This week, mscripts and Avella Specialty Pharmacy announced the findings of their recently completed research analyzing data demonstrating the effectiveness of mobile pharmacy apps in helping HIV patients better manage their disease (through improved medication adherence).
According to a report summary and news release shared with mHealthWatch this morning, results show that HIV patients using a mobile app (one that provides refill reminders, dosage reminders and other prescription management functionality) are 2.9 times more likely to be adherent.
Medication adherence, experts say, is “essential to the efficacy of HIV treatment.” And so mHealth tools such as the aforementioned applications may now be just as essential to modern-day HIV treatment.
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A West Coast-based health texting nonprofit called CareMessage is getting some help from Google.
CareMessage CEO Vineet Singal recently announced on his organization’s blog that the Internet search giant believes in their mission.
“CareMessage has received $2.3 million from Google.org,” the chief executive stating, adding that the infusion of funds is part of Google’s Impact Awards supporting organizations “using technology to address some of the world’s biggest problems.”
Posted in Healthcare, mHealth, Mobile App, Organizations
Representatives for EyeXam — the developer of a leading mobile vision screening app — have confirmed that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for EyeXam’s “self-administered vision screening method using a mobile computing device.”
According to the company, the patent makes EyeXam the first and only patented method for mobile vision screening.
To date, a news release from EyeXam reveals, the vision screening app has been downloaded more than a million times from the iTunes App store and Google Play.
Posted in mHealth news, Mobile App, Smartphones
If you’ve ever wondered just how accurate are medical apps that track blood pressure, you’re not alone. A good number of these apps found in the world’s foremost app stores claim they can screen for hypertension by simply holding the phone or taking a picture of your arm. Either medical advances have jumped light years ahead in technology or these claims are just not accurate.
According to recent research conducted by Cambridge Health Alliance, most of these apps falter in accuracy. For the study, researchers looked at 100 apps – apps that have collectively been downloaded millions of times.
Posted in Mobile App, Technology
What began as a quest to help humans sleep in the International Space Station has become a technology soothing people worldwide.
Not only that, It’s also a celebrated “spinoff technology” in the latest edition of NASA’s prestigious annual publication, appropriately titled Spinoff.
The 2015 issue recognizes an array of cutting edge companies and products that began with research for NASA but ultimately led to technologies for life right here on planet Earth.
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Are some app developers promising more than they deliver? The answer appears to be “yes.” It could be a blow to the growing popularity of healthcare apps, according to industry insiders, who posit that some apps are much better than others at promoting well-being.
How do we know?
At least 14 percent of hypertension apps make misleading medical claims, according to a just released study.
“According to a study published by the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension (JASH), a portion of the blood pressure related apps available at the Google Play Store make misleading claims about their ability to track hypertension,” according to Health IT Outcomes.
Posted in mHealth, mHealth news, Mobile App
The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) and CNSI recently launched an interactive mobile application called myHealthButton (myHB).
The app is being rolled out in conjunction with a corresponding online portal, myHealthPortal (myHP), which is designed to “promote connectivity between patients and providers.”
Accord to details shared with mHealthWatch, these resources let patients access their medical information remotely in a real-time environment.
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