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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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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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What Do (And Do Not) Wearables Do Well?

Wearable health and fitness devices are all the rage these days, both inside and outside of the gym. Indeed, a recent study shows that more than 38 million Fitbits have been sold since 2010, with other data showing more than 23 million active users as of early 2017. While some devices perform only a few […]

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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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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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FDA Establishes New Digital Health Unit

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making a new commitment to digital health. As Health Data Management and others first reported, the agency has established a new digital health unit, to be located within its existing Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Said Dr. Bakul Patel, who serves as the CDRH associate director, […]

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Can an App Help You Quit Smoking?

It seems like apps these days have the power to help us do virtually anything, from hailing a ride to applying for a job to managing our health. Indeed, recent studies have showcased apps’ potential when it comes to health care, including for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Now, new research has highlighted […]

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IoT in Acute-Care Settings?

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) has been an increasingly popular topic of discussion in recent years, including in terms of its potential to better connect patients and providers in health care settings. (NOTE: For those still seeking to wrap their heads around the concept, this Forbes article offers one of the better definitions of IoT.) […]

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