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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

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.

Virtual reality helps patients manage pain, anxiety

Walking along a virtual beach could help a patient reduce pain, according to researchers from the Universities of Plymouth, Exeter and Birmingham. A study, published in Environment & Behaviour, examined the feasibility of using virtual reality to improve outcomes while patients undergo routine dental procedures.

TempTraq detects rise in temperature 3 hours before conventional care

Researchers from the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (UH) have found TempTraq, a wearable continuous temperature monitor, capable of detecting a rise in fever temperature three hours before standard care. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the findings aim to improve monitoring through low-cost, efficient wearables.

Researchers to test telemedicine in treating delirium in elderly

A team of researchers is aiming to use telemedicine to provide patients experiencing delirium with personalized care programs. A study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute tested four different telemedicine techniques in elderly patients after leaving intensive care units.

Patients satisfied with cost effectiveness, convenience of telehealth

Telehealth aims to provide patients with a flexible route to quality care, yet many experiences go unrecorded. A study published in Annals of Family Medicine aimed to add to the research on patient telehealth experiences to improve development and personalization of telehealth.

Relief of back pain won’t come from a smartphone app

Smartphone applications are good for counting steps—but not treating back pain. In a study, published in Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology, researchers from the University of Sydney evaluated apps in reducing back pain.

mHealth platform reduces major depressive disorder symptoms by 42% with memory game

A memory game could be an effective treatment for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Developed by researchers at Mount Sinai, the Emotional Faces Memory Task (EFMT) program and mobile application was able to significantly reduce MDD symptoms.

Telehealth program for autistic children reaches rural communities to reduce wait time

To combat long wait times many families face when trying to see an autism specialist, the University of Missouri developed a telehealth program specifically for children with autism in rural communities. The program aims to expand to additional rural communities within the U.S. and Africa in the coming months.

mHealth app predicts influenza outbreak a month before national surveillance

Mobile health (mHealth) applications have been able to predict an outbreak of influenza before national surveillance systems in China, according to researchers from Harvard University. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, evaluated nearly 50,000 mobile observations.

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