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Hacking demo drives home complex reality of mHealth security

There are many frightening security scenarios in the healthcare realm, from having personal data stolen from your medical records to input mistakes regarding needed medication in digital files.

BlackBerry offers insight on hidden security headaches for patients, providers

A live demo at a BlackBerry Security Summit drove home the vulnerabilities presented by everyday mobile healthcare tools--in this case the IV infusion pump for administering medications in hospital and clinic settings.

Why mHealth guidelines are a solid starting point for tool developers

Adam C. Powell, Ph.D, president of Payer+Provider Syndicate, spoke with FierceMobileHealthcare about a new set of draft guidlines focused around responsible use of mHealth tools.

Mobile phones may help providers reach pregnant, post-partum inner-city women

Smartphones may help providers reach out to pregnant women living in urban areas who struggle financially and often don't get the healthcare they need, according to a new study.

Study examines how smartphones can measure depression in users

Excessive smartphone use, measured by sensor data and geopresence technologies, may be the next big indicator of depression, according to a Northwestern University study published at the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Wearables pilot at UPenn Health System tests value of mHealth

A pilot involving wearable monitors is in its second week of a three-week test within the University of Pennsylvania Health System and early feedback is positive, according to a project leader.

David Lee Scher: Physicians, consumers must capitalize on mHealth tools

Mobile healthcare tech adoption is lagging for more than a few reasons, writes health technology consultant David Lee Scher, M.D., despite the fact big name tech companies are investing in the market.

The pros and cons of smartphone use in the OR

Smartphones in the operating room can both be a help and a hinder--doctors can use them to view patient information and lab results, but can also easily be distracted by the devices.

'Alert' app taps Apple HealthKit to keep diabetics in safe glucose level zone

A new app dubbed notifies users about potentially risky glucose levels via real-time data, courtesy of the Apple HealthKit platform.

App makers don't consider needs of low-vision users

Mobile developers aren't taking low-vision users into consideration when creating mHealth apps, according to a study conducted by University of Washington researchers.

Collaborative mHealth initiative aims to cut diabetes care cost

A coalition of healthcare entities looks to revamp diabetes care by cutting out glucometers and lancets while providing real-time data to care providers.

It's time to speak up, speak out about mHealth, wearables

With mHealth devices becoming more mainstream, it's time for patients' voices to be heard when it comes to development of the tools. A new set of draft guidelines created to drive wearables development forward is giving them a chance to.

Coalition seeks feedback on mHealth development guidelines

A set of draft guidelines, created by a coalition including Microsoft, Vitality Institute and University of California San Diego, for responsible use of wearables, smartwatches and mHealth apps is open for public comment through mid-October.

Mobile device may end days of finger pricking for diabetics

A new mobile laser-powered device may end the days of diabetics having to prick a finger to measure and monitor blood glucose levels.

AARP: Older adults willing to use mHealth, but tools must be simpler, easier to wear

Consumers age 50 and older are willing to embrace activity and sleep trackers, but not without some changes to the devices, reveals a new collaborative report by AARP Project Catalyst initiative and Georgia Tech HomeLab.

Devices, sensors built into clothing to drive real-time data

Clothing that boasts health sensors and devices has potential to drive remote monitoring and give doctors access to real-time patient data more so than fitness devices like watches, according to Kathryn Wills, M.D., a smart textiles research scientist at the National Physical Laboratory and Coventry.

Virtual Clipboard Initiative aims to ease check-in pain

A pilot project is under way to automate the patient intake process to make it more efficient and to improve patient satisfaction, with the initial design document just released.

Wearables, mHealth devices will suffer if security is an afterthought

It's time, once again, to talk security for mHealth technology. Why? Because the importance of "baking in" security from the outset of a mobile healthcare technology effort doesn't seem to be taking root.

Jawbone heads to court to stop import of Fitbit fitness band

First fitness device maker Jawbone claimed rival Fitbit was poaching employees and stealing intellectual property. Now, it's in court to stop Fitbit products from being imported into the U.S.

Apps pose big promise as a change agent in mHealth

A lack of app adoption by providers and patients is one of several barriers facing digital tech use in healthcare, according to Karen Taylor, director at the UK Centre for Health Solutions at Deloitte.