January 7, 2015
Smartphone ECG company AliveCor announced the publication of a long-awaited independent trial of the technology conducted by the Cleveland Clinic. As was reported at Heart Rhythm Society in May 2014, the trial showed that AliveCor's heart monitor detected atrial fibrillation that was present 100 percent of the time, and only returned false positives 3 percent of the time.
Researchers at the...
January 6, 2015
Adding educational health content to text reminders for influenza vaccines improves the effectiveness of those texts, when compared with written reminders and texts that do not offer extra health information, according to a study of 660 children published in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Between 2012 and 2013, researchers recruited families of 6-month through 8-year-old...
October 6, 2014
The opportunity for healthcare organizations to leverage text messaging as a channel for health education, behavior change, and patient engagement has been widely discussed over the past decade. But unlike other health technology solutions, the body of data supporting text messaging-based mobile health programs is substantial and growing.
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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...
November 18, 2013
A study of a text messaging intervention for low-income patients with Type 2 diabetes showed a statistically significant affect on medication adherence and emergency room visits, but not HbA1c hemoglobin levels. It also showed that the texting intervention was more effective for Spanish speakers than English speakers.
The study of 128 patients, published in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, was...
August 19, 2013
A recently published study from Finland, conducted in 2008, shows Web- and mobile-based health interventions for employees can be effective, but face challenges when it comes to employees actually using the technology over time.
In a study published last month in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, a team from the VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland looked at 114 employees who were...
June 13, 2013
For the past few years San Francisco-based Sessions has been developing a direct-to-consumer, mobile-enabled program for inactivity and nutrition. Sessions, which was a member of digital health accelerator Rock Health's second class in 2012, is currently enrolling about 80 people on a rolling basis for a randomized control trial of its coaching program at the Mayo Clinic. Sessions first did an...
January 25, 2013
Nashville-based Agile Health, a B2B developer of mobile health interventions, announced a major upgrade to its Kick Buts smoking cessation program. Kick Buts is a text-messaging intervention based on software company HSA Global's STOMP platform, which was shown in a 2011 randomized trial in the UK to double successful quit rates over a control group. Agile licenses Kick Buts, along with other...
January 22, 2013
Technology moves too quickly for the world of academic publishing. That's a long held belief by many but also a common topic of conversation among those working in digital health today. How to best study efficacy can be a tricky subject for digital health, however, the argument that efficacy data is unimportant rarely enters the debate -- it is, especially for those companies that hope to...
January 17, 2013
Dr Caroline Free also led the efficacy trial for Txt2Stop, a SMS-based smoking cessation service
Despite all the hype and promise around mobile healthcare technologies, the scientific evidence supporting clinical efficacy of mobile health continues to fall short, according to two new papers in the journal PLOS Medicine.
British researchers examined 20 years' worth of published studies on mobile...