finalists Envision Alexa as an mHealth Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

Amazon and Merck have announced five finalists in a contest to turn the Alexa digital assistant into an mHealth management tool for people with diabetes. A global tech giant, two mHealth startups and two university-based teams are vying for $125,000...

Most Wired 2017 Hospitals Lead in Telehealth, Remote Monitoring

by Thomas Beaton

The 2017 AHA Most Wired Hospitals survey revealed that a strong reliance on telehealth, remote monitoring, and mHealth tools is key for becoming a top health IT performer. The survey, representing approximately 39 percent of all hospitals in...

VA, Air Force Expand Tele-ICU Program for Patient Care

by Thomas Beaton

A collaboration between the VA’s Midwest Healthcare Network and the Air Force’s Medical Operations Agency will open a tele-ICU program to Air Force servicemen at five military treatment centers across the country. Through this new...

Connected Devices Double Symptom-Free Days for Asthma Patients

by Thomas Beaton

By incorporating connected devices and sensor applications into a community wide wellness program, the city of Louisville, KY, doubled the amount of symptom-free days for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)....

VA Hospitals Connect Via Tele-ICU, Remote Patient Monitoring

by Thomas Beaton

Two VA hospitals across the country from one another have connected through tele-ICU technology and remote patient monitoring tools to enhance the care of veterans under intensive care. A partnership between Eastern Oklahoma VA Health Care System...

mHealth Interventions Streamline Provider, Caregiver Management

by Thomas Beaton

mHealth interventions are being tested, tried, and evaluated by health experts across the country to streamline provider and caregiver management. Allowing patients to access communication and support through flexible, mobile devices can enhance...

VT Health System Offers Tele-ICU, Specialized Telemedicine Care

by Thomas Beaton

A health system in Vermont launched a new telemedicine initiative that increases access to Tele-ICU and other forms of highly specialized patient care. Southwestern Vermont Medical System (SVMS) partnered with Dartmouth-Hitchcock Health System...

Pediatric Care App Allows Remote Monitoring, Custom Metrics

by Thomas Beaton

A new pediatric care app provides families, providers, and caregivers a way to manage their patients/children remotely, and helps specifically tailor care to the patient’s unique needs. Researchers from Boston Children’s Hospital...

Tele-ICU Offers Flexibility, Speed, Personalized Patient Care

by Thomas Beaton

Tele-ICU, or the use of telemedicine within intensive care units, is emerging as a viable solution to improve the speed and personalization of care for patients in critical condition. At North Hawaii Community Hospital (NHCH), providers are now...

MA Invests $250K in Digital Health Innovation

by Thomas Beaton

The Baker-Polito Administration of MA is offering a sum of $250,000 to support designated Digital Health Innovation Labs within the state. This is the second investment the governor's office has made as part of the Massachusetts Digital Health...

Video Visits for Insomnia Less Effective than Live Consults

by Thomas Beaton

A study out of the University of North Texas (UNT) found that online video visits to receive cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for chronic insomnia were less effective than receiving treatment directly from a therapist or similar provider. Researchers...

Hospitals Expand Home Telemedicine, Remote Monitoring

by Thomas Beaton

Hospital-based telemedicine and remote monitoring capabilities that extend access to specialty care and other services are becoming increasingly an increasingly popular option for patients and providers. The use of telemedicine and remote monitoring...

mHealth Apps, Patient Coaching Improve Weight Loss, Heart Health

by Thomas Beaton

New research published in the Journal of Internet Medicine found that the combination of mHealth apps and patient coaching can improve weight loss and overall heart health. When a research team from the UCSF Medical School partnered with Vida...

Emergency Room Telemedicine Consults Help Pediatric Patients

by Thomas Beaton

The Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) in Somerset, NJ is the latest hospital to offer emergency room telemedicine consults to improve access to care for high-acuity patients. The hospital can now connect patients  at its Somerset...

Is Telemedicine Reliable Enough for Conducting Eye Exams?

by Eric Wicklund

Connecticut lawmakers are putting the brakes on telemedicine for eye exams, saying the technology isn’t advanced enough to replace the in-person visit. Similar battles over “ocular telehealth” and playing out in several states....

Telemedicine Legislation Takes Aim at Chronic Kidney Disease

by Eric Wicklund

The latest telemedicine legislation to appear on Capitol Hill seeks to make digital health a key component of treatment for chronic kidney disease treatment. The Chronic Kidney Disease Improvement in Research and Treatment Act of 2017 (H.R. 2644),...

mHealth Interventions Benefit Weight Management in Children

by Thomas Beaton

In a clinical trial hosted by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Vanguard, mHealth interventions were found to improve weight management in children. The Connect 4 Health trial took place from June 2014 to March 2016 at Harvard Vanguard...

Mobile Health Application Reduces Depression Symptoms by 42%

by Thomas Beaton

Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital found that the use of a mobile health application helped patients reduce symptoms associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) by 42 percent. Over a six-week clinical trial, the research team provided...

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