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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

E-visits increase appointments made, reduce new patients seen

E-visits allow for patients and providers to come together without the travel or waiting room times, but whether these visits are as effective or have other benefits is unknown. In a study conducted by the Wisconsin School of Business, researchers found e-visits promote more appointments to primary care physicians.

Smartphone app improves concussion outcomes in teens

Smartphones and teenagers go hand-in-hand, but in the event of a concussion, patients are not advised to use mobile devices. In a report published in Brain Injury, researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center showed teenagers using a mobile health application once a day with medical care improved concussion symptoms.

Smartphone app helps elderly manage mental health

A new smartphone application could improve personalized care and outcomes, according to a study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The new app combined medical and psychiatric self-management care directed at patients with serious mental illness to keep them engaged in their own care and improve outcomes.

Online games help diabetic patients control blood glucose

Playing online team games can help diabetes patients lower their blood glucose levels, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

96% of employers set to offer telehealth services in 2018

With healthcare costs expected to increase 5 percent in the next year, providers are looking for more effective ways to deliver care, including telehealth. According to the Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey by the National Business Group on Health, 96 percent of employers are set to offer telehealth services.

ATA begins search for new CEO after Jonathan Linkous steps down

The American Telemedicine Association will see a new CEO soon with Jon Linkous stepping down. After 24 years as the CEO, Linkous will be replaced by Sabrina Smith, MD, acting as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.

mHealth app for rural women lowers risk of low birth weight, improves prenatal outcomes

In a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health, researchers tested the effectiveness of mobile health applications to improve early and ongoing prenatal care through engagement.

'Smart' clothing reduces back stress, pain

Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed smart clothing, a wearable that utilizes biomechanics and technology to create a smart mechanical undergarment.

Wearable biofeedback system improves balance in Parkinson’s patients

Researchers at the University of Houston in the Department of Health and Human Performance are hoping to improve quality of life for Parkinson’s patients with a wearable belt connected to a smartphone application to help users regain balance.

Specialists On Call introduces post-acute care telemedicine platform

Specialists On Call (SOC), a supplier of telemedicine services and technology, has announced a new post-acute care solution to encompass telemedicine needs in the care continuum for acute and non-acute providers.

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