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Making the Case for In Transit Telestroke


Studies have long shown that telestroke services can significantly improve the survival rates on stroke patients. Now a study in New Jersey has found that even more time can be saved if those patients are diagnosed in the ambulance. The year-long...

Study: Nurse Workloads Are Driving Hospital mHealth Policies


Seven out of 10 health systems in the U.S. are making mobile communications a priority in light of the shift to value-based care and improved care management strategies, according to a new report. But more than 80 percent are worried that the...

FDA Urged to Speed Up its mHealth Reviews


A coalition of healthcare IT organizations is urging the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to change the way it reviews new technology, including mHealth. The Clinical Decision Support Coalition, described as a “diverse group of stakeholders...

FDA OK’s mHealth Device for Detecting Concussion Symptoms


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved two mHealth devices designed to test adults and children for concussive effects immediately after a head injury. The imPACT and imPACT Pediatric devices won’t enable healthcare providers...

Some mHealth Apps Aren’t Making Privacy a Priority


An analysis of privacy policies for mHealth apps finds that health and fitness apps aren’t keeping up with the rest of the industry – even though some are capable of gathering “particularly intimate details of a user’s...

HIPAA and mHealth: Giving Dentists Something to Chew On


Healthcare providers supposedly know how HIPAA guidelines come into play when using smartphones or other mHealth devices, but do dentists? Lee Culp doesn’t think so. “We think we know what it is,” the chief technology officer...

mHealth Answers the Call in an In-Flight Emergency


A smartphone app designed to provide decision support during medical emergencies in air travel could be a model for mHealth support in any remote emergency. The airRx app is designed for people with a medical background who find themselves in...

mHealth Evolution: IoT Devices Will Reportedly Outnumber Phones by 2018


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


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


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


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


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


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


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?


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


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?


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


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?


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


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...


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