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Smartphone applications may be an effective treatment tool for millions of patients suffering from depression, according to a study published in World Psychiatry. The study examined the safety and effectiveness of mobile apps in patients with various forms of depression.

Pediatric patients and their families using telemedicine for sports medicine appointments are able to save time and money, according to research to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.

Researchers have developed a prototype software application using Google Glass to deliver social-skill coaching to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Findings were published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) when telemonitored and receiving personalized therapy adherence messages, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

Fitbit and Dexcom are partnering to develop a comprehensive health and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) smartwatch to assist individuals with diabetes in managing the chronic disease.

 

Recent Headlines

Free mobile medication management tool available for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

Hurricane Irma and Harvey have wiped out many healthcare facilities in areas affected by the storms, leaving many people without access to care. In response, DrFirst has offered a mobile perception platform for free to all prescribers.

Mobile app uses lights, camera to detect brain injury in real-time

Researchers from the University of Washington have begun development on a smartphone application that uses the camera to assess concussions and other brain injuries in real-time. Outlined in a paper set to be presented at Ubicomp 2017, the app hopes to provide an effective tool in protecting patients from further injury.

App upgrades smartphone camera to capture heart health

Researchers from California Institute of Technology, Huntington Medical Research Institute and University of Southern California have developed a mobile application that uses a smartphone camera to noninvasively collect data on a patient’s heart health. Findings are published in The Journal of Critical Care Medicine.

Algorithm allows smartwatches to track all types of activity

Scientists from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom have developed an algorithm enabling smartwatches to track every move without being programmed beforehand.

Telehealth offers potential to improve outcomes for anorexia treatment

Telehealth services could provide a feasible and effective platform for improving outcomes of patients with anorexia nervosa (AN), according to a study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Smartphone app uses 'selfies' to screen for pancreatic cancer

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a smartphone application capable of screening for pancreatic cancer through taking a 'selfie.'

Mobile app improves blood sugar maintenance in diabetic patients

Type 1 and 2 diabetes patients using the One Drop mobile app were able to improve blood sugar control, according to a study published in JMIR Diabetes.

Mobile platform supports users in addiction recovery

Q2i, developers of patient engagement technologies, has announced Heywood Medical Group will be utilizing its Opioid Addiction Recovery Support (OARS) software to support patients with addiction recovery.

Tweets help health experts track opioid misuse

Monitoring use of social media platforms like Twitter can help researchers detecting misuse of opioid drugs in certain areas, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology.

Virtual visits as effective as in-person appointments for Parkinson’s patients

Virtual visits by neurologists save patients the hassle of travel, but some question such remote meetings as effective as in-person visits. A study published in Neurology examined the feasibility of virtual house calls by neurologist in treating those with Parkinson’s disease.

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