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By Jonah Comstock April 9, 2014
Researchers at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Northwestern University are continuing to iterate in the field of stretchable, flexible sensors and antennae. A new paper, recently published in Science, presented a new approach to the category that would allow off-the-shelf chip-based electronics to be incorporated into a peel-and-stick patch. “We designed this device to monitor...
By Jonah Comstock April 8, 2014
Nine health systems and organizations in Washington and Oregon -- representing more than a million patients -- have pledged to open up physician notes to patients via electronic medical records by the end of 2015. That increases the total number of patients with access to their physicians' notes by 50 percent -- from 2 million to 3 million altogether. OpenNotes, the initiative that grew out of a...
By Aditi Pai April 2, 2014
The AliveCor Heart Monitor can be a cost-effective method to identify high risk of stroke in adults over 65 years old, according to a recent feasibility study published in the journal Thrombosis and Haemostasis. AliveCor's heart monitor is available in the form of a smartphone case or a peripheral that attaches to the back of the phone. It sends data to a companion app that stores the device's...
By Jonah Comstock April 1, 2014
According to an as-yet unpublished study, the Mayo Clinic has found that incorporating a smartphone app into cardiac rehabilitation can reduce emergency room visits and hospital readmissions by 40 percent. "The takeaway is that digital health, mobile health, can be used for cardiovascular disease prevention, especially in a high risk group," lead researcher Dr. R. Jay Widmer told MobiHealthNews...
By Aditi Pai April 1, 2014
Nurses who use a smartphone-based clinical guidelines program about smoking screen patients more often and are more successful at helping patients quit smoking, according to a Columbia University School of Nursing study published in Oncology Nursing Forum. The study looked at the screening rates of 185 registered nurses who used the smartphone based system to treat patients during 14,000 clinic...
By Brian Dolan March 31, 2014
Berlin-based Caterna Vision Therapy will soon become the developer of the first mobile medical app in Germany to be prescribed to patients by physicians and that has reimbursement in place from a health plan, Caterna's founder Dr. Markus Müschenich told MobiHealthNews. Beginning tomorrow -- April 1st -- Caterna's online program for children with amblyopia, a visual impairment condition, will be...
By Aditi Pai March 28, 2014
MomentStrong is conducting a similar study A smartphone application that helps support alcohol-dependent people after they leave a treatment program may have a significant impact on patients, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study involved 349 patients who were part of five different treatment programs, two in the Northeast and three in...
By Jonah Comstock March 28, 2014
Hospitals are starting to get serious about implementing enterprise-level, smartphone-based systems for nurses, according to a study by Spyglass Consulting. In a survey of 100 tech savvy nurses from around the country, half said their hospital was now evaluating such an offering. Only 4 percent had actually implemented them already. Enterprise mobile systems are applications that include (and go...
By Aditi Pai March 28, 2014
Urs Albrecht, deputy director at the Germany-based Peter L Reichertz Institute for Medical Informatics, has developed an app that simulates injuries and health conditions for medical students. The app uses QR code-like technology to show a simulated medical issue using augmented reality through the medical student's mobile device. Albrecht, who also works at the Department of Legal Medicine of...
By Jonah Comstock March 27, 2014
Left to Right: Halamka, Dreyer, Landman, Stack, and Weygandt. As regulatory efforts like ICD-10 and Meaningful Use continue to march on, the vision of policy and the reality of physician experience don't always line up. That was the key take away from The Art of Medicine, a panel discussion hosted by Nuance in Boston, Massachusetts this week. "We had a Big Bang moment, we had a horrible...