June 10, 2015
Asking "Dr. Google" about a medical problem isn't just a questionable way to get good answers -- it's also a potential security risk, according to research by Tim Libert, a University of Pennsylvania doctoral student, who was recently featured on NPR's All Tech Considered.
"Anything that is happening on the web today is pretty much completely unregulated," Libert told NPR's Robert Siegel. "There...
September 24, 2014
Eighty four percent of patients said they should be able to use technology to help their doctors make a diagnosis, while 69 percent of physicians said patients should use such tools to help them form a diagnosis. That's according to a recent survey from WebMD. In a follow up, the survey asked physicians if patients should self-diagnose using technology, to which only 17 percent of physicians said...
November 26, 2013
Just 72 percent of Americans with one or more chronic conditions have internet access and only 78 percent have a mobile phone. That's compared to 89 percent and 91 percent, respectively, of those without chronic illness, according to a study by the Pew Internet and American Life project.
At the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, California, Pew Research Center director Susannah Fox gave a...
April 19, 2013
When Larry Smarr started exploring the biochemistry of his body, he turned to his microbiome to find answers. At TEDMED 2013, Smarr talked about the steps he took in the months before he discovered he had Crohn’s disease.
At first, Smarr used apps like Zeo and Fitbit to monitor his sleeping and exercise respectively. Eventually, Smarr delved deeper, turning his attention to blood work and stool...
April 17, 2013
The most important thing about a thermometer isn't that it takes your temperature. What's important about a thermometer, according to Kinsa Health founder Inder Singh, is that it's already the go-to device for home diagnosis of illness.
"The thermometer is the single most important device," Singh told MobiHealthNews, "the first device any parent or doctor uses to confirm illness."
February 28, 2013
Today I'm very excited to announce our latest offering: The MobiHealthNews Podcast. This month MobiHealthNews writer Jonah Comstock and I interviewed a half dozen people about trends surrounding "self-diagnosis", which is at the heart of so much of what we write about here at MobiHealthNews.
The concept of self-diagnosis has existed for at least as long as the concept of the medical professional...