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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

Patients satisfied with cost effectiveness, convenience of telehealth

Telehealth aims to provide patients with a flexible route to quality care, yet many experiences go unrecorded. A study published in Annals of Family Medicine aimed to add to the research on patient telehealth experiences to improve development and personalization of telehealth.

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.

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