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Fitbit, Blue Cross Blue Shield Launch Connected Health Partnership

August 7, 2018 - Fitbit has forged another mHealth partnership in its bid to make the fitness wearables a staple in connected health programs. The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has announced that it will include Fitbit in its Blue365 health and wellness program, giving more than 60 million members in 23 affiliated health plans and the Federal Employee Program access to the line of activity...


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UK’s Bolton Hospital is Replacing its Pagers With mHealth Devices

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A UK hospital is replacing pagers with an mHealth device that allows doctors and nurses to communicate with each other and check on each patient’s health status. Royal Bolton Hospital, part of the National Health Service’s...

FDA Approves Smartphone-based mHealth Platform For Urinalysis Tests

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In yet another sign that smartphones are becoming mHealth diagnostic tools, federal officials have approved a digital health platform that enables users to test their urine on a smartphone and share that data with their doctor. The U.S....

HHS Is Looking For mHealth Devices That Can Diagnose Influenza

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Federal officials are hoping to head the upcoming flu season off at the pass with an mHealth device that would allow consumers to test themselves at home for the influenza virus and connect with a care provider via telemedicine for...

STSI Study Finds mHealth Wearable Effective in Detecting AFib

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An mHealth wearable designed to monitor the user’s heart health was three times better at detecting atrial fibrillation than regular screening in a doctor’s office. That’s the long-awaited takeaway from the mHealth...

mHealth Researchers Eye the Smartphone as a Zika Detection Device

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Researchers at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital are working on mHealth technology that can detect the Zika virus through a smartphone. As reported in the journal ACS Nano, the researchers are developing nanotechnology...

FDA Approves Implantable mHealth Sensor for Diabetes Care Management

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Federal officials have given the green light to an implantable mHealth device designed to help people with diabetes and their caregivers remotely monitor blood glucose levels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval of the...

Doctors Use mHealth to Screen Cancer Survivors for Heart Problems

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An mHealth device that measures heart function could potentially save the lives of childhood cancer survivors at risk of developing heart problems later in life. Researchers at the Childhood Cancer Survivorship Clinic at City of Hope in...

FDA Approves mHealth Wearable for Opioid Withdrawal Treatment

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Federal regulators have approved an mHealth wearable that fits around the ear and is designed to help people going through opioid withdrawal. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s 510(k) premarket approval of the Drug Relief aural...

CMS Embraces mHealth With Reimbursement for Smartphone CGM Links

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Healthcare providers who collaborate with diabetic patients through smartphone-enabled continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) will soon be reimbursed under Medicare. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the change in...

Jefferson Health Tests an mHealth Wearable for Pneumonia Detection

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Researchers at Jefferson Health’s Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center are studying whether an mHealth wearable used to monitor breathing in asthma patients can be adapted to detect signs of pneumonia in patients with lung cancer. The...

mHealth Finds a Place for Fitbit in Remote Patient Monitoring Research

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Consumer-grade mHealth wearables are finally beginning to make their mark in remote patient monitoring programs. Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and UCLA are reporting that a Fitbit activity tracker can be used in some RPM...

Fox Foundation to Use mHealth Wearables in Parkinson’s Research

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research is launching a project to gather mHealth data from more than 800 people living with Parkinson’s through a wearable. The foundation is partnering with Verily Life Sciences,...

Mayo Clinic Uses An mHealth App to Identify Epileptic Seizures

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Researchers at the Mayor Clinic are reporting success with an mHealth app that can diagnose epilepsy. The EpiFinder app reportedly correctly identified epilepsy or offered an accurate alternative diagnosis in almost 87 percent of the...

mHealth Scores High With Consumers in Boosting Medication Adherence

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Consumers are looking to mobile health tools, such as mHealth apps and wearables, to improve their medication adherence. A recent study of some 800 prescription medication users, conducted by Russell Research for Express Scripts, finds...

PCORI Grant to Test mHealth Value in Hypertension Care Management

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Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco are getting a $6.5 million grant to study whether mHealth can help people with uncontrolled hypertension. The grant, from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI),...

KU Medical Center, Garmin to Analyze mHealth Value in Wearables

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The University of Kansas Medical Center is partnering with Garmin to study how wearables can be used in mHealth programs. Garmin, a Swiss company with a US headquarters in Kansas City, develops a number of fitness and activity devices...

ResearchKit Study to Test Smartphones’ mHealth Value in Eye Studies

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Novartis wants to know if smartphones are good enough to be used in eye studies. The pharma giant has launched a new project on Apple’s ResearchKit platform to gather data on how smartphones can be used in ophthalmology programs....

mHealth, Telehealth Innovation on Display in Diabetes Challenge

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A global competition launched by the T1D Exchange is shining the spotlight on a wide range of mHealth and telehealth advances for managing diabetes. The Boston-based non-profit, patient-centered research organization unveiled the 10...

With Google Glass, Sutter Health Sees mHealth Success in Workflows

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While the disastrous commercial launch of Google Glass is now a distant memory, one of northern California’s largest health systems is seeing strong success with the enterprise version of the mHealth smartglasses. And officials are...

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