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By Laura Lovett November 20, 2018
Age played a major role in Chilean women’s attitudes toward text message reminders for Papanicolaou (Pap) testing, according to a small study published by JMIR mHealth and uHealth. The study set out to investigate the barriers preventing Chilean women from getting tested for cervical cancer by setting up focus groups to talk to patients. Twenty-seven women between the ages of 25 and 64 who did...
By Dave Muoio November 20, 2018
reSET — a substance use disorder treatment that was the first software-only therapeutic cleared by the FDA — is now commercially available for clinicians to prescribe to their patients, according to a release from Pear Therapeutics and Sandoz, a division of Novartis with which Pear partnered back in April. But while physical prescription drugs are usually handled through a pharmacy, the process...
By Laura Lovett November 20, 2018
A recent study published in JMIR Mental Health found that despite the growth of smartphone ownership in recent years, the use of mental health apps among patients remains low.  In fact, in the study’s survey, which was given to 186 patients being treated for mental health conditions, only about 10 percent reported actively using a mental health app.  “Our results suggest that while mental health...
By Dave Muoio November 20, 2018
Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, and Silicon Valley-area big data company Palantir Technologies announced a joint venture that will focus on building an analytics and collaborative technology platform for cancer researchers. Called Syntropy, the Boston-based effort will rely on Palantir Foundry to power its data integration platform. Any research data shared across participating groups will be transparent...
By Jonah Comstock November 19, 2018
Nicklaus Children’s Health System in Miami, Florida is deploying an app-based clinical image sharing tool, tapping startup WinguMD and medical imaging company Dicom Systems. “Prior to deploying the application, clinical photos were stored in multiple devices using numerous manual processes,” Elise Hermes, chief nursing information officer for Nicklaus, said in a statement. “Quality, continuity,...
By Laura Lovett November 16, 2018
Globally more and more health professionals are stressing the importance of mental health services, but getting patients those services can be tricky. The shortage of trained professionals and the stigma of mental illness in many countries around the world have often created a barrier to treatment. But recently technology has come into play to tackle some of these challenges.    “There is a...