text messaging

By Jonah Comstock 11:37 am October 23, 2013
Americans are more and more receptive to companies contacting them via email and text message, and healthcare is the area in which they most trust companies with their information, according to a new survey from the Varolii Corporation, a recently acquired subsidiary of Nuance. In the survey of 1,000 American consumers, Varolii asked them about communications in every aspect of their lives,...
By Jonah Comstock 04:55 am June 13, 2013
Harvard Pilgrim is not new to using digital health technology to improve patient care and wellness at home -- the health insurance company worked with health engagement platform Eliza back in 2006 and with smart pillbox maker MedMinder in 2009, before signing its recent deal with Voxiva's Care4Life. But Harvard Pilgrim is careful about the partnerships they engage in, making sure they're both...
By Jonah Comstock 03:00 am May 23, 2013
Voxiva, the company that developed the National Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies Coalition's Text4baby free texting service for new mothers, announced a major update of Text4baby. New Text4baby messages will include links to a mobile website containing "educational content and informational videos covering topics from exercise during pregnancy to car seat safety," according to a release from the...
By Neil Versel 03:20 am February 28, 2013
Teenagers love to text. Teenagers and young adults have a lot of questions about sexual health and sexually transmitted diseases. So it only makes sense that those who wish to disseminate information and help answer those questions would find a lot of value in text messaging. Young people have a lot of the same questions about sex and sexual health as in years past, but the means of engaging...
By Jonah Comstock 05:04 am February 20, 2013
The new HIPAA omnibus rule spurred a lot of discussion, but as with any legislation, how it affects real workflow isn't yet certain. A case study has been published in the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) detailing how HIPAA influences a public health text messaging intervention. Hilary N. Karasz, PhD, Amy Eiden, JD, and Sharon Bogan, MPH of Public Health-Seattle and King's County,...
By Jonah Comstock 11:47 am December 11, 2012
According to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, 85 percent of American adults own a mobile phone, and 80 percent of those mobile phone owners use their phone to send and receive text messages. Yet the only way to contact emergency services in the event of a fire, health emergency, or criminal activity is still by dialing 9-1-1 and making a phone call. In August of last year, FCC chairman...
By Jonah Comstock 01:45 pm November 27, 2012
A new meta-analysis of 11 studies shows that mobile device-enabled interventions can help increase people's physical activity. The study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, is the first meta-analysis of its kind, according to the authors. The 11 studies looked at a broad range of mobile interventions, a few of which seem out of date in the current market. Eight of the 11 used...
By Jonah Comstock 12:49 pm November 16, 2012
This week, the Cochrane Library published a review of mobile messaging-based smoking cessation interventions. The report found that, based on five studies, with a total of more than 9,000 participants, smokers who used mobile messaging interventions were twice as likely to make it six months without smoking than those who didn't. "We can’t say from the result that this means all text messaging...
By Jonah Comstock 01:29 pm November 14, 2012
Since it's 2010 launch, Text4baby, the government-supported public health initiative that sends free tips to expectant mothers, has always had the low-income women as their target demographic. Low income and minority populations still have a disproportionately high infant mortality rate, and texting was chosen as a vector because it's adoption numbers are high in that group. Now a new partnership...
By Neil Versel 06:51 am November 13, 2012
After Hurricane Sandy slammed the Northeast Oct. 29, Mount Sinai Medical Center had to take extra patients evacuated from other New York City hospitals. Busy staff there used an app called MDconnectME to send quick updates to designated family members about the location and condition of their loved ones. Interestingly, Philadelphia-based MDconnectME did not design its app for disaster response. "...