December 21, 2016
New research shows that automated health tracking using connected devices and apps can improve long-term engagement in health activities, compared with manual tracking.
The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, examined utilization patterns of participants in Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices (BRhc), a self-monitoring program that allows members to track health...
October 10, 2016
Do digital tools lead to better health literacy? Researchers from the University of Texas at Austin explored if there was a link in health knowledge and health information technology, and found, generally speaking, that those with low health literacy were less likely to use tools like apps and online information sources.
In a recent study of 4,974 Americans, researchers explored whether health...
August 25, 2016
Pear Therapeutics, a Boston and San Francisco-based developer of digital strategies to address a broad range of mental health conditions, has released results of a study showing promising engagement with its program Thrive, which uses a smartphone app along with medication to treat patients with schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder and bipolar disorder.
Thrive offers 24/7 patient monitoring...
August 17, 2015
Apps can help increase the amount of leisure time that users spend exercising as well as positively impacting their BMI, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The researchers surveyed 726 people via Amazon's Mechanical Turk on their usage of exercise apps and their exercise habits. It was conducted by researchers from Lander College, Columbia University, Long...
August 4, 2015
A new app, developed at the interaction design lab at Cornell University, has a novel approach to helping users lose weight: an algorithm that latches onto the healthy behaviors users are already doing and then gradually encourages them to do more of the same.
The app is called MyBehavior, and it's set to launch in the Google Play store in September. The research team already did a 14-week study...
March 5, 2015
Offering interactive web-based content that is personalized for a patient may increase the patient's knowledge of their condition and reduce their incidence of negative effects, according to a study conducted by researchers in the Department of Medical Psychology at Germany-based University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf.
The study, a randomized control trial of 561 people with either type 2...
July 29, 2014
Rewards-based systems work to bring people into an online health management program, but they don't do much to encourage sustained engagement, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Internet Medical Research.
The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada, looked at 140,000 potential users of an online health intervention called My Health eSupport....
May 22, 2014
A randomized control trial of 99 elderly, Spanish patients suggests that a tablet app can improve medication adherence, even in patients with no prior experience with the internet, smartphones, or tablets. The study was published recently in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
"With the growth in use of tablets and smartphones, various interventions have been designed to improve adherence...
December 12, 2013
Columbia University's Frederick Muench
Text messages have been proven several times to be a positive medium for improving health outcomes. Text message intervention studies for smoking cessation, medication adherence and weight loss have all come back with positive results. Although companies have begun developing more and more apps, tailored text messages that speak to a specific audience...
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...