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SMS Reminders Improve Cervical Cancer Screening


SMS Reminders Improve Cervical Cancer ScreeningA 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 AfricaA 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 SkepticsAs 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 AnnuallyFor 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'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 ConcernsMost 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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New SMS Services Designed to Help People Enrolled in Medicaid


New SMS Services Designed to Help People Enrolled in MedicaidIn what comes as yet another compelling example of the ability of text messages to empower patients and those looking to take charge of their health and wellness, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania is now offering two new text-messaging services.

mHealthWatch has learned that these services are designed to help people enrolled in Medicaid benefit plans. The services consist of:

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