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

November 2, 2017 - 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 Officer, this means patients are eager to access the health system on mobile devices. They want to find the right doctor and schedule an appointment,...


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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...

Saint Luke’s Takes a Cue from the NFL to Make mHealth Apps Fan-Friendly

by Eric Wicklund

Saint Luke’s Health System is consolidating its mHealth apps onto one platform with help from a tech company that made the San Francisco 49ers’ new football stadium fan-friendly. The 10-hospital, Kansas City-based health system currently...

New mHealth Study Tests an App’s Ability to Forecast Fertility

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Georgetown University Medical Center have launched a study to determine whether an mHealth app can help prevent unintended pregnancies. The study, to be conducted by GUMC’s Institute for Reproductive Health, will follow up...

Newest ResearchKit Study Focuses on a Rare Disease

by Eric Wicklund

Penn Medicine is launching an mHealth project on the ResearchKit platform, aimed at connecting healthcare providers with the few thousand people across the globe who have a rare condition called sarcoidosis. An inflammatory condition that leads...

A Patient-Facing mHealth App Can Also Benefit Providers

by Eric Wicklund

Inspira Health is launching a mobile health platform designed to reducing staffing bottlenecks and take the waiting out of waiting rooms. The New Jersey-based health system is deploying a mobile app that allows patients to check in online and...

Stanford’s mHealth App Gets a Precision Medicine Upgrade

by Eric Wicklund

Stanford’s popular MyHeart Counts app is getting a precision medicine update. One of the first apps to be introduced on Apple’s ResearchKit platform two years ago, the Stanford University School of Medicine’s MyHeart Counts...

Study: mHealth App Usability Isn’t Matching Up With Demand

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps can help high-need, high-cost populations such as those with complex or multiple chronic conditions, a new study finds. But with the bar set so low on mHealth app usability, it’s difficult to match the right apps to the right...

Penn. State mHealth Challenge Aims to Make Apps Appealing

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps that help users manage their health challenges dominated the day at Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth Challenge, offering insight into where tomorrow’s entrepreneurs think the industry will go. Coordinated...

mHealth Apps are Surging - But are They Sustainable?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are developing mHealth strategies at record pace, but they aren’t budgeting enough money to support them. That’s the gist of the new Red Hat survey, which finds that 82 percent of the healthcare organizations...

mHealth and Pokémon Go: Yet Another Wasted Opportunity?

by Eric Wicklund

Pokémon Go may have been a nationwide sensation this past summer – including offering up some impressive mobile health statistics – but it’s suffering the same fate as many healthcare apps. It isn’t keeping up that...

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