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mHealth Strategies Need Careful Planning to Reach the Underserved

April 25, 2018 - mHealth programs are often hailed as a means of improving access to care for underserved populations, but how do those mobile health platforms reach those people? After all, they’re underserved for a reason. The first step, experts say, lies in understanding why certain people are underserved: do they choose not to access healthcare, or are there cultural, financial or physical barriers...


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mHealth Apps With CDS Can Help Doctors Make Quicker, Better Decisions

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mHealth apps for clinical decision support can help clinicians make better and quicker decisions about ordering diagnostic and lab tests, according to a recent study by researchers at the Baylor College of Medicine and the Centers of Disease...

mHealth App Aims to Help Caregivers Identify Perinatal Depression

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A new mHealth app aims to help obstetricians by giving them a mobile health resource to detect and manage depression in pregnant woman and new mothers. Developed at the Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School,...

mHealth Research Touts Digital Health ‘Touches’ to Fight Drug Abuse

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Digital health advocates say an automated mHealth messaging platform can help people dealing with opioid abuse to curb their cravings. Researchers from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis are making the argument following...

mHealth Interventions Need Care Team Support to Affect Outcomes

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An mHealth app that’s designed to help users manage uncontrolled hypertension won’t work unless it offers personalized interventions – including a real-time link to the care team. That’s the take-away from a mobile health...

mHealth Replaces The Specialist Consult in Retinopathy Detection

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Federal regulators have given the green light to mHealth technology that can identify diabetic retinopathy in adults without the need for a specialist consult. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the IDx-DR, which uses artificial...

AMA Challenges mHealth Providers to Improve Chronic Care Management

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The American Medical Association is challenging the mobile health community to come up with a better way for patients to share their data with doctors in chronic care management programs. The AMA is partnering with Google in the Health Care Interoperability...

An mHealth App Beats The Physical Exam For Accuracy in One Study

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Canadian researchers have found that an mHealth app is better than a traditional bedside examination for determining blood flow in a patient’s wrist. In a study published this month in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ), doctors...

Apple Health’s mHealth Platform Expands to Almost 40 Health Systems

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In a bid to boost mHealth interoperability across the country, almost 40 US health systems are now allowing patients to access read-only copies of their medical records through the Apple Health app. Apple officials released an update to the company’s...

mHealth Research on Mental Health Taps Into One’s Tapping Habits

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Healthcare providers looking to use mHealth in behavioral health treatment have long struggled to make the technology unobtrusive. But recent research suggests that remote monitoring of people with mental health issues could be done by analyzing...

CMS Under Pressure to Cover mHealth Tools for Diabetes Management

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As federal regulators approve more mHealth devices for diabetes care management and coordination, some in Congress are lobbying for better Medicare coverage of digital health. A bipartisan group of lawmakers this week asked the Centers for Medicare...

mHealth Tools, AI Combine to Avert Serious Diabetic Health Issues

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mHealth devices embedded with artificial intelligence are helping people with diabetes identify  dangerous changes in their blood sugar levels before they happen, avoiding serious and sometimes fatal consequences. The U.S. Food and Drug...

Are Health Systems Getting The Most Out of Their mHealth Platforms?

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A new survey finds that healthcare providers are using their smartphones for communication – but not for the growing variety of mHealth capabilities that these devices now feature. The study, developed by HIMSS Analytics and PatientSafe...

How One Home Health Provider Turned Alexa Into an mHealth Assistant

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Home healthcare providers are finding new uses for Amazon’s Alexa that go far beyond checking the weather, opening the front door, playing music and ordering pizza. The voice assistant technology platform is also becoming a valued –...

FDA Reviews Mobile Health Platform for Autism Diagnosis, Care

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Federal regulators are moving toward approval of a mobile health platform designed to help doctors diagnose autism more quickly – and to help parents learn how to care for autistic children. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently...

UK’s NHS Aims to Build a Library of Reliable Mobile Health Apps

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The UK’s National Health Service is looking to beef up its library of mobile health apps. The NHS has sent out a call to mHealth developers and healthcare providers to submit their digital health apps for inclusion in the Apps Library....

FDA Orders Recall of Drug Dosage mHealth App for Diabetic Patients

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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 Class 2...

mHealth App Helps Curb Substance Abuse, Reduce Hospital Visits

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An mHealth app designed for people with substance abuse issues helped patients at three federally qualified health centers reduce instances of drinking and drug use, while also drastically cutting ER visits and hospitalizations. The results,...

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

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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 the Contact...

Fitbit Enhances Its mHealth Platform With Twine Health Acquisition

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Fitbit is adding health and wellness coaching to its consumer-facing digital health platform, giving the company new mHealth tools to appeal to providers and payers. The San Francisco-based company announced plans this week to acquire Twine Health,...

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