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GPS Data Has Potential to Model Symptoms of Depression

March 9, 2017 - The authors of a recent study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that is it not only accurate but also feasible to use GPS data from smartphones to discover time-imperative behavioral symptoms of patients with depression. Researchers from the University of Virginia had 72 undergraduate students between the ages of 18 and 23 participate in the study with a customized Android...


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Upstate New Yorkers Beginning to Favor Telemedicine Services

by Thomas Beaton

A survey commissioned by Blue Cross Blue Shield found that around five out of ten adults are aware of telemedicine services, with 80 percent rating their telemedicine usage as “very good” or “excellent.” The results of...

DTC Telehealth Prompts Use of Medical Services, Not Savings

by Thomas Beaton

A new study from RAND found that 12 percent of telehealth use replaced office and emergency room visits while 88 percent represented new use of medical services. The team of RAND policy researchers examined claims information from 300,000 beneficiaries...

mHealth Management Tools Sought by Younger Diabetic Patients

by Thomas Beaton

A team of researchers in New Zealand found that a majority of young diabetics preferred receiving diabetes self-management support via texting, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Nearly two-thirds...

Demand for Virtual Health is High, but Do Providers Deliver?

by Thomas Beaton

Despite strong consumer demand for virtual health services, only one in five patients participating in a new Accenture survey have been able to access remote care tools.  Virtual health tools provide greater convenience for patients...

Will mHealth be a Key Ingredient in the Precision Medicine Initiative?

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth devices and platforms will play a crucial role in President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, as healthcare looks to make medicine very personal. Unveiled a year ago by President Obama during his State of the Union Address...

Healthcare is Finding Plenty of Uses for Tablets

by Eric Wicklund

The American Cancer Society is turning to tablets to help breast cancer patients keep tabs on their health while at home. The organization is partnering with Samsung in a pilot program at the Athens Medical Center’s Breast Health Center...

USC Launches its Own Virtual Care Clinic

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s digital health hub may very well be Los Angeles. The University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing, for many years the home of an innovative conference focused on wearables, has launched its own Virtual...

Can Watson Help mHealth Predict Health Emergencies?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers may soon be counting on Watson to help those with diabetes avoid hypoglycemic events. In a partnership announced at this year’s CES conference in Las Vegas, Medtronic and IBM’s Watson Health division are joining...

Do Robots Have Value in Clinical Settings?

by Eric Wicklund

Telemedicine robots are being deployed in two hospitals in the United Arab Emirates in a nationwide effort to link emergency care centers to needed specialists. The robots, designed by Santa Barbara, Calif.-based InTouch Health, will be stationed...

Apple, Fitbit Accused of Stealing Wearable Technology

by Eric Wicklund

A developer of biometric sensing technology used in wearables has filed suit against both Apple and Fitbit, claiming the two companies are using patent-protected technology in their consumer-facing fitness bands. Filed in U.S. District Court...

Toronto Hospital Adds mHealth to Pain Management Program

by Eric Wicklund

Toronto General Hospital’s two-year-old program to tackle post-surgical pain management and opioid abuse is getting an mHealth upgrade. The hospital, stuck smack-dab in the middle of a province with one of the world’s highest opioid...

The Advantages of Mobile Health Apps Today and Tomorrow

by Vera Gruessner

The mobile health industry, along with remote monitoring and telehealth systems, has a wide impact on reducing hospitalizations and emergency room visits throughout the healthcare spectrum by improving communication and care coordination among...

Could Remote Health Monitoring Cut Healthcare Costs?

by Vera Gruessner

Remote health monitoring continues to be an important method of care among physicians and other healthcare professionals who have included the practice among their heart disease patient base. Nonetheless, many doctors continue the follow-up appointment...

Wearable Devices Impact Heart Health Remote Monitoring

by Vera Gruessner

More healthcare providers have been looking toward incorporating wearable devices and remote monitoring tools into improving the health outcomes of their patient base as well as reducing hospital readmission rates. For instance, researchers at...

How Mobile Health Apps Assist Hydrocephalus Patients in ER

by Vera Gruessner

With the proliferation of mobile health apps, new innovations are now addressing the many diseases and chronic medical conditions affecting patients across the healthcare continuum. For example, one new mobile health app, which comes from a team...

How Mobile Sensor Devices May Help People Quit Smoking

by Vera Gruessner

The medical industry faces many challenges from ongoing healthcare reforms and federal regulations to the constant focus on reducing skyrocketing costs. One of the key ways to cut healthcare spending may be to focus on preventive and wellness...

58% of Smartphone Owners Download, Use Mobile Health Apps

by Vera Gruessner

Smartphone users seem to have a high regard for mobile health apps, especially those focused on providing diet and fitness support. A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research shows that 58 percent of surveyed mobile phone users...

Patient Portals for Foster Youth Improve Care Coordination

by Vera Gruessner

A major obstacle that stood in the way of effective healthcare services for foster children was a paper-based system of medical records, which were cumbersome to update and easily lost. These paper records were provided to foster parents but...

BYOD Strategies Should Rise with Growing Tablet Sales

by Vera Gruessner

Many companies and organizations around the country are integrating Bring Your Own Device or BYOD strategies due to the cost effectiveness of such opportunities. Employees in a wide variety of fields including the healthcare space are utilizing...

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