caregivers

By Jonah Comstock 07:25 am July 16, 2013
The Department of Veterans Affairs has fully launched its pilot, announced last year, in which it's distributing 1,000 iPads to family caregivers of veterans loaded with 10 specially-created apps. "There are three things that we're looking at in the pilot," said Kathleen Frisbee, Director of Web and Mobile Solutions in the Veterans Health Administration. "The first is the impact of the iPads on...
By Jonah Comstock 01:24 pm June 20, 2013
New research from the Pew Internet and American Life Project shows that adults who are unpaid caregivers for a parent or child use online and mobile health tools considerably more than the average American, but only 59 percent of connected caregivers find internet tools helpful in giving care. Fifty-two percent said that online tools helped them deal with the stress of being a caregiver. "If this...
By Jonah Comstock 12:37 pm April 24, 2013
According to the National Alliance for Caregiving, there are more than 65 million unpaid caregivers in the United States -- friends or family members who take care of a loved one. And even more people than that are caring for their children and their pets. Rajiv Mehta (founder of Zume Life and Tonic) is about to launch a new app for those caregivers called Unfrazzle. Mehta and partner David...
By Brian Dolan 07:21 am June 23, 2010
Partners Healthcare's Center for Connected Health announced that Vitality's GlowCap service raised medication adherence rates 27 percent for a group of hypertensive patients. The group using GlowCaps achieved 98 percent adherence, while another group using GlowCaps plus financial incentives hit 99 percent adherence. For those that don't know, here's how Vitality describes GlowCaps: They "fit...
By Brian Dolan 11:13 am April 19, 2010
By Bradley Merrill Thompson (I would like to thank Tim Gee of Medical Connectivity Consulting and Mike Robkin for their comments on a draft. The views expressed, right or wrong, are only the author’s and should not be attributed to anyone else.) At mHealth meetings, I keep hearing representatives from hospitals and other healthcare caregivers say they don’t believe FDA regulations extend to...
By Brian Dolan 12:14 pm February 17, 2010
According to a recent survey conducted by Accenture and sponsored by the GSM Association, consumers are not only interested in embedded devices and services, like connected health services, but many believe that using them would enrich their lives. Their research included results from an online survey which polled 1,005 early adopter consumers that own at least four networked devices and use...