August 7, 2013
Qualcomm, through its Wireless Reach initiative, is embarking on a 50-patient research project which will use mobile health technology to help show asthmatic children and teenagers where and how their worst asthma attacks occur. Zephyr Technology, maker of wearable vitals monitoring system BioHarness, is providing technology for the program, as is Asthmapolis, a startup that makes GPS-enabled...
August 6, 2013
The Scripps Translational Science Institute (STSI) has announced the official launch of its Wired for Health mobile trial, which had begun recruiting last month, when the Institute brought on Dr. Steven Steinhubl as director of digital medicine.
"We are excited to embark on one of the first robust, cross-industry studies using multiple mobile medical sensors to determine whether we can lower...
August 1, 2013
Visiting the doctor might be a daunting experience for kids who aren't yet used to the process, especially those with a developmental delay.
To address this concern, the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee created an iPad app, MyRoutine, to show children what a doctor's office visit generally looks like as well as other daily routines. Parents...
August 1, 2013
Google Glass is the highest profile wearable device right now. While it exists and thousands of beta testers have prototype versions of it, it's not commercially available yet. What's striking about the current Google Glass conversation -- especially in healthcare -- is that so little of it is critical. Even the iPad at launch stirred emotions among physicians and health IT types who were quick...
July 26, 2013
While Boston Children’s Hospital’s Chief Innovation Officer Naomi Fried has called for others to build more hospital apps in the past, her team is also working to bring new ones into operation at Boston Children's through an innovation program. She outlined about half a dozen of such projects during a talk at a mobile health event in Boston this week.
Fried stressed that there is an overabundance...
July 25, 2013
Madison, Wisconsin-based Asthmapolis, which offers an FDA-cleared inhaler sensor and companion app, announced a deal with San Diego-based Sharp Rees-Stealy Medical Centers. The hospital will offer the Asthmapolis platform as part of its asthma respiratory health management program.
Asthmapolis' device is a sensor that attaches to most inhalers for patients who have asthma or COPD. The sensor...
July 25, 2013
OneHealth Solutions, a company that largely has focused on employer groups, is for the first time applying its mobile and Web platform for patient behavior change to primary care, courtesy of a partnership with Boston Medical Center.
The safety-net hospital, an affiliate of Boston University School of Medicine, is adopting the OneHealth system, originally to treat substance abuse, depression and...
July 23, 2013
While other hospitals are trying to comply with a new Medicare policy by assuring recently discharged patients don't have to be readmitted, Orlando Health is trying to prevent inpatient admissions in the first place by sending some patients home from the emergency department with telemonitoring equipment.
The Central Florida health system is a month into a planned four-month pilot of home-based...
July 19, 2013
Last November, MobiHealthNews compiled a list of Apple’s top apps for doctors, nurses, and patients. Since then, Apple has added some new apps to its list and taken off many others.
In September 2011, Apple added a new section to its AppStore for healthcare professionals that included about 50 apps designed for iPad and iPhone users. A little more than a year later the section was slightly...
July 16, 2013
Dr. Robert Kaplan
The research community appears to be relishing the challenge of producing enough scientific evidence to prove or disprove the efficacy of mobile health technologies while also remaining open to new methods of evaluation that can keep pace with rapid innovation.
"The literature has really mushroomed in the last couple of years," Robert M. Kaplan, director of the Office of...