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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

Wireless spectrometer sends real-time images to smartphones

Researchers have developed a wireless handheld spectrometer that is compatible with smartphones to provide users with spectral images of patients in real-time. Researchers examined how it can be used as a point-of-care medical diagnosis tool in Biomedical Optics Express.

Mobile medical consultations reduce costs for arthritis patients

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.

Telehealth counseling could reduce rates of opioid relapse

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.

CDC releases app for parents to track child development

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.

One Drop, Fitbit partner for diabetes management data insights

One Drop, a digital diabetes self-management platform, will partner with Fitbit to provide data-driven care management tools to those living with diabetes.

Telehealth could increase access to allergy care

In a position paper presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting, allergists and immunologists presented a case for telemedicine in allergy care. The paper offered recommendations for improving telemedicine access to allergy patients in Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Telehealth could reduce costs of hypertension—but barriers remain

Telehealth could make managing chronic conditions like hypertension more cost effective, according to a study published in JMIR Medical Informatics.

Wearable device detects seizures in epilepsy patients

A wearable device capable of detecting and characterizing seizures could improve care for patients with epilepsy, according to a study published in Epilepsia.

Texas partnership provides telehealth to rural trauma patients

swyMed has partnered with the Commission on State Emergency Communications (CSEC) and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center (TTUHSC) to implement telehealth services between Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers and rural trauma centers in Texas.

Telehealth could reduce the amount of unnecessary ED visits

Implementation of telehealth services could decrease the amount of unnecessary emergency department (ED) transfers, according to a study published in The American Journal of Emergency Medicine.

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