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Healthcare Providers Mull Clinical mHealth Applications for Alexa

August 27, 2018 - Voice-enabled digital assistants like Alexa are all the rage in the consumer market these days, but connected health experts are expecting providers to be cautious in developing mHealth applications for clinical use. Still, the interest is high – there’s even a “50 States of Alexa” conference scheduled for January 2019 in Chattanooga, Tenn. With one of four...


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DoD Eyes mHealth Platform for Service Members’ Respiratory Exams

by Eric Wicklund

The US Military has tapped an Australian mHealth company to help develop a smartphone-based digital health platform that can detect respiratory problems in service personnel prior to deployment. Brisbane-based ResApp Health was selected...

New Group Aims to Advance Artificial Intelligence in Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The former CEO of the American Telemedicine Association has launched a new group focused on applying artificial intelligence to healthcare – including telehealth. The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence and Automation in...

Georgia’s First Mobile Telestroke Unit is Ready to Roll in Atlanta

by Eric Wicklund

Georgia is adding a new mobile health resource to its telemedicine service with the state’s first mobile stroke unit. The mobile stroke treatment unit, a specially equipped ambulance designed to bring telestroke care directly to the...

mHealth, Telehealth Innovation on Display in Diabetes Challenge

by Eric Wicklund

A global competition launched by the T1D Exchange is shining the spotlight on a wide range of mHealth and telehealth advances for managing diabetes. The Boston-based non-profit, patient-centered research organization unveiled the 10...

Researchers Focus on mHealth Applications for Smart Contact Lenses

by Eric Wicklund

The latest application of mHealth for medication management and adherence comes from Boston, where a team of Harvard Medical School researchers has created smart-enabled contact lenses that can deliver times medications to the eyes. The...

NHS Grant Targets an mHealth Device for Point-of-Care Diagnostics

by Eric Wicklund

Houston’s Rice University is getting $10 million to develop an mHealth diagnostic device that uses light-sensing technology to diagnose and monitor health conditions. The grant from the National Science Foundation aims to create a...

How One Home Health Provider Turned Alexa Into an mHealth Assistant

by Eric Wicklund

Home healthcare providers are finding new uses for Amazon’s Alexa that go far beyond checking the weather, opening the front door, playing music and ordering pizza. The voice assistant technology platform is also becoming a valued...

Homeland Security Eyes Telehealth to Detect Biological Threats

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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