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Penn. State mHealth Challenge Aims to Make Apps Appealing

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mHealth apps that help users manage their health challenges dominated the day at Pennsylvania State University’s recent mHealth Challenge, offering insight into where tomorrow’s entrepreneurs think the industry will go. Coordinated...

mHealth Takes on Missed Healthcare Appointments

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Healthcare providers often look at mHealth in terms of bringing healthcare to the patient. But sometimes it’s more important to bring the patient to healthcare. With an eye to patient engagement and satisfaction, health systems are now...

Survey: Consumers Want mHealth Convenience, But Payers Aren’t Prepared

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A new study finds that consumers overwhelmingly prefer online communications with their doctor over in-person visits, and they’ll even risk the security of their health data for the convenience. In all, eight out of every 10 people surveyed...

mHealth Platforms Are Bringing Back the House Call

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A Texas-based mHealth app platform offering house calls to parents of sick children is gaining momentum with partnerships with two large health systems. Memorial Hermann Health in Houston and Baylor Scott & White in Dallas are now using the...

mHealth Apps are Surging - But are They Sustainable?

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Healthcare providers are developing mHealth strategies at record pace, but they aren’t budgeting enough money to support them. That’s the gist of the new Red Hat survey, which finds that 82 percent of the healthcare organizations...

Today’s mHealth Challenges Focus on Analysis Over Aggregation

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Health systems looking to find value in mHealth data might be advised to look at the various contests and hackathons springing up around the country. Once the realm of starry-eyed entrepreneurs and innovators working out of their garages, today’s...

mHealth Messages Connect the Dots in Care Management

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Three of every four physicians in a recent survey say patient satisfaction will play a more important role over the next five years. And almost 90 percent say mHealth messages between trips to the doctor’s office will be vital tools to...

Digital Decision Support: Using mHealth to Combat Antibiotic Overuse

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Timely tweets, Facebook posts and other social mHealth messages can help healthcare providers cut down on potentially deadly antibiotic overuse, a new study indicates. The study, conducted at the University of Chicago Medicine and appearing in...

mHealth and Pokémon Go: Yet Another Wasted Opportunity?

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Pokémon Go may have been a nationwide sensation this past summer – including offering up some impressive mobile health statistics – but it’s suffering the same fate as many healthcare apps. It isn’t keeping up that...

Is the mHealth App Market Reaching its Saturation Point?

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Supply is far outpacing demand for mHealth apps. That’s the conclusion made by Berlin-based Reserach2Guidance in its study, mHealth App Developer Economics, the latest in a series of reports and studies this year that suggest the mHealth...

Is Digital Therapeutics the Next Big Thing in mHealth?

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A relatively new mHealth platform known as digital therapeutics is poised to take healthcare by storm. Also commonly known as software-as-a-drug, the industry currently consists of a few dozen startups and about $500 million in business, but...

Self-Directed mHealth Program Improves Mental Health for Vets

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A self-guided mHealth training program may be an effective way to reduce the symptoms of mental health conditions experienced by post-9/11 veterans and their significant others, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet...

ResearchStack Goes Live, Opening mHealth Studies to the Android Ecosystem

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This week’s launch of the MoleMapper app in Google Play expands the clinical trial ecosystem to a whole new population: the estimated 70 percent of the world using Android-based smartphones. Proponents say the long-awaited launch of ResearchStack,...

mHealth Apps for Mood Measurement are Part of Growing Market

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mHealth apps targeting PTSD and bipolar disorder are the two finalists in a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation contest seeking ‘digital therapeutics’ platforms to deal with mood disorders. Developers of the two apps, Aware Study and BiAffect,...

Stanford Targets Peripheral Artery Disease in New ResearchKit Study

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The Stanford University School of Medicine has launched another HealthKit study, this one aimed at consumers being treated for peripheral artery disease. Researchers will be using Apple’s mHealth platform to track daily activity and gather...

FDA Offers $40K Prize for mHealth App to Stop Opioid Overdoses

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To combat the deadly opioid and heroin epidemic that has been sweeping the nation, the federal government is setting its sights on the potential of mHealth technology. The Food and Drug Administration has announced the 2016 Naloxone App...

Survey Reveals Opportunities, Hesitancies in Patient mHealth Views

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mHealth use is widespread among American patients, but there are still opportunities for providers and vendors to encourage hesitant consumers to use innovative mobile health devices and artificial intelligence apps to monitor and improve their...

Watson Flexes its mHealth Muscles at Home and Overseas

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Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities have been the talk of the mHealth community since IBM unveiled the supercomputer a few years back. A platform with machine-learning capabilities has the potential to pull data from any number of...

mHealth App with Coaching Support Aids Diabetic Weight Loss

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An mhealth app that uses the same principals as the National Diabetes Prevention Program (NDPP) effectively helped overweight Americans, diabetics and pre-diabetics lose weight, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal. A...

USC Takes a Closer Look at mHealth-Enabled Eyeglasses

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For many people, eyeglasses aren’t a luxury – they’re a necessity. Dr. Leslie Saxon is wondering if they might make a good mHealth monitor as well. Saxon, head of the University of Southern California’s Center for Body...

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