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mHealth Apps, Patient Coaching Improve Weight Loss, Heart Health

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New research published in the Journal of Internet Medicine found that the combination of mHealth apps and patient coaching can improve weight loss and overall heart health. When a research team from the UCSF Medical School partnered with Vida...

mHealth Interventions Benefit Weight Management in Children

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In a clinical trial hosted by MassGeneral Hospital for Children and Harvard Vanguard, mHealth interventions were found to improve weight management in children. The Connect 4 Health trial took place from June 2014 to March 2016 at Harvard Vanguard...

Mobile Health Application Reduces Depression Symptoms by 42%

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Researchers from Mount Sinai Hospital found that the use of a mobile health application helped patients reduce symptoms associated with major depressive disorder (MDD) by 42 percent. Over a six-week clinical trial, the research team provided...

Health Plans Turn to mHealth Messaging to Reach the Underserved

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To Nancy R. Wharfield, MD, associate chief medical officer of the California-based Gold Coast Health Plan, mHealth messages have one huge advantage over post cards and robocalls when reaching out to her Medicaid members. “They make you...

Wearable Thermometer, mHealth App Predict Flu Outbreaks

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A study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that a wearable thermometer integrated with an online educational tool can predict influenza outbreaks. When developers from Boston Children’s Hospital integrated...

UW Develops Substance Abuse Adherence mHealth Application

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Researchers from the University of Wisconsin’s Center for Health Enhancement Systems Studies (CHESS) developed an mHealth app for substance abuse adherence that is a finalist for an $100,000 grant award from the Harvard Innovation in American...

Mobile Health App for Bipolar Patients Wins RWJF Mood Challenge

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A mobile health app that can spot manic and depressive episodes by analyzing how someone uses a smartphone has won top honors in the Mood Challenge for ResearchKit. It’s one of a growing number of digital health and telehealth resources...

mHealth Apps Aid Remote Monitoring of Elderly Patients

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mHealth apps designed at the University of Alabama Huntsville (UAH) may soon provide remote monitoring solutions that can provide better care choices for treating elderly patients. Using a smartphone secured to the patient with a chest strap,...

mHealth Messages Get High Grades in Medication Adherence Study

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A new study on mobile health and medication adherence has uncovered two interesting points: Patients don’t just forget to take their medications, and real-time mHealth “prodding” can help them to stay on their prescriptions....

Wearable Devices, mHealth Apps Combine for Chronic Disease Care

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A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research suggests the next step in chronic disease management could involve a combination of wearable devices and mHealth apps that focus on improving health conditions. Patients with osteoarthritis...

DoD Grant Eyes Mobile Health Devices as a Pain Management Tool

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In what could be a sign of bigger things to come for mHealth and pain management, the U.S. Military is investing in mobile health technology in a bid to help veterans avoid opioid addictions. The announcement this week that the Department of...

Pediatric Mobile Health Interventions Benefit Patients, Caregivers

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Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that caregivers that utilized pediatric mobile health interventions had stronger, positive effect on the adolescent health behaviors than caregivers who did not. A team...

Inaccurate Heart Rate mHealth Apps Pose Consumer Problems

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About a fifth of measurements recorded by heart rate monitoring mHealth apps for consumers can be inaccurate by upwards of 20 beats per minute, compared to clinical monitoring, according to research from the European Society of Cardiology. A...

CDS Coalition Floats Guidelines for Mobile Health App Design

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A coalition of software developers and healthcare providers is pushing for new guidelines that would help certain mobile health applications avoid FDA regulation. The CDS Coalition has issued a 26-page document designed to help developers create...

Personalized mHealth App Raises Likelihood of Smoking Cessation

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Research published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that a personalized mHealth application specializing in smoking cessation can help would-be quitters end their tobacco usage without more intensive clinical intervention.  ...

Chronic Care mHealth Apps Benefit from Patient Feedback

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A new study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research finds that integrating patient feedback into the chronic care mHealth app development process can increase usage, adoption, and the value of apps used to encourage self-management...

Do Medication Adherence Apps Deliver on Functionality Promises?

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Medication adherence apps have the potential to help patients remember to take their medicines, but not all of these apps provide the necessary functionalities to do so. A recent study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found...

UK Tries Again With a Library of Certified Mobile Health Apps

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After four years of wrangling, the UK’s National Health Service has unveiled its library of certified mobile health apps – containing only one approved app. The NHS Digital Apps Library is designed to showcase mobile health tools...

mHealth Apps for Cancer Survivors Aren’t Meeting Their Needs

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Mobile health apps designed for cancer survivors aren’t as effective as they should be, according to the Cancer Prevention Institute of California. A 2016 analysis of dozens of mHealth apps by researchers from CPIC and Stanford University...

Hospital Wayfinding App Improves Patient Experience at Mercy

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Mercy Health - Cincinnati is aiming to improve the patient experience by rolling out an in-hospital wayfinding app for Apple and Android devices, making it easier for visitors to find everything from their physician to their parking spot. The...

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