mobile health

By Jonah Comstock May 9, 2018
A new overview of systematic reviews of published randomized control trials of mobile health apps found just 23 RCTs of currently-available apps have been conducted, and less than half of those showed a positive health effect from the app in question. A group of researchers from the Centre for Research in Evidence-Based Practice at Bond University in Queensland, Australia conducted the review,...
By Laura Lovett May 9, 2018
Patients often have a long and difficult  road to recovery following a stroke, but now developers are turning to virtual reality to assist in their therapy.  Rehabilitation research group the Kessler Foundation and immersive interactive technologies company Virtualware are teaming up to develop a VR-based treatment for spatial neglect in stroke patients.  Spacial neglect is a condition that...
By Jonah Comstock March 8, 2018
Correction: An earlier version of this article had the survey sample size at 7,905. Accenture interviewed 7,905 consumers worldwide, but the data here is from just the US subset: 2,301 Americans. New survey data out this week from Accenture shows that healthcare consumers are using more wearables and apps, and are more bullish on virtual care, than ever before. But they also have high...
By Jeff Lagasse January 23, 2018
Sending images of surgical wounds to hospital nurses could be an effective way to detect surgical site infections, thereby reducing readmissions, new research shows. And a new smartphone app aims to make that happen. Dubbed WoundCare, the app was developed by researchers from the Wisconsin Institute of Surgical Outcomes Research, Department of Surgery, University of Wisconsin, Madison, with the...
By Dave Muoio January 5, 2018
To achieve the full promises of digital health, the future of healthcare technology will inevitably revolve around unobtrusive monitoring, convenient care, and more efficient management of data, argues Juhan Sonin, director of application design firm GoInvo and a lecturer at MIT. “Humans don’t want to think about health or healthcare in general. They don’t. We’re biologically switched to only...
By Jonah Comstock November 7, 2017
Existing digital health products, if deployed comprehensively across the country, could save the US $7 billion a year in healthcare spending, according to a new report from IQVIA, which until yesterday was known as Quintiles/IMS Health. “For the first time we’ve sought to create a model that looks across five different patient population groups where there’s been a proven reduction in acute care...
By Dave Muoio November 6, 2017
With more and more mobile health apps releasing each year and slower growth in the number of users downloading, financial success is becoming less likely for developers without substantial backing, data from a recent market research report suggests. According to the mHealth Economics 2017 study — an annual Research2Guidance survey which this summer polled 2,400 mobile health stakeholders — there...
By Dave Muoio October 10, 2017
Update: This article has been updated to clarify MedHelp's affiliation with Merck and recent announcement of acquisition by Vitals. To expedite its push into mobile health, Yardley, Pennsylvania-based StayWell announced today that it has acquired the mobile health portion of Silicon Valley-based MedHelp, which includes several consumer-facing mobile health apps. The terms of the deal were not...
By Dave Muoio September 26, 2017
While telemedicine has been touted as a potential care delivery strategy in remote and low-resource settings, successfully sustaining these services has proved difficult. The key to long-term deployment, recent research suggests, could lie in key partnerships between public health systems and entrepreneurial providers of telemedicine. “Telemedicine is very helpful in extending the reach of...
By Dave Muoio September 19, 2017
Healthcare is becoming more decentralized every day thanks to new technologies and a growing emphasis on consumer-focused services, according to presentations at the Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Boston today. But even as telehealth, wearables, virtual reality, and other technologies disrupt familiar models of health care delivery, a greater shift in culture and policy will be...

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