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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

'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.

App upgrades smartphone camera to capture heart health

Researchers from California Institute of Technology, Huntington Medical Research Institute and University of Southern California have developed a mobile application that uses a smartphone camera to noninvasively collect data on a patient’s heart health. Findings are published in The Journal of Critical Care Medicine.

Algorithm allows smartwatches to track all types of activity

Scientists from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom have developed an algorithm enabling smartwatches to track every move without being programmed beforehand.

Telehealth offers potential to improve outcomes for anorexia treatment

Telehealth services could provide a feasible and effective platform for improving outcomes of patients with anorexia nervosa (AN), according to a study published in the International Journal of Eating Disorders.

Smartphone app uses 'selfies' to screen for pancreatic cancer

Researchers from the University of Washington have developed a smartphone application capable of screening for pancreatic cancer through taking a 'selfie.'

Mobile app improves blood sugar maintenance in diabetic patients

Type 1 and 2 diabetes patients using the One Drop mobile app were able to improve blood sugar control, according to a study published in JMIR Diabetes.

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