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FDA OKs Telemedicine Platform for Programming Cochlear Implants

November 20, 2017 - 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 System, developed by Cochlear Americas, enabling audiologists to fine-tune the devices from afar, rather than having the patient come into the office...


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With Fitbits, STSI Adds mHealth to its Precision Medicine Project

by Eric Wicklund

Scripps Health’s Digital Health research unit is providing as many as 10,000 Fitbits to participants in a precision medicine program to track how home activities may affect their health. The Scripps Translational Science Institute will...

mHealth Data Adds Detail, Meaning to Population Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones have long been considered an ideal mHealth tool for personalized medicine, capable of collecting individual data and pushing out targeted reminders and information. Now that data is being used to power population health programs,...

mHealth Device Earns FDA Approval to Help Smokers Kick The Habit

by Eric Wicklund

A mobile breath sensor has earned federal approval as a class 2 medical device. Combined with a new mHealth app, the digital health platform can now be used to help smokers kick the habit. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's...

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...

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 Tools Help Doctors Diagnose Cleft Palates From A Distance

by Eric Wicklund

A Harvard-led study touting the benefits of a smartphone in helping doctors diagnose cleft lip or palate makes yet another case for the advantages of mHealth tools and platforms in remote areas like developing countries. The study, reported in...

Healthcare Deal Targets Telemedicine for Military Deployments

by Eric Wicklund

A Washington, D.C.-based health system known for its telehealth services to the maritime industry is bolstering its telemedicine platform to treat deployed military personnel around the globe. The partnership is the latest example of efforts...

Mayo Clinic Using mHealth to Target Sudden Death Events in Kids

by Eric Wicklund

The Mayo Clinic is experimenting with wearable mHealth technology that could help save the lives of thousands of children. The health system is partnering with AliveCor to tailor the California-based company’s Kardia Mobile ECG platform...

Mobile Health Technology is Breathing New Life Into CPAP Therapy

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth technology to make CPAP therapy more productive – for both doctors and patients. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines have been around for decades, helping doctors to monitor patients...

Mobile Health Units Put the Emphasis on Access for mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers around the country are taking a literal approach to mobile health these days. They’re customizing RVs, vans, buses and ambulances with telemedicine tools and wireless connectivity to bring healthcare to underserved...

Telehealth Looks to Digital Diagnostics to Improve Virtual Care

by Eric Wicklund

With direct-to-consumer telehealth platforms popping up all over the country these days, healthcare providers are now looking at combining virtual care with lab tests. Health systems and consumer-facing telehealth vendors see point-of-care testing...

Amazon Alexa Challenge Envisions an mHealth Care Management Tool

by Eric Wicklund

Amazon and Merck are joining forces in a challenge designed to turn Alexa into an mHealth care management tool for people with type 2 diabetes. The Alexa Diabetes Challenge offers a $125,000 prize to the mHealth innovator who can best develop...

AMIA: mHealth Tools are Vital to Bridge the ‘Health IT Chasm’

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth tools and platforms could go a long way toward bridging the “health IT chasm” that exists between healthcare providers and their patients. Digital and connected health tools play a big part in two policy documents unveiled...

Apple Watch Study to Use Digital Health to Tackle Depression

by Eric Wicklund

British mHealth researchers are launching a project to determine whether the Apple Watch can help treat people with depression. Takeda Pharmaceuticals has joined forces with UK-based Cognition Kit Limited to use the Cognition Kit app in a controlled...

Apple Watch Helps Researchers Study Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

Johns Hopkins University researchers are using the Apple Watch to determine the possible triggers for epileptic seizures. The mHealth-enhanced smartwatch was the focal point of a recent 10-month study conducted at the Baltimore-based health system,...

American Well, Samsung announce telehealth-mHealth partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Today’s mHealth-telehealth partnership between Samsung and American Well is yet another step in the ongoing courtship of consumer and clinical. As it did with last year’s partnership with Tyto Care, American Well – one of the...

Trinity Health Invests in Telehealth for Home Care

by Eric Wicklund

Trinity Health is adding an mHealth platform to its home healthcare ministry, which serves thousands of people across the country in an effort to keep them in their homes and out of the hospital. The 22-state, Michigan-based health system has...

Can Digital Assistants be mHealth Assistants?

by Eric Wicklund

Digital assistants may have been the hottest Christmas gift this year, but they aren’t yet ready to make the transition to an mHealth platform. That capability, however, may be the biggest untapped potential for Siri, Cortana, Alexa, Google...

Healthcare Focuses on the Possibilities of Virtual Reality

by Eric Wicklund

Virtual Reality headsets like Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift might seem more suited to the gaming industry, but healthcare providers are finding a use for them as well. VR headsets are popping up in clinical studies across the...

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