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By Brian Dolan December 10, 2013
Source: Video explaining IMS Health's AppScript Danbury, Connecticut-based IMS Health, a multinational big data and analytics company, has launched a health app prescribing platform this week called AppScript. IMS has already categorized and subcategorized more than 40,000 patient-facing health apps for Apple and Android devices, and it believes AppScript will be of interest to healthcare...
By Jonah Comstock December 10, 2013
The Mayo Clinic's recent iPad trial for cardiac surgery patients, which MobiHealthNews first wrote about in February, has received a good deal of attention for using Fitbit activity monitors in a clinical setting. But Dr. David J. Cook, who led the study, says the real innovation of the study is unprecedented levels of patient engagement -- in patients he repeatedly described as "70-year-olds on...
By Neil Versel December 9, 2013
Contrary to conventional wisdom, medical students do not always flock to mobile devices for educational or clinical uses. They need a good reason to incorporate smartphones and tablets into their learning, a recently published study suggests. "The use and utility of mobile devices depended on the learner, the device, the circumstances and the teacher or preceptor. Mobile technologies, like other...
By Jonah Comstock December 8, 2013
Janet Stiven Healthcare providers are turning to cloud-based data storage because of the promise of significant savings. But companies aren't saving as much as they expect, because of the additional costs associated with security, according to Joseph Pennell, an associate at Mayer Brown. Pennell and Janet Stiven, a Dykema Gossett PLLC Member, spoke about cloud security at the mHealth Summit in...
By Jonah Comstock December 4, 2013
Specialist consultations via smartphone are most effective when they make use of not only speech, but annotated images, according to a clinical trial recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. In a randomized trial of 42 Swiss medical students, all participants were given a hypothetical case of a patient in need of hand surgery. They all prepared by looking at an X-ray image...
By Aditi Pai December 2, 2013
Happtique, subsidiary of the Greater New York Hospital Association’s for-profit arm GNYHA Ventures, announced the first apps in its registry, which came from 10 companies that paid to have their apps go through the certification process. The launch happened almost two years after Happtique first announced its plans to create a certification program. The apps in Happtique's group ranged from...
By Aditi Pai November 30, 2013
This week MobiHealthNews covered UCLA's partnership with smart cane startup Isowalk, rounded up 51 digital health metrics for 2013 and reported on a UK startup's Bluetooth measuring system for ostomy bags. This was just some of the news that has come out recently. Here are some other pieces we have been reading. The Next Frontier in Heart Care -- Wall Street Journal The Framingham Heart Study and...
By Neil Versel November 25, 2013
Patient empowerment often is about taking care into one's own hands. Usually that means making a lot of noise or at least asking a lot of questions. Less common is the entrepreneurial path in search of a technological fix to a personal health issue. Michael Seres, co-founder of London-based 11 Health, took the latter approach. As Seres tells it, he was diagnosed with Crohn's Disease at age 12....
By Jonah Comstock November 21, 2013
Voxiva has released an iOS and Android app version of Care4life, its type 2 diabetes management text message program. In the app, users can set medication and appointment reminders, access recipes and nutrition tips, self-report and track blood glucose readings, and track weight and exercise goals. Additionally, the app sends users the same messages they would receive through the texting program...
By Neil Versel November 21, 2013
"A conclusion of my work is that mobile apps work. If you have something, make a mobile app and it will work," Dr. Paul Fontelo, director of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the National Library of Medicine, said Tuesday while presenting a paper at the American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) annual symposium in Washington. That may be an oversimplification...

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