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Newest mHealth Intervention for Smokers Combines Apps, Wearables

January 2, 2018 - The latest mHealth intervention aimed at smokers combines an app with a wearable, targeting both real-time monitoring and patient engagement. An Israeli company called Somatix is testing its new SmokeBeat app in the US, Canada, France, Israel and Turkey. The company hopes to have enough data collected early this year to begin marketing the platform to US health plans and healthcare providers....


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mHealth Researchers Develop Smart Bandage With Timed Drug Release

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth researchers are working on a smart bandage that can deliver timed doses of medication directly into the wound, speeding up the healing process and reducing the need for opioids. As envisioned by researchers from MIT, Harvard Medical School,...

mHealth Researchers Look to Make Their Mark With Tattoos, Patches

by Eric Wicklund

In the latest project to overcome the form factor limitations of wearables, researchers are working to develop mHealth sensors that could be contained in tattoos. The Dermal Abyss project, a collaboration between researchers at the Massachusetts...

mHealth Innovation Takes Center Stage in FDA’s Digital Health Pilot

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones, wearables, mHealth apps and even digital therapeutics will all get equal play in the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s new digital health software precertification pilot program. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb this week...

mHealth Tools Help Doctors Diagnose Cleft Palates From A Distance

by Eric Wicklund

A Harvard-led study touting the benefits of a smartphone in helping doctors diagnose cleft lip or palate makes yet another case for the advantages of mHealth tools and platforms in remote areas like developing countries. The study, reported in...

Global Project to Develop mHealth Games for Clinical Treatment

by Eric Wicklund

An international consortium is trying to jump-start the mHealth gaming industry with a project to develop digital health tools to help people with cognitive disabilities. The Panacea Gaming Platform (PGP) currently consists of 18 mHealth and...

CMS Considers Telehealth for New Models of Behavioral Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials are looking at telehealth in their search for new models of care for Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries with behavioral health issues. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has scheduled a September summit to develop...

Healthcare Poised to Deliver on mHealth Promises of Google Glass

by Eric Wicklund

Michigan-based Trinity Health is getting ready to test the new Google Glass EE (Enterprise Edition) in home healthcare visits, in a bid to bring new value to an mHealth wearable that spectacularly crashed and burned as a consumer device. Google’s...

FDA Urged to Speed Up its mHealth Reviews

by Eric Wicklund

A coalition of healthcare IT organizations is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change the way it reviews new technology, including mHealth. The Clinical Decision Support Coalition, described as a “diverse group of stakeholders...

An mHealth Project Focuses on Do-It-Yourself Drugs

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth device being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could one day allow remote doctors to create their own medicine whenever and wherever needed. The project, financed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects...

UK Unveils New mHealth Reimbursement Program

by Eric Wicklund

Roughly 20 innovative health products, including apps and mHealth devices, will be offered free of charge each year to patients and providers in the UK’s National Health Service under a new program to boost innovation and patient engagement....

Can mHealth Make a Difference in Population Health?

by Eric Wicklund

Payers are starting to take a serious look at mHealth platforms for population health. The latest to take on the challenge is Aetna, whose charitable arm recently launched two programs to fuel mHealth innovation in underserved markets. The Aetna Foundation...

Health Systems Make a Game of mHealth to Improve Education

by Eric Wicklund

Health system administrators wanting to make sure their staff and residents are up-to-date on the latest protocols have a new tool at their disposal: The smartphone. They’re using a gaming platform developed by Qstream, a Harvard Medical...

Digital Health Innovation Finds a Home at Cedars-Sinai

by Eric Wicklund

A handful of digital health entrepreneurs are getting the opportunity to test their products at Cedars-Sinai, thanks to a new program from an international accelerator. The three-month Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, taking place through June...

Will mHealth be a Key Ingredient in the Precision Medicine Initiative?

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth devices and platforms will play a crucial role in President Barack Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative, as healthcare looks to make medicine very personal. Unveiled a year ago by President Obama during his State of the Union Address...

Ingestible Sensors Give Doctors Something to Digest

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have long thought that the best way to measure a treatment’s effectiveness is from inside the body. Now they’re getting that chance. In a California hospital, patients diagnosed with hypertension will soon be...

Looking Back at CES: Are Consumers and Doctors Finally Bridging the mHealth Gap?

by Eric Wicklund

With CES 2016 in the rear-view mirror, mHealth experts are assessing whether the glitz and glam of Las Vegas yielded any jackpots for healthcare providers. The consumer-focused conference is seeing more digital health each year, and what once...

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