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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


Recent Headlines

Relief of back pain won’t come from a smartphone app

Smartphone applications are good for counting steps—but not treating back pain. In a study, published in Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology, researchers from the University of Sydney evaluated apps in reducing back pain.

mHealth platform reduces major depressive disorder symptoms by 42% with memory game

A memory game could be an effective treatment for patients with major depressive disorder (MDD). Developed by researchers at Mount Sinai, the Emotional Faces Memory Task (EFMT) program and mobile application was able to significantly reduce MDD symptoms.

Telehealth program for autistic children reaches rural communities to reduce wait time

To combat long wait times many families face when trying to see an autism specialist, the University of Missouri developed a telehealth program specifically for children with autism in rural communities. The program aims to expand to additional rural communities within the U.S. and Africa in the coming months.

mHealth app predicts influenza outbreak a month before national surveillance

Mobile health (mHealth) applications have been able to predict an outbreak of influenza before national surveillance systems in China, according to researchers from Harvard University. The study, published in the American Journal of Public Health, evaluated nearly 50,000 mobile observations.

Fitbit reigns supreme as most used activity monitor for biomedical research

Activity trackers provide biomedical researchers with easy to obtain results with accuracy similar to research-grade monitors on a low-cost alternative. A study, published in the FASEB Journal, evaluated which wearables are used to monitor physical activity. 

Apple Watch most accurate in measuring heart rate, energy expenditure

Accuracy is pivotal in providing quality care, but many wearables used to monitor cardiovascular health have not been extensively evaluated for accuracy. A study, published in the Journal of Personalized Medicine, tested seven of the most popular wrist-worn devices for accuracy in heart rate monitoring and energy expenditure.

Rural family physicians more likely to use telehealth

As telehealth expands into healthcare organizations nationwide, attitudes and implementation remain a mystery in family physicians. To examine the largest primary care physician group, researchers conducted a national survey of family physicians to determine use and barriers of telehealth services in their practices. Findings were published in the May – June issue of Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

ER physicians using smartphones discharge patients more quickly

Seeing physicians on their smartphones could mean being discharged faster. A recent study, published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, examined differences in discharge times for emergency department patients with chest pain seen by physicians with or without smartphones to deliver laboratory results. 

8 vital findings from 2017 telemedicine industry survey

Reach Health, a telemedicine software provider, has released its 2017 U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey. The survey contains results on what top healthcare executives and providers feel about obstacles in implementation and the development of telehealth within their health systems.

Abbott introduces smartphone-compatible insertable cardiac monitor

Abbott has announced CE Mark and the first use of the Confirm Rx Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM). The ICM is fully compatible with smartphones and aid physicians in diagnosing and detecting cardia arrhythmias and atrial fibrillation.