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Mobile & Telehealth

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a remote feature allowing programming sessions given through telehealth platforms to patients who have had at least six months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processor.

Researchers from Brigham Young University have found mental health mobile applications to be feasible self-help tools for improving mental or emotional health, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth.

A multiplayer mobile game that puts physically impaired patients with able-bodied individuals has shown to improve rehabilitation, according to a study published in the Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.

According to a study conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and published in JAMA Dermatology, parents that send high-quality photos from a smartphone camera of their child’s skin condition to dermatologists could skip the office visits and receive treatment through telehealth.

A mobile application assisting patients with macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy in testing their vision is just as accurate in providing results as in-person office visits, according to a study presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

 

Recent Headlines

Text app reduces time to administer care in heart attack patients

Ambulance staff using the mobile text messaging application WhatsApp were able to administer treatment to heart attack patients more quickly leading to lower mortality rates than staff without the app, according to a study presented at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2017).

Suspended clinical trial 'underscores pitfalls' of utilizing mHealth apps

A clinical trial, set to evaluate the effectiveness of mobile health (mHealth) applications in supporting patients’ health management, was suspended due to a lack of participation. Researchers of the study, which was published in JMIR Human Factors, explained the effect of outside factors on mHealth utilization and provided recommendations for improved use.

Teleneurology curriculum outlines 5 points for improved care

Teleneurology, while a potentially effective route in delivering quality neurological care to remote patients, remains unregulated in medical education. In response, a researcher from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a team at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) developed a teleneurology curriculum.

MUSC, UMMC awarded $600K grant, named ‘Telehealth Center of Excellence’

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The grant includes naming the two centers as ‘Telehealth Centers of Excellence’ in the United States.

Purdue Pharma, Geisinger partner to study Apple Watch, chronic pain

Purdue Pharma and Geisinger have announced a partnership to study the effects of the Apple Watch on chronic pain.

AMA states support for VA telehealth expansion

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a statement supporting the proposed rule aimed at expanding telehealth services within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Text messages improve smoking cessation in pregnant women

Text messaging expectant mothers with information regarding smoking cessation increases rates of adherence during pregnancy, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Mobile mammography attracts diverse populations, has lower rates of adherence

Mobile mammography, meant to reach women without access to cancer center visits, has become increasingly popular, but lacking evidence in comparing results to in-person clinic visits. In a study to be published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, researchers compared interactions with a mobile mammography van to in-person cancer center visits.

Cedars-Sinai launches Apple Watch app

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has launched its application on the Apple Watch, making the hospital one of the few to offer an interactive app on the device.

80% of activity tracker users continue to utilize device for 6 months

Activity trackers aim to motivate users in exercising, but those who could benefit the most may not be able to utilize the technology. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed activity tracker engagement.

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