February 12, 2020
A study published in the BMJ has advised against the use of apps to assess the risk of skin cancer.
Primarily targeted at catching early-stage melanoma by photographing suspicious skin lesions on a smartphone, the apps were found to be subject to “poor and variable performance”, in spite of one having gained CE marking.
The discrepancy has led the authors to condemn the European regulatory...
February 14, 2019
New research published in the BMJ this week has shown that access to online decision support and feedback for UK GPs led to a decrease in the number of unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions for respiratory illness by 12 percent.
A team from the School of Population Health and Environmental Sciences at King’s College London carried out the year-long trial, funded by National Institute for Health...
May 17, 2017
As telemedicine policies expand and evolve across the country, there have been clear variations in how some states view the role of virtual care. One of the most challenging issue some states have taken up is whether to allow the use of telemedicine to prescribe medications that induce abortion, a consideration that has led to lawsuits, or has held up legislation that would otherwise establish...
April 6, 2017
Boston Children's Hospital has rolled into phase two of its deployment of GetWellNetwork’s patient engagement and education platform, which is rooted in putting patients at the center of care by equipping them with digital tools and information to be an active participant in their treatment and condition management. By providing tools for both patients and staff, the GetWellNetwork platform is...
April 4, 2017
Pilot examines how an app could reduce substance abuse disorder relapse
MAP Health Management, which makes a remote monitoring and patient engagement platform focused on people with substance abuse disorder, has partnered with relapse reduction app WeConnect in a pilot to measure risk of relapse for people in MAP’s system. The WeConnect pilot will enroll 200 people who are currently using MAP...
April 20, 2015
Two of the biggest medical journals in the world have taken up some big picture mobile health questions this week: How are patients to know which medical apps work out of the sea of available options, and should healthy patients be making use of mobile health apps and devices at all?
The first question is the subject of a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association, while...
April 15, 2014
Blood pressure centiles, a SMART app.
The SMART platform (Substitutable Medical Apps and Reusable Technology), an ONC-funded, Boston Children's Hospital-led effort to encourage the development of modular apps for EHRs, has announced an advisory committee to help support the growth of the platform.
The committee includes representatives from The Advisory Board Company, AARP, BMJ, Canadian...