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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

Mobile app cuts in-person follow-up visits after surgery

A study, published in JAMA Surgery, explores using a mobile application as a new way of delivering post-operative care rather than in-person visits.

Virta Health platform uses personalized medicine to combat diabetes

Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) juggle many factors associated with the chronic disease. From monitoring glucose levels, medications and weight, individuals with T2D face plenty of obstacles. 

Q&A: Informatics expert sets off alarms on alert fatigue

In an exclusive interview with Clinical Innovation & Technology, Shobha Phansalkar, RPh, PhD, director of informatics and clinical innovation at Wolters Kluwer Clinical Drug Information, explained the impact of alert fatigue on clinicians and the challenges it presents to electronic medical records and interoperability. 

Study aims to improve telehealth services for MS patients

Elizabeth Morrison-Banks, MD, a health sciences clinical professor at the University of California, Riverside, has received a $100,000 grant from Genentech to conduct a study in hopes of developing a telehealth program for individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).

eConsult implementation increasing, improving specialty appointments

The implementation of eConsult systems are allowing patients to gain access to specialists and receiving more quickly, according to a study in Health Affairs that examined the benefits of eConsulting and specialty care.

iPhone-only study increases trial population, pinpoints asthma symptom causes

Researchers have conducted a study solely through the iPhone using the Apple ResearchKit. Along with the Asthma Health mobile application, the study showcased how mobile devices can aide in large-scale clinical enrollment, secure data exchange through the app and collection of carious points of data. 

GPS, mobile app provide further insights into mental health

Psychology researchers are utilizing GPS to measure levels of depression and its effects on patients. A study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, used GPS tracking and mobile applications to assess the correlation between daily experiences, continuous depression, anxiety and the tendency to become isolated.

mHealth could be path to improved diabetes management

Diabetes costs the United States around $300 billion a year, pushing developers to find a more cost effective means of managing the condition. A recent study published in PLOS ONE tests the effectiveness of mHealth technologies on the patient-physician relationship and self-management of diabetes.

Wearables can track your steps—but struggle to monitor your ticker

When it comes to tracking steps, most wearables are relatively accurate. But when monitoring a user's heart, wearables fall behind in precision, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic who conducted a study testing the top heart monitoring devices for accuracy when compared to electrocardiograms.

Increased utilization of telehealth may put cost savings on hold

Reducing costs is one of the purported principal benefits of telehealth, but recent research questions just how much the remote services may save healthcare providers. A report in the March issue of Health Affairs explores the use of direct-to-consumer telehealth and related costs.