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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

'Smart' clothing reduces back stress, pain

Engineers at Vanderbilt University have developed smart clothing, a wearable that utilizes biomechanics and technology to create a smart mechanical undergarment.

Wearable biofeedback system improves balance in Parkinson’s patients

Researchers at the University of Houston in the Department of Health and Human Performance are hoping to improve quality of life for Parkinson’s patients with a wearable belt connected to a smartphone application to help users regain balance.

Specialists On Call introduces post-acute care telemedicine platform

Specialists On Call (SOC), a supplier of telemedicine services and technology, has announced a new post-acute care solution to encompass telemedicine needs in the care continuum for acute and non-acute providers.

Education mobile application reduces risk of SIDS

Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) remains a threat to newborns, causing 3,500 deaths in 2014. A study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at the effectiveness of an education platform delivered in texts or emails to decrease the rate of SIDS.

Tele-rehab as effective as in-person speech therapy for stroke patients

Some patients may be hesitant to receive rehabilitation through telehealth services because they see the care as not as effective as in-person visits. According to a study published in Aphasiology, researchers found tele-rehab to be just as effective as in-persons visits.

54% of telehealth users prefer it to in-person visits

The popularity of telehealth continues to grow with 59 percent of patients reportedly increasing their usage, according to a recent survey from the Health Industry Distributors Association.

3D-printed wearable sits on ear to measure body temperature

Wearables have become a commonplace for people looking to keep healthy with fitness trackers. Now, researchers have developed a 3D-printed wearable device, outlined in ACS Sensors, to measure core body temperature in real time.

Novo Nordisk, Glooko partner on diabetes management app

Novo Nordisk, a global healthcare technology company, and Glooko, a diabetes data management platform, have partnered to develop the Cornerstones4Care Powered (C4C) mobile application, assisting diabetes patients in managing their disease by offering personalized patient support with a digital platform.

Researchers utilize smartphone pedometer to analyze global obesity rates

Researchers from Stanford University have utilized smartphones to track activity levels in 700,000 people from 111 countries to possibly identify a correlation between number of steps, environment and obesity rates.

MobileHelp releases survey on implementation, barriers, benefits to telehealth

MobileHelp has conducted a survey of healthcare professionals regarding telehealth, in hopes of shedding light on current rates of implementation, benefits of services and barriers in the utilization.

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