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mHealth takes aim at Parkinson’s

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers are combining remote patient monitoring technology with precision health in an effort to improve the diagnosis and care of patients with Parkinson’s disease. The Scripps Translational Science Institute will lead the...

Secure Text Messaging Study Shows Clinical Benefits

by Eric Wicklund

Two Pennsylvania hospitals have found that care teams using a secure text-messaging program can reduce their patients’ length of stay. A study of some 11,500 patients at Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Penn...

Can mHealth Sensors Detect Sepsis?

by Eric Wicklund

The recent death of film and TV actress Patty Duke is shining the spotlight on sepsis, a life-threatening condition that can be detected with mHealth technology. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines sepsis as “the...

mHealth for Children: 4 Concepts That Could Change the World

by Eric Wicklund

An Israeli startup developing a smart thermometer is among a new wave of companies finding mHealth inspiration in unusual places for children. RespiDx, based in Jerusalem, has received a $150,000 grant from the U.S. Agency for...

Top 5 Guidelines for Using mHealth Data Responsibly

by Eric Wicklund

A global research organization is hoping a new set of guidelines for the development and use of personal health technologies will make them more palatable to healthcare. The five guidelines for “responsible innovation and...

Telemedicine Takes the Lead in Child Abuse Detection

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are turning to telemedicine to tackle one of their most difficult tasks: identifying a victim of child abuse or neglect. Many of these cases show up in hospital ERs, doctor’s offices or clinics where doctors and...

ResearchKit takes on genetic data, NFL health issues

by Eric Wicklund

ResearchKit is once again shaking up the mHealth ecosystem. Apple’s provider-facing app platform will soon be able to include genetic information in clinical research studies, thanks to a module developed by 23andMe. Two ongoing...

Connected Health Technology - Just a Heartbeat Away

by Eric Wicklund

Connected health technology may be opening the door to the detection and prevention of one of the leading causes of stroke. Atrial fibrillation (AF), the most common abnormal heart rhythm, is responsible for one third of all strokes....

Can Smartphones Help Diagnose Skin Cancer?

by Eric Wicklund

A $14 device available at any electronics store may soon enable doctors to use their smartphones to diagnose skin cancers. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) have reported using...

Wearables Find their Sticking Point in Healthcare

by Eric Wicklund

Amid all the hype over fitness bands, smartwatches and smart clothing, a new type of wearable biosensor is starting to find traction in healthcare. So-called smart patches are flexible, adhesive patches that stick to the skin, like a...

App + Smartphone = Diagnostic Tool?

by Eric Wicklund

An app that identifies different types of respiratory distress simply by having someone cough into a smartphone is now facing FDA evaluation, and will soon be part of a global study targeting pneumonia in the developing world. ResApp,...

Digital Decision Support: 4 Examples of mHealth in Action

by Eric Wicklund

Clinical decision support tools have come a long way from the thick, heavy books that line the walls of a doctor’s office. Nowadays, the clinician needs access to real-time decision support, whether it be at the bedside or while...

Meet the mHealth Platform That Will Make ResearchKit Better

by Eric Wicklund

When it was launched in early 2015, Apple’s ResearchKit platform opened clinical research to new populations and possibilities, thanks to its connection with the iPhone, and spawned a number of potentially ground-breaking...

ResearchKit Project Makes its Data Public

by Eric Wicklund

One of the first ResearchKit projects is going live with its data. Sage Bionetworks has released information collected from more than 9,500 consumers for future studies on people with Parkinson’s disease. The information, collected...

A Digital Health Platform Helps NICU Parents Face the Challenges

by Eric Wicklund

An innovative new mHealth program aims to help the stressed out parents of newborns in neonatal intensive care units. The program, a partnership between Costco and an mHealth startup called NeoCare Solutions, gives Costco employees who...

Healthcare is Finding Plenty of Uses for Tablets

by Eric Wicklund

The American Cancer Society is turning to tablets to help breast cancer patients keep tabs on their health while at home. The organization is partnering with Samsung in a pilot program at the Athens Medical Center’s Breast Health...

Doctors Still Don’t Trust mHealth Apps

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have taken a disturbing hit in a recent survey on mHealth app popularity. According to Berlin-based Research2Guidance, more than half of providers surveyed say stores like the Apple App Store and Google Play are now...

mHealth and RTLS: When Minutes and Movements Matter

by Eric Wicklund

Real-time location technology has longed helped healthcare providers keep track of equipment and manage inventory. Now it’s being paired with mHealth tools to help patients. The Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City,...

Digital Health Translators Help Providers Get Past ‘Hello’

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers are relying more and more on digital health tools to communicate with their patients.  That’s especially true when the patient doesn’t understand English. At Chicago’s Advocate Health Care, five...

USC Launches its Own Virtual Care Clinic

by Eric Wicklund

The nation’s digital health hub may very well be Los Angeles. The University of Southern California’s Center for Body Computing, for many years the home of an innovative conference focused on wearables, has launched its own...

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