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It's time mHealth tech stops ignoring a prime consumer base: The elderly

The holiday season is just around the corner and everyone, except diehard procrastinators, is either well into gift buying or at least gearing up for Black Friday this week. I suspect more than a few have some sort of mHealth wearable product on the gift list and for most it's been a matter of deciphering what smartband, smartwatch or fitness wearable the exercise guru or health-conscious family member would love to get this year.

Report: Smart clothing, mHealth wearables on track for big growth

An increasing desire to track health issues and activity and share data with physicians will drive mHealth wearables adoption, according to a new Gartner research report. 

How to establish an mHealth BYOD policy

Getting an early start, taking a hybrid flexible approach and establishing a strong comprehensive use policy are key in developing a bring-your-own-device program within the healthcare environment, according to John Donohue, associate chief information officer of technology and infrastructure at Penn Medicine, in an article published at mHealthNews.

Smartphone apps next frontier in treating mental health issues

Smartphone apps that monitor human behavior, speech and voice levels, moods and social interaction are being researched as potential tools for helping those suffering from mental illness, include bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. Researchers hope someday soon that such tools will also be able to predict and serve as a proactive mechanism for alerting patients and doctors on impending mental illness episodes.

Top mHealth drivers are cost savings, early patient intervention care

The top compelling mHealth driver is the ability to save money via early intervention patient care outside of a hospital setting and reduce readmissions rates, Mony Weschler, chief applications strategist at New York's Montefiore Medical Center, tells mHealthNews, noting the first mHealth tool destined to become ubiquitous will be biometrics monitoring.

Project shows promise of mHealth devices, cloud-based tools for clinical trials

A method development project conducted by Medidata and GlaxoSmithKline reveals mHealth technologies boast the capability to collect big data sets using cloud-based tools that can lead to real-time insight on patient well-being, according to a report at Outsourcing-Pharma.com.

American adults increasingly interested in mHealth apps, devices

Nearly half of American adults, 48 percent, are extremely interested in using smartphone and tablets for checking blood pressure, 47 percent are interested in tools that monitor their heartbeats and 23 percent are somewhat interested in using mHealth apps and devices, according to a new Harris Poll.

How government agencies leverage mHealth, growing consumer expectations

As expectations by consumers grow when it comes to improved care through IT and mobile devices, technology is finally rising to meet them, according to panelists at the Federal Health IT Summit in the District of Columbia on Thursday.

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.