Eric Wicklund

By Eric Wicklund 09:36 amOctober 5, 2015
This year's Global mHealth Forum is going back to school. The two-day event, in its second year as part of the mHealth Summit 2015, will feature a show-and-tell during its Tuesday evening social event. mHealth developers will be on hand to demonstrate 3D printers, diagnostic apps, drones and a host of technology that's helping to deliver healthcare to the world's developing nations. [Learn more...
By Eric Wicklund 09:19 amOctober 2, 2015
America's future doctors might like the promise of mHealth, but they'd still prefer seeing their patients in person – even for follow-up visits. Those surprising results can be found in athenahealth's 10th annual Epocrates Future Physicians of America survey. The survey of some 1,000 medical students paints a confusing picture of just what they want out of digital health. To wit, the students...
By Eric Wicklund 10:53 amOctober 1, 2015
A new mHealth platform pledges to help diabetics not only record health data, but plan ahead to better manage their chronic condition. The collaboration between Accenture and Fjord, its UK-based design and innovation consultancy, pushes the envelope on wearables to include predictive analytics – long seen as the next phase in mHealth and a key component of provider adoption. The two companies are...
By Eric Wicklund 09:10 amSeptember 30, 2015
The number of clinical trials making use of apps has more than doubled in the past two years, according to a recent study. And while that means more clinicians are jumping on the mHealth bandwagon, the same oft-cited drawbacks are still there. An IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics study finds that there are more consumer-facing mHealth apps than ever yet only 10 percent of them are...
By Eric Wicklund 11:32 amSeptember 29, 2015
One of the first apps developed through Apple's ResearchKit platform is now being used in clinical settings. Officials at New York's Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai reported positive results from six months of testing the Asthma Health app and are now integrating the data into the hospital's Epic EMR platform. In addition, LifeMap Solutions, which worked with Icahn to create the app, has...
By Eric Wicklund 09:22 amSeptember 29, 2015
A new study found that video games don't help medical students become better telemedicine surgeons. But that doesn't mean future docs should stop playing. The research, conducted by the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, reinforced earlier studies that indicate gaming does improve surgeons' laparoscopic skills. More importantly, however, med students involved in the project showed no improvement...
By Eric Wicklund 08:00 amSeptember 28, 2015
One of the highlights at last year's mHealth Summit was a standing-room-only session on Apple's newly unveiled HealthKit. For an all-too-short 35 minutes, attendees peppered representatives of Ochsner Health and Duke Medicine with questions about how this innovative new app platform would help clinicians and patients collaborate on healthcare. While cautioning that it was still early to form any...
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By Eric Wicklund 07:50 amSeptember 28, 2015
Richard Scarfo has been at the helm of the mHealth Summit since its launch seven years ago, and this year sees him overseeing the most significant changes in the conference's history. The vice president of the Personal Connected Health Alliance sits down with mHealth News to answer a few questions. Q. The 2015 mHealth Summit is one of three separate summits planned under the Connected Health...
By Eric Wicklund 07:45 amSeptember 28, 2015
The focus is on connections at this year's mHealth Summit. It's part of a subtle shift in how "mHealth" is being defined – and how it's being adopted by healthcare providers. For starters, this year's summit is actually one of three, all combined under the umbrella of the new Connected Health Conference. The four-day event, coordinated by HIMSS, the Personal Connected Health Alliance and Continua...
By Eric Wicklund 01:17 pmSeptember 25, 2015
The increasing intersection between professional sports and wearables may help athletes avoid injuries, but it's also raising new questions about data ownership. The NBA is reportedly funding a study at the Mayo Clinic that looks at how wearables might be worn by basketball players during games. According to a story in Grantland, the study, using monitors developed by Catapult and STATSports, is...