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FDA Grants Emergency Clearance to mHealth Platform for Ebola Testing

November 12, 2018 - With reports of a new Ebola outbreak threatening Africa, the US Food and Drug Administration has cleared the first-ever fingerstick test for the deadly virus that can be read on an mHealth device. The DPP Ebola Antigen System, developed by Chembio Diagnostic Systems, was cleared for emergency use authorization (EUA) by the FDA last week alongside a portable battery-powered reader....


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BWEL Study Creator Talks About Fitbits, mHealth and Virtual Care

by Eric Wicklund

The leader of an expansive mHealth program designed to improve care management and outcomes for women with breast cancer says the Fitbit is giving her and her researchers an opportunity to change how people think about their health. Dr....

Apple Donates Smartwatches for mHealth Study on Eating Disorders

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of North Carolina are launching an mHealth study aimed at improving care management for people living with eating disorders. The Center of Excellence for Eating Disorders, part of the UNC School of...

Can mHealth Wearables Replace Opioids in Treating Chronic Pain?

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables that focus on pain relief are finding validation as an alternative to opioids. SPR Therapeutics, the Cleveland-based developer of a digital health platform for treatment of acute and chronic pain, has received $10...

Choosing the Right mHealth Devices For a Pediatric Telehealth Program

by Eric Wicklund

Pediatricians see telehealth as an opportunity to replicate the office exam at home – a more comfortable environment for both the child and the parents. But the success of the virtual visit hinges on capturing accurate patient...

LA Project Uses mHealth Devices to Help Low-Income Kids With Asthma

by Eric Wicklund

A California health plan is launching a new effort to put mHealth devices into the hands of those who need them the most: underserved children. The Blue Shield of California Foundation, a not-for-profit health plan and philanthropic...

Apple’s New Smartwatch Gets to The Heart of The mHealth Debate

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth enhancements to the new Apple Watch are designed to make digital health more consumer-friendly, but will healthcare providers embrace the wearable? The Apple Watch Series 4, unveiled this week during the company’s typically...

FDA Signals Interest in mHealth Platform for Potassium Screening

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are showing interest in an mHealth device that can reportedly detect dangerous levels of potassium in a patient without the need to draw any blood. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has granted “Breakthrough...

Geisinger Patients Find a Comfort Zone With mHealth Wearables

by Eric Wicklund

Geisinger Health System patients enrolled in an mHealth study on pain management are using wearables “consistently and frequently” to document their care, according to an interim analysis released this week. “We are...

Fitbit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Launch Connected Health Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit has forged another mHealth partnership in its bid to make the fitness wearables a staple in connected health programs. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has announced that it will include Fitbit in its Blue365 health and...

UK’s Bolton Hospital is Replacing its Pagers With mHealth Devices

by Eric Wicklund

A UK hospital is replacing pagers with an mHealth device that allows doctors and nurses to communicate with each other and check on each patient’s health status. Royal Bolton Hospital, part of the National Health Service’s...

mHealth Program to Help NYC Firefighters Monitor Blood Pressure

by Eric Wicklund

New York City firefighters, both active and retired, will soon have access to an mHealth device to monitor their blood pressure. The Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York City (UFOA), representing some 2,600 active members and...

FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Opioid Withdrawal Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth wearable that fits around the ear and is designed to help people going through opioid withdrawal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) premarket approval of the Drug Relief aural...

mHealth Finds a Place for Fitbit in Remote Patient Monitoring Research

by Eric Wicklund

Consumer-grade mHealth wearables are finally beginning to make their mark in remote patient monitoring programs. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA are reporting that a Fitbit activity tracker can be used in some RPM...

Fox Foundation to Use mHealth Wearables in Parkinson’s Research

by Eric Wicklund

The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is launching a project to gather mHealth data from more than 800 people living with Parkinson’s through a wearable. The foundation is partnering with Verily Life Sciences,...

PCORI Grant to Test mHealth Value in Hypertension Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are getting a $6.5 million grant to study whether mHealth can help people with uncontrolled hypertension. The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

New mHealth Technology Platform Aims to Validate Remote Monitoring

by Eric Wicklund

Several mHealth companies are joining forces to create a clinician-facing platform for assuring data integrity and patient identification in remote patient monitoring programs. The OpenMedReady framework is being developed by Philips,...

KU Medical Center, Garmin to Analyze mHealth Value in Wearables

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Kansas Medical Center is partnering with Garmin to study how wearables can be used in mHealth programs. Garmin, a Swiss company with a US headquarters in Kansas City, develops a number of fitness and activity devices...

With Google Glass, Sutter Health Sees mHealth Success in Workflows

by Eric Wicklund

While the disastrous commercial launch of Google Glass is now a distant memory, one of northern California’s largest health systems is seeing strong success with the enterprise version of the mHealth smartglasses. And officials are...

Security Fears Outweigh Benefits in Mobile Device Management Report

by Eric Wicklund

A global survey of health system executives finds that mobile devices are driving patient satisfaction and experience across the enterprise – yet less than half of those decision-makers aren’t confident in the security of the...

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