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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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AHRQ’s New App Challenge Seeks an mHealth Platform for PRO Data

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app capable of using standardized patient-reported outcomes to improve care management could net its developer as much as $87,000. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has put up $250,000 in prize money in a...

Seattle Children’s Works to Turn PRISM Program Into an mHealth App

by Eric Wicklund

Physicians at Seattle Children’s Hospital are working to turn a web-based coping program for children with serious illnesses into an mHealth app. Created roughly 10 years ago, the Promoting Resiliency in Stress Management (PRISM)...

Xcertia Bolsters Leadership as mHealth App Standards Await Guidance

by Eric Wicklund

A collaboration formed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the American Medical Association to lobby for mHealth app standards is beefing up its leadership. Xcertia, which launched in December 2016 to...

How mHealth Apps Empower Clinicians to Improve Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps that offer clinical decision support are fast becoming a vital part of the clinician’s toolkit – not only because they can improve patient diagnoses, but also because they make life a lot easier for...

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...

Many mHealth Apps for Mental Health Aren’t Offering Sound Advice

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that mHealth apps designed to address mental health issues may be doing more harm than good. In a study of some 60 popular consumer-facing mobile health apps available in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, Researchers...

New NIH App is an mHealth Resource on Herbs, Herbal Supplements

by Eric Wicklund

The National Institutes of Health has unveiled an mHealth app offering information and resources on herbs and herbal supplements. HerbList, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, aims to get in front of the growing...

An mHealth App Helps Injured Vets Connect With Healthcare Resources

by Eric Wicklund

Injured veterans will soon have access to an mHealth app that connects them and their caregivers to healthcare and rehab services. The Oscar Mike Foundation, a non-profit focused on keeping injured veterans active and healthy, is...

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...

Mayo Clinic Uses An mHealth App to Identify Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Mayor Clinic are reporting success with an mHealth app that can diagnose epilepsy. The EpiFinder app reportedly correctly identified epilepsy or offered an accurate alternative diagnosis in almost 87 percent of the...

Fitbit Makes a Mobile Health Connection With New Smartwatch Apps

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is beefing up the mHealth capabilities of its smartwatch. The developer of the nation’s most popular fitness tracker is continuing its push to combine direct-to-consumer technology with clinical validation in the Ionic, which...

ResearchKit Study to Test Smartphones’ mHealth Value in Eye Studies

by Eric Wicklund

Novartis wants to know if smartphones are good enough to be used in eye studies. The pharma giant has launched a new project on Apple’s ResearchKit platform to gather data on how smartphones can be used in ophthalmology programs....

mHealth Strategies Need Careful Planning to Reach the Underserved

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth programs are often hailed as a means of improving access to care for underserved populations, but how do those mobile health platforms reach those people? After all, they’re underserved for a reason. The first step, experts...

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 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 Interventions Need Care Team Support to Affect Outcomes

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app that’s designed to help users manage uncontrolled hypertension won’t work unless it offers personalized interventions – including a real-time link to the care team. That’s the take-away from a mobile...

An mHealth App Beats The Physical Exam For Accuracy in One Study

by Eric Wicklund

Canadian researchers have found that an mHealth app is better than a traditional bedside examination for determining blood flow in a patient’s wrist. In a study published this month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal...

Apple Health’s mHealth Platform Expands to Almost 40 Health Systems

by Eric Wicklund

In a bid to boost mHealth interoperability across the country, almost 40 US health systems are now allowing patients to access read-only copies of their medical records through the Apple Health app. Apple officials released an update to...

VA Video Telemedicine mHealth App to Provide Easy Care Access

by Jessica Kent

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Mobile Health program has released the VA Video Connect application, an mHealth application that will provide veterans with access to real-time telemedicine services. The VA Video Connect...

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