mHealth App to Focus on Post-Op Care

mHealth App to Focus on Post Op Care   UW Madison School of Medicine mobile app mobile mHealth app apps Using a $500,000 federal grant, UW-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health researchers are developing a smartphone app which allows patients to securely photograph and send images of their post-operative wounds to their doctor, according to a local ABC News report.

Thirty percent of surgical wounds become infected and most of these infections develop within two or three weeks after discharge. Department of Surgery Chair Dr. Craig Kent says that the app trial will involve patients from vascular surgeries, and because many vascular surgery patients are seniors, the app will need to be very easy to use.

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MPA Health and Safety App Comes for Quarry Workers

MPA Health and Safety App Comes for Quarry Workers   The Mineral Products Association MPA Safequarry MPA mobile health app The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has just launched the industry’s first health and safety app called “MPA Safequarry.”

The app, according to WorldCement, is designed to make the information on the Safequarry.com website more accessible and interactive with instant access to online content, such as incident alerts, guidance, safety videos, toolbox talks, and more.

Users will be alerted when any new content has been added. Also, operators, managers, or contractors working on site will be able to download and review relevant guidance and watch videos that address issues they may encounter.

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New App Uses ‘Rewards’ to Monitor Mood Disorders

New App Uses ‘Rewards’ to Monitor Mood Disorders   ThriveTracker mobile health app mHealth iOS depression Bipolar app Adrian Cunning’s startup, ThriveStreams, has released its first product, according to CNET.

The newly released app takes a gamified approach to mood tracking for those with conditions such as depression and bipolar disorder. Cunning was diagnosed as bipolar in 2002 and has said that his own battle with the disorder inspired him to serve others with mental health struggles.

The app, ThriveTracker, collects data on activities such as meditation, exercise, journaling, as well as tracking therapy attendance and quality and amount of sleep. Users can chart their moods, anxiety, and irritable levels in order to analyze trends and make connections between moods and behaviors. Consistent users can earn rewards such as samples, gift cards, and MP3 downloads. The rewards are meant to incentivize consistent data entry.

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Saving Sight Worldwide: iPad App Used for Visual Field Screenings

Saving Sight Worldwide: iPad App Used for Visual Field Screenings   visualFields Visual Field Screenings tablet Mobile Devices IPad app American Academy of Ophthalmology The new – and free — visualFields app for the iPad is making it possible to perform visual field screenings in remote areas of the world.

A study was recently conducted in Nepal to assess the ability of the low-cost program for the iPad to perform visual screenings. In Nepal, access to medical equipment is limited and carrying equipment through the mountains is difficult. Fortunately, the iPad is small and less expensive than other equipment.

Andrew Iwach, MD, clinical spokesperson for the American Academy of Ophthalmology, tells Medscape that “these are solutions and tools that we can use today; they can be used internationally; they can be used remotely.” He says their presence can be leveraged for general health as well.

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ValueOptions Shifts Focus to Military Families

ValueOptions Shifts Focus to Military Families   ValueOptions mobile health military mHealth November is National Military Family Month and the folks at ValueOptions — a health improvement company specializing in mental and emotional wellbeing and recovery — are enhancing their promotion of the National Military Family Association’s MyMilitaryLife app.

The app in question will be added to more than 200 commercial and federal client sites.

MyMilitaryLife connects military families to crucial support for logistical and personal needs at every level. It delivers an on-the-go network of resources, to-do lists, and reminders which are customized by service branch location and family needs.

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New App ‘Spruces’ Up Mobile Acne Resources

New App ‘Spruces’ Up Mobile Acne Resources   telemedicine skin mobile health apps mobile health mHealth dermatology acne A new app called Spruce allows people to seek dermatology treatment via their mobile device.

The app has raised $2 million in seed funding since its launch two months ago.

The telemedicine app, which recently scored some precious digital ink courtesy of Entrepreneur, is free to-download and connects users to a board-certified dermatologist.

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BayCare Hospitals Use Remote Center to Monitor Patients

BayCare Hospitals Use Remote Center to Monitor Patients   telemedecine remote patient monitoring eCare BayCare Health System Florida-based BayCare Health System in introducing eCare, a new telemedicine-centered program to enhance the care of critically ill patients in the ICU.

eCare is an electronic patient monitoring system that uses a centralized communication center with monitoring technology and the ability to have two-way audio and visual communication with hospital bed-side staff.

A team of trained nurses and physicians can monitor a patient’s vital signs, review lab results and care plans as well as evaluate a patient’s condition from the communication center. The bed-side staff can call the eCare Central team for assistance by pressing an “eLert” button in the patient’s room.

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