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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.

The telestroke program implemented by Kaiser Permanente Northern California has shown an ability to reduce stroke patients' “door-to-needle” (DTN) time by 19.5 minutes, according to a study published in Stroke.

 

Recent Headlines

Online tool helps those with bipolar disorder ID relapse symptoms

While bipolar disorder can be treated with medication, many people experience relapses into dangerous behavior. In a recent study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers tested the effectiveness of an online relapse prevention tool in offering an inexpensive, accessible treatment option.

HIMSS acquires Health 2.0 conferences

The Health 2.0 conferences, which focused on start-up technologies in healthcare, will now be under the banner of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Noom’s diabetes prevention program recognized by the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has officially recognized virtual diabetes prevention program (DPP) developed by Noom. First introduced in 2013, the program was submitted for recognition when the CDC began accepting mobile and online DPP applications in 2015.

mHealth improves HIV patient engagement, access to care

A study, published in Mobile Media & Communication, found mobile health interventions (mHealth) improve access to care and patient engagement in patients with HIV.

Telemedicine effective in assessing coma patients

Improving access to care in critically ill patients is a major factor in earlier treatment, and telemedicine could be the best option. A recent study, published in Telemedicine and e-Health, found telemedicine to be an effective tool in evaluating level on consciousness (LOC) in coma patients. 

Brain games graded an 'F' in making you smarter

Training your brain with games and applications doesn’t improve brain function according to a new study published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. Researchers from Florida State University found, while the number of brain training apps have grown in popularity, their claims on improving brain function are false.

Making death reporting easy with mobile apps

Clinicians in New Hampshire are gaining a new way of reporting cause of deaths, by using their smartphones. The new electronic Cause of Death (eCOD) mobile app allows for clinicians to follow step by step instruction to enter detailed information in regard to patient deaths.

Many sleep apps aren't effective in improving rest

Smartphones are filled with all kinds of applications, but those designed to help you sleep might not help. A study, published in Preventive Medicine Reports, found, while many sleep apps help users set goals and manage their sleep, most do not use effective methods to help sleep-deprived users. 

Half of new urologists have unprofessional content on Facebook

Facebook is a place for people to post about their daily lives—but for doctors, posts can potentially objectionable content that can be unsettling for patients. A recent study, published in BJU International, analyzing Facebook content of urologists found nearly half of the profiles contained unprofessional content.

Face-to-face evaluation, teleconcussion services in 100% agreement

Telemedicine is able to provide point-of-service care in medical emergencies. A recent study, published in Neurology, found telemedical concussion services and face-to-face evaluations agreed on diagnoses 100 percent of the time.

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