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Report: Smart clothing, mHealth wearables on track for big growth

An increasing desire to track health issues and activity and share data with physicians will drive mHealth wearables adoption, according to a new Gartner research report. 

How to establish an mHealth BYOD policy

Getting an early start, taking a hybrid flexible approach and establishing a strong comprehensive use policy are key in developing a bring-your-own-device program within the healthcare environment, according to John Donohue, associate chief information officer of technology and infrastructure at Penn Medicine, in an article published at mHealthNews.

Smartphone apps next frontier in treating mental health issues

Smartphone apps that monitor human behavior, speech and voice levels, moods and social interaction are being researched as potential tools for helping those suffering from mental illness, include bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Researchers hope someday soon that such tools will also be able to predict and serve as a proactive mechanism for alerting patients and doctors on impending mental illness episodes.

Top mHealth drivers are cost savings, early patient intervention care

The top compelling mHealth driver is the ability to save money via early intervention patient care outside of a hospital setting and reduce readmissions rates, Mony Weschler, chief applications strategist at New York's Montefiore Medical Center, tells mHealthNews, noting the first mHealth tool destined to become ubiquitous will be biometrics monitoring.

Project shows promise of mHealth devices, cloud-based tools for clinical trials

A method development project conducted by Medidata and GlaxoSmithKline reveals mHealth technologies boast the capability to collect big data sets using cloud-based tools that can lead to real-time insight on patient well-being, according to a report at Outsourcing-Pharma.com.

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