Why doctor-prescribed apps aren't yet showing value

This week FierceMobileHealthcare reports on a study regarding physician recommendation of a smartphone app and the fact the prescription didn't resonate with patients. It's a unique study because it doesn't dissecting whether the app itself works in helping patients lose weight, but how patients view such software prescriptions within healthcare treatment.

The mHealth app didn't fail as a tool overall, it failed because it's didn't engage patients and encourage them to use the app on a daily and consistent basis

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.

Twitter may help track flu outbreaks

Twitter is proving to be a viable way to track seasonal flu outbreaks, though researchers recommend further study regarding using tweets to monitor influenza outbreaks. A study by nearly a dozen San Diego State University researchers, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, reveals the socila network is becoming a more reliable and accurate supplementary surveillance tool when it comes to identifying flu outbreaks.

Feds want Apple's word it won't share, sell HealthKit user data

Apple and Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing data sharing and user privacy as it relates to Apple's HealthKit and its impending watch, with the agency seeking assurance Apple will not sell data to third-party vendors, according to a Reuters report.

It will take a village, not just app makers, to enhance innovation

There is at least one person who believes the app developer community must get its collective act together and start truly innovating in mHealth software and devices. In a column at Wired, writer J.C. Herz doesn't pull any punches in making it clear she thinks software makers are the ones that need to make a dramatic strategy move if true innovation is going to happen.

Or, to put it more succinctly, she questions whether app developers and engineers will ever get off their comfy chairs making calorie-counting fitness devices and instead put needed time and energy into creating valuable tools like an app that helps aging adults dealing with memory loss.

But in her aggressive call to action she makes two big mistakes: she dismisses the formidable challenges as quickly as she grudgingly acknowledges them and she lays the blame for a lack of innovation on just one set of shoulders involved in mHealth tech.

App developers don't cater to patients who need mHealth most

Mobile healthcare app developers are way behind the eight ball in delivering on the enormous promise of mHealth tech and must stop creating "pet rock" software and devices that don't help patients or providers.

Research taps smartphone, app in examining patient behavior and health outcomes

Nearly a dozen healthcare research facilities are conducting studies and pilot programs that tap the use of a smartphone and a behavioral health analytic engine to improve understanding of how patient behavior affects health outcomes. 

Tech analyst: mHealth transformation will arrive in 2015

Come 2015, mHealth will transition from its primary focus on fitness to healthcare with users monitoring vital signs and taking a proactive approach to good health, writes Mike Freibus, a TechKnowledge Strategies analyst, in a column at InformationWeek.

How apps boost well-being, make for a healthier workforce

One of every five American adults is using mobile technology to enhance his or her life, and the number jumps to 23 percent when it comes to those working full-time jobs, according to new Gallup research.

Cerner, Livongo partner on diabetes management tech

Cerner is expanding its healthcare strategy through a partnership with Livongo Health aimed at making diabetes screening and patient self-management more effective and proactive.

Samsung seeks mHealth tech partners to foster innovation

As the mHealth wearable market heats up, Samsung is seeking out partners, including Microsoft and SAP, to advance services and device innovation.

Consumers must be given control over health data, says privacy advocate

Congress must enact new laws and take action, along with players in the healthcare industry, regarding third-party health data brokers that are selling data sets without the consent or knowledge of consumers, Deborah Peel, a privacy advocate and founder and chair of Patient Privacy Rights, told

The more the merrier for mHealth innovation

There's a saying "better late than never" that aptly applies to the foray this past week of three big tech players into the mobile healthcare realm: Microsoft, Lenovo and HP.

Mobile tech to transform healthcare services, patient engagement

The mHealth transformation will bring improved coordination of care, elimination of redundancy and inefficiency, shared accountability and, most critical of all, the active involvement of patients in healthcare efforts, Mary Annecharico, chief information officer at Henry Ford Health Systems, wrote in a commentary at CIO Review.

Intermountain CISO talks challenges, developments in mobile health security

Worries over data, device and system security often keep Intermountain Healthcare Chief Information Officer Karl West awake at night--but those challenges aren't stopping him or his orgnaization from creating and adopting mHealth tools.

Pilot app programs targets TB monitoring and treatment efforts

A mobile health app aimed at improving tuberculosis care in Baltimore is underway and aimed at helping TB patients stay on track with medication and therapy, according to a report at HealthData Management.

Researcher: Security, privacy low on priority list for mHealth innovators

A Dartmouth professor is spearheading research focused on wearables security and developing a project, called Amulet, that would support mHealth sensing applications.