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Mobile & Telehealth

 

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

Education mobile application reduces risk of SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) remains a threat to newborns, causing 3,500 deaths in 2014. A study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at the effectiveness of an education platform delivered in texts or emails to decrease the rate of SIDS.

Tele-rehab as effective as in-person speech therapy for stroke patients

Some patients may be hesitant to receive rehabilitation through telehealth services because they see the care as not as effective as in-person visits. According to a study published in Aphasiology, researchers found tele-rehab to be just as effective as in-persons visits.

54% of telehealth users prefer it to in-person visits

The popularity of telehealth continues to grow with 59 percent of patients reportedly increasing their usage, according to a recent survey from the Health Industry Distributors Association.

3D-printed wearable sits on ear to measure body temperature

Wearables have become a commonplace for people looking to keep healthy with fitness trackers. Now, researchers have developed a 3D-printed wearable device, outlined in ACS Sensors, to measure core body temperature in real time.

Novo Nordisk, Glooko partner on diabetes management app

Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare technology company, and Glooko, a diabetes data management platform, have partnered to develop the Cornerstones4Care Powered (C4C) mobile application, assisting diabetes patients in managing their disease by offering personalized patient support with a digital platform.

Researchers utilize smartphone pedometer to analyze global obesity rates

Researchers from Stanford University have utilized smartphones to track activity levels in 700,000 people from 111 countries to possibly identify a correlation between number of steps, environment and obesity rates.

MobileHelp releases survey on implementation, barriers, benefits to telehealth

MobileHelp has conducted a survey of healthcare professionals regarding telehealth, in hopes of shedding light on current rates of implementation, benefits of services and barriers in the utilization.

Telehealth saved one baby's life—but can it replace face-to-face care?

Telemedicine has proven effective in treating diabetes and headaches. For one new mother in rural Sonora, California, remote care proved invaluable when Kimberly Griffiths’ week-old daughter turned blue and had difficulty breathing.

Huntington’s Disease Society, American Well partner to offer telehealth therapy

The Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) has partnered with American Well to offer free online therapy for patients with Huntington’s disease (HD). The partnership aims to improve the mental health of families dealing with the stress and emotional impact of HD.

mHealth helps patients lose weight, reduce blood pressure

As obesity rates continue to rise, researchers are searching for ways to assist people in managing their weight. A study published in JMIR examines how mobile health technology can help overweight patients manage the chronic disease with improved access to care at a low cost.

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