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FDA OKs Stand-Alone mHealth App For Detecting Heart Rhythm Disorders

October 12, 2018 - Federal officials have OK’d the first mHealth app capable of detecting atrial fibrillation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently granted market clearance for FibriCheck, a Belgium-based company whose mobile health app uses a smartphone camera or smartwatch sensors to measure one’s heartbeat. The process, called photoplethysmography, measures light reflection...


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Scripps Details mHealth Platform for Collecting Pregnancy Data

by Eric Wicklund

Scripps Health researchers are hoping that an mHealth research app embedded in a popular connected health platform for pregnant women will help them improve care management and reduce negative health outcomes. “Pregnant women are...

Do Consumers Favor Ease of Use Over Accuracy in mHealth Apps?

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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)...

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...

mHealth App for HIV Patients Proves the Value of ‘Warm Technology’

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app designed at the University of Virginia for recently-diagnosed HIV patients not only has improved care management and coordination, but has also helped them suppress the virus. The effectiveness of the PositiveLinks app,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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