Doubt Lingers About Utility of mHealth Apps in Ebola Containment

Doubt Lingers About Utility of mHealth Apps in Ebola Containment   mobile health mHealth app mHealth healthcare Ebola The recent Ebola crisis in Africa has led to an overwhelming amount of media coverage, and social media interaction with an unfortunate amount of it being false.

With the accelerated rate at which information can spread across the Internet, it is too challenging to manage and monitor false information, which is more speculative than factual and often derived from irresponsible reporting.

While new methods of utilizing mobile healthcare apps are being explored by healthcare professionals around the globe today, the Ebola crisis has many considering how mobile apps can play a role in educating the masses and, ideally, curbing the deadly disease’s spread.

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Telemedicine Providing 24/7 Intensive Care Coverage in Texas

Telemedicine Providing 24/7 Intensive Care Coverage in Texas   telemedicine mobile Metroplex Hospital ICU According to Health IT Outcomes, studies show that 24/7 intensive monitoring significantly improves patient outcomes and patient safety in ICUs.

Additionally, implementation of a telemonitoring program was associated with reduced adjusted odds of mortality and reduced hospital length of stay as well as improvements in best practice adherence and lower rates of preventable complications.

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Smartwatches Set to Replace Fitness Wearables

Smartwatches Set to Replace Fitness Wearables   wearables smartwatch fitness tracker Apple Watch According to analysts at Juniper Research, the global retail revenue from smart wearable devices will “treble by 2016, before reaching $53.2 billion by 2019.”

The market, we’re told, will be driven by an increase in sales of premium smart watches and smart glasses over the next five years.

The new report asserts that the recent entry of key industry players within the wearables sector has helped fuel an explosion of new devices in this increasingly crowded market.

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Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations

Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations   Windows TracPhone mobile health Microsoft mHealth news Health Choice Network mHealthWatch was recently privy to new details of the freshly-forged partnership involving Microsoft, TracPhone, and Health Choice Network. Working together, the three will provide the technology, smartphone apps, and access to healthcare that individuals in underserved populations need desperately today.

“Underserved populations” are loosely defined and could be anything from individuals who reside in rural areas and low income communities, to elderly individuals or simply folks with mobility issues. The plan is to utilize a Windows Phone to provide HIPPA-enabled email, messaging, and ongoing communication related to healthcare.

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Mettis iTrainer Puts Running Gear on Better Footing

Mettis iTrainer Puts Running Gear on Better Footing   Running Gear mHealth Mettis iTrainer If you haven’t yet heard of the Mettis iTrainer, there’s a good chance you soon will.

At a time when the world of wearables continues to see new participants entering the market on a daily basis in hopes of giving people an innovative way to get fit and stay healthy through the use of groundbreaking mobile solutions, very few products and platforms ultimately measure up to their hype.

But that’s not the case with iTrainer, say those who have experienced its potential in the realm of cutting-edge running gear.

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mHealth: The Week’s Top Stories

mHealth: The Weeks Top Stories   mHealth news mHealth Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring this past week.

A home-based, individualized endurance exercise training program at an intended walking speed controlled by a pre-set tempo of music with the assistance of a mobile phone significantly improves exercise capacity, strength of limb muscles and a decrease in inflammation markers in patients with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A new study has demonstrated that SMS based screening intervention in Korean American women significantly increased their knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening as well as encouraged them to obtain pap test. Korean American women have one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the United States and the lowest Pap test screening rates.

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SMS Reminders Improve Cervical Cancer Screening

SMS Reminders Improve Cervical Cancer Screening   sms smartphones mobile Cervical Cancer Screening A new study has demonstrated that SMS based screening intervention in Korean American women significantly increased their knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening as well as encouraged them to obtain pap test. Korean American women have one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the United States and the lowest Pap test screening rates.

The study leveraged BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model to create three sequential elements in this SMS intervention – identify barriers, develop motivators, and provide triggers to effect a behavior change.

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