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Geisinger Patients Find a Comfort Zone With mHealth Wearables

September 6, 2018 - Geisinger Health System patients enrolled in an mHealth study on pain management are using wearables “consistently and frequently” to document their care, according to an interim analysis released this week. “We are encouraged by these interim data and pleased to report that adding wearable health technology to our Multidisciplinary Pain Program has been well received...


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Fitbit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Launch Connected Health Partnership

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit has forged another mHealth partnership in its bid to make the fitness wearables a staple in connected health programs. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has announced that it will include Fitbit in its Blue365 health and...

UCSF Studying mHealth Data to Predict Post-Operative Recovery

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the University of California in San Francisco have launched a project to determine whether data gathered from mHealth wearables can help clinical outcomes for people who have undergone hip or knee transplants. The connected...

mHealth Program to Help NYC Firefighters Monitor Blood Pressure

by Eric Wicklund

New York City firefighters, both active and retired, will soon have access to an mHealth device to monitor their blood pressure. The Uniformed Fire Officers Association of New York City (UFOA), representing some 2,600 active members and...

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...

Fitbit Makes a Mobile Health Connection With New Smartwatch Apps

by Eric Wicklund

Fitbit is beefing up the mHealth capabilities of its smartwatch. The developer of the nation’s most popular fitness tracker is continuing its push to combine direct-to-consumer technology with clinical validation in the Ionic, which...

KU Medical Center, Garmin to Analyze mHealth Value in Wearables

by Eric Wicklund

The University of Kansas Medical Center is partnering with Garmin to study how wearables can be used in mHealth programs. Garmin, a Swiss company with a US headquarters in Kansas City, develops a number of fitness and activity devices...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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