August 30, 2012
Earlier this week, MobiHealthNews reported on positive – albeit vague – preliminary results from a pilot test of WellDoc's DiabetesManager system among employees of health insurer Health Care Service Corp. (HCSC) who had type 2 diabetes.
But what does it really mean that 88 percent of the 156 participants called DiabetesManager "highly useful" for self-management of their condition?
August 28, 2012
WellDoc continues its hot streak. Fresh off deals with Alere and two unspecified health insurance companies – not to mention a new round of funding – WellDoc corporate partner AT&T reports strongly positive early results from a test of the Baltimore-based company's DiabetesManager system.
In a pilot involving 156 employees of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), operator of Blue Cross and...
June 11, 2012
When it comes to providing incentives for people to make healthy lifestyle choices, mobile devices to track diet and exercise can help, but the real motivator might be good old, hard cash.
Researchers from Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago gave handheld personal digital assistants to 204 adults at risk of developing multiple chronic diseases due to lifestyle and...
March 15, 2012
Source: Global mHealth Initiative
Baltimore-based Johns Hopkins University's Global mHealth Initiative has undertaken what the Baltimore Sun calls "one of the broadest efforts to assess mHealth strategies" with 49 official studies underway by dozens of university faculty members. According to the report, the initiative is evaluating which mHealth services can help physicians, community health...
February 14, 2012
Last week MobiHealthNews hosted its first webinar of 2012. During my presentation I shared my 12 trends for 2012. Our co-presenter, Aaron Kaufman from Kony Healthcare Solutions also shared his take on the year ahead. Check out the complimentary, hour-long webinar on demand right here.
1.) The Adoption of Smartphones and Tablets. This is by far the most obvious trend because it has been so steady...
February 13, 2012
LifeWatch's CardGuard PMP4 Suite of Devices
A recently published study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that mobile phone-based heart failure telemonitoring was an easy to use solution that offered immediate feedback to both patients and clinicians. The small study -- just 22 heart failure patients used the mobile phone-based monitoring system for six months -- required patients...
January 26, 2012
To date, WellDoc's DiabetesManager is one of the few mobile health apps to have gone through an RCT.
At the end of last year the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) recently published an editorial that argues standards are sorely needed to help edify the growing number of mobile health and eHealth efficacy studies. The editorial is a must-read for anyone looking to conduct randomized...
December 15, 2011
Mobile adoption just keeps marching forward, but someone had best solve the payment issue sooner rather than later.
The move toward accountable care organizations and Medicare's denial of reimbursements for certain preventable readmissions certainly will put some of the onus on hospitals and integrated delivery networks to keep post-discharge patients and those with chronic diseases healthy. It...