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Microsoft Ends mHealth App Experiment, Shuts Down HealthVault

January 19, 2018 - Microsoft is shutting down its line of personal mHealth apps, abruptly ending a program that sought to engage users in creating a digital platform for health and wellness. The company announced online that it would be closing out all iOS, Android and Windows phone HealthVault Insight apps before the end of January. It will keep the resource open for those who now use the apps. Microsoft debuted...


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mHealth Apps for Chronic Care Struggle to Solve the Motivation Issue

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mHealth apps have the potential to help people with chronic conditions manage their health. Yet according to new research, that particular population isn’t taking advantage of those apps. A team of researchers led by Rebecca Robbins, PhD,...

Amid a Flood of New mHealth Apps, Xcertia Looks to Set Standards

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An mHealth app evaluation and certification resource launched roughly a year ago by the American Medical Association, American Heart Association and Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) is seeking public input on...

Newest mHealth Intervention for Smokers Combines Apps, Wearables

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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...

Intermountain Sees mHealth Success With Cardiac Care App for Doctors

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An mHealth app linked to clinical decision support software is helping Intermountain Healthcare identify and treat heart failure patients at risk of life-threatening complications. The app, designed by researchers at the Salt Lake City-based...

Texas Deputies Turn to Telemedicine to Treat Mental Health Crises

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Sheriff’s deputies in the nation’s third most-populated county are using mHealth to connect people experiencing a mental health crisis with psychiatrists. The Harris County Sheriff’s Department in Texas began arming some of...

Humana Unveils mHealth App for Medication Management, Adherence

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Humana is launching an mHealth app designed to give its members and their healthcare providers a mobile tool for medication management and adherence. Available in Apple’s App Store and Google Play as well as on the payer’s website,...

NC Health System Uses mHealth to Manage Gestational Diabetes

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A North Carolina health system will be using the Babyscripts mHealth platform in a remote monitoring program targeting pregnant women in danger of developing gestational diabetes. Cone Health, based in Greensboro, is offering the popular digital...

The Spotlight’s on Apple Watch as an mHealth Tool for Cardiac Care

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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...

Penn State mHealth Challenge Casts a Wide Net for Innovative Ideas

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mHealth apps designed to prevent sexual assaults, help those with lactose intolerance and enable parents to manage their children’s vaccinations took top honors during Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth Challenge. The...

Mobile Health App Helps Seniors Reduce Their Risk For Dementia

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An mHealth application designed to help seniors “train their brain” lowered their chances of developing dementia by almost 30 percent over a decade. That’s the takeaway from a study, published on Nov. 16 in Alzheimer's &...

mHealth Diabetes Study Proves That the Right Message Matters

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A new mHealth study of more than 1,000 people with diabetes finds that simple text messages work better than personalized messages in promoting care management – but the same can’t be said for avoiding hospitalizations. Anindya Ghose,...

mHealth Startup Uses a Smartphone App to Detect Sickness in Speech

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An Israeli startup’s new mHealth app for treating COPD targets a familiar paint point in digital health – getting the user to adapt to a new tool or habit and continue using it. Instead, the Healthymize app is designed to sit in the...

EHR Provider Touts mHealth Access by Apple’s Facial Recognition App

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The developer of an mHealth-based electronic health record platform has reportedly become the first to enable EHR access by facial recognition. Drchrono announced this week that its EHR can now be opened through Apple’s new Face ID application...

mHealth Platforms Are a Valuable Resource for New, Expecting Moms

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New mothers in Nebraska now have an mHealth resource for baby and postpartum health and wellness. WellCare of Nebraska, a subsidiary of Florida-based WellCare Health Plans serving 86,000 Nebraskans on Medicaid, has launched a free text-messaging...

Saint Luke’s New mHealth Platform is Proving Popular With Patients

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Saint Luke’s Health System saw a 30 percent increase in patient access to the Epic MyChart portal after consolidating its mHealth apps onto one platform. To Debe Gash, the 10-hospital, Kansas City-based health system’s Chief Information...

Designing a Mobile Patient Portal to Boost mHealth Engagement

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Nearly every health system has a patient portal, but few are using mHealth tools and platforms to create an effective patient engagement experience. The trick, experts say, is not just redesigning the patient portal to show up on a smartphone,...

mHealth Data Adds Detail, Meaning to Population Health Programs

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Smartphones have long been considered an ideal mHealth tool for personalized medicine, capable of collecting individual data and pushing out targeted reminders and information. Now that data is being used to power population health programs,...

Its Setbacks Addressed, An mHealth Program Gets Ready to Relaunch

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An mHealth study to test the diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone at three US health systems is relaunching this winter. ResApp Health’s first SMARTCOUGH-C study, conducted this summer on more than 1,100 patients at the Cleveland Clinic,...

mHealth App Looks to Identify, Help Treat Postpartum Depression

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Massachusetts General Hospital researchers have developed an mHealth app to help diagnose postpartum depression in new mothers – and give researchers more information on how to identify and treat the behavioral health condition. The MGH...

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