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mHealth Apps With CDS Can Help Doctors Make Quicker, Better Decisions

April 24, 2018 - mHealth apps for clinical decision support can help clinicians make better and quicker decisions about ordering diagnostic and lab tests, according to a recent study by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine and the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. But those apps, researchers said, have to be evaluated and approved, so that doctors know which of the ever-growing number of...


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mHealth, Telehealth Innovation on Display in Diabetes Challenge

by Eric Wicklund

A global competition launched by the T1D Exchange is shining the spotlight on a wide range of mHealth and telehealth advances for managing diabetes. The Boston-based non-profit, patient-centered research organization unveiled the 10 finalists...

mHealth App Aims to Help Caregivers Identify Perinatal Depression

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth app aims to help obstetricians by giving them a mobile health resource to detect and manage depression in pregnant woman and new mothers. Developed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School,...

mHealth Research Touts Digital Health ‘Touches’ to Fight Drug Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Digital health advocates say an automated mHealth messaging platform can help people dealing with opioid abuse to curb their cravings. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making the argument following...

AMA Challenges mHealth Providers to Improve Chronic Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

The American Medical Association is challenging the mobile health community to come up with a better way for patients to share their data with doctors in chronic care management programs. The AMA is partnering with Google in the Health Care Interoperability...

New NIH Program Eyes mHealth, Telehealth as Pain Management Tools

by Eric Wicklund

Telehealth platforms and mHealth devices targeting pain relief may play a significant role in the National Institutes for Health’s new initiative to combat opioid abuse. Unveiled at last week’s 2018 National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin...

MA Payer’s Digital Health Platform Targets Members’ Health Needs

by Eric Wicklund

A Massachusetts payer is looking to connect its members with digital health programs promoting diabetes management and fertility, pregnancy and parenting guidance. The Emerging Solutions platform being introduced by Blue Cross Blue Shield of...

Can mHealth Wearables Help Patients Talk to Their Docs About Sleep?

by Eric Wicklund

An Indiana health system is turning to Fitbit to test the value of mHealth data in helping patients talk to their doctors about sleep problems. The Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute, in a partnership with the National Sleep Foundation...

CMS Under Pressure to Cover mHealth Tools for Diabetes Management

by Eric Wicklund

As federal regulators approve more mHealth devices for diabetes care management and coordination, some in Congress are lobbying for better Medicare coverage of digital health. A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week asked the Centers for Medicare...

Researchers Focus on mHealth Applications for Smart Contact Lenses

by Eric Wicklund

The latest application of mHealth for medication management and adherence comes from Boston, where a team of Harvard Medical School researchers has created smart-enabled contact lenses that can deliver times medications to the eyes. The high-tech...

Ocular Telehealth Battle Heats Up With New Group, Lawsuit Appeal

by Eric Wicklund

Supporters of ocular telehealth are marshalling their forces for battle in the handful of states where the use of telemedicine platforms for eye exams is prohibited. They recently announced the launch of Americans for Vision Care Innovation,...

NHS Grant Targets an mHealth Device for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

by Eric Wicklund

Houston’s Rice University is getting $10 million to develop an mHealth diagnostic device that uses light-sensing technology to diagnose and monitor health conditions. The grant from the National Science Foundation aims to create a non-invasive...

FDA Reviews Mobile Health Platform for Autism Diagnosis, Care

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators are moving toward approval of a mobile health platform designed to help doctors diagnose autism more quickly – and to help parents learn how to care for autistic children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently...

UK’s NHS Aims to Build a Library of Reliable Mobile Health Apps

by Eric Wicklund

The UK’s National Health Service is looking to beef up its library of mobile health apps. The NHS has sent out a call to mHealth developers and healthcare providers to submit their digital health apps for inclusion in the Apps Library....

HIMSS18 Shines a Spotlight on mHealth, Telehealth Programs, Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth will be on full display during the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society’s annual conference next month in Las Vegas. HIMSS18, scheduled to take place March 4-9, is expected to draw thousands of healthcare...

mHealth App Helps Curb Substance Abuse, Reduce Hospital Visits

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app designed for people with substance abuse issues helped patients at three federally qualified health centers reduce instances of drinking and drug use, while also drastically cutting ER visits and hospitalizations. The results,...

Wyoming Introduces an mHealth App for Public, Population Health

by Eric Wicklund

Wyoming’s Department of Health has launched a free, personalized mHealth app designed to connect families in the state with appropriate healthcare resources. The Family Health app was rolled out with the assistance of Wildflower Health,...

Digital Health Study Targets Virtual Coaching in Diabetes Prevention

by Eric Wicklund

A Nebraska hospital is recruiting 500 patients for a study on the effectiveness of a digital diabetes prevention program that includes mHealth interventions. The University of Nebraska Medical Center will recruit patients for the project, to...

Amid a Flood of New mHealth Apps, Xcertia Looks to Set Standards

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app evaluation and certification resource launched roughly a year ago by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is seeking public input on...

mHealth Programs For Adolescents Need to Focus on Patient Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth treatments aren’t being designed for the adolescent patient living with a chronic condition, a group of pediatric health experts say.  As a result, America’s healthcare system is missing out on a golden...

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