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Urban Communities Prefer Text Messages for Survey


Urban Communities Prefer Text Messages for Survey   urban areas text messages sms Mobile Devices mobile mHealth Results from a pilot study published last week by the researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School demonstrated that among low-income urban African-Americans in Detroit, “text messaging is not only acceptable and feasible but is the preferred method of collecting real-time survey data” over other methods of survey including paper, phone, internet, and in-person.

The survey used in the study consisted of 14 hypothetical medical scenarios – 10 questions reflected 10 leading reasons for urgent outpatient medical visits, 4 questions reflected extreme scenarios. For example, as a follow to, “You slipped in the bathroom, injured your back, it hurts to lie down and when you bend over or twist”, participants were asked to choose between visit emergency department or ask primary care doctor or do nothing. Four weeks after the paper survey was completed, identical questions were asked by text messages. These included two text message sent per day at different times of day for 6 weeks. Each question was sent six times: twice during regular hours (8 am-4 pm), twice during off hours (5 pm-7 am) and twice during the weekend. The participant’s response was followed by a question seeking a free text explanation for the choice made.

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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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SMS Service for Pregnant Women Launches in South Africa


SMS Service for Pregnant Women Launches in South Africa   text sms smartphone MomConnect mobile application app A new mobile application, MomConnect, will allow all pregnant women in South Africa to sign up for a free SMS service which provides information and advice on pregnancy.

In addition, it can be used to notify the Department of Health about poor services at clinics.

According to a story at BizCommunity, the free program for pregnant mothers has been launched by the Department of Health, with funding from the U.S. government and Johnson & Johnson.

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Soon to be Required Text-to-911 Has Skeptics


Soon to be Required Text to 911 Has Skeptics   text sms smartphones mobile 911 As recently profiled by Fierce Mobile Healthcare, all wireless carriers and certain texting applications will be required to support text-to-911 functionality by the end of 2014, per the rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last week.

The rules state that if any call center requests text-to-911, providers will comply within six months. Wireless providers must send automatic reply messages instructing consumers to call 911 in areas without text-to-911 functionality.

The FCC says that 48 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing and 7.5 million have speech disabilities, so this will give consumers more options for emergency outreach.

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Secure Text Messaging Could Save Hospitals a Fortune Annually


Secure Text Messaging Could Save Hospitals a Fortune Annually   text sms secure text messaging mobile Imprivata Communications in Healthcare For hospitals, there’s huge savings to be secured in secure SMS.

Late last week, mHealthWatch was briefed on a new study that Imprivata recently published about the productivity and economic impact that inefficient provider-to-provider communication has in healthcare.

“Inefficient communication during critical clinical workflows such as patient admissions, emergency response team coordination and patient transfers costs the average U.S. hospital about $1.75 million annually,” reads the report summary shared.
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Study: Young Adults Well Served by ‘Text Message Medicine’


Study: Young Adults Well Served by Text Message Medicine   text message sms mobile mHealth With each passing year, mobile solutions and resources designed to treat a wide array of conditions and ailments common to young adults gain more widespread adoption. In particular, text messages are seeing the most promising results of all solutions or tactics.

According to the findings of a new study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 percent after receiving mobile phone text messages following a visit to the emergency department.
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Teens Love To Text — So Why Not Use It To Manage Chronic Health Concerns?


Teens Love To Text — So Why Not Use It To Manage Chronic Health Concerns?   text sms mobile health mHealth Most parents and grandparents recall the phone being used to talk with friends for hours on end during their teenage years. However, modern technology has shifted talking on the phone to texting all hours of the day and night.

In a recent study performed by the University of California, texting was used as part of a web-based and text intervention program to help teens manage chronic health conditions.

While texting and medicine may not seem like they go hand in hand, the results were successful. Not only does texting speak to teenagers in their preferred method of communication—but most teens have their phones with them at all times.

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