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FDA Orders Recall of Drug Dosage mHealth App for Diabetic Patients

by Eric Wicklund

Federal authorities have issued a recall for an mHealth app that could cause people with diabetes to administer incorrect doses of insulin, potentially putting them at risk of death. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a...

FTC Urges State Legislators to Rethink Ocular Telehealth Ban

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Trade Commission is wading into the ocular telehealth battle, now being fought in Washington. The agency has come out against Substitute Senate Bill 5411/HB 1473, which, if adopted, would require optometrists and...

mHealth Project to Use Digital Health Data to Identify, Treat Pain

by Eric Wicklund

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is helping to launch a study to determine whether mHealth data collected on smartphones and wearables can be used to help treat people with chronic pain. The hospital is partnering with...

FDA OKs mHealth App That Uses AI to Spot Strokes, Alert Specialists

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved an mHealth app that uses artificial intelligence to analyze CT images for signs of a stroke, potentially speeding up the time to treatment. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared for marketing...

mHealth Wearables, AI Used to Detect Diabetes in One’s Heart Rate

by Eric Wicklund

A new study launched at the University of California in San Francisco has found that mHealth wearables integrated with an AI platform can detect early signs of diabetes. UCSF researchers used a “deep neural network” developed...

FCC Under Pressure to Boost Broadband Support for Rural Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

One of healthcare’s heavy hitters is lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to support primary care telemedicine in rural America by boosting resources for broadband expansion. Arguing that improved broadband access will...

FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Tracking Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

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...

Pennsylvania Lawmakers Poised to Consider Ban on Ocular Telehealth

by Eric Wicklund

The ongoing battle between state lawmakers and telemedicine supporters over online eye exams has reached Pennsylvania, where a bill establishing guidelines for telemedicine use and coverage includes a provision banning ocular...

An mHealth Wearable Helps Cedars-Sinai Doctors Manage Patient Care

by Eric Wicklund

Physicians at Cedars-Sinai Hospital are using an mHealth wearable to track and improve recovery times for post-operative patients. In a program that began roughly one year ago, patients are given a Fitbit after undergoing major surgery to...

Mayo Clinic to Explore The Use of Telemedicine for Stent Surgeries

by Eric Wicklund

A projected shortage of cardiologists is pushing the Mayo Clinic to consider telemedicine for conducting some minimally invasive coronary interventions, such as inserting stents. The Minnesota-based health system recently announced a...

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...

With ECG Sensor, Apple May Be Adding mHealth Muscle to Its Watch

by Eric Wicklund

Apple is reportedly developing an ECG monitor for the Apple Watch, a move that could pit the tech giant against developers of medical-grade ECG wearables and further push consumer wearables into the remote patient monitoring...

The Spotlight’s on Apple Watch as an mHealth Tool for Cardiac Care

by Eric Wicklund

The Apple Watch is becoming a popular mHealth wearable for people with cardiac conditions. Two separate announcements have positioned the smartwatch at the center of the remote monitoring ecosystem, giving mHealth and telehealth advocates...

VA Project Uses Telemedicine Tablets to Treat Veterans at Home

by Eric Wicklund

A tablet equipped with store-and-forward mHealth technology is helping Veterans’ Affairs doctors in San Diego improve clinical outcomes for veterans with chronic wounds. It’s one of several mHealth and telehealth projects at...

Penn State mHealth Challenge Casts a Wide Net for Innovative Ideas

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps designed to prevent sexual assaults, help those with lactose intolerance and enable parents to manage their children’s vaccinations took top honors during Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth...

FCC Eyes Expanded Broadband Funding for Telehealth, Telemedicine

by Eric Wicklund

The Federal Communications Commission is considering increasing funding for broadband expansion to rural America, a move that would pave the way for more – and better - telehealth and telemedicine programs where healthcare access is...

FDA OKs First Ingestible mHealth Sensor for Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

Federal regulators have approved the first digestible digital therapeutic, a pill with embedded sensors and an mHealth patch designed to help with medication adherence. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced approval late Monday...

EHR Provider Touts mHealth Access by Apple’s Facial Recognition App

by Eric Wicklund

The developer of an mHealth-based electronic health record platform has reportedly become the first to enable EHR access by facial recognition. Drchrono announced this week that its EHR can now be opened through Apple’s new Face ID...

mHealth Data Adds Detail, Meaning to Population Health Programs

by Eric Wicklund

Smartphones have long been considered an ideal mHealth tool for personalized medicine, capable of collecting individual data and pushing out targeted reminders and information. Now that data is being used to power population health...

Rural West Texas EMS Providers to Try Out a Telehealth Backpack

by Eric Wicklund

A Texas health system is launching a telemedicine project to equip rural EMS providers in West Texas with digital health tools, including a telemedicine backpack. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) is partnering with...

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