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Smartphone interventions can help manage chronic pain, study says

Smartphones can be effective platforms in helping women with chronic widespread pain, according to an article in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research  about a recent Norwegian study.

Few use technology to track health despite growth of self-management tool industry

Seven in 10 U.S. adults track health indicators, according to a new survey from Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project--and a growing number are using technology to do so.

Global mHealth market to reach $10.2 billion by 2018

Driven by the increasing adoption of smartphones and rising incidences of chronic diseases, the global mHealth market will reach $10.2 billion by 2018, a new report from Albany, N.Y.-based Transparency Market Research finds.

Consumer-driven health plan participants more likely to use mHealth apps

Adults enrolled in a consumer-driven health plan are more likely to use a smartphone or tablet for health-related purposes than members enrolled in a traditional health plan, according to the findings of a recent survey from the Employee Benefit Research Institute.

Survey: Japanese docs slow to adopt mobile diabetes monitoring

Less than 1 percent of doctors in Japan have used Internet-enabled smartphones for mobile diabetes monitoring of their patients, according to survey results published recently in the  Journal of Medical Internet Research. Japan was selected for the study because it has one of the highest mobile broadband penetration rates, and is the country with the eighth-largest number of diabetes patients worldwide.

Project tests effectiveness of mobile phones to boost immunization rates

Mozambique's Department of Health has teamed up with the Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization (GAVI Alliance), a public-private partnership for immunization, to launch a pilot project in about 100 clinics in the African nation in early 2013 where health workers will test the effectiveness and cost benefits of using mobile phones to communicate with patients.

European docs trail U.S. docs for smartphone ownership

Research comparing the use of mobile devices by healthcare professionals in Europe and the U.S. finds that European doctors continue to lag behind their American counterparts when it comes to smartphone ownership.

5 IT essentials for every radiology practice

Radiologists must maintain a working relationship with hospital IT colleagues--CIOs, in particular--in order to take full advantage of new technology trends, according to Paul Nagy, director of quality at the Johns Hopkins University department of radiology, who spoke during an educational session at the Radiological Society of North America's annual conference in Chicago.

Mobile technology use by docs on the rise

Clinicians are rapidly adopting mobile health technology into patient care, according to a new survey unveiled this week at the mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C., by HIMSS. Meanwhile, another recent survey by Menlo Park, Calif.-based Spyglass Consulting Group found that nurses are using personal smartphones on the job, particularly to fill "critical communication gaps" with hospital-provided information technology.

Pew: Smartphone owners increasingly use their devices to get health info

More than half of smartphone owners use their devices to get health info and one-fifth of smartphone owners have at least one health app on their phone, according to the 2012 mobile health survey released Nov. 8 by the Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project.