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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

Mobile platform supports users in addiction recovery

Q2i, developers of patient engagement technologies, has announced Heywood Medical Group will be utilizing its Opioid Addiction Recovery Support (OARS) software to support patients with addiction recovery.

Tweets help health experts track opioid misuse

Monitoring use of social media platforms like Twitter can help researchers detecting misuse of opioid drugs in certain areas, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Toxicology.

Virtual visits as effective as in-person appointments for Parkinson’s patients

Virtual visits by neurologists save patients the hassle of travel, but some question such remote meetings as effective as in-person visits. A study published in Neurology examined the feasibility of virtual house calls by neurologist in treating those with Parkinson’s disease.

E-visits increase appointments made, reduce new patients seen

E-visits allow for patients and providers to come together without the travel or waiting room times, but whether these visits are as effective or have other benefits is unknown. In a study conducted by the Wisconsin School of Business, researchers found e-visits promote more appointments to primary care physicians.

Smartphone app improves concussion outcomes in teens

Smartphones and teenagers go hand-in-hand, but in the event of a concussion, patients are not advised to use mobile devices. In a report published in Brain Injury, researchers from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center showed teenagers using a mobile health application once a day with medical care improved concussion symptoms.

Smartphone app helps elderly manage mental health

A new smartphone application could improve personalized care and outcomes, according to a study published in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. The new app combined medical and psychiatric self-management care directed at patients with serious mental illness to keep them engaged in their own care and improve outcomes.

Online games help diabetic patients control blood glucose

Playing online team games can help diabetes patients lower their blood glucose levels, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.

96% of employers set to offer telehealth services in 2018

With healthcare costs expected to increase 5 percent in the next year, providers are looking for more effective ways to deliver care, including telehealth. According to the Large Employers’ 2018 Health Care Strategy and Plan Design Survey by the National Business Group on Health, 96 percent of employers are set to offer telehealth services.

ATA begins search for new CEO after Jonathan Linkous steps down

The American Telemedicine Association will see a new CEO soon with Jon Linkous stepping down. After 24 years as the CEO, Linkous will be replaced by Sabrina Smith, MD, acting as interim CEO until a permanent replacement is found.

mHealth app for rural women lowers risk of low birth weight, improves prenatal outcomes

In a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health, researchers tested the effectiveness of mobile health applications to improve early and ongoing prenatal care through engagement.

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