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Mobile & Telehealth

 

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.

Researchers from China have developed an online consultation tool accessed through a mobile app that could improve patient-provider relationships, improve self-care for chronic disease patients and lower costs for rheumatic disease patients, according to findings presented at the 2017 ACR/ARHP Annual Meeting in San Diego.

Individuals struggling with opioid addiction meet their greatest challenge when returning home, where relapse rates are between 40 to 60 percent. In an attempt to slow the opioid epidemic, mental health and substance abuse professionals have utilized teleconsulting to deliver support to patients and families.

Tracking a child’s development is important in ensuring one meets age-related milestones. To make this easier for parents, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed a millstone app for parents.

 

Recent Headlines

Telehealth could increase access to allergy care

In a position paper presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting, allergists and immunologists presented a case for telemedicine in allergy care. The paper offered recommendations for improving telemedicine access to allergy patients in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Telehealth could reduce costs of hypertension—but barriers remain

Telehealth could make managing chronic conditions like hypertension more cost effective, according to a study published in JMIR Medical Informatics.

Wearable device detects seizures in epilepsy patients

A wearable device capable of detecting and characterizing seizures could improve care for patients with epilepsy, according to a study published in Epilepsia.

Texas partnership provides telehealth to rural trauma patients

swyMed has partnered with the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) to implement telehealth services between Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers and rural trauma centers in Texas.

Telehealth could reduce the amount of unnecessary ED visits

Implementation of telehealth services could decrease the amount of unnecessary emergency department (ED) transfers, according to a study published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

Anthem Blue Cross introduces digital health engagement, benefits platform

Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) has introduced its integrated digital health platform, providing members with a way to connecting health plan and benefits data with individual clinical and claims data.

Mass General introduces iPhone app to screen for postpartum depression

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)'s Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health have developed a comprehensive screening tool for postpartum depression (PPD).

Text app reduces time to administer care in heart attack patients

Ambulance staff using the mobile text messaging application WhatsApp were able to administer treatment to heart attack patients more quickly leading to lower mortality rates than staff without the app, according to a study presented at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2017).

Suspended clinical trial 'underscores pitfalls' of utilizing mHealth apps

A clinical trial, set to evaluate the effectiveness of mobile health (mHealth) applications in supporting patients’ health management, was suspended due to a lack of participation. Researchers of the study, which was published in JMIR Human Factors, explained the effect of outside factors on mHealth utilization and provided recommendations for improved use.

Teleneurology curriculum outlines 5 points for improved care

Teleneurology, while a potentially effective route in delivering quality neurological care to remote patients, remains unregulated in medical education. In response, a researcher from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a team at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) developed a teleneurology curriculum.

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