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Mobile & Telehealth

 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a remote feature allowing programming sessions given through telehealth platforms to patients who have had at least six months of experience with their cochlear implant sound processor.

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.

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.

According to a study conducted by the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) and published in JAMA Dermatology, parents that send high-quality photos from a smartphone camera of their child’s skin condition to dermatologists could skip the office visits and receive treatment through telehealth.

A mobile application assisting patients with macular degeneration or diabetic retinopathy in testing their vision is just as accurate in providing results as in-person office visits, according to a study presented at the 121st Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

 

Recent Headlines

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.

Diabetes monitoring wearable uses sweat to obtain results

Researchers at the University of Texas have developed a diagnostic wearable device capable of measuring three compounds related to diabetes through the sweat of the user. Findings were published in Scientific Reports.

Many patients interested in virtual visits

Telehealth is the future in accessing care, yet many physicians are hesitant to implement the technology. A survey conducted by Advisory Board found over 70 percent of respondents were interested in virtual doctor’s office visits. Researchers hope this survey, titled the “Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey,” will urge healthcare providers to embrace telehealth and incorporate it into their practices.

Designing wearables for the elderly could improve utilization

Wearable technology simplifies keeping up with a healthy life by providing information on cardiac health, illnesses and emergency alerts. While most users of wearables are younger, researchers believe the technology could reach its full potential for elderly patients who could benefit the most from multiple uses of the devices. In an article published in Ergonomics in Design, researchers outlined the framework for personalizing the wearable experience for older patients.

Put down the smartphone: constant use could cause carpal tunnel syndrome

Handheld electronic devices like smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of people’s lives but the cons of constantly holding onto these devices is unknown.

Telemedicine helps patients control diabetic symptoms

Rising level of diabetes in America have spurred The American Diabetes Association into action with the recommendation to healthcare organization to utilize team-based approaches to maximize care. With many primary care clinics lacking interprofessional teams, telemedicine is bringing the care to the patient. A study, published in NCMJ, evaluates the benefits telemedicine can bring to rural diabetic patients.

Mobile app gives parents a platform to securely track child’s health

Parents of the 500,000 children with complex medical needs are constantly juggling doctors’ appointments and prescriptions. A new health application, developed by Boston Children's Hospital's Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) with Duke Health System, aims at providing families with a single platform to securely share and track health data for their child’s care.

Smartphone app for cardiac arrest cuts emergency response time by three minutes

Time is of the essence when reaching someone experiencing cardiac arrest. Aiming to reach cardiac arrest patients quicker, researchers have developed a smartphone application capable of connecting first responders to cardiac arrest victims before emergency responders arrive.

Telemedicine as effective as in-person visit for headaches

Persistent headaches can require a visit to a neurologist, but long wait times and limited access prevents many patients from receiving attention. With telemedicine, patients are able to communicate with neurology specialists from their home. A study published in Neurology tests telemedicine in its ability to treat headache patients when compared to conventional visits.

Teledermatology decreases wait times, costs

MDLIVE, a virtual care provider, have partnered with DermatologistOnCall to offer dermatology care around the clock. This partnership will aim to reach patients in need of specialist care and combat long wait times.

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