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Homeland Security Eyes Telehealth to Detect Biological Threats

February 15, 2018 - The Department of Homeland Security is looking to telehealth to help create a tool for identifying potential biological attacks. Five digital health programs that mine social media, news, public health and hospital data for clues to impending epidemics have been selected as finalists in the Hidden Signals Challenge, coordinated by the DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate and the Office...


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Mayo Clinic to Explore The Use of Telemedicine for Stent Surgeries

by Eric Wicklund

A projected shortage of cardiologists is pushing the Mayo Clinic to consider telemedicine for conducting some minimally invasive coronary interventions, such as inserting stents. The Minnesota-based health system recently announced a multi-phase,...

Amid a Flood of New mHealth Apps, Xcertia Looks to Set Standards

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app evaluation and certification resource launched roughly a year ago by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is seeking public input on...

Drones Show Potential for Delivering Telemedicine, mHealth Services

by Eric Wicklund

Today’s high-tech toy could soon become a valuable telemedicine tool. Drones – those tiny, unmanned planes that have been buzzing over beaches and playgrounds across the US – are beginning to show up on the radar in healthcare...

UK Researchers Use mHealth to Help Predict Diabetic Foot Ulcers

by Eric Wicklund

British researchers are developing a mobile health device that can scan the feet of diabetic patients for ulcers, a serious condition that can lead to amputation and death. Robert Simpson, of the National Physical Laboratory near London, is leading...

Penn State mHealth Challenge Casts a Wide Net for Innovative Ideas

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps designed to prevent sexual assaults, help those with lactose intolerance and enable parents to manage their children’s vaccinations took top honors during Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth Challenge. The...

FDA OKs Telemedicine Platform for Programming Cochlear Implants

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved the first telemedicine platform for remote management of hearing aids. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week announced its approval of the remote programming feature for the Nucleus Cochlear Implant...

FDA OKs Prescription mHealth Wearable to Treat Opioid Withdrawal

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth wearable designed to help those with drug addictions fight off cravings during withdrawal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted de novo premarket review approval to the NSS-2 Bridge device,...

Its Setbacks Addressed, An mHealth Program Gets Ready to Relaunch

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth study to test the diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone at three US health systems is relaunching this winter. ResApp Health’s first SMARTCOUGH-C study, conducted this summer on more than 1,100 patients at the Cleveland Clinic,...

mHealth Researchers Look to Make Their Mark With Tattoos, Patches

by Eric Wicklund

In the latest project to overcome the form factor limitations of wearables, researchers are working to develop mHealth sensors that could be contained in tattoos. The Dermal Abyss project, a collaboration between researchers at the Massachusetts...

mHealth Innovation Takes Center Stage in FDA’s Digital Health Pilot

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones, wearables, mHealth apps and even digital therapeutics will all get equal play in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new digital health software precertification pilot program. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week...

7 Riddles to Solve When Launching a Telehealth Urgent Care Service

by Eric Wicklund

UCHealth isn’t making money on its urgent care telehealth service just yet. But that’s OK with the Colorado health system’s medical director of virtual health. “You can imagine this was not a popular program with primary...

USC Research Sees Smartglasses as The Ultimate mHealth Wearable

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Southern California is making another pitch for smartglasses, saying the mHealth wearable offers a strong form factor for health and wellness and patient engagement. The latest argument comes in a study by USC’s Center...

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...

Global Project to Develop mHealth Games for Clinical Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

An international consortium is trying to jump-start the mHealth gaming industry with a project to develop digital health tools to help people with cognitive disabilities. The Panacea Gaming Platform (PGP) currently consists of 18 mHealth and...

mHealth Researchers Turn to Crowd-Funding in Parkinson’s Study

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare researchers are turning to crowdfunding to evaluate how mHealth sensors and smartphones can help those with Parkinson’s disease. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research...

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...

MA Invests $250K in Digital Health Innovation

by Thomas Beaton

The Baker-Polito Administration of MA is offering a sum of $250,000 to support designated Digital Health Innovation Labs within the state. This is the second investment the governor's office has made as part of the Massachusetts Digital Health...

Harvard mHealth Partnership to Improve Medicaid Chronic Care

by Thomas Beaton

A new mHealth partnership between Harvard Medical School and mPulse Mobile aims to study the effects of two-way text messaging on the self-care habits of Medicaid beneficiaries. Through two separate programs, researchers from the Department of...

mHealth Takes a Closer Look at Digital Assistants

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth providers are slowly coming to the conclusion that the human voice can be a powerful digital health tool. For years the concept was championed by the likes of Nuance, whose natural language processing (NLP) technology focused on allowing...

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