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Do Consumers Favor Ease of Use Over Accuracy in mHealth Apps?

August 14, 2018 - An mHealth app that pledged to easily measure one’s systolic blood pressure scored high marks with users even though the readings were inaccurate, leading researchers to question whether users value convenience over reliability. Those observations were drawn from two separate studies of the Instant Blood Pressure app developed and marketed by California-based AuraLife in 2014....


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mHealth Can Help Teens, Young Adults Struggling With Depression

by Eric Wicklund

Teens and young adults are using mHealth and telehealth to research healthcare and connect with peers online, according to a nationwide survey. It suggests that tomorrow’s consumers are comfortable with connected health services -...

California Medical Board Creates a Mobile App for Doctor Discipline

by Eric Wicklund

California residents can now use an mHealth app to find out if their doctors have been disciplined – or if they’ve moved. Touting itself as “the first American board in the nation to utilize such technology to notify...

FDA Approves Smartphone-based mHealth Platform For Urinalysis Tests

by Eric Wicklund

In yet another sign that smartphones are becoming mHealth diagnostic tools, federal officials have approved a digital health platform that enables users to test their urine on a smartphone and share that data with their doctor. The U.S....

Walgreens Launches An Online Marketplace for Telehealth, mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Walgreens has launched an mHealth platform designed to give its members online access to healthcare services, including telehealth. The “Find Care Now” digital health service, unveiled this week by the Deerfield, Ill.-based...

Teladoc Eyes Global Telehealth Network With Advance Medical Deal

by Eric Wicklund

Teladoc is looking to expand its reach with the acquisition of a Spain-based telehealth company that will open up markets in Latin America and Asia. The New York-based direct-to-consumer telehealth giant whose specialty to date has been...

FDA Challenge Eyes Digital Health Technology to Combat Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials and healthcare organizations are ramping up efforts to use mHealth and telehealth to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week launched an effort to bring connected...

mHealth Tools Can Play a Role in Managing Schizophrenia Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health advocates are touting another mHealth program that has proven its value in treating people with schizophrenia spectrum disorders. In a study conducted by researchers at the University of Washington, a mobile health platform...

mHealth Gives Clinicians a Platform for Managing Rare Diseases

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who treat patients with Marfan syndrome are hoping a new mHealth platform will help them improve care management and coordination – and give researchers access to digital health data to study the rare...

AHRQ Finds Few Reliable mHealth Apps for Diabetes Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

A new report says most mHealth apps for diabetes care management haven’t been proven clinically effective – and that consumers are “experimenting on themselves” when they use these digital health tools. Funded by...

mHealth Scores High With Consumers in Boosting Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Consumers are looking to mobile health tools, such as mHealth apps and wearables, to improve their medication adherence. A recent study of some 800 prescription medication users, conducted by Russell Research for Express Scripts, finds...

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

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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