Dana-Farber, Fitbit team up on breast cancer study

The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Fitbit are partnering on a two-year study to determine how weight loss plays into breast cancer recurrence.

Report: Healthcare will be a top market for smart clothing

Healthcare will be a top market focus for smart clothing and body sensor wearables capable of measuring biometrics and physiological data, according to a new report.

Joint Commission ends ban on clinician text use with caveats

Better messaging security technologies are prompting the Joint Commission to end its ban on clinician use of such tools. Healthcare providers and caretakers can now use text to send patient orders, but only if such tools meet the commission's requirements, the commission announces in the May edition of Joint Commission Perspectives.

Quizzes on the go can boost medical knowledge retention

Medical companies and providers are using a mobile gamification tool to educate staff on new protocols and to boost retention of old protocols.

Nokia acquires Withings to advance digital health strategy

Connected health device platform maker Withings is being acquired by Nokia in a quest to spur Nokia's foray into digital health, which Nokia says in an announcement it views as a strategic interest. 

Google Glass, smartphone app make small device screens an easier read

A magnification app and Google Glass can provide visually impaired smartphone users with greater ease and capability in reading mobile device screen content.

Report: 66 million wearables to ship each year by 2021

The wearables market is moving into a more sedate phase as developers delve deeper into design and product creation to roll out products on a commercial scale, according to a new Tractica report.

Diverse array of patient populations show interest in health apps

More than one third of mobile phone users with chronic conditions are already leveraging healthcare apps, while 86 percent are interested in using apps to boost their personal health, a recent study finds.

Mental health apps demand clinical verification, say experts

A trio of experts believe mental health apps should be backed up by some form clinical evidence before being released to consumers.

Cedars-Sinai researchers tap wristwatch for Parkinson's disease trial

Michele Tagliati, M.D., director of the Movement Disorders Program in the Department of Neurology at Cedars-Sinai, tells FierceMobileHealthcare in an interview that he believes data logger technology may be a game-changer for treatment and management of Parkinson's disease.

Doc use of smartphones for patient photos raises security, privacy questions

The ability to snap a quick picture as part of a treatment process is coming under deeper scrutiny due to potential patient privacy violations and medical ethics concerns.

Fitbit shifts into high gear with mHealth device strategy

Leading fitness device maker Fitbit is developing advanced sensors and moving forward on medical-grade devices, and its chief predicts big strides in mHealth will take root in the next decade.

Study: Pediatric med adherence apps need quality boost, collaborative attention

There is a lack of iOS mobile health apps for pediatric medication adherence, and those apps that are available need deeper content and richer educational and behavioral features to boost usefulness, according to a study published online this month in Telemedicine and e-Health.

Patient-led glucose monitoring system raises questions about consumer role in mHealth, code sharing

A do-it-yourself mobile continuous glucose monitoring system developed by a diabetes patient's father who wanted daily health insight is the focus of a global virtual collaboration engaging patients and caregivers to share insight and software code to boost system functionality.

Digital health progressing, but experts note potential patient risks

Physicians see tremendous promise in digital health, given advancements in app features and device functionality, but are worried about potential risks to patients and the role of regulatory oversight, according to a Los Angeles Times report.

Target preps connected mHealth consumer in-store offering

Retailer Target is prepping a connected healthcare initiative to launch in May at 550 of its nearly 1,800 locations.

Healthcare wearables to 'flood' market within three years

Healthcare wearables are predicted to become the cornerstone of future digital health strategies--driven by remote patient and population health management--with a big wave of devices hitting in the next two to three years, according to a new Tractica report.

UCLA's Arash Naeim: Center for SMART Health aims to spur tech development, foster home-based healing

The recently formed UCLA Center for Systematic, Measurable, Actionable, Resilient and Technology-driven (SMART) Health--a collaborative effort from the David Geffen School of Medicine and UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science--has a multi-prong mission. It hopes to drive research collaboration, develop and test new mHealth devices and systems, and improve reliability of home health sensor tools to support home-based healing.

Mobile phones play role in rabies management

Mobile phones can play a valuable role in boosting health systems, services and patient treatment outcomes when deployed as part of surveillance systems in low- to middle-income countries (LMICs), according to a paper published at PLOS Medicine.

Scripps researchers: Hypothesis testing framework can help with mHealth data analysis

Data pulled from digital devices and apps can give providers insight into a patient's health and biology, according to researchers from the Scripps Translational Science Institute.