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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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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Ocutrx receives first U.S. medical patent for its AR glasses

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USPTO gives thumbs up to the California-based companies Augmented Reality (AR) medical application technology. Ocutrx Vision Technologies, LLC announced that their AR glasses, the Oculenz, has been given its first medical patent by the Unite States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) for restoring functional sight to patients who have visual field defects. The Oculenz is the first of its kind. “The Oculenz is the first ground-breaking technology to offer a solution for advanced central visual defects in patients with retinal disease,” stated Dr. Thomas Finley, M.D. in the Ocutrx press…

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New Apple Health Records API open to app developers

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Apple’s upcoming software update will have a new mHealth feature. Apple CEO Tim Cook introduced iOS 12 at the start of WWDC 2018 and revealed the new features of the upcoming software update, among which include an Apple Health Records service update. The mHealth feature, which is designed to help monitor and improve a user’s health and wellbeing, will give users the option to share their medical data with third-party apps. Apple users will not only be able to access their medical records but share this information with their favorite,…

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LifeLeaf smartwatch claimed to be first-ever noninvasive CGM

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LifePlus has introduced a new and revolutionary medical wearable. The startup based in California announced its LifeLeaf smartwatch. The company claims that it is the world’s first fully non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitoring (CGM) wearable. The device is the first of its kind to non-invasively monitor five psychological health indicators. The patent-pending multi-sensor wearable device does more than monitor blood glucose. It is also the first of its kind to non-invasively monitor these other four key physiological parameters: heart rate, blood pressure, respiration rate, oxygen saturation. With the ability to…

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Mobile health technology offers SIDS protection to newborns

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A recent study showed smartphone tech can assist parents in sudden infant death syndrome prevention. Researchers at the University of Virginia, Yale University and Boston University have determined that mobile health technology may help parents save their newborns’ lives. The researchers conducted a study using mobile tech to support parents in preventing sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep related death risks in their babies. The mhealth technology used only the most basic mobile phone functions to help educate parents. Participants in the study received texts from hospitals to…

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Mobile health apps aren’t helping the people who most need them

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New research has shown that these applications aren’t necessarily doing what they were designed to accomplish. Mobile health apps have the opportunity to transform the way Americans receive health care. The vast majority of U.S. adults carry smartphones. People who have chronic conditions or other complex health requirements have considerable mobile device resources available to them. However, a new study revealed that these health focused apps are falling short in several ways. The research looked into the reach and effectiveness of mobile health apps. What was found was that app…

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Mobile health app from St. Jude brings in $4.4 million from NIH

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The application is being designed to help sickle cell anemia patients with their medication adherence. The world famous St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital will receive $4.4 million for six years for the use of a mobile health app. The money is being awarded through a grant from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The mobile app will be integrated by a team of experts from several different medical organizations. The team is made up of various healthcare experts from…

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Mhealth QR code app wins AKU Hackathon prize

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The mobile application would help to overcome struggles faced in many hospital emergency rooms. The first ever medical hackathon to take place in Pakistan has announced an mhealth QR code app as a winner. The event took place at the Aga Khan University. The mobile app may prove helpful in overcoming hospital ER challenges. The winning team was called *HistorER* and used a unique quick response code system. The QR code app could be used in emergency rooms to provide medical teams with patient histories. A major struggle facing ER…

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