January 29, 2014
A team of Dutch scientists has conducted a review of published studies that looked at how electronic communication between doctors and patients -- like email or messaging through a patient-facing EHR portal -- affects care outcomes, health behavior, and patient satisfaction. In the paper, recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, researchers looked particularly at studies...
December 4, 2013
Specialist consultations via smartphone are most effective when they make use of not only speech, but annotated images, according to a clinical trial recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
In a randomized trial of 42 Swiss medical students, all participants were given a hypothetical case of a patient in need of hand surgery. They all prepared by looking at an X-ray image...
June 3, 2013
The volume of scientific research about mobile healthcare technology has grown as the field itself has exploded, but the quality and focus of academic studies has not kept pace with the speed of innovation, a review of 10 years' worth of published literature suggests.
"Mobile technology, with its diffusion and characteristics, holds a great potential for health care applications. However the use...
February 27, 2013
The study looked at the Air Force's MiCare PHR.
The failure of Google Health in 2011 pointed to a critical question about patient health records (PHRs): do people want them? If a giant like Google couldn't get enough people interested in their own health records to continue offering the service, what hope was there for mass market penetration. With Meaningful Use Stage 2 requiring hospitals to...
February 19, 2013
A researcher at the University of Texas has published a study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research looking at efficacy of a free online weight loss program. The study looked at 1,258 randomly selected users of SparkPeople.com and found that those who entered their weight into the site at least four times per month lost an average of 11 pounds per month more than those that didn't, and...
August 19, 2009
A study set to be published in the upcoming issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that mobile phone-based telemonitoring of patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) has the potential to reduce frequency and duration of heart failure hospitalizations. The study also included a caveat that ensuring elderly patients, in particular, could use the mobile phone-based service's user...