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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

Designing wearables for the elderly could improve utilization

Wearable technology simplifies keeping up with a healthy life by providing information on cardiac health, illnesses and emergency alerts. While most users of wearables are younger, researchers believe the technology could reach its full potential for elderly patients who could benefit the most from multiple uses of the devices. In an article published in Ergonomics in Design, researchers outlined the framework for personalizing the wearable experience for older patients.

Put down the smartphone: constant use could cause carpal tunnel syndrome

Handheld electronic devices like smartphones and tablets have become an integral part of people’s lives but the cons of constantly holding onto these devices is unknown.

Telemedicine helps patients control diabetic symptoms

Rising level of diabetes in America have spurred The American Diabetes Association into action with the recommendation to healthcare organization to utilize team-based approaches to maximize care. With many primary care clinics lacking interprofessional teams, telemedicine is bringing the care to the patient. A study, published in NCMJ, evaluates the benefits telemedicine can bring to rural diabetic patients.

Mobile app gives parents a platform to securely track child’s health

Parents of the 500,000 children with complex medical needs are constantly juggling doctors’ appointments and prescriptions. A new health application, developed by Boston Children's Hospital's Innovation & Digital Health Accelerator (IDHA) with Duke Health System, aims at providing families with a single platform to securely share and track health data for their child’s care.

Smartphone app for cardiac arrest cuts emergency response time by three minutes

Time is of the essence when reaching someone experiencing cardiac arrest. Aiming to reach cardiac arrest patients quicker, researchers have developed a smartphone application capable of connecting first responders to cardiac arrest victims before emergency responders arrive.

Telemedicine as effective as in-person visit for headaches

Persistent headaches can require a visit to a neurologist, but long wait times and limited access prevents many patients from receiving attention. With telemedicine, patients are able to communicate with neurology specialists from their home. A study published in Neurology tests telemedicine in its ability to treat headache patients when compared to conventional visits.

Teledermatology decreases wait times, costs

MDLIVE, a virtual care provider, have partnered with DermatologistOnCall to offer dermatology care around the clock. This partnership will aim to reach patients in need of specialist care and combat long wait times.

Virtual reality helps patients manage pain, anxiety

Walking along a virtual beach could help a patient reduce pain, according to researchers from the Universities of Plymouth, Exeter and Birmingham. A study, published in Environment & Behaviour, examined the feasibility of using virtual reality to improve outcomes while patients undergo routine dental procedures.

TempTraq detects rise in temperature 3 hours before conventional care

Researchers from the University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center (UH) have found TempTraq, a wearable continuous temperature monitor, capable of detecting a rise in fever temperature three hours before standard care. Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the findings aim to improve monitoring through low-cost, efficient wearables.

Researchers to test telemedicine in treating delirium in elderly

A team of researchers is aiming to use telemedicine to provide patients experiencing delirium with personalized care programs. A study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute tested four different telemedicine techniques in elderly patients after leaving intensive care units.

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