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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.

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 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.

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.

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...

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.

Why the mHealth battle will be won by Google, not Apple

When it come to mobile healthcare there are more than a few power players vying for dominance, chief among the vendors are Apple, Google and IBM. But the ultimate victor, according to  Forbes  contributor Dan Munro, will be Google for three specific reasons.

Electronic surveillance helps hospitals slash death rates

The use of an electronic physiological surveillance system on patients correlated with two United Kingdom hospitals slashing mortality rates by more than 15 percent over the course of a year, according to research published online this week.

VA deploying mHealth apps to give veterans quicker, easier data access

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to debut the first two of several mHealth apps providing veterans easier and quicker access to healthcare data via smartphones and tablets sometime early this fall.