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FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Tracking Epileptic Seizures

February 6, 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved an mHealth wearable that can detect epileptic seizures and immediately alert care team members. The Embrace smart device, developed by Cambridge, Mass.-based Empatica, uses machine learning technology to measure electrodermal activity and identify when a user experiences the most dangerous kinds of seizures, known as "grand mal"...


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Can mHealth Make the Connection Between Providers and Minorities?

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to connect with minorities should develop an mHealth strategy that focuses on the smartphone. That’s the takeaway from a pair of studies published this month in the American Journal of Managed Care. The studies...

UnitedHealth Gives MA Members an mHealth Link to Diabetes Care

by Eric Wicklund

UnitedHealth Group is launching an mHealth program to help its Medicaid Advantage members with type 2 diabetes. The insurer, which boast some 4.3 million seniors in its MA plans, is giving an undisclosed number of members the Dexcom Mobile Continuous...

mHealth Researchers Use Gas-Sniffing Sensors to Analyze The Gut

by Eric Wicklund

Australian researchers are working on an ingestible mHealth device that reads gases in the gut, and which could someday help providers diagnose and treat a wide array of gastrointestinal issues. The researchers, from the Royal Melbourne Institute...

UK Approves Wearable mHealth Device for Chronic Pain Management

by Eric Wicklund

UK residents will soon be able to use a prescribed – and reimbursed - mHealth wearable to manage chronic pain. The National Health System has given its approval to the ActiPatch, a wearable device that manages peripheral nerve activity...

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 healthcare...

Researchers Ready to Test mHealth Diagnostic Device for Head Injuries

by Eric Wicklund

Harvard University researchers are ready for large-scale testing of an mHealth device that could detect traumatic brain injury from a drop of blood. The researchers are working with Boston-based mobile health device company BioDirection to create...

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, is leading...

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 Implant...

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 device,...

mHealth Study Gives Smartphones a Failing Grade on Foot Ulcer Care

by Eric Wicklund

Australian researchers have found that an mHealth platform that relies on photographs taken by a smartphone isn’t enough to properly treat a diabetic foot ulcer. Roughly 3.4 percent of those diagnosed with diabetes around the world develop...

A Parkinson’s Doctor Explains How mHealth is Changing Patient Care

by Eric Wicklund

Rajesh Pahwa, MD, has long treated his Parkinson’s disease patients by sitting them down and asking them how each day has gone in between doctor’s visits. Now he’s using an mHealth wearable to better understand those days. Pahwa,...

mHealth Looks to Solve the Diabetes Care Management Conundrum

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food & Drug Administration has approved the first mHealth device for diabetics that doesn’t require daily user interventions, an important step in improving patient engagement in care management plans. Abbott’s FreeStyle...

USC Research Sees Smartglasses as The Ultimate mHealth Wearable

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Southern California is making another pitch for smartglasses, saying the mHealth wearable offers a strong form factor for health and wellness and patient engagement. The latest argument comes in a study by USC’s Center...

mHealth Researchers Turn the Smartphone Into a Diagnostic Device

by Eric Wicklund

Two University of Illinois researchers have developed a camera that could vastly improve the mHealth diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone. The key to marketing the “lab-in-a-smartphone,” though, could lie in its popularity as a...

Will Europe Ban mHealth Devices in Corporate Wellness Programs?

by Eric Wicklund

US businesses and health plans are keeping an eye on a proposed EU mandate that would prohibit the use of mHealth wearables in corporate wellness programs. The European Union’s Article 29 Working Party issued a 24-page data protection and...

mHealth Wearables May be Moving Closer to Clinical Acceptance

by Eric Wicklund

While healthcare providers are still reluctant to embrace wearables, British researchers have developed an algorithm that could make the mHealth devices more accurate. Researchers at the University of Sussex have reportedly developed an AI-based...

mHealth Hacking Threat Prompts FDA to Issue Pacemaker Recall

by Eric Wicklund

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing recalls for roughly 500,000 implantable pacemakers, saying the mHealth devices are susceptible to hacking. In an Aug. 29 directive, the FDA is urging anyone with pacemakers developed by Abbott...

New Study Questions Accuracy of mHealth Devices for Diabetes

by Eric Wicklund

An independent study of 18 popular mHealth sensors used by people with diabetes finds that two-thirds aren’t meeting standards for accuracy, potentially putting those users at risk. The analysis of 18 FDA-approved blood glucose monitoring...

mHealth Still Missing the Comfort Zone for Chronic Care Patients

by Eric Wicklund

More and more people with chronic conditions want access to mHealth devices at home to help them with care coordination. And they’re not happy with what’s available. A report from digital health analyst Parks Associates indicates...

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