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FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Tracking Epileptic Seizures

February 6, 2018 - 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 learning technology to measure electrodermal activity and identify when a user experiences the most dangerous kinds of seizures, known as "grand mal"...


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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 track...

Newest mHealth Intervention for Smokers Combines Apps, Wearables

by Eric Wicklund

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...

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 landscape. While...

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 some...

With Fitbits, STSI Adds mHealth to its Precision Medicine Project

by Eric Wicklund

Scripps Health’s Digital Health research unit is providing as many as 10,000 Fitbits to participants in a precision medicine program to track how home activities may affect their health. The Scripps Translational Science Institute will...

A Parkinson’s Doctor Explains How mHealth is Changing Patient Care

by Eric Wicklund

Rajesh Pahwa, MD, has long treated his Parkinson’s disease patients by sitting them down and asking them how each day has gone in between doctor’s visits. Now he’s using an mHealth wearable to better understand those days. Pahwa,...

USC Research Sees Smartglasses as The Ultimate mHealth Wearable

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Southern California is making another pitch for smartglasses, saying the mHealth wearable offers a strong form factor for health and wellness and patient engagement. The latest argument comes in a study by USC’s Center...

Will Europe Ban mHealth Devices in Corporate Wellness Programs?

by Eric Wicklund

US businesses and health plans are keeping an eye on a proposed EU mandate that would prohibit the use of mHealth wearables in corporate wellness programs. The European Union’s Article 29 Working Party issued a 24-page data protection and...

mHealth Wearables May be Moving Closer to Clinical Acceptance

by Eric Wicklund

While healthcare providers are still reluctant to embrace wearables, British researchers have developed an algorithm that could make the mHealth devices more accurate. Researchers at the University of Sussex have reportedly developed an AI-based...

Medtronic-Garmin Deal Gives Wearables New mHealth Capabilities

by Eric Wicklund

Medtronic has announced another integration with a popular consumer-facing fitness wearable, adding weight to efforts to combine remote patient monitoring with health and wellness. The Ireland-based medical technology giant last week announced...

mHealth Wearables Market to Surge Over Next 4 Years

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables that fit into healthcare providers’ remote patient monitoring goals are expected to lead to a massive surge in the wearables market. According to ABI Research, wearables that can gather and send medical grade data from...

mHealth Study Uses Sensors, Analytics to Detect Sickness Before it Happens

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth wearables that continuously monitor vital signs may soon be able to detect sickness before the user even becomes sick. That’s the gist of a study of fitness monitors and other wearables conducted by the Stanford University School...

mHealth Patch is Put to the Test at Brigham and Women’s Hospital

by Eric Wicklund

Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital is launching a remote patient monitoring study to determine whether a smart patch can help physicians take care of patients at home rather than in the hospital. The hospital, part of the Partners...

Fitbit’s Push for Pebble Could Stir Up the mHealth Wearables Market

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers looking for an entry into the wearables market may want to wait a while. New reports today have Fitbit, the biggest and best-positioned developer of consumer-facing fitness bands, offering as much as $40 million for Pebble,...

Big Business Survey Suggests mHealth is Motivating Employees

by Eric Wicklund

Large employers may be solving the mHealth engagement puzzle with health plans that include wearables. A two-year study of 14 large employers, covering some 240,000 employees, saw “no measurable decline in engagement for more than nine...

Cleveland Clinic: mHealth Wearables Aren’t Reliable for Heart Rate

by Eric Wicklund

A Cleveland Clinic study of activity trackers has once again reinforced healthcare’s concern about wearables: They aren’t yet accurate enough for clinical use. A study of four of the most popular fitness trackers found that they are...

Fitbit’s mHealth Quest: Making Doctors Care About Health and Wellness

by Eric Wicklund

Healthcare providers have balked at embracing wearables because they aren’t sure how to integrate the data into the clinical record. Fitbit executives say the time has come to start embracing. The developers of the most widely-adopted fitness...

New Wearables Study Misses the Point on mHealth

by Eric Wicklund

In real estate, timing and location matter. The same can be said for mHealth. A study recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted at the University of Pittsburgh reportedly concluded that wearable monitors...

Can Apple Make Healthcare Care About Smartwatches?

by Eric Wicklund

Apple is trying once again to make the smartwatch a meaningful health and fitness tool. Almost lost in a splashy, two-hour event that focused more on the iPhone 7 and a couple of gaming announcements, the company unveiled a second generation...

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