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How government agencies leverage mHealth, growing consumer expectations

As expectations by consumers grow when it comes to improved care through IT and mobile devices, technology is finally rising to meet them, according to panelists at the Federal Health IT Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.

Study: Weight-loss app as part of dieting plan unsuccessful

A physician's recommendation to incorporate a weight-loss app into a dieting regimen doesn't get far with patients striving to lose pounds, reveals a new study published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Text system enhances caregiver communication, role accountability

Secure messaging via smartphones between physicians, nurses and medical trainees can boost communications, enhance accountability in the clinical role and speed up daily tasks, according to a new study published in the Journal of Hospital Medicine.

Mobile tech holds promise for clinical trials, but caveats remain

Using mobile tools in clinical trials offers a long list of benefits, from helping patients stay on medication routines to the ability to change gears in quick fashion. but mHealth is also a double-edged sword as data collection and deeper insight could propel trials off course, according to a report at Hospital & Health Networks.

Mobile app helps track immunizations, vaccine information

A new smartphone app, ImmunizeCanada, is helping Canadian citizens across the country's 13 provinces keep track of immunizations and required vaccinations.

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While digital tools enhancing communication between physicians and patients has been proven an effective method for boosting medication adherence for some patients, their use should be approached with caution, according to Esther Choo, an assistant professor at Warren Alpert Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Big data continues to dominate the 2015 predictions for health IT from IDC Health Insights, though security plays a major role as well.