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At-home blood-pressure monitoring (HBPM) could reduce hospital visits in pregnant patients with hypertension, according to a study published in Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology.

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has announced Ann Mond Johnson as the CEO starting March 5, 2018. Johnson will lead the network of over 10,000 healthcare executives in advancing healthcare technology to improve quality while remaining cost effective.

Researchers from Purdue University, IU Health Arnett and Virta Health have found the combination of nutritional ketosis with a mobile health application could safely reverse type 2 diabetes. Findings are published in Diabetes Therapy.

According to a survey conducted by Sage Growth Partners, 44 percent of healthcare organizations have not yet implemented telehealth but 86 percent stated it as a priority.

Utilizing the mPulse Mobile interactive text messaging application resulted in a 14 percent increase in medication adherence in partially or nonadherent Medicare patients, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

 

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Smartphone step counters may short change users who are pounding the pavement

Accuracy in smartphone and wearable devices is an important factor in their usability for medical purposes. However, a study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences found the pedometer built into the iPhone missed 1,340 steps when compared to an accelerometer worn on the waist.

Researchers use Fitbits to monitor patient steps as a predictor of readmission

Keeping patients in motion after surgery could be a means of predicting 30- and 60-day readmission, according to a study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Smartphone addiction creates chemical imbalance in brain

As younger patients grow up using smartphones and the internet, some may become addicted to the technology and develop imbalances in brain chemistry, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

Older patients accepting of wearable medical devices

Older patients are mostly accepting of wearable activity trackers and understand the value the device could have in improving their health, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

Diabetic patients improve glycemic control with One Drop Mobile app

Patients with diabetes were able to decrease their hemoglobin A1c by an average of 1.36 percent using One Drop Mobile applications on iPhones and Apple Watches, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth & uHealth.

FDA clears ECG accessory for Apple Watch

AliveCor, developers of electrocardiogram (ECG) technology, have received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the KardiaBand, an accessory that will allow Apple Watch users to view ECGs at any time.

Intermountain Healthcare introduces telehealth kiosk with partners

Intermountain Healthcare and United Way of Salt Lake, in partnership with Promise South Salt Lake, have introduced a telehealth kiosk at the Columbus Center in Salt Lake City.

Patients likely to be flummoxed by online emergency-radiology resources

Very few online resources aimed at patients who wish to learn about an emergency radiology exam are comprehensible to most of that intended audience, according to a study published online in Emergency Radiology.

Mental health apps improve motivation, confidence in users

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.

Multiplayer video game improves rehab in patients recovering from stroke

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.

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