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FTC Targets Mobile Health App Developer for Deceptive Practices

September 22, 2017 - The Federal Trade Commission is sanctioning the developers of an mHealth app for allegedly failing to pay promised bonuses to users who met health and wellness goals – and in many cases charging them whether they met those goals or not. Pact, Inc. owners Yifan Zhang and Geoffrey Oberhoffer have agreed to a $1.5 million fine as part of a settlement with the FTC over violations of the...


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mHealth Study to Test Whether AF Can Be Assessed Via Video App

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Researchers in New York are launching an mHealth program to determine whether a tablet with an embedded video recording app can detect atrial fibrillation. A team of engineers and clinicians at the Rochester Institute of Technology and the University...

Will Europe Ban mHealth Devices in Corporate Wellness Programs?

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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

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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...

mHealth Messaging Offers Providers Vital Revenue Opportunities

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Healthcare providers aren’t using mHealth messaging to remind patients to pay their bills – an important digital health resource that could not only improve the revenue cycle but also boost patient engagement efforts. A new survey...

mHealth App Gives Doctors a Cardiac Care Support Tool

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North Carolina physicians are using an mHealth app that helps them plot the course of care for a patient suffering from cardiac distress. The Heart Pathways app, developed by researchers from the Wake Forest School of Medicine, has been used...

mHealth Gives Moms - New and Expecting - a Reassuring Resource

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An Arizona-based health plan is launching an mHealth app that offers free video counseling to pregnant women and new moms on Medicaid. The Care1st Health Plan, part of the Florida-based WellCare Health Plan network, is rolling out the Pacify...

Pharma Turns to mHealth to Help MS Patients With Care Management

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Healthcare providers and researchers are looking to mHealth to help people living with multiple sclerosis. The elevateMS (Evaluation of Evidence from Smart Phone Sensors and Patient-Reported Outcomes in Participants with Multiple Sclerosis) study,...

mHealth Survey: Providers Are Slowly Embracing the Value of Video

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With the advent of mobile devices in the healthcare space, providers are using streaming video in a number of different ways to improve care coordination and patient engagement while reducing healthcare costs. A new survey, however, wonders if...

mHealth, Pharma Give Hemophilia Patients New Care Management Tools

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mHealth and telehealth are coming to the aid of people with hemophilia. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has unveiled both a wearable and a modified version of a popular video game to help the estimated 20,000 Americans and 400,000 around the world...

mHealth App Targets Healthcare Access Barriers for Immigrants

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The European Union is testing an mHealth app designed to help immigrants easily access healthcare services. The digital health tool targets a prevalent problem – language barriers. Dubbed Project KRISTINA, the app answers healthcare questions...

New Study Questions Accuracy of mHealth Devices for Diabetes

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An independent study of 18 popular mHealth sensors used by people with diabetes finds that two-thirds aren’t meeting standards for accuracy, potentially putting those users at risk. The analysis of 18 FDA-approved blood glucose monitoring...

mHealth Still Missing the Comfort Zone for Chronic Care Patients

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More and more people with chronic conditions want access to mHealth devices at home to help them with care coordination. And they’re not happy with what’s available. A report from digital health analyst Parks Associates indicates...

mHealth Apps for Dementia Patients Aren’t Protecting Health Data

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Despite the continued drumbeat for better safety and security, a majority of mHealth apps designed for patients with dementia and their caregivers aren’t protecting health information. That’s the take-away from a recent study of 125...

mHealth Tools Help Doctors Diagnose Cleft Palates From A Distance

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A Harvard-led study touting the benefits of a smartphone in helping doctors diagnose cleft lip or palate makes yet another case for the advantages of mHealth tools and platforms in remote areas like developing countries. The study, reported in...

mHealth, Social Gaming Combined in Concussion Treatment for Teens

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Researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center and Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center are combining an mHealth app and gaming technology to help teens recover from a concussion. The two health systems have...

Global Project to Develop mHealth Games for Clinical Treatment

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An international consortium is trying to jump-start the mHealth gaming industry with a project to develop digital health tools to help people with cognitive disabilities. The Panacea Gaming Platform (PGP) currently consists of 18 mHealth and...

Telehealth, mHealth Help Pediatric Hospitals Connect With Kids

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A Baltimore children’s hospital is turning to telehealth and mHealth wearables to help its young patients with health, diet and lifestyle issues at home. Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital will be using Fitbits and Fitbit-connected scales...

mHealth Study Ties App to Improved Outcomes for Pregnant Women

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A Medicaid-based mHealth study in Wyoming has found that pregnant women using a customized app are far more likely to consult with doctors during maternity – and they’re more likely to deliver healthy babies. The study, conducted...

VR Glasses Give Doctors a New mHealth Tool to Treat Concussions

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While health systems like Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai are using virtual reality technology to help their patients with pain and medication management, a California doctor is turning the mHealth technology around to help doctors identify and...

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