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mHealth and Cardiac Care

FDA OKs Stand-Alone mHealth App For Detecting Heart Rhythm Disorders

October 12, 2018 - Federal officials have OK’d the first mHealth app capable of detecting atrial fibrillation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently granted market clearance for FibriCheck, a Belgium-based company whose mobile health app uses a smartphone camera or smartwatch sensors to measure one’s heartbeat. The process, called photoplethysmography, measures light reflection...


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Apple’s New Smartwatch Gets to The Heart of The mHealth Debate

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth enhancements to the new Apple Watch are designed to make digital health more consumer-friendly, but will healthcare providers embrace the wearable? The Apple Watch Series 4, unveiled this week during the company’s typically...

FDA Signals Interest in mHealth Platform for Potassium Screening

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are showing interest in an mHealth device that can reportedly detect dangerous levels of potassium in a patient without the need to draw any blood. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted “Breakthrough...

Cerner, Duke Develop mHealth App for Clinical Decision Support

by Eric Wicklund

Cerner and the Duke Clinical Research Institute have developed an mHealth app that enables clinicians to gauge whether their patients are at an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The ASCVD Risk Calculator app, available in the...

STSI Study Finds mHealth Wearable Effective in Detecting AFib

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth wearable designed to monitor the user’s heart health was three times better at detecting atrial fibrillation than regular screening in a doctor’s office. That’s the long-awaited takeaway from the mHealth...

STSI Touts mHealth for Cardiovascular Care Management at Home

by Eric Wicklund

A connected care platform using clinical grade wearables and an mHealth app can accurately measure cardiovascular “vital signs” at home, according to new research from the Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI). In...

Stroke Research Uses mHealth Patches, Wearables to Detect, Treat AF

by Eric Wicklund

Two new studies are proving the value of mHealth wearables – including the Apple Watch and a sensor-embedded patch – in detecting dangerous cardiac issues that can lead to a stroke. Presented at the American College of...

Intermountain Sees mHealth Success With Cardiac Care App for Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app linked to clinical decision support software is helping Intermountain Healthcare identify and treat heart failure patients at risk of life-threatening complications. The app, designed by researchers at the Salt Lake...

The Spotlight’s on Apple Watch as an mHealth Tool for Cardiac Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Apple Watch is becoming a popular mHealth wearable for people with cardiac conditions. Two separate announcements have positioned the smartwatch at the center of the remote monitoring ecosystem, giving mHealth and telehealth advocates...

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...

mHealth App Gives Doctors a Cardiac Care Support Tool

by Eric Wicklund

North Carolina physicians are using an mHealth app that helps them plot the course of care for a patient suffering from cardiac distress. The Heart Pathways app, developed by researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, has been...

Mayo Clinic Using mHealth to Target Sudden Death Events in Kids

by Eric Wicklund

The Mayo Clinic is experimenting with wearable mHealth technology that could help save the lives of thousands of children. The health system is partnering with AliveCor to tailor the California-based company’s Kardia Mobile ECG...

mHealth Companies Fined for Medicare Fraud on Wearable Monitors

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials say the developers of an mHealth wearable forced doctors to bill Medicare for remote patient monitoring services that were more expensive than necessary. The U.S. Department of Justice has levied a $13.45 million fine...

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...

HEART Act Targets Medicare Limits on Rural Telehealth, RPM

by Eric Wicklund

A new bill making its way around Capitol Hill aims to improve access to telehealth services for people with heart disease and those in rural parts of the country. The Helping Expand Access to Rural Telehealth (HEART) Act, filed on May 3...

Inaccurate Heart Rate mHealth Apps Pose Consumer Problems

by Thomas Beaton

About a fifth of measurements recorded by heart rate monitoring mHealth apps for consumers can be inaccurate by upwards of 20 beats per minute, compared to clinical monitoring, according to research from the European Society of Cardiology....

mHealth Apps for Cardiac Care Sanctioned for Misleading Claims

by Eric Wicklund

Three companies marketing mHealth apps for cardiac care have been sanctioned for “misleading claims and irresponsible privacy practices.” New York Attorney General Eric G. Schneiderman announced settlements with the three...

Healthcare Looks to Digital Health Tools to Measure Heart Health

by Eric Wicklund

Wearable mHealth technology that helps both doctors and patients monitor heart rate is in the spotlight these days. AliveCor, whose Kardia Mobile was among the first ECG wearables on the market, has announced the release of Kardia Pro, a...

Cleveland Clinic: mHealth Wearables Aren’t Reliable for Heart Rate

by Eric Wicklund

A Cleveland Clinic study of activity trackers has once again reinforced healthcare’s concern about wearables: They aren’t yet accurate enough for clinical use. A study of four of the most popular fitness trackers found that...

mHealth Bridges the Gap from the ICU to the IoT

by Eric Wicklund

The developer of a medical-grade heart monitor is teaming up with AT&T to ease the transition from the hospital to the home. biotricity, the Silicon Valley-based developer of the bioflux mobile cardiac telemetry solution, is eyeing...

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