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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

ER physicians using smartphones discharge patients more quickly

Seeing physicians on their smartphones could mean being discharged faster. A recent study, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, examined differences in discharge times for emergency department patients with chest pain seen by physicians with or without smartphones to deliver laboratory results. 

8 vital findings from 2017 telemedicine industry survey

Reach Health, a telemedicine software provider, has released its 2017 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. The survey contains results on what top healthcare executives and providers feel about obstacles in implementation and the development of telehealth within their health systems.

Abbott introduces smartphone-compatible insertable cardiac monitor

Abbott has announced CE Mark and the first use of the Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM). The ICM is fully compatible with smartphones and aid physicians in diagnosing and detecting cardia arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation.

Listen to your heart, not your heart rate app

While tracking apps may be accurate when monitoring steps, researchers warn users of heart rate app that results are not what they appear. In a study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, analyzes popular heart rate tracking apps on performance and accuracy.

VR could improve results in mental health treatment

A review, recently published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, showcased the benefits of virtual reality (VR) treatments for patients with phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and other mental health conditions. 

Increased screen time delays speech development in children

While adults know how tablets and smartphones can strain the eyes, many parents aren’t warned how these harm their children’s speech development. Researchers recently presented their study at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, covering how the increased time spent on handheld devices slows speech development in children.

Period tracking apps lack accuracy, focus on outward appearance

Smartphone applications for women to track their menstrual cycles fall short, according to a study that analyzed the current available apps for accuracy in tracking women's varying cycles.

Top 10 findings on telemedicine, mental disorders and rural populations

Telemedicine for mental health allows rural patients to receive high quality care—regardless of geographic limitations. A study in Health Affairs investigates "telemental health" by outlining the ins and outs of services offered to rural patients.

Online tool helps those with bipolar disorder ID relapse symptoms

While bipolar disorder can be treated with medication, many people experience relapses into dangerous behavior. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers tested the effectiveness of an online relapse prevention tool in offering an inexpensive, accessible treatment option.

HIMSS acquires Health 2.0 conferences

The Health 2.0 conferences, which focused on start-up technologies in healthcare, will now be under the banner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

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