digital health tools

By Jonah Comstock October 2, 2017
According to a new survey of 500 Medicare plan members, 77 percent of Medicare beneficiaries have used digital health tools. Yet just nine percent of respondents indicated that their health plan integrated data from those tools. Looking specifically at the 70 percent of beneficiaries with one or more chronic conditions, just eight percent said digital health tool data was used by their health...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2017
A new survey from HealthMine of 750 insured consumers shows that 83 percent of those consumers report using digital health tools. But while the news is good for digital health, it's not as good for health plans, the group that the survey focused on. Seventy-three percent of respondents said their health plan doesn't seem to understand their health well and 60 percent called for more communication...
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 Heather Mack November 22, 2016
In a far cry from the previous comparison of digital health tools to “snake oil,” the American Medical Association is now openly embracing them, albeit with a healthy dose of discretion and some ground rules.  During the AMA’s Interim Meeting last week in Orlando, the group approved a list of principles to guide coverage and payment policies that support the use of mobile health apps and devices...
By Heather Mack November 9, 2016
Baltimore-based Quantified Care, which makes a mobile platform to help care providers monitor and engage people with chronic conditions, has secured an investment from KiwiVentures II. The amount is undisclosed and is the third investment from KiwiVentures II. “Over the last couple years, KiwiVenture Partners has been an excellent supporter in Quantified Care’s efforts to improve patient care and...
By Heather Mack November 9, 2016
Mothers, in a role that is always on-call, are constantly looking new ways to manage their families' health, and that means having 24/7 access to a doctor, according to a new survey. The survey asked 527 American women, aged 18-59 with children, a number of questions to gauge their relationship with digital health tools such as apps, trackers and telehealth services. The survey was conducted by...
By Heather Mack October 21, 2016
The innovation arm of Brigham and Women’s Hospital has partnered with efficacy-focused digital health company Evidation Health to collaborate on a project measuring the real life impact of digital health solutions on clinical and financial outcomes. The idea is to combine forces to develop methods of creating direct-to-patient trials of digital health solutions, leveraging the research...
By Heather Mack October 10, 2016
Do digital tools lead to better health literacy? Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin explored if there was a link in health knowledge and health information technology, and found, generally speaking, that those with low health literacy were less likely to use tools like apps and online information sources.  In a recent study of 4,974 Americans, researchers explored whether health...
By Heather Mack October 10, 2016
As the focus in healthcare continues to shift towards efficiency and value, doctors say they consider themselves well-equipped to keep up with demands thanks to digital technology and information tools, according to a new survey by Merck Manuals. In a small survey of 220 physicians conducted at a medical conference, most said smartphones in their offices (both their own and their patients’) has...
By Heather Mack August 18, 2016
Senior citizens – by far the largest healthcare consumer base in terms of the cost, duration and intensity of their care – are the least likely to use tools aimed at helping them take a more active role in their health management.  In a survey study recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), researchers looked at the trends in the use of technology and digital...