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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.

 

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Study aims to improve telehealth services for MS patients

Elizabeth Morrison-Banks, MD, a health sciences clinical professor at the University of California, Riverside, has received a $100,000 grant from Genentech to conduct a study in hopes of developing a telehealth program for individuals with multiple sclerosis (MS).

eConsult implementation increasing, improving specialty appointments

The implementation of eConsult systems are allowing patients to gain access to specialists and receiving more quickly, according to a study in Health Affairs that examined the benefits of eConsulting and specialty care.

iPhone-only study increases trial population, pinpoints asthma symptom causes

Researchers have conducted a study solely through the iPhone using the Apple ResearchKit. Along with the Asthma Health mobile application, the study showcased how mobile devices can aide in large-scale clinical enrollment, secure data exchange through the app and collection of carious points of data. 

GPS, mobile app provide further insights into mental health

Psychology researchers are utilizing GPS to measure levels of depression and its effects on patients. A study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, used GPS tracking and mobile applications to assess the correlation between daily experiences, continuous depression, anxiety and the tendency to become isolated.

mHealth could be path to improved diabetes management

Diabetes costs the United States around $300 billion a year, pushing developers to find a more cost effective means of managing the condition. A recent study published in PLOS ONE tests the effectiveness of mHealth technologies on the patient-physician relationship and self-management of diabetes.

Wearables can track your steps—but struggle to monitor your ticker

When it comes to tracking steps, most wearables are relatively accurate. But when monitoring a user's heart, wearables fall behind in precision, according to researchers at the Cleveland Clinic who conducted a study testing the top heart monitoring devices for accuracy when compared to electrocardiograms.

Increased utilization of telehealth may put cost savings on hold

Reducing costs is one of the purported principal benefits of telehealth, but recent research questions just how much the remote services may save healthcare providers. A report in the March issue of Health Affairs explores the use of direct-to-consumer telehealth and related costs.

Can overuse of social media lead to feelings of loneliness, isolation?

Social media, meant to bring people together, is leaving its users feeling more isolated, according to researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that time spent on social media increases perceived social isolation.

Telehealth saves money, reduces ED visits

Telehealth may be able to connect patients to physicians at the most urgent times—on the way to the emergency department (ED). A study published in the Journal of Telemedicine and Telecare explored the effectiveness of using telehealth in pre-hospital emergency medical services (EMS) and the associated costs.

Sleep trackers could be what’s keeping you up

A gadget on your wrist at night may be meant to track your sleep, but the device may actually be what’s keeping you up. A recent study from the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has found that not only are many sleep trackers inaccurate, but the stress they create with false analytics may keep their wearers up.

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