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mHealth Evolution: IoT Devices Will Reportedly Outnumber Phones by 2018

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A new report says connected devices will outnumber mobile phones in two years, putting added emphasis on the healthcare industry to embrace the Internet of Things. Ericsson’s Mobility Report forecasts an annual growth rate of 23 percent...

Using mHealth to Reduce Alarm Fatigue and Improve Care Coordination

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According to a 2013 study by the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN), 72 percent to 99 percent of clinical alarms are false. One East Coast hospital reported more than 59,000 alarm conditions over a 12-day period.  The...

Philips Launches mHealth Product Line With an Eye on the Clinician

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Philips Healthcare has unveiled a new line of consumer mHealth devices, but don’t expect consumers to snap them up like the latest activity band or smart scale. The devices and an accompanying mHealth app, part of the company’s HealthSuite...

An mHealth Project Focuses on Do-It-Yourself Drugs

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An mHealth device being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology could one day allow remote doctors to create their own medicine whenever and wherever needed. The project, financed by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects...

Fitbit Makes a Play for mHealth Engagement

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The maker of the nation’s most popular activity tracker is looking to win over a skeptical healthcare industry – and in doing so pave the way for more collaboration between providers and health and wellness companies. Fitbit executives...

New Survey Blames Healthcare for mHealth’s Struggles

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A new survey says the healthcare industry is to blame for slow mHealth adoption. Adobe Digital Insights’ survey of 1,000 consumers finds that those who know how to use a mobile device are twice as likely to say the quality of healthcare...

mHealth App Challenges Target EHR Access, Mood Measurement

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mHealth app challenges are all the rage these days, with separate contests seeking tools to access health information in an EHR and platforms that address mood disorders. ONC officials have unveiled their first-round winners in two challenges...

Are Fitbits Fitting into Hospitals’ Care Coordination Plans?

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One of the nation’s top cancer hospitals is turning to consumer-facing wearables to help patients with their care management. New York’s Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is giving its multiple myeloma patients activity trackers...

mHealth Apps Are Failing the Usability Test

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Some of the most popular mHealth apps are basically useless, according to a new study out of the University of California at San Francisco. The study, published this week in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, finds that the apps aren’t...

Why Isn’t mHealth More Popular?

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A recent survey of Canadian consumers finds they share the same opinion of mHealth as their American neighbors: They want to use the technology to manage their health, but they aren’t. Commissioned by TELUS Health, the May survey of slightly...

Canadian Study Links ER Surge to Home Monitoring Devices

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A Canadian study finds that people using mHealth devices to monitor their blood pressure at home are causing a surge in unnecessary ER visits. The study, conducted by Clare Atzema, an emergency physician at Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences...

Do Doctors, Patients Take mHealth Seriously?

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Doctors and patients apparently have different views on the value of mHealth. A new survey conducted by Nielsen on behalf of the Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) finds that, at most, 52 percent of primary care physicians have...

mHealth Study: Caregivers Want Medication Management Help

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New research indicates medication management apps are a high priority for caregivers – but few are actually using them. A study by Parks Associates finds that 11 percent of today’s caregivers are using mHealth tools that feature medication...

Mount Sinai Turns the Patient Portal into an mHealth Tool

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The Mount Sinai Health System has turned its patient portal into an app. The new MountSinaiNY app “is a digital gateway” the New York-based health system’s services, executive vice president and CIO Kumar Chatani said in a press...

Can a Wearable Help Cancer Patients Manage Their Pain?

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A wearable device that would help cancer patients and their care providers deal with chronic pain will be at the center of a new digital health study. The San Diego-based Scripps Translational Science Institute will partner with Waltham, Mass.-based...

Are Providers Paying Attention to mHealth Hygiene?

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That smartphone in the hands of a doctor or nurse may not be a sanitary as you think. A study conducted at one French hospital uncovered traces of viral RNA on almost 40 percent of devices, while a corresponding survey indicated 20 percent of...

Europe Drafts a Code of Conduct for mHealth Apps

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The European Commission has drafted a code of conduct for mHealth app developers. The 23-page document, presented earlier this month by an EU Working Group, is designed to “foster trust among users of mobile applications which process personal...

UK Unveils New mHealth Reimbursement Program

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Roughly 20 innovative health products, including apps and mHealth devices, will be offered free of charge each year to patients and providers in the UK’s National Health Service under a new program to boost innovation and patient engagement....

mHealth Thermometers: No Touch, No Problem

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An mHealth-enabled thermometer that can accurately measure temperature without touching the body is finding favor in and outside the hospital. ARC Devices’ InstaTemp thermometers are proving popular in hospitals across the country –...

Using Wearables to Empower the Patient

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As healthcare waits and wonders if the FitBits and Apple Watches of the world will become relevant to clinicians, some mHealth companies are looking to become relevant to consumers. AliveCor, a San Francisco-based developer of mobile ECG technology...

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