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Do Consumers Favor Ease of Use Over Accuracy in mHealth Apps?

August 14, 2018 - An mHealth app that pledged to easily measure one’s systolic blood pressure scored high marks with users even though the readings were inaccurate, leading researchers to question whether users value convenience over reliability. Those observations were drawn from two separate studies of the Instant Blood Pressure app developed and marketed by California-based AuraLife in 2014....


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AHRQ’s New App Challenge Seeks an mHealth Platform for PRO Data

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An mHealth app capable of using standardized patient-reported outcomes to improve care management could net its developer as much as $87,000. The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has put up $250,000 in prize money in a...

Tech Giants Promise to Make mHealth Interoperability a Reality

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Some of the world’s largest tech companies have pledged to erase barriers that prevent consumers from accessing their own mHealth data when and where they want it. In an unscheduled session at this week’s Blue Button 2.0...

Seattle Children’s Works to Turn PRISM Program Into an mHealth App

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Physicians at Seattle Children’s Hospital are working to turn a web-based coping program for children with serious illnesses into an mHealth app. Created roughly 10 years ago, the Promoting Resiliency in Stress Management (PRISM)...

Xcertia Bolsters Leadership as mHealth App Standards Await Guidance

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A collaboration formed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the American Medical Association to lobby for mHealth app standards is beefing up its leadership. Xcertia, which launched in December 2016 to...

How mHealth Apps Empower Clinicians to Improve Care Management

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mHealth apps that offer clinical decision support are fast becoming a vital part of the clinician’s toolkit – not only because they can improve patient diagnoses, but also because they make life a lot easier for...

Fitbit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Launch Connected Health Partnership

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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

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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...

New Group Aims to Advance Artificial Intelligence in Telehealth

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The former CEO of the American Telemedicine Association has launched a new group focused on applying artificial intelligence to healthcare – including telehealth. The Partnership for Artificial Intelligence and Automation in...

mHealth Can Help Teens, Young Adults Struggling With Depression

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Teens and young adults are using mHealth and telehealth to research healthcare and connect with peers online, according to a nationwide survey. It suggests that tomorrow’s consumers are comfortable with connected health services -...

California Medical Board Creates a Mobile App for Doctor Discipline

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California residents can now use an mHealth app to find out if their doctors have been disciplined – or if they’ve moved. Touting itself as “the first American board in the nation to utilize such technology to notify...

FDA Approves Smartphone-based mHealth Platform For Urinalysis Tests

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In yet another sign that smartphones are becoming mHealth diagnostic tools, federal officials have approved a digital health platform that enables users to test their urine on a smartphone and share that data with their doctor. The U.S....

Anthem Creates a New mHealth Resource on Members’ Mobile Devices

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The nation’s second largest payer is giving its member access to mHealth services from their mobile devices. Anthem, which manages Blue Cross Blue Shield plans in more than a dozen states, is making its LiveHealth Online service...

Geisinger Builds an mHealth Platform for Asthma Care Management

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Pennsylvania’s Geisinger Health System has partnered with pharma giant AstraZeneca to develop an mHealth platform to improve care management and coordination for people with asthma. The connected health suite includes an mHealth app...

Many mHealth Apps for Mental Health Aren’t Offering Sound Advice

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New research suggests that mHealth apps designed to address mental health issues may be doing more harm than good. In a study of some 60 popular consumer-facing mobile health apps available in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, Researchers...

Cleveland Clinic Offers Patients Mobile Health Data Access

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Cleveland Clinic will offer patients mobile access to their personal health data through Health Records on iPhone, as well as through the MyChart application. Both Health Records and MyChart offer patients a complete view of their health...

AMA Announces Winners of Mobile Health Data Sharing Challenge

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The American Medical Association is honoring three mHealth startups for developing “cutting edge” platforms that make use of mobile health data. The three were chosen as the best from 36 entries in the AMA Health Care...

Using mHealth as a Care Management Tool for Bariatric Patients

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Healthcare providers are studying whether a mobile health platform can help patients who have undergone bariatric surgery in managing their weight and addressing mental health issues that sometimes appear after the operation. In a study...

mHealth App for HIV Patients Proves the Value of ‘Warm Technology’

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An mHealth app designed at the University of Virginia for recently-diagnosed HIV patients not only has improved care management and coordination, but has also helped them suppress the virus. The effectiveness of the PositiveLinks app,...

mHealth Brain Games Help Post-ICU Patients Recover Cognitive Skills

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An mHealth platform that enables recent ICU patients to “exercise” their brain at home after discharge is helping to improve recovery and reduce cognitive issues. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have reported that a...

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