UCSF wins grant to create mobile platform for Health eHeart research

The University of California, San Francisco has been awarded $9.75 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to create a platform called Health ePeople to streamline research data-collection through mobile and wireless devices.

Smartphone platform speeds up hospital's nurse, doctor communications

A New Hampshire hospital has reduced communication lag time between nurses and doctors from 28 minutes to less than 5 minutes using a smartphone-based platform.

Mobile health innovation doesn't have to be about reinventing the wheel

There are many truths about technology innovation, but a big one is that sometimes there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

Wearable patch design may lead to quicker, cheaper innovation

Healthcare electronic wearable patches may soon be easier, quicker and cheaper to make due to a new approach by University of Texas at Austin's Cockrell School of Engineering researchers.

Customized mHealth approach aims to boost diabetic self-care

A new mHealth app developed by a University of Louisiana at Lafayette research team may boost chronic disease management by using health informatics data to spur increased self-care by patients managing diabetes, according to information presented last week at the American Health Information Management Association's annual convention in New Orleans.

Yale researchers tap Apple ResearchKit to study heart condition

In a quest to investigate cardiomyopathy, Yale School of Medicine researchers are launching a study using the Apple iPhone and ResearchKit platform to gain a deeper understanding of the heart muscle ailment.

Children's Health apps target chronic care management, internal operations improvement

A Dallas hospital has developed an app it hopes will spur young patients into proactive management of asthma, along with a version that will integrate with patients' electronic health records.

Despite an overwhelming real-world presence, mobile still an exception in medicine

When you spend hours every week reading and writing about mobile healthcare--interviewing top minds and innovators--it's hard to fathom a scenario in which these tools are not taking root in the industry ubiquitously.

But after recently spending 17 hours in the emergency room of one of the best hospitals in New York, I quickly realize that mHealth technology is still in a very young stage when it comes to day-to-day healthcare delivery.

Risk management, security strategies key to current mHealth acceptance

Providers and care support teams are just as wary as their patients of mHealth security and privacy, claims a risk management and patient safety specialist.

Texting beneficial for heart disease patients

Texting supportive reminders regarding lifestyle choices to patients with heart disease can help improve treatment results, reveals a new study; however, further research is needed to determine if such benefits continue once the texting stops.

Flexible wearables promising, but face many challenges to health success

Healthcare wearables face a variety of challenges, including the development of an industry that will drive value-added solutions, and privacy, political and treatment issues that could divert attention from innovation, according to Robert Reuss, Ph.D.

Health app accreditation doesn't assure security of data, user privacy

Accredited mobile healthcare apps are not as secure and data is not as protected as many may believe, new research concludes.

NIH delves further into mHealth with inventions available for licensing

A mobile app that tracks and predicts a user's psychological status to provide automated healthcare intervention is one of eight U.S. government inventions available for licensing.

Smartphone app focus of new study on binge eating treatment

New research sponsored by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai will evaluate the efficacy of the Noom Monitor mHealth app in a clinical setting and establish a training materials database for the tool.

AirStrip CEO Alan Portela: Mobile tools will 'revolutionize' care delivery in 2016

While AirStrip Technologies just debuted a compelling Apple Watch-based app and monitoring solution to drive deeper communication, data sharing and provide real-time interaction between doctors and patients outside the traditional clinical setting, next year will be the year of true innovation, according to CEO Alan Portela.

Philips, Salesforce collaboration aims to improve diabetes care

A new mobile health app and an accompanying online portal aim to help providers make better decisions regarding patients living with Type 1 diabetes by reducing the complexity of chronic disease self-care requirements.

Vision app maker to pay $150K in FTC settlement

The marketers behind a vision improvement app will pay a $150,000 fine as part of a federal settlement relating to deceptive product claims.

More mHealth apps not necessarily merrier for providers, consumers

Conventional wisdom, especially when it comes to technology, is that more is better--more participants drive competition; more innovation drives more products; more advancements foster better tools and systems. But that's not the case at all when it comes to mobile healthcare apps.

Smartphone-based diagnosis tool promises to speed cancer detection

A new smartphone-based mHealth device promises to slash today's cancer diagnosis to an hour, decrease a patient's anxiety level regarding potential illness and drive faster treatment, especially in remote regions across the world.

Despite increase in mHealth apps, functionality is problematic

There currently are 165,000 mobile health apps, compared to 43,000 in 2013, but nearly half of all downloads are generated by just 36 apps, according to a report unveiled last week by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics.