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FTC Targets Mobile Health App Developer for Deceptive Practices

September 22, 2017 - The Federal Trade Commission is sanctioning the developers of an mHealth app for allegedly failing to pay promised bonuses to users who met health and wellness goals – and in many cases charging them whether they met those goals or not. Pact, Inc. owners Yifan Zhang and Geoffrey Oberhoffer have agreed to a $1.5 million fine as part of a settlement with the FTC over violations of the...


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Canadian Study Finds mHealth Isn’t Serving The Right Populations

by Eric Wicklund

In a study that mirrors healthcare attitudes in the US, a new survey finds that Canadians who use mHealth apps and digital health devices aren’t the ones who need them the most. The survey of more than 4,100 Canadians, by the government-funded...

mHealth Study to Test Whether AF Can Be Assessed Via Video App

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers in New York are launching an mHealth program to determine whether a tablet with an embedded video recording app can detect atrial fibrillation. A team of engineers and clinicians at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University...

mHealth Messaging Offers Providers Vital Revenue Opportunities

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers aren’t using mHealth messaging to remind patients to pay their bills – an important digital health resource that could not only improve the revenue cycle but also boost patient engagement efforts. A new survey...

mHealth Survey: Providers Are Slowly Embracing the Value of Video

by Eric Wicklund

With the advent of mobile devices in the healthcare space, providers are using streaming video in a number of different ways to improve care coordination and patient engagement while reducing healthcare costs. A new survey, however, wonders if...

mHealth, Pharma Give Hemophilia Patients New Care Management Tools

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth and telehealth are coming to the aid of people with hemophilia. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has unveiled both a wearable and a modified version of a popular video game to help the estimated 20,000 Americans and 400,000 around the world...

Global Project to Develop mHealth Games for Clinical Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

An international consortium is trying to jump-start the mHealth gaming industry with a project to develop digital health tools to help people with cognitive disabilities. The Panacea Gaming Platform (PGP) currently consists of 18 mHealth and...

mHealth Study Ties App to Improved Outcomes for Pregnant Women

by Eric Wicklund

A Medicaid-based mHealth study in Wyoming has found that pregnant women using a customized app are far more likely to consult with doctors during maternity – and they’re more likely to deliver healthy babies. The study, conducted...

CMS Urged to Include mHealth in Diabetes Prevention Program

by Eric Wicklund

Digital diabetes coaching providers are joining forces in an effort to convince the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include mHealth in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program. Some virtual coaching is included in the MDPP, which...

mHealth Messages Can Help New Mothers Protect Infants From SIDS

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform can help new mothers protect their children against Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), possibly even saving lives, according to a recent study. Researchers at the Boston University School of Medicine, Yale University...

mHealth Helps Smooth the Care Coordination Process for Hospitals

by Eric Wicklund

Health systems across the country are turning to telemedicine to ease a particularly problematic pain point: discharging a patient to a skilled nursing facility. With the typical discharge process taking hours and involving dozens of phone calls,...

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

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