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Mobile & Telehealth

 

Researchers from the Wisconsin Institute of Surgical Outcomes Research found a smartphone app to be a potential tool in detecting surgical site infections (SSI) and preventing additional hospital admissions. Findings were published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons.

Telemonitoring can help manage patients with heart failure, but evaluating its true impact can be difficult. In response, researchers examined previous studies to establish criteria, which were divided into six classes: dimensions: clinical, economic, user perspective, educational, organizational, and technical. Findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

A psychoeducational tool identifies patients at risk for an opioid overdose but fails to motivate them to change their behavior. Findings are published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.

A telehealth-based weight loss program utilizing a health coach through video conferencing could result in loss of over 5 percent of initial body weight in six months. Findings are published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare.

Communication between patient and physician is the foundation in building a close relationship—and cell phones have become the favored tool in clinical communication, according to a study published in European Journal for Person Centered Healthcare.

 

Recent Headlines

Program aims to reduce ER visits with telehealth check-ins

Of the potential benefits of telehealth, its ability to bring care to rural populations who would otherwise face a shortage of physicians and medical facilities is often mentioned first.

Study finds no difference in quality between telehealth, face-to-face communication

Web-based doctor-patient interactions showed no difference in quality when compared to face-to-face communication, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Smartphone app, Fitbit combo monitors recovery in cancer patients

Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC Hillman Cancer Center have found using a smartphone application with a wearable activity tracker may improve outcomes for patients with cancer undergoing chemotherapy by providing real-time monitoring and detection of worsening symptoms. Findings were published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Half of American use fitness trackers on daily basis

Over half of Americans (51 percent) report using a wearable fitness tracker at least once a day, according to a report conducted by Researchscape International.

Researchers use emojis to gauge patient health

Researchers from Mayo Clinic have found that using emojis instead of a conventional emotional scale could help physicians in assessing physical and mental health and overall quality of life. Findings were presented to the American Society of Hematology.

Health Wizz uses blockchain to protect health information on mobile platforms

Health Wizz have launched a mobile platform with blockchain technology to provide patients a secure platform to aggregate, organize and share personal health records.

Smartphone step counters may short change users who are pounding the pavement

Accuracy in smartphone and wearable devices is an important factor in their usability for medical purposes. However, a study published in the Journal of Sports Sciences found the pedometer built into the iPhone missed 1,340 steps when compared to an accelerometer worn on the waist.

Researchers use Fitbits to monitor patient steps as a predictor of readmission

Keeping patients in motion after surgery could be a means of predicting 30- and 60-day readmission, according to a study published in Annals of Behavioral Medicine.

Smartphone addiction creates chemical imbalance in brain

As younger patients grow up using smartphones and the internet, some may become addicted to the technology and develop imbalances in brain chemistry, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

Older patients accepting of wearable medical devices

Older patients are mostly accepting of wearable activity trackers and understand the value the device could have in improving their health, according to a study published in JMIR mHealth and uHealth.

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