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“Digital Health Coaching” Helps Reduce Obesity, Improve Heart Health

Smartphones these days, it seems, can help you do pretty much everything—from hailing a ride to transferring money to tracking and managing health data. To that last point, a new retrospective study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) has shed light on the potential that mHealth has to promote patient weight loss […]

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The Next Frontier for Apple: Interoperability

Coming (most likely) soon to your iPhone: new tools for the coordination of clinical health data. As CNBC first reported, Apple’s developers are seeking to turn their signature mobile device into what they term “the central bank for health information.” What’s more, the developers are seeking to make it easier for patients to share that […]

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Tackling Childhood Obesity with mHealth: New Study

From a public health perspective, childhood obesity in the United States has long been a cause for concern. According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics, childhood obesity rates have “more than tripled since the 1970s,” and, today, about one in five school-aged children has been classified as obese. For young people, obesity […]

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Report: The “Double Burden” of Chronic Conditions, Poor Broadband Access

A recently released study from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is shedding new light on health care disparities in the United States—specifically, between patients residing in rural and urban counties when it comes to the prevalence of chronic disease. As Health Data Management and others first reported, the report, Mapping Broadband Health in America, from […]

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Wearables, Other mHealth Devices Empowering Users

iPhones: They’re not just for texting. This probably isn’t news to you. But as more and more people have begun using smartphones, studies have found that more than half of the phones’ owners are now using them to gather health-related information, often from wearable wellness devices like the Fitbit, or from other, more specialized devices. […]

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Broadband and Health Outcomes: AMIA, Others Weigh In

To state the (very) obvious: Access to high-quality telehealth care is nearly impossible without access to high-quality broadband Internet. While progress has been made when it comes to the expansion of U.S. broadband infrastructure, studies have shown that more than 30 million Americans still lack access to high-speed broadband Internet, including as many as 39 […]

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New Apps Monitor Falls in Seniors

For elderly patients, falls are equal parts common, dangerous, and costly. Indeed, per the National Council on Aging (NCOA), they “are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries” among Americans 65 and older. They impact about a quarter of seniors each year, and accounted for about $34 billion in health care costs in 2013, […]

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Can mHealth Help with Medication Adherence?

For health care providers, getting some patients to adhere to their medication schedules can be a bit of a headache. And this lack of adherence is a costly problem: it is the cause of 10 percent of all hospital admissions and approximately 125,000 patient deaths annually, and the reason behind as many as $289 billion […]

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How to Improve EHRs: Physicians Offer Input

For many health care providers these days, electronic health records (EHRs) are both an essential part of their modern medical practices and (when not implemented well) a source of endless frustration. Indeed, a recent American Medical Association (AMA) study found that “physicians spend nearly half their office day entering data into EHRs,” along with other […]

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Quicker ER Discharges Thanks to Smartphones?

Most people who visit the emergency room likely don’t do so expecting the process to be a quick one. Beyond waiting to be seen and treated, there’s usually a wait for test results, which are typically the determining factor in whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or discharged. But, as Fierce Healthcare first […]

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