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Accuracy concerns could give provider pause about using data from consumer wearables

This week we report on a study that found a dozen wearables aren't producing reliable or accurate data when it comes to energy expenditure tracking--and it's unfortunate news for patients and consumers who are looking to these devices to stay fit and lose weight. However, it also could prove unfortunate for some health provider care efforts.

PCAST report highlights critical need to design and deploy technologies, policies specific to aging Americans

Last week, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a new report with recommendations for the federal government when it comes to advancing policies on telehealth and electronic health records, among other things, to help older Americans live more independent lives. Mobile health, as we note here every week, has tremendous potential to help aging populations by providing faster and easier access to care and keep costs down. But, as the PCAST report reveals, none of these benefits can be tapped without substantial federal government support, action and commitment.

Why ResearchStack will be a boon for mHealth innovation

What's happening in digital health research thanks to ResearchKit is astounding. To that end, the forthcoming addition of an Android counterpart via ResearchStack is an exciting development.

Blood pressure app revelation illustrates divide between mHealth potential, reality

News this week regarding a digital health app's lack of accuracy drives home a clear message that while tremendous strides have been made in the health information technology industry, we're still a long way from seeing apps deliver what longstanding, verified devices have been providing for decades.

It's time to clear the murky regulatory waters of mHealth oversight

A federal regulatory agency fired awarning shot against false marketing of an mHealth app's capabilities this past week, and while the intention is clearly to protect the U.S. consumer, it also...

Simple concepts may lead to greater mHealth security

Dartmouth College is already taking advantage of a $10 million fund from the National Science Foundation created to help innovators develop better ways of protecting mHealth devices and mobile...

Digital health app reviews: Time to get it right

There are many challenges in mHealth, but one of the most important hasn't gotten necessary attention: the need for a verifiable methodology to evaluate and assess the growing wave of mHealth apps. An accredited and trustworthy evaluation is a win-win for everyone: developers, app sellers, consumers, clinicians and providers. Its top of mind this week, in part due to a new study.

Data sharing insight delivers a reality check

When it comes to mobile healthcare technology, there sometimes tend to be waves of hype--everyone's on a smartphone, everyone has a fitness tracker, everyone's eager to track and monitor...

Wearables, connectivity help consumers understand and monitor health

According to Parks Associates estimates, about two-thirds of the American population is either overweight or obese. Additionally, 26 million Americans suffer from type I or type II diabetes, almost 14 million have severe chronic respiratory problems such as COPD, and 68 million have been diagnosed with hypertension.