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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

71% of hospitals allow 'BYOD' and 8 other findings

Bring your own device (BYOD) has become increasingly popular as technological security improves. Now, 71 percent of healthcare leaders allow BYOD in some form, according to a recent survey by Spok.

Telemedicine saves time, money for pediatric patients and families

Pediatric patients and their families using telemedicine for sports medicine appointments are able to save time and money, according to research to be presented at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference & Exhibition.

Google Glass app improves social skills of autistic children

Researchers have developed a prototype software application using Google Glass to deliver social-skill coaching to children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Findings were published in Frontiers in Robotics and AI.

FDA approves marketing of mobile app for substance abuse

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the marketing of a mobile medical application for patients with substance use disorders (SUD). Used in conjunction with outpatient therapy, the app can help treat those with alcohol, cocaine and other SUDs. It is not intended for opioid dependence.

Telemonitoring improves CPAP adherence for those with sleep apnea

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely to use continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) when telemonitored and receiving personalized therapy adherence messages, according to a study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

'Tele-abortions' just as safe as in-person consultations

Tele-abortions are just as safe as in-person care, according to a study published in Obstetrics & Gynecology, which compared the rates of adverse effects of medical abortions during telehealth procedures to those conducted at an in-person to evaluate safety rates.

DarioHealth launches glucose monitoring app

DarioHealth, producers of mobile health and big data solutions, has introduced their Blood Glucose Monitoring System (BGMS). The system utilizes the ease of smartphone devices to offer users a complete view of their health.

Fitbit, Dexcom partner to develop continuous glucose monitoring on smartwatch

Fitbit and Dexcom are partnering to develop a comprehensive health and continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) smartwatch to assist individuals with diabetes in managing the chronic disease.

Free mobile medication management tool available for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma

Hurricane Irma and Harvey have wiped out many healthcare facilities in areas affected by the storms, leaving many people without access to care. In response, DrFirst has offered a mobile perception platform for free to all prescribers.

Mobile app uses lights, camera to detect brain injury in real-time

Researchers from the University of Washington have begun development on a smartphone application that uses the camera to assess concussions and other brain injuries in real-time. Outlined in a paper set to be presented at Ubicomp 2017, the app hopes to provide an effective tool in protecting patients from further injury.

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