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By Jonah Comstock February 27, 2017
A study of 172 college students at Penn State shows that interactivity, perceived interactivity, and a conversational tone can all impact how engaged users are with a health assessment tool and what impressions they walk away with after using the tool. The study was conducted by S. Shyam Sundar, a professor of communications at Penn State and co-director of the Media Effects Research Laboratory,...
By MobiHealthNews February 24, 2017
This week was the HIMSS Annual Conference, the biggest week in Health IT. We’ve been covering some of the major digital health news from the conference right along, but today we’re bringing it all together in one wrap-up of the event.   We started off the conference with our own event (in partnership with the Personal Connected Health Alliance), the Digital and Personal Connected Health event,...
By Heather Mack February 23, 2017
Delivering personalized healthcare to a patient population of over 3 million is no easy feat. But Geisinger Health System was up for the challenge and approached it like any other large-scale organization looking to create tailored interactions with each person their system serves would: through customer relationship management (CRM) technology. “What I mean is taking individual preferences,...
By Jonah Comstock February 23, 2017
Connected health has arrived, almost. In a talk this week at the Digital and Personal Connected Health conference at HIMSS17 in Orlando, Partners HealthCare VP of Connected Health Dr. Joseph Kvedar talked about how far advances like telemedicine and remote patient monitoring have come, how far they still have to go, and how the industry can clear the final hurdles between today’s early adopters...
By Heather Mack February 22, 2017
It may be more challenging to make healthcare consumer-focused and tech-enabled than other industries, but that doesn’t mean some of the same design and usability sensibilities that work so well in other services can’t be applied.     In a panel discussion moderated by MobiHealthNews Editor Jonah Comstock at the Digital and Personal Connected Health forum at HIMSS 17 in Orlando this week,...
By Jonah Comstock February 22, 2017
Teladoc is the latest telemedicine company to incorporate connected devices into its offering via an expanded partnership with FDA-cleared connected thermometer company Kinsa.  The Teladoc app will automatically detect the Kinsa app on a user’s phone, and guide the user to Kinsa. Users can also import up to 10 days of temperature readings into the Teladoc platform from the Kinsa app. That data...
By Jonah Comstock February 22, 2017
The Proteus Discover digital health system uses an ingestible sensor embedded in a pill to record data about – among other things – patients’ medication adherence. The sensor sends data to an adhesive patch, which in turn sends it to a mobile device. But what are the use cases that require that kind of precision and reliability? For the Children’s Health, a system of pediatric hospitals in the...
By Jonah Comstock February 21, 2017
Xcertia, the new standards body for mobile apps that launched late last year at the Connected Health Conference, held a meeting at HIMSS to explain more about the organization's approach and to extend a plea for more industry voices to join the membership-based organization. The founding members include the American Medical Association, the American Heart Association, HIMSS, and DHX Group. DHX...
By Heather Mack February 21, 2017
Telemedicine provider MDLive, which has a behavioral health network of more than 1,300 mental health professionals, is now offering virtual psychiatric services with contracted psychiatrists in all 50 states. MDLive originally launched behavioral health services in November 2014 after they acquired online behavioral therapy provider Breakthrough Behavioral. Since that acquisition, the company...
By Jonah Comstock February 21, 2017
At the Digital and Personal Connected Health Event at HIMSS in Orlando, Cedars-Sinai Director of Health Services Research Brennan Spiegel spoke some more about his experiences using virtual reality to help alleviate patients’ pain and allow them to virtually escape the confines of the hospital during their recovery. “We’ve now done this with well over 300 of our patients and we have been learning...