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...
November 7, 2013
McKesson Foundation’s Mobilizing for Health initiative has awarded The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, grant of an unspecified amount to develop and test a mobile self-management app for cancer therapy patients. The program will help patients who are on oral chemotherapy to better monitor their symptoms and adverse effects of their treatment.
The development of the...
October 25, 2013
Most people agree that doing robust studies and pilots is important to the development of mobile and digital health, and to reaching the cost savings these technologies offer. But what kind of evidence is important? When is it time to stop running pilots and go to scale, and what challenges does that process offer? And furthermore, does every provider organization have to reinvent the wheel, or...
October 24, 2013
Boston-based Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners Healthcare has launched online health social community Wellocracy.
In 2012, Director Dr. Joseph Kvedar told MobiHealthNews Wellocracy is “a community dedicated to improving the health of regular folks."
On the website, users can read “1-a-Day” and “Fit-it-In” tips, learn from Wellocracy experts about which mobile apps, sleep...
September 10, 2013
When applied to the right circumstances and with appropriate planning, remote monitoring can be highly effective at avoiding inpatient admissions and visits to the emergency room for patients with chronic diseases. As a bonus, investments in monitoring technologies and services often pay off quickly, attendees at the American Telemedicine Association's Fall Forum heard Monday in...
July 17, 2013
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) launched its data access framework initiative this week, an effort to increase interoperability among electronic health records (EHRs) from different vendors. Creating a data standard for all EHRs will empower patients who are switching from one provider to another, help smaller practices analyze and learn from their...
July 11, 2013
A study conducted by the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, showed wireless mobile technologies positively impact patient engagement and can be more effective than modem-based devices. The study was published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology in May.
In the 30 patient study, participants using Bluetooth-enabled wireless devices connected to a cellular-...
June 24, 2013
The Center for Connected Healthcare at Partners HealthCare in Boston has announced that it will begin integrating data from its home remote monitoring devices directly into Partner's electronic health record system.
Patient data including blood pressure, weight and blood glucose data will be transmitted to the Center's remote monitoring database, but, unlike previously, that data will now be...
December 6, 2012
One out of every three adults in the US will buy a digital health product of some kind in the next year, Gary Shapiro, the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), said -- citing data from an upcoming CEA survey -- during his luncheon keynote at HIMSS' mHealth Summit this week. With the exception of that prediction, Shapiro largely steered clear of the consumer health conversation and...
November 28, 2012
A new company from Center for Connected Health (CCH) Director Dr. Joseph Kvedar will take a stab at the difficult task of engaging consumers in their own health by studying the missteps of others and attempting to simplify the processes of education and motivation.
Kvedar and business partners, including self-help author Carol Colman and integrative medicine practitioner – and former personal...