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Reproductive apps lack review, professional validation assessment

When it comes to female reproductive health tracking apps few have been developed, assessed or come recommended by health experts, according to research recently published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology.

Mobile-enhanced intervention aids anxiety disorder treatment

Mobile health technology can prove useful in helping patients suffering from anxiety disorders, especially when applied in conjunction with traditional clinical care approaches, according to new research published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Fitbit faces challenges as smartwatch, fitness band competition heats up

As Fitbit prepares for its impending initial public offering, new research claims the wearables maker is struggling to maintain dominance in the smartwatch market and that its leadership in wearables is less than 50 percent, which is much less than its 68 percent ownership of the fitness band segment.

Apple Watch tapped for breast cancer treatment pilot program

The MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper in New Jersey is deploying Apple Watch devices featuring a custom app to breast cancer patients in a pilot program to track behavioral information for ensuring treatment programs remain on target.

Mobile health a 'paradigm change,' says Withings CEO Cedric Hutchings

The big keys to a fully integrated health management system are economic incentives and not the ones many may automatically assume, such as incentives for users. Doctors and providers should get incentives for following patients on a remote basis, says Withings CEO and Co-Founder Cedric Hutchings.

mHealth effort aims to curb high infant mortality rates in Africa

A mobile health point-of-care triage effort incorporating smartphones is helping foster quicker diagnosis of potentially deadly disease and illnesses in Malawi, Africa and helping stem the number of children who die from various illnesses such as meningitis and pneumonia which are preventable and treatable if found early and treated early.

Lack of validation for mobile reproductive health apps unacceptable

When it comes to developing mobile health apps, there is an unwritten best practice: the app must meet a user's needs and hopefully, provide expert, validated knowledge. But such a scenario is not unfolding when it comes to reproductive apps.

How Mount Sinai uses mHealth to pave the way for more robust patient care

The exploding number of healthcare apps ready for download on smartphones and tablets is impressive and shows no sign of letting up. But the real story of their potential impact is far more than a case of raw numbers. Longer term, mobile apps will have a profound effect on the management of chronic diseases and population health. The key is more meaningful and timely communication between doctor and patient. Two examples at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York illustrate how apps are being used now to expand the scope and quality of care for existing patients

Cigna app taps psychological assessment to drive improved user health

Health insurance provider Cigna is debuting its newest version of Coach by Cigna 2.0, a free mHealth app tapping the psychology of assessment to provide users specific programs for managing health and lifestyle decisions.

Mobile health increases patient engagement, but ability to leverage tools falters

Digital technology is in the early stages when it comes to "safety net" deployments, but such tools pose tremendous promise and potential in engaging patients in healthcare management, according to new Commonwealth Fund research.

Miami hospital goes virtual in deploying patient content, educational strategy

Miami Children's Hospital is using virtual reality to provide medical instruction for patients and educational insight for medical staff.

Apple Watch aims to boost cancer treatments

A new Apple Watch app aims to enhance cancer care and improve patient monitoring during treatments such as chemotherapy.

Wearable sensor could help detect falls, user's body temperature

A new wearable sensor tag, which can be attached to walkers or worn on the wrist, has the ability to detect everything from a fall to a user's body temperature.

Don't overlook IBM's steady presence in mHealth

Given the increasing wave of mHealth-related IBM headlines in the past few months, some could have the impression IBM is just now getting its foot in the door where mobile healthcare in concerned. But while Apple, Google and BlackBerry have been heralded as major players to drive mHealth technology ahead, it would be remiss, and even irresponsible, to not put IBM on the list--and maybe even someday soon at the top.

Fitbit files for $100 million IPO

Fitbit, a leader in the wearable fitness tracker market, has filed for an initial public offering, tagged at about $100 million.

Mayo researchers: Digital tools reduce secondary cardiac illness issues

Smartphone apps, text messaging and other digital technologies can decrease recurrence of cardiovascular illness and help those with cardiovascular disease have a healthier life, reveals an in-depth analysis of research studies.

IBM's Watson, Centura Health create mobile heart health tool

Tech vendor Welltok, IBM's Watson and Denver-based Centura Health are debuting an app that provides heart health advice as well as exercise and nutrition knowledge.

Report: 2015 may be 'breakthrough' year for mHealth wearables

This may be the "breakthrough" year for revenue and consumer adoption of fitness and mHealth wearables, and much of it may be due to the arrival of the Apple Watch, according to a new Visiongain report.

Smartphone video 'microscope' helps detect blood-based worm parasites

A smartphone boasting a video microscope and diagnostic app for scanning blood to detect parasitic worms in emerging countries is proving to be a viable approach for treatment in regions where traditional laboratory analysis isn't feasible or cost-effective.

Open platforms, collabortation future of mHealth

Mobile healthcare will give power to patients and consumers and should not be viewed as a disruptive force, but as a collaborative technology, NavisHealth Chief Operating Officer Jon Mello tells mHealth News.