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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

Fitbit reigns supreme as most used activity monitor for biomedical research

Activity trackers provide biomedical researchers with easy to obtain results with accuracy similar to research-grade monitors on a low-cost alternative. A study, published in the FASEB Journal, evaluated which wearables are used to monitor physical activity. 

Apple Watch most accurate in measuring heart rate, energy expenditure

Accuracy is pivotal in providing quality care, but many wearables used to monitor cardiovascular health have not been extensively evaluated for accuracy. A study, published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine, tested seven of the most popular wrist-worn devices for accuracy in heart rate monitoring and energy expenditure.

Rural family physicians more likely to use telehealth

As telehealth expands into healthcare organizations nationwide, attitudes and implementation remain a mystery in family physicians. To examine the largest primary care physician group, researchers conducted a national survey of family physicians to determine use and barriers of telehealth services in their practices. Findings were published in the May – June issue of Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

ER physicians using smartphones discharge patients more quickly

Seeing physicians on their smartphones could mean being discharged faster. A recent study, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, examined differences in discharge times for emergency department patients with chest pain seen by physicians with or without smartphones to deliver laboratory results. 

8 vital findings from 2017 telemedicine industry survey

Reach Health, a telemedicine software provider, has released its 2017 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. The survey contains results on what top healthcare executives and providers feel about obstacles in implementation and the development of telehealth within their health systems.

Abbott introduces smartphone-compatible insertable cardiac monitor

Abbott has announced CE Mark and the first use of the Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM). The ICM is fully compatible with smartphones and aid physicians in diagnosing and detecting cardia arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation.

Listen to your heart, not your heart rate app

While tracking apps may be accurate when monitoring steps, researchers warn users of heart rate app that results are not what they appear. In a study, published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, analyzes popular heart rate tracking apps on performance and accuracy.

VR could improve results in mental health treatment

A review, recently published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, showcased the benefits of virtual reality (VR) treatments for patients with phobias, posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and other mental health conditions. 

Increased screen time delays speech development in children

While adults know how tablets and smartphones can strain the eyes, many parents aren’t warned how these harm their children’s speech development. Researchers recently presented their study at the 2017 Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting in San Francisco, covering how the increased time spent on handheld devices slows speech development in children.

Period tracking apps lack accuracy, focus on outward appearance

Smartphone applications for women to track their menstrual cycles fall short, according to a study that analyzed the current available apps for accuracy in tracking women's varying cycles.