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Improving care transitions for pediatric asthma patients

Ivor Horn, M.D., an emergency medical physician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., has her sights set on creating truly patient-centered technology with mobile solutions. She and fellow physicians at Children's are focusing on at-risk children and adolescents with asthma--and the stress and confusion that caring for those children that can cause parents.

Slow down, Apple; mHealth tech requires validity to drive user adoption

Sometimes, with all that's going on with mobile healthcare technology--from emerging tools and the stream of research reports to product development and deployment--it can be easy for tech experts to become too focused on being first and ahead of the pack rather than producing a viable and validated product.

Texting as healthcare tool shows promise

An in-depth examination of research literature regarding the use of text messaging as a healthcare tool indicates texting can benefit patients and boost treatment initiatives in several ways.

Doc: Smartwatches are a fad, but other wearables have staying power

The smartwatch is a fad, but developers demonstrating clinical use of tools will be the "Holy Grail" in pushing mHealth to the next level, according to a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Hospital goes mobile with physician order entry to boost treatment process

Canada's biggest hospital is utilizing a native mobile electronic order entry system for physicians featuring an app that lets doctors prescribe and conduct data entry wherever they may be.

Apple Health app not compatible with certain blood glucose measurements

Apple is reportedly making a big fix to its Health app in response to a report that the software is not compatible with blood glucose measurements used in Australia and the United Kingdom, according to a CNET report.

Report: mHealth wearable growth spurred by sensor tech, chronic disease needs

Advances in sensor technologies and mobile Internet are driving huge growth for the wearable healthcare segment, which is predicted to soar from today's $2 billion to $41 billion by 2020, according to a report from Soreon Research.

Feds deploy patient monitoring app into emergency response strategy

In the next six months, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will integrate automated patient tracking capability into its emergency first responder training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Smarter, more sophisticated tools a great prognosis for mHealth wearables

The best aspect in serving as FierceMobileHealthcare's newsletter editor is the opportunity to talk with experts on what's happening with mHealth, devices, consumer wants and expectations and on mobile trends from app building to wearable devices.

More robust services, outcomes needed to spur mHealth use

While 30 percent of online consumers would embrace a healthcare data service in exchange for lower healthcare costs, just as many remain wary about data security, according to a new Decisions Resources Group research report.

New Orleans healthcare provider first to link EHR with Apple HealthKit

A Louisiana healthcare provider is the first Epic Systems client to integrate its electronic health record system with the Apple HealthKit platform.

E-health expert: mHealth apps useless; physicians need greater tech expertise

An Australian medical expert in e-health systems says today's mHealth apps are "useless" and app makers require greater knowledge on what's needed by medical professionals and patients, according to an article at the Sydney Morning Herald.

Fitbit not yet jumping on Apple HealthKit bandwagon

Fitbit is one of the few fitness tracking device makers that isn't busy integrating with Apple's new iOS 8 Health app and HealthKit platform, according to an article at 9To5Mac.

Wireless device increases nurse response time

A Wisconsin-based healthcare organization is tapping a mobile nurse calling system in a quest to drive more open communication between patients and care providers, as well as gain operational cost efficiencies, according to a Healthcare Informatics article.

Report: mHealth platforms to grow smartphone accessory hardware

The mHealth smartphone accessory hardware market will hit $3 billion in five years, with top handset players' interfaces--specifically from Samsung and Apple--playing an instrumental role, according to a new Juniper Research report.

Are you ready for the mHealth innovation decade?

One of the very first cell phones I remember seeing was courtesy of the soap opera "General Hospital" when a main protagonist at the time, police chief Robert Scorpio, used a big clunky...

Mayo Clinic pilot aims to more quickly connect employee patients, care providers

A new initiative aims to provide patients real-time interactive communication with healthcare providers using high-definition videoconferencing via digital medical devices in a walk-in kiosk setting.

Mobile platform aims to aid healthcare workers involved in Ebola response

The World Health Organization, UNICEF and a North Carolina nonprofit are prepping a mobile communications platform to spur faster and more accurate data sharing among health workers on the front lines of the Ebola battle in Liberia, West Africa.

Why future mobile medical tools will put fitness monitors, heartbeat apps to shame

Imagine a sock that helps keep Alzheimer sufferers safe from harm and wandering off, smart clothing that tracks everything from breathing to pulse rates, a toilet that analyzes vitamin and hydration levels and laser wands that replace blood sugar pinpricks for monitoring diabetes. That is the future of today's mHealth technologies, according to healthcare experts and industry watchers, and it could all come about in less than a decade, writes Christine Morgan in an article at high50.

mHealth success hinges on security, workflow adaptability

The key to advancing mobile health technology into mainstream patient care is closing the gap that exists between health data and care coordination by reconfiguring workflow processes related to patient care, according to IBM's Dan Pelino.