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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

MUSC, UMMC awarded $600K grant, named ‘Telehealth Center of Excellence’

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded a $600,000 grant to the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) and University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC). The grant includes naming the two centers as ‘Telehealth Centers of Excellence’ in the United States.

Purdue Pharma, Geisinger partner to study Apple Watch, chronic pain

Purdue Pharma and Geisinger have announced a partnership to study the effects of the Apple Watch on chronic pain.

AMA states support for VA telehealth expansion

The American Medical Association (AMA) has released a statement supporting the proposed rule aimed at expanding telehealth services within the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Text messages improve smoking cessation in pregnant women

Text messaging expectant mothers with information regarding smoking cessation increases rates of adherence during pregnancy, according to a study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

Mobile mammography attracts diverse populations, has lower rates of adherence

Mobile mammography, meant to reach women without access to cancer center visits, has become increasingly popular, but lacking evidence in comparing results to in-person clinic visits. In a study to be published in the American Journal of Roentgenology, researchers compared interactions with a mobile mammography van to in-person cancer center visits.

Cedars-Sinai launches Apple Watch app

Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has launched its application on the Apple Watch, making the hospital one of the few to offer an interactive app on the device.

80% of activity tracker users continue to utilize device for 6 months

Activity trackers aim to motivate users in exercising, but those who could benefit the most may not be able to utilize the technology. In a study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania analyzed activity tracker engagement.

5 recommendations for improving mHealth utilization in clinical research

mHealth has the potential to improve precision medicine with applications and wearables to collect patient data at a low-cost, but the technology often goes underutilized. In a recent evaluation by the Duke University Margolis Center for Health Policy, researchers developed recommendations to improve mHealth use in clinical research.

Arizona's Care1st Health Plan launches Pacify mobile app for mothers on Medicaid

Care1st Health Plan of Arizona announced its Pacify mobile application program for Medicaid members who are expecting mothers or mothers within a year of giving birth.

Smartphone apps reduce depressive symptoms

Smartphone applications may be an effective treatment tool for millions of patients suffering from depression, according to a study published in World Psychiatry. The study examined the safety and effectiveness of mobile apps in patients with various forms of depression.

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