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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

TempTraq detects rise in temperature 3 hours before conventional care

Researchers from the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (UH) have found TempTraq, a wearable continuous temperature monitor, capable of detecting a rise in fever temperature three hours before standard care. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the findings aim to improve monitoring through low-cost, efficient wearables.

Researchers to test telemedicine in treating delirium in elderly

A team of researchers is aiming to use telemedicine to provide patients experiencing delirium with personalized care programs. A study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute tested four different telemedicine techniques in elderly patients after leaving intensive care units.

Patients satisfied with cost effectiveness, convenience of telehealth

Telehealth aims to provide patients with a flexible route to quality care, yet many experiences go unrecorded. A study published in Annals of Family Medicine aimed to add to the research on patient telehealth experiences to improve development and personalization of telehealth.

Relief of back pain won’t come from a smartphone app

Smartphone applications are good for counting steps—but not treating back pain. In a study, published in Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology, researchers from the University of Sydney evaluated apps in reducing back pain.

mHealth platform reduces major depressive disorder symptoms by 42% with memory game

A memory game could be an effective treatment for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Developed by researchers at Mount Sinai, the Emotional Faces Memory Task (EFMT) program and mobile application was able to significantly reduce MDD symptoms.

Telehealth program for autistic children reaches rural communities to reduce wait time

To combat long wait times many families face when trying to see an autism specialist, the University of Missouri developed a telehealth program specifically for children with autism in rural communities. The program aims to expand to additional rural communities within the U.S. and Africa in the coming months.

mHealth app predicts influenza outbreak a month before national surveillance

Mobile health (mHealth) applications have been able to predict an outbreak of influenza before national surveillance systems in China, according to researchers from Harvard University. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, evaluated nearly 50,000 mobile observations.

Fitbit reigns supreme as most used activity monitor for biomedical research

Activity trackers provide biomedical researchers with easy to obtain results with accuracy similar to research-grade monitors on a low-cost alternative. A study, published in the FASEB Journal, evaluated which wearables are used to monitor physical activity. 

Apple Watch most accurate in measuring heart rate, energy expenditure

Accuracy is pivotal in providing quality care, but many wearables used to monitor cardiovascular health have not been extensively evaluated for accuracy. A study, published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine, tested seven of the most popular wrist-worn devices for accuracy in heart rate monitoring and energy expenditure.

Rural family physicians more likely to use telehealth

As telehealth expands into healthcare organizations nationwide, attitudes and implementation remain a mystery in family physicians. To examine the largest primary care physician group, researchers conducted a national survey of family physicians to determine use and barriers of telehealth services in their practices. Findings were published in the May – June issue of Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.