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mHealth Diabetes Study Proves That the Right Message Matters

November 22, 2017 - A new mHealth study of more than 1,000 people with diabetes finds that simple text messages work better than personalized messages in promoting care management – but the same can’t be said for avoiding hospitalizations. Anindya Ghose, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business, reports that non-personalized SMS messages with general guidance about diabetes...


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CMS Won’t Cover Telehealth in Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program

by Eric Wicklund

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has once again declined to cover virtual coaching platforms in the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, saying the mHealth and telehealth platform isn’t reliable enough to warrant reimbursement....

mHealth Study Gives Smartphones a Failing Grade on Foot Ulcer Care

by Eric Wicklund

Australian researchers have found that an mHealth platform that relies on photographs taken by a smartphone isn’t enough to properly treat a diabetic foot ulcer. Roughly 3.4 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes around the world develop...

mHealth Looks to Solve the Diabetes Care Management Conundrum

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved the first mHealth device for diabetics that doesn’t require daily user interventions, an important step in improving patient engagement in care management plans. Abbott’s FreeStyle...

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...

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...

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...

Telepharmacy Reduces Rural Care Disparities for Diabetics

by Thomas Beaton

Telepharmacy, or the practice of using telemedicine to help patients administer their medications, helped diabetics in rural care settings significantly reduce weight, glycated hemoglobin (A1c) measures, and low-density lipoprotein (LDL) levels...

Chronic Care mHealth Apps Benefit from Patient Feedback

by Thomas Beaton

A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that integrating patient feedback into the chronic care mHealth app development process can increase usage, adoption, and the value of apps used to encourage self-management...

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...

Army, Clemson Join Forces to Test mHealth on Diabetes

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Army wants to use mHealth to help its members control and improve management of type 2 diabetes. The U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command’s Telemedicine & Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC) is collaborating...

Could an mHealth Program Help Cut Billions in Chronic Care Costs?

by Eric Wicklund

A digital health program launched by Humana has proven successful in getting overweight seniors to lose weight – and could help Medicare shed billions of dollars in chronic care management costs. The Louisville, Ky.-based insurer’s...

mHealth Milestone: FDA OK’s First Artificial Pancreas

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have OK’d an mHealth device that may soon greatly improve how Type 1 diabetics manage their disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved Medtronic’s MiniMid 670G artificial pancreas, which includes...

Telemedicine May Enhance Screenings for Diabetes Vision Issues

by Nathan Boroyan

Telemedicine could become an important tool for screening patients for diabetes-related blindness, according to a University of Michigan study. Diabetic retinopathy is the main cause of new-onset blindness in the US. However, only 65 percent...

mHealth App with Coaching Support Aids Diabetic Weight Loss

by Nathan Boroyan

An mhealth app that uses the same principals as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) effectively helped overweight Americans, diabetics and pre-diabetics lose weight, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. A...

CMS Gives Green Light to Digital Health Diabetes Prevention Program

by Eric Wicklund

A diabetes-based preventive health program that would reimburse providers who use digital health has received the full blessing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. CMS is proposing to expand its Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program...

mHealth Adopts the Patient-Centered Medical Home Approach

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are finding that the best mHealth program doesn’t stand on its own. A study launched by digital health company WellDoc finds that a combination of digital tools and in-person coaching can help those diagnosed with type...

An mHealth Investment Puts the Focus on Care Coordination for Diabetics

by Eric Wicklund

Humana is planting another flag in the digital care coordination landscape, with an investment in an mHealth company that facilitates self-management and real-time collaboration between consumers and their care providers. The Louisville, Ky.-based...

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