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mHealth Project to Use Digital Health Data to Identify, Treat Pain

February 16, 2018 - Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is helping to launch a study to determine whether mHealth data collected on smartphones and wearables can be used to help treat people with chronic pain. The hospital is partnering with Evidation Health, a California-based digital analytics company launched out of the Stanford Health-GE Venture incubator, to capture “digital signals”...


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FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Tracking Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an mHealth wearable that can detect epileptic seizures and immediately alert care team members. The Embrace smart device, developed by Cambridge, Mass.-based Empatica, uses machine learning technology...

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...

Allergists’ Association Supports Telemedicine for Specialty Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare specialists who focus on allergies could use telehealth or telemedicine to improve clinical outcomes, reduce access and travel issues for their patients and boost their bottom line by treating more people, according to the American...

New ECHO Telemedicine Project Targets Diabetes Care Coordination

by Eric Wicklund

Primary care providers in Florida and California will soon be using telemedicine to improve care management and coordination for patients with Type 1 diabetes. Armed with a $1.6 million grant from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable...

mHealth Apps for Chronic Care Struggle to Solve the Motivation Issue

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps have the potential to help people with chronic conditions manage their health. Yet according to new research, that particular population isn’t taking advantage of those apps. A team of researchers led by Rebecca Robbins, PhD,...

UnitedHealth Gives MA Members an mHealth Link to Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

UnitedHealth Group is launching an mHealth program to help its Medicaid Advantage members with type 2 diabetes. The insurer, which boast some 4.3 million seniors in its MA plans, is giving an undisclosed number of members the Dexcom Mobile Continuous...

Weight Loss Success Linked to Telehealth Coaching, mHealth Devices

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program combining video coaching and self-monitoring through mHealth devices can lead to a “significant weight loss” among participants, according to a new study. As reported in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare,...

School-Based Telemedicine Helps City Kids Manage Their Asthma

by Eric Wicklund

A new study finds that a school-based telehealth program can “significantly” improve clinical outcomes and reduce healthcare expenditures for children with asthma in urban settings. The study, published this week in JAMA Pediatrics,...

UK Approves Wearable mHealth Device for Chronic Pain Management

by Eric Wicklund

UK residents will soon be able to use a prescribed – and reimbursed - mHealth wearable to manage chronic pain. The National Health System has given its approval to the ActiPatch, a wearable device that manages peripheral nerve activity...

Philips Strengthens RPM Platform With New Telehealth Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Philips is strengthening its remote patient monitoring platform with the acquisition of a telehealth company specializing in population health technology. The company’s deal with VitalHealth, a Dutch company launched in 2006 out of the...

Alaska’s Largest PCP Launches an mHealth Program for Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

Alaska’s largest primary care group is prescribing mHealth technology to thousands of residents living with diabetes in a unique remote monitoring program designed to improve care management outcomes and drive down costs. Anchorage-based...

Telehealth Gains Favor as a Coaching Platform for Chronic Care

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who use telehealth or mHealth tools to coach patients with chronic conditions are seeing marked improvements in clinical outcomes. The latest to report this is Pack Health, a Birmingham, Ala.-based digital health coaching...

In Pediatric Specialties, Telemedicine Is a Care Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

For about 20 children in Joplin, Mo., with chronic illnesses, a video screen offers a chance at a healthier life. That screen is part of a telemedicine platform run by Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City, 157 miles to the north. On...

PCORI Eyes mHealth, Telehealth Treatments for Multiple Sclerosis

by Eric Wicklund

Three projects to test mHealth and telehealth platforms in the treatment of multiple sclerosis are slated to get more than $14 million in grant funding from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI). The studies are part of a five-program,...

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...

New Study Questions Accuracy of mHealth Devices for Diabetes

by Eric Wicklund

An independent study of 18 popular mHealth sensors used by people with diabetes finds that two-thirds aren’t meeting standards for accuracy, potentially putting those users at risk. The analysis of 18 FDA-approved blood glucose monitoring...

mHealth Still Missing the Comfort Zone for Chronic Care Patients

by Eric Wicklund

More and more people with chronic conditions want access to mHealth devices at home to help them with care coordination. And they’re not happy with what’s available. A report from digital health analyst Parks Associates indicates...

Parkinson’s Patients, Doctors Find Value in Telehealth Visits

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth program for patients with Parkinson’s disease received high marks from both patients and doctors, according to a paper published this week in Neurology. Whether such a program can be sustained, researchers say, may depend on...

Telehealth Project Helps Ostomy Patients Get Adjusted at Home

by Eric Wicklund

A telehealth pilot being launched at the University of Alabama at Birmingham hopes to ease the stigma around ostomy and help patients adjust to living with ostomy bags. Developed by UAB Nursing School Instructor Tracie White, MSN, the pilot connects...

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