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Above: A graphic that demonstrates how the smartphone virus scanner works. The virus-containing cavities are 4.5 micrometres across and 9 micrometres apart. Credit: © 2019 Minagawa et al.

By Dean Koh 11:16 pm August 4, 2019
Most of us are similar with ‘viruses’ and malware relating to our computers or smartphones, but Yoshihiro Minagawa, a researcher from the University of Tokyo has taken it on literally – he has invented a portable, low-cost, battery-powered device that pairs with a smartphone, which was tested with viruses but could also detect other biological markers. His initial findings, together with other...
By Laura Lovett 02:58 pm July 25, 2019
In the US the percentage of people living with loneliness is rapidly increasing. This is particularly true when it comes to young people, about half of whom report living with loneliness.  Chronic loneliness is linked to a number of health conditions including depression and Type 2 diabetes, with the CDC reporting that it is more dangerous than obesity and as damaging as smoking 15 cigarettes a...
By Dave Muoio 12:18 pm September 14, 2017
Despite early interest and clinical potential, a recently published literature review suggests that additional research into adherence and engagement is still needed to confirm whether diagnoses of mood disorders using smartphone voice recording strategies have a place in healthcare. In the study, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center researchers...
By Heather Mack 02:30 pm May 12, 2017
Smartphones can make a lot of things faster, like getting a cab, ordering food or finding a date. But they can also shave down waiting time in a situation where every minute can feel like an eternity: getting out of the hospital. Specifically, patients who came to the emergency room in the University of Toronto’s system with chest pain could spend nearly a half hour less waiting to be discharged...
By Aditi Pai 10:13 am June 9, 2015
Some 95 percent of nurses own a smartphone and 88 percent use smartphone apps at work, according to a survey of 241 nurses conducted by InCrowd. The research firm conducts two- to five-minute online microsurveys. Around 73 percent of nurses used apps to look up drug information, 72 percent used apps to look up different diseases and disorders, and 69 percent used smartphones, though not an app,...
By Aditi Pai 09:08 am July 10, 2014
The percentage of households in the US that do not have landline phones and rely on mobile phones continues to rise. The annual CDC survey recently found that the number now stands at 41 percent. Just over 57 percent of consumers with a landline described their health status as excellent or very good, compared to 63.8 percent of consumers who only use a mobile phone, according to the recent CDC...
By Aditi Pai 07:56 am March 25, 2014
Patient education company WelVU raised $1.25 million from a group of angel investors last week. CEO Mark Friess told MobiHealthNews the company's basic WelVU app has seen 3,000 downloads from providers after a few months in the iTunes store. This year, the company launched two new products -- a WelVU Plus app and WelVU Premium app. WelVU's basic app for iPads and iPhones helps physicians create...
By Jonah Comstock 11:33 am May 22, 2013
Despite 75 percent owning personal smartphones, only a quarter of nurses at acute care hospitals have a smartphone available to support their nursing work, according to a survey by Voalte, which markets a smartphone-based secure hospital communication system, and American Nurse Today, the official journal of the American Nurses Association. Voalte told MobiHealthNews that American Nurse Today...
By Brian Dolan 09:42 am March 10, 2010
Health Information Exchange networks (HIEs) aim to be the glue that binds electronic medical records and other health information repositories and sources (including mHealth) together -- and there's a substantial amount of stimulus money being thrown at HIEs to drive adoption. The ARRA stimulus bill provides for around $40 billion to move the industry onto EMRs, but about $18 billion of that sum...
By Brian Dolan 08:21 am October 27, 2009
Vocera -- known for its wireless badge form factor communication devices for hospital settings -- announced the first shipment of its new device: the Vocera smartphone. The company jointly developed the smartphone with Motorola, but Vocera said the device offers the same one-touch, voice user interface of the Vocera communications badge. The Vocera smartphone runs on Microsoft's Windows Mobile 6....