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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

Anthem Blue Cross introduces digital health engagement, benefits platform

Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem) has introduced its integrated digital health platform, providing members with a way to connecting health plan and benefits data with individual clinical and claims data.

Mass General introduces iPhone app to screen for postpartum depression

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH)'s Ammon-Pinizzotto Center for Women’s Mental Health have developed a comprehensive screening tool for postpartum depression (PPD).

Text app reduces time to administer care in heart attack patients

Ambulance staff using the mobile text messaging application WhatsApp were able to administer treatment to heart attack patients more quickly leading to lower mortality rates than staff without the app, according to a study presented at the Argentine Congress of Cardiology (SAC 2017).

Suspended clinical trial 'underscores pitfalls' of utilizing mHealth apps

A clinical trial, set to evaluate the effectiveness of mobile health (mHealth) applications in supporting patients’ health management, was suspended due to a lack of participation. Researchers of the study, which was published in JMIR Human Factors, explained the effect of outside factors on mHealth utilization and provided recommendations for improved use.

Teleneurology curriculum outlines 5 points for improved care

Teleneurology, while a potentially effective route in delivering quality neurological care to remote patients, remains unregulated in medical education. In response, a researcher from the University of Missouri School of Medicine and a team at the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) developed a teleneurology curriculum.

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.

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