Smartphones may offer vital mhealth services to new mothers

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Women living in inner-city areas could receive important assistance when they are pregnant or have a new baby. A recent study has shown that smartphones are proving to be a very helpful mhealth tool for pregnant women and new moms who are living in urban areas and who are struggling financially. These women often don’t receive the level of health care that they require, says the research. The study, which was conducted by Johns Hopkins, went so far as to call mhealth tools via smartphones “change agents” for interventions in…

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Mhealth wanted by one in three patients

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According to the results of a recent study, one third of people would like to communicate with their doctors over mobile. A new poll conducted by HealthDay and Harris Interactive has shown that owners of smartphones and tablets are already keen to use mhealth services over those devices in order to help them to interact with their physicians. However, the demand for mobile health services is outpacing the number of providers ready to offer. Though many patients are already using their smartphones for sending messages and finding useful information online,…

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Mhealth pilot study surprises with low healthcare worker uptake

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The program was run in rural South Africa within a treatment program for MDR-TB with poor participation. An article published in PLoS Medicine has revealed that a new mhealth app designed for healthcare workers who work in a rural South African treatment program for multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB) has failed to generate uptake by those employees. The report indicated that the data gleaned from this pilot could provide important lessons for scaling of these initiatives. The Mobilize mhealth app provided standardization for the tracking and recording of MDR-TB patients through the…

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Mhealth study in Brazil shows tech can help the poor

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Researchers have found that this technology can be very helpful to people living in the slums of Rio. A study conducted in Rio de Janeiro has now shown that using mhealth technology for monitoring patients who are living in poor urban neighborhoods can help to increase the access that those individuals have to healthcare services while decreasing the amount of spending required to provide that care. The study was conducted in one of the city’s hillside “favela” slum regions using the latest technology. The New Cities Foundation conducted the research,…

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Mhealth still has work to do before it is truly practical in a clinical environment

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Panelists from a hospital forum have agreed that there is still progress needed before the devices can be integrated. According to a panel at the Hospital Cloud Forum from the Information Management Network last week, doctors still need to be able to find a way to integrate mhealth and the data available through those systems into clinical care. The devices that would be used would be connected to the cloud and would bring physicians and patient data together. Mhealth could provide a very important way to bring the data regarding…

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Mhealth apps face heavy scrutiny by young adult users

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This demographic appears to be picker about the applications that they will use for their health. According to an article that was published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, mhealth app developers should take several valued characteristics and features into consideration as they create their products, particularly when they want young adults to be willing to use them. The reason is that young adults are far more selective about the apps of this nature that they will use. The article explained that “There is increasing interest from academics and…

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Mhealth pilot programs have to show they’re valuable

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A recent study showed that mobile health initiatives need to show their worth to stakeholders. The results of a study performed by a consulting firm based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, called Cutting Edge Information, has revealed that mhealth pilot programs can be highly beneficial to healthcare groups, as long as they have an endpoint that is clearly identified. When a pilot program is capable of showing the value of a program, stakeholders are far more interested. Though this should not come as much of a surprise, it does…

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Mhealth industry predicted to reach $23 billion in 5 years

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The worldwide mobile health sphere is expected to explode by the year 2017. Mhealth has become a rapidly growing part of the mobile technology world, and its adoption has been continuing to rise as smartphones and tablets become an increasingly common part of our everyday lives. Now, a new industry study has predicted the worldwide value of the industry by 2017 to have skyrocketed. Mhealth is catching in particularly because of the convenience and accessibility it offers within the health and medical sphere. These are two factors that are notably…

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The power of mhealth technology for improving patient care

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Bringing mobile technology and medical science together in an intelligent way. A number of mhealth tools are starting to slowly work their way into mainstream use for patients, such as a blood pressure cuff that connects to a smartphone, a blood glucose meter for iPod touch of iPhone devices, and an app that alerts people when it is time to take their next dose of their medications. The medical community is reminding patients to look for mobile tools that are supported by solid clinical research. It is, after all, one…

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