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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

Report: Cultural, reimbursement barriers thwart robotic telemed adoption
Licensing, costs for technology and reimbursement for robotic telemedicine continue to impede progress, according to an article published in the January/February edition of Telemedicine and e-Health.
AirStrip's mobile monitoring apps cleared to sell in EU AirStrip Technologies has received CE Mark certification for three mobile patient monitoring applications, allowing the San Antonio-based health IT vendor to sell and market those products in Europe and in other countries that recognize the conformity symbol.
JACC: Benefits of home monitoring for HF yet to be fully seen
Given the considerable, and largely unmitigated, burden of heart failure (HF), the potential for home monitoring to improve the management of patients with HF is substantial, according to authors of a state-of-the-art paper in the Jan. 10  edition of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology.
Thomson Reuters decides to stay in healthcare game Thomson Reuters has shelved plans to sell its healthcare division due to economic conditions that will prevent the company from receiving what the company believes is a fair value for its profitable business.
Lancet: Text messaging effective part of smoking cessation program A smoking cessation program called txt2stop, a text messaging service that sends participants motivational messages, delivered positive, short-term results for smoking cessation rates at six months, according to the txt2stop study from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and published online June 30 in The Lancet.
U.K. report reveals great potential for telemedicine The U.K. Department of Healths Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) program to study the effects of telemedicine has yielded positive results so far, according to a December report.
Qualcomm forms wireless subsidiary, adds $100M fund Qualcomm has spun off a new subsidiary to develop its own line of wireless offerings for use with medical devices. The new entity also will establish a $100 million investment program to fund ventures in biosensor technologies, remote care systems and health IT apps.
JMS: Growing appetite for medical apps

There is growing demand for more mobile applications (apps) as smartphone use becomes more prevalent among healthcare providers, according to University of California, San Diego researchers.
GE Healthcare unveils new mobile imaging technology GE Healthcare demonstrated the newest version of its Centricity Radiology Mobile Access platform, which allows radiologists to remotely select and view patient images from Centricity PACS on their mobile Apple devices, at the 97th Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA).
Smartphones can become health monitors Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in Worcester, Mass., have expanded the medical reach of smartphones, developing an application that can turn the ubiquitous devices into vital sign monitors.