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Doctors Use mHealth to Screen Cancer Survivors for Heart Problems

June 21, 2018 - An mHealth device that measures heart function could potentially save the lives of childhood cancer survivors at risk of developing heart problems later in life. Researchers at the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic at City of Hope in Duarte, Calif., say the Vivio, a wireless, handheld device that collects pulse waves and phonocardiogram data from the carotid artery and sends that data to...


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mHealth Tools Help Hospitals Improve the Physician Query Process

by Eric Wicklund

Mobile health technology is helping to make the cumbersome process of responding to physician queries easier for physicians, giving them more time to spend with their patients. Often considered a necessary evil in the hospital-based physician’s...

CMS Embraces mHealth With Reimbursement for Smartphone CGM Links

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers who collaborate with diabetic patients through smartphone-enabled continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) will soon be reimbursed under Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the change in coverage...

FDA OKs mHealth Version of Neurorehabilitation Therapy Platform

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved a mobile health version of a neurorehabilitation therapy system that uses gamification to motivate patients undergoing therapy. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has given its OK for US distribution of the...

Medicare Advantage Members Are Using mHealth, But Their Plans Aren’t

by Eric Wicklund

Medicare Advantage members are using mHealth tools to monitor chronic health conditions. However, the same can’t be said for their health plans. That disparity was picked up in HealthMine’s Medicare Report, based on a 2017 survey...

Jefferson Health Tests an mHealth Wearable for Pneumonia Detection

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at Jefferson Health’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center are studying whether an mHealth wearable used to monitor breathing in asthma patients can be adapted to detect signs of pneumonia in patients with lung cancer. The researchers...

FDA Challenge Eyes Digital Health Technology to Combat Opioid Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Federal officials and healthcare organizations are ramping up efforts to use mHealth and telehealth to combat the nation’s opioid abuse epidemic. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week launched an effort to bring connected health...

Senators to FCC: Better Rural Connectivity Means More Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The Senate is challenging the Federal Communications Commission on two fronts in an effort to improve broadband and cellphone connectivity in rural areas – key ingredients to expanding telehealth and telemedicine programs to reach underserved...

Mayo Clinic Uses An mHealth App to Identify Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Mayor Clinic are reporting success with an mHealth app that can diagnose epilepsy. The EpiFinder app reportedly correctly identified epilepsy or offered an accurate alternative diagnosis in almost 87 percent of the cases during...

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), will...

mHealth Program Uses Smartphones to Monitor Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth platform in which patients use their smartphones to record themselves taking prescribed medications could boost adherence rates and save public health programs hundreds of thousands of dollars, according a researchers at Johns Hopkins...

mHealth Research Touts Digital Health ‘Touches’ to Fight Drug Abuse

by Eric Wicklund

Digital health advocates say an automated mHealth messaging platform can help people dealing with opioid abuse to curb their cravings. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making the argument following...

mHealth Gives Pharmacists a Powerful Diabetes Management Platform

by Eric Wicklund

A medical journal is suggesting that pharmacists use telemedicine and mHealth to play a more active role in medication management for people with diabetes – a move that could improve adherence, reduce errors and boost clinical outcomes....

DoD Unveils mHealth Program to Monitor Service Members’ Health

by Eric Wicklund

The Defense Department is launching a new remote patient monitoring project that aims to monitor the health of armed service members through their smartphones. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a DoD department responsible...

mHealth Replaces The Specialist Consult in Retinopathy Detection

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have given the green light to mHealth technology that can identify diabetic retinopathy in adults without the need for a specialist consult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the IDx-DR, which uses artificial...

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 mobile...

Research Validates Telemedicine in Identifying ROP in Newborns

by Eric Wicklund

Doctors can use telemedicine images to identify a rare cause of blindness in premature babies with as much accuracy as if they were examining the infant in person, according to international research done by eight health systems. Led by the Oregon...

An mHealth App Beats The Physical Exam For Accuracy in One Study

by Eric Wicklund

Canadian researchers have found that an mHealth app is better than a traditional bedside examination for determining blood flow in a patient’s wrist. In a study published this month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), doctors...

mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by analyzing...

FDA Letter Challenges Opternative’s Ocular Telehealth Platform

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators may sanction the developer of an ocular telehealth platform over charges the company hasn’t received the necessary approvals to offer the online eye exams. In a letter dated Oct. 30, 2017 and made public this past week,...

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