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By Jonah Comstock 03:18 pm July 13, 2016
At a congressional hearing on mobile medical apps today, experts from different sectors of the industry weighed in on the ways they think federal regulation needs to change to create a robust digital health industry while still protecting the safety and wellbeing of patients. The conversation spanned various regulatory bodies and federal programs including HIPAA, the FDA, the FTC, and Medicare. “...
By Aditi Pai 03:01 pm March 23, 2016
UPMC Enterprises, the venture arm of University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has announced that it plans to invest in the first six health tech projects developed under The Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance, which is run by UPMC, University of Pittsburgh, and Carnegie Mellon University. The venture fund will invest more than $3 million into these projects over the next six months, as it assesses...
By Jonah Comstock 06:12 am August 17, 2015
MyHeart Counts, an app based on AHA guidelines. A new review published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, looked at mobile health interventions around cardiovascular health over the last 10 years and concluded that a number of improvements are needed to the general state of mobile health efficacy studies. "Our literature searches uncovered a wide variety of products...
By Brian Dolan 07:23 am June 12, 2014
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center has committed to deploy at least 2,000 Microsoft Surface Pro 3 tablets throughout its healthcare system. The system's clinicians will use the tablets as laptop replacements. The devices will be equipped with the healthcare facility's Convergence app, which sits atop its Cerner and Epic deployments and and also knits together many of its legacy hospital...
By Aditi Pai 06:12 am October 15, 2013
SmartCAT, an app to help children handle anxiety, is capable of supporting brief cognitive behavioral therapy (BCBT) and could yield positive results over a short period of time, according to a study from the Department of Health Information at the University of Pittsburgh. Generalized anxiety disorder, social phobia, and separation anxiety disorder are very prevalent in children and can ...
By Jonah Comstock 01:13 pm April 2, 2013
A new study from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, published in the journal Obstetrics and Gynecology, found that text messaging was ineffective at changing the minds of pregnant women who were not intending to get the influenza vaccine. In their study of 158 urban, low-income pregnant women, researchers found that text messages had no effect on whether expectant mothers got the...