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AHRQ Finds Few Reliable mHealth Apps for Diabetes Care Management

May 9, 2018 - 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 the Agency on Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the study analyzed hundreds of commercially available mHealth apps for diabetes care and found only 11...


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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 came...

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 Disease...

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 the company’s...

UK’s NHS Aims to Build a Library of Reliable Mobile Health Apps

by Eric Wicklund

The UK’s National Health Service is looking to beef up its library of mobile health apps. The NHS has sent out a call to mHealth developers and healthcare providers to submit their digital health apps for inclusion in the Apps Library....

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...

Intermountain Sees mHealth Success With Cardiac Care App for Doctors

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app linked to clinical decision support software is helping Intermountain Healthcare identify and treat heart failure patients at risk of life-threatening complications. The app, designed by researchers at the Salt Lake City-based...

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...

Mobile Health App Helps Seniors Reduce Their Risk For Dementia

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth application designed to help seniors “train their brain” lowered their chances of developing dementia by almost 30 percent over a decade. That’s the takeaway from a study, published on Nov. 16 in Alzheimer's &...

Saint Luke’s New mHealth Platform is Proving Popular With Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Saint Luke’s Health System saw a 30 percent increase in patient access to the Epic MyChart portal after consolidating its mHealth apps onto one platform. To Debe Gash, the 10-hospital, Kansas City-based health system’s Chief Information...

Designing a Mobile Patient Portal to Boost mHealth Engagement

by Eric Wicklund

Nearly every health system has a patient portal, but few are using mHealth tools and platforms to create an effective patient engagement experience. The trick, experts say, is not just redesigning the patient portal to show up on a smartphone,...

FTC Targets Mobile Health App Developer for Deceptive Practices

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Trade Commission is sanctioning the developers of an mHealth app for allegedly failing to pay promised bonuses to users who met health and wellness goals – and in many cases charging them whether they met those goals or not....

mHealth Apps for Dementia Patients Aren’t Protecting Health Data

by Eric Wicklund

Despite the continued drumbeat for better safety and security, a majority of mHealth apps designed for patients with dementia and their caregivers aren’t protecting health information. That’s the take-away from a recent study of 125...

CDS Coalition Floats Guidelines for Mobile Health App Design

by Eric Wicklund

A coalition of software developers and healthcare providers is pushing for new guidelines that would help certain mobile health applications avoid FDA regulation. The CDS Coalition has issued a 26-page document designed to help developers create...

Do Medication Adherence Apps Deliver on Functionality Promises?

by Thomas Beaton

Medication adherence apps have the potential to help patients remember to take their medicines, but not all of these apps provide the necessary functionalities to do so. A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found...

UK Tries Again With a Library of Certified Mobile Health Apps

by Eric Wicklund

After four years of wrangling, the UK’s National Health Service has unveiled its library of certified mobile health apps – containing only one approved app. The NHS Digital Apps Library is designed to showcase mobile health tools...

mHealth Apps for Cancer Survivors Aren’t Meeting Their Needs

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health apps designed for cancer survivors aren’t as effective as they should be, according to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. A 2016 analysis of dozens of mHealth apps by researchers from CPIC and Stanford University...

New Resource Helps mHealth App Developers Understand HIPAA

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers and mHealth app developers trying to understand the complexities of HIPAA now have a new resource at their disposal. The Connected Health Initiative, an offshoot of ACT | The App Association, has launched an interactive tool...

Mount Sinai Touts Success of mHealth Asthma Project

by Eric Wicklund

New York’s Mount Sinai Hospital is reporting positive results from its mHealth study on asthma patients, though nagging questions remain on patient engagement. In a study published in Nature Biotechnology, Mount Sinai researchers claimed...

UK Program to Put Home-Based mHealth Data in Clinicians’ Hands

by Eric Wicklund

The UK’s health system is set to roll out two apps that will enable healthcare providers to gather clinical grade data from patients at home. The program, now being tested at four hospitals in and around Oxfordshire, could be extended to...

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