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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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Telemedicine in the PICU? Parents, Providers Give it High Marks

A stay in the hospital can be an intimidating and lonely experience for a patient of any age. For a child in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU), it can be even more challenging, particularly at times when his or her parent can’t physically be there. To that end, as MedPage Today first reported, researchers […]

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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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New Harvard mHealth Partnership Targets Medicaid Patients

In today’s smartphone-obsessed world, could mobile technologies be the key to unlocking better health outcomes for Medicaid patients—including those with costly chronic health conditions? Recent studies have shown the positive impact that mHealth utilization can have on certain patients with or at risk of developing chronic diseases, and now, researchers at Harvard University are partnering […]

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Potential, and Barriers, with mHealth for Chronic Disease Patients

Numerous studies have shown the potential that mHealth and remote monitoring have for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases, which account for approximately 75 percent of all health care spending each year, and impact 45 percent of all adults in the United States (many of whom have more than one chronic condition). But despite […]

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