New Veterans Health API to give U.S. Veterans access to EHR data on iPhone

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The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has announced mHealth upgrades. This summer, the U.S Department of Veteran Affairs will release new capabilities via the recently announced Veterans Health Application Programming Interface (Veterans Health API). These capabilities will allow Veterans who receive care at VA with the ability to access their personal medial data using Apple’s Health Records feature on iPhone. Veterans will be able to see an aggregated view of their health conditions via the iPhone health app. This includes an aggregated view of their allergies, medical conditions, immunizations,…

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mHealth games may be new promising treatment for children with autism and ADHD

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Video game technology could help to improve care management for kids diagnosed with both autism and ADHD. mHealth games could help to improve attention spans in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and co-occurring attention/deficient-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), according to researchers at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The mHealth platform which uses video game technology may help the parents of these children, too. In addition to improving care management for these children, CHOP says that the digital health platform, which is called Project: EVO, can help the parents and/or caregivers…

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IBM wearable technology provides mobile health monitoring using hand strength

The latest in mhealth uses a fingernail sensor to quickly and easily measure your overall wellness. A new IBM wearable technology was unveiled this week, adding a “first of its kind” to the mobile health industry. At the moment, this mhealth wearable device remains in the prototype phase. There have been other types of mhealth device in the form of wearables. From the traditional fitness tracker to gadgets that smell your breath, sample your stool or gauge how you type, mobile health technology is rapidly expanding. That said, a new…

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mHealth anemia detection app could identify anemia from a smartphone photo

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Atlanta researchers are working on a mobile health app that could revolutionize anemia detection. Those who suffer from chronic anemia or who think they might be anemic, could one day be able to detect this condition via their smartphone using an mHealth anemia detection app. The app is currently being developed by Atlanta researchers from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and Emory University. The app can detect anemia via a smartphone picture. The Atlanta researchers revealed via a study published in the journal Nature that they have developed an…

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FDA-approved mHealth substance abuse treatment app now available

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The reSET mHealth platform is available for healthcare providers to prescribe to their patients. A mHealth substance abuse treatment app called reSET is the first digital therapeutic treatment for substance abuse disorder to be granted approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This unique digital treatment platform can now be prescribed to patients by their medical providers. The prescription-based digital therapeutic offers a 12-week treatment plan. Developed by Pear Therapeutics, the mHealth substance abuse treatment app offers patients a 90-day (12-week) treatment plan. The plan features interactive treatment…

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Researchers develop unique AR health care tool for remote medical assistance

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New tech allows experienced medical professionals to remotely assist less-experienced doctors in war zones. Researchers from Purdue University have crated AR health care tools that enable experienced surgeons and physicians from around the world to help less-experienced doctors caring for those in war zones, areas that have been hit by natural disasters, and rural regions, perform complex procedures. The technology can help to minimize the number of casualties. The augmented reality (AR) tools connect health care professionals in remote areas with surgeons and physicians across the globe. As such, the…

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Where is wearable health tech taking healthcare?

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Fitness trackers, wearable heart rate monitors are trendy, but are they medically sound? Wearable health tech is used in everyday life either for fitness tracking, monitoring glucose or heart rates and even to potentially diagnose various diseases. The health technology market is fast-growing and wearables, while being trendy, have made their way into medicine with their useful applications. Fitness trackers are popular with consumers and have become ubiquitous among today’s consumers Although fitness trackers such as Fitbit and smart watches like the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear are the most…

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FDA to fast-tack its review of unique potassium screening mHealth device

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AliveCor has designed a device that can detect dangerously high levels of potassium. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), has given “Breakthrough Device” status to a potassium screening mHealth device developed by California-based medical device company AliveCor. The company’s KardiaK mHealth platform has been created to analyze ECG readings to detect dangerously high level of potassium in a person’s blood, without the need to draw blood. The digital health tools is designed to detect hyperkalemia. Hyperkalemia is an elevated level of potassium, a mineral and electrolyte, in your blood.…

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Dirty smartphones could be a hazard to your health

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A toilet seat is more than three times cleaner than the average smartphone screen. Dirty smartphones are not uncommon. In fact, over a third of people have never cleaned their phone with a cleaning fluid, sanitary wipes or other similar cleaning products, according to research conducted by Insurance2go. However, this research is even more troubling considering what the company found was that the average smartphone screen is three times dirtier than a toilet seat. Aerobic bacteria, yeast and mold were found on the tested handsets. In its study, the mobile…

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California launches first-ever license alert mHealth app

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App developed by the Medical Board of California (MBC) empowers health care consumers. The groundbreaking license alert mHealth app enables California health care consumers to make informed decisions about their doctors. The innovative mobile app provides users with instant updates regarding their doctors’ license status. These updates include everything from new specialties to disciplinary issues. The license alert mHealth app sends notifications directly to a user’s mobile device whenever there is an update to their doctor’s license. For instance, it will send a notification if there is a change in…

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Cleveland patients granted mobile health data access

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Cleveland Clinic patients will be able to access their health records via their iPhones. Patients will be able to obtain their personal health information and history through their computer or via mobile health data access through Health Records on iPhone and through the MyChart application. Patients will be able to see all their health records through the mobile apps. Regardless of whether patients obtain their mobile health data access via Health Records or MyChart, both will provide a full view of their health records. This includes information, such as allergies,…

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