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mHealth Wearables May be Moving Closer to Clinical Acceptance

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While healthcare providers are still reluctant to embrace wearables, British researchers have developed an algorithm that could make the mHealth devices more accurate. Researchers at the University of Sussex have reportedly developed an AI-based...

mHealth Hacking Threat Prompts FDA to Issue Pacemaker Recall

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is issuing recalls for roughly 500,000 implantable pacemakers, saying the mHealth devices are susceptible to hacking. In an Aug. 29 directive, the FDA is urging anyone with pacemakers developed by Abbott...

mHealth, Pharma Give Hemophilia Patients New Care Management Tools

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mHealth and telehealth are coming to the aid of people with hemophilia. Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer has unveiled both a wearable and a modified version of a popular video game to help the estimated 20,000 Americans and 400,000 around the world...

New Study Questions Accuracy of mHealth Devices for Diabetes

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An independent study of 18 popular mHealth sensors used by people with diabetes finds that two-thirds aren’t meeting standards for accuracy, potentially putting those users at risk. The analysis of 18 FDA-approved blood glucose monitoring...

mHealth Still Missing the Comfort Zone for Chronic Care Patients

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More and more people with chronic conditions want access to mHealth devices at home to help them with care coordination. And they’re not happy with what’s available. A report from digital health analyst Parks Associates indicates...

mHealth Tools Help Doctors Diagnose Cleft Palates From A Distance

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A Harvard-led study touting the benefits of a smartphone in helping doctors diagnose cleft lip or palate makes yet another case for the advantages of mHealth tools and platforms in remote areas like developing countries. The study, reported in...

Telehealth, mHealth Help Pediatric Hospitals Connect With Kids

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A Baltimore children’s hospital is turning to telehealth and mHealth wearables to help its young patients with health, diet and lifestyle issues at home. Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital will be using Fitbits and Fitbit-connected scales...

VR Glasses Give Doctors a New mHealth Tool to Treat Concussions

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While health systems like Los Angeles-based Cedars-Sinai are using virtual reality technology to help their patients with pain and medication management, a California doctor is turning the mHealth technology around to help doctors identify and...

Healthcare Poised to Deliver on mHealth Promises of Google Glass

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Michigan-based Trinity Health is getting ready to test the new Google Glass EE (Enterprise Edition) in home healthcare visits, in a bid to bring new value to an mHealth wearable that spectacularly crashed and burned as a consumer device. Google’s...

Mayo Clinic Using mHealth to Target Sudden Death Events in Kids

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The Mayo Clinic is experimenting with wearable mHealth technology that could help save the lives of thousands of children. The health system is partnering with AliveCor to tailor the California-based company’s Kardia Mobile ECG platform...

Contest Finalists Envision Alexa as an mHealth Management Tool

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Amazon and Merck have announced five finalists in a contest to turn the Alexa digital assistant into an mHealth management tool for people with diabetes. A global tech giant, two mHealth startups and two university-based teams are vying for $125,000...

Connected Devices Double Symptom-Free Days for Asthma Patients

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By incorporating connected devices and sensor applications into a community wide wellness program, the city of Louisville, KY, doubled the amount of symptom-free days for patients with asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD)....

mHealth Companies Fined for Medicare Fraud on Wearable Monitors

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Federal officials say the developers of an mHealth wearable forced doctors to bill Medicare for remote patient monitoring services that were more expensive than necessary. The U.S. Department of Justice has levied a $13.45 million fine against...

Can Behaviors Replace the Password on Mobile Health Devices?

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With mobile devices in healthcare becoming the rule, rather than the exception, Aetna is looking to take advantage of that mobility to improve mHealth privacy and security. Researchers at one of the nation’s largest insurers are teaming...

Mobile Health Technology is Breathing New Life Into CPAP Therapy

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Healthcare providers are turning to mHealth technology to make CPAP therapy more productive – for both doctors and patients. Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines have been around for decades, helping doctors to monitor patients...

Mobile Health Units Put the Emphasis on Access for mHealth

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Healthcare providers around the country are taking a literal approach to mobile health these days. They’re customizing RVs, vans, buses and ambulances with telemedicine tools and wireless connectivity to bring healthcare to underserved...

Patient-Generated Health Data is Valuable Personalization Tool

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Sixty-two  percent of consumers believe that patient-generated health data (PGHD) from their mHealth devices will put them in control of their own health, according to an industry report from Ericsson. In a survey of 4500 mHealth and broadband...

Fitness Wearables Fail to Accurately Count Calories Burned

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A new study from Stanford Medicine finds that fitness wearables can measure heart rate with 95 percent accuracy, but fail to accurately count calories burned.  Devices produced error rates between 23 percent and 93 percent, indicating that...

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...

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...

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