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Mental Health Program Taps Into Text Messages for Healthy Minds and Bodies

Secure Text Messaging Could Save Hospitals a Fortune AnnuallyAhead of the weekend, MHW learned that nationally renowned eating disorder expert Lori Osachy, MSS, LCSW is launching a first-of-its-kind mental health program.

Powered by CareWire, Inc., the text2Bwell Positive Body Image Program is described to us as being an 8-week text messaging series to help people begin to transform the way they feel about their body, food, and exercise – all from their cell phone.

Content is conveniently delivered via personalized text messages—no apps or downloads required. Each text will contain proven techniques and action steps, as well as links to more in-depth web content and password-protected forums, and one-on-one support from Osachy. Periodic, text-based survey check-ins will assess participant progress.

Access to the program is currently offered at an introductory price of $25.
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Text Messaging Proves Successful in Monitoring Postpartum Hypertension

Texting May Provide Critical Early Warning for Stroke VictimsThe following is a guest contributed post from Jeremy Pollack, Staff Blogger at CallFire, a cloud-based voice and text platform.

Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder that occurs after the 20th week of pregnancy and can be fatal to both the mother and the fetus. Five to eight percent of all pregnancies are affected by preeclampsia, and an estimated 76,000 maternal and 500,000 infant deaths are claimed each year by the disorder.

Preeclampsia is the leading cause of pregnancy-related deaths worldwide, and yet we have few options for curing this type of hypertension, short of inducing an early delivery. Unfortunately, hypertension can surface even after delivery, and is often ignored by new mothers unaware of the symptoms, or without resources to monitor this critical period post childbirth.

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Health-Related SMS Less Popular with African American Parents

Health-Related SMS Less Popular with African American ParentsAccording to the findings of a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, few African American parents are likely to use mobile health for information sharing and discovery.

The survey was administered to the parents of children 12 years of age and younger, mostly single mothers covered by public insurance who are receiving care at three centers in Washington, D.C.

Despite just under 18% of African American mothers sharing health information through texting, 87.4% surveyed expressed an interest in gathering health information through social networks and on mobile devices.

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Secure Text Messaging for Physicians Gains Momentum

Secure Text Messaging for Physicians Gains MomentumAs more doctors bear witness to the important attributes of mobile devices in administering healthcare services, it is becoming necessary to find ways to make said devices more secure so that both patients and physicians will be protected as sensitive information is relayed during communication.

As the healthcare industry strives to make care more efficient and effective, there has been an expressed desire for the ability to utilize mobile devices as a care method. This necessitates, however, more secure text messaging.

From encrypting and decrypting mobile apps, to platforms and services that scramble text messages so they cannot be read by anyone by the intended recipient, there are countless companies and startups working to deliver these and other secure solutions.

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Infographic: The Symptoms of Texting

Infographic The Symptoms of TextingGold Mobile is out with a new infographic that coalesces a healthy bounty of data to present a comprehensive view of the role played by texting in healthcare today.

The partnership between healthcare and mobile technology has the ability to reshape the health industry, particularly in terms of outpatient care. In fact 40% of doctors believe that mHealth can reduce the number of visits to the physicians’ office, which reached 1 billion in 2011.

According to a post that accompanied the infographic’s publication by Visual.ly, the ability to connect with patients in a way that is both simple and compelling “drives results, addresses outpatient concerns, and can increase patient adherence to regimens.”

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Medicine Adherence Boosted by SMS for Seniors

Medicine Adherence Boosted by SMS for SeniorsAccording to an announcement from the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, one of Southern California’s largest not-for-profit providers of retirement living communities and affordable housing, SMS messages are helping seniors to remember to take their medication.

The non-profit organization has long argued that innovation plays a vital role in enhancing well-being for older adults. Now they have more proof than ever to back up that assertion.

The organization just announced the successful results from its “Minding Our Meds: Demonstrating Senior Medication Adherence with Cell Phone Texting Reminders” pilot project.

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Report: Hospitals Wasting Billions on Outdated Technology

Report Hospitals Wasting Billions on Outdated TechnologyAlthough cutting edge technologies and software-based solutions continue to exert profoundly positive influence on the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of modern healthcare, a stubborn reliance upon outdated technology is costing hospitals billions of dollars each year.

Surprisingly, “archaic communication technology” like pagers are among the biggest culprits of modern waste.

Physicians and nurses working in hospitals waste an average of 46 minutes a day when they use beepers to exchange information about patients, rather than modern alternatives like texting on smartphones, according to a new study by technology research firm Ponemon Institute.

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