Clinical depression is the kind of ailment that can sneak up on you, ruin your attitude, destroy motivation and lead to a multitude of other mental health issues. It can be managed if you're aware of it, but a lot of depression goes undiagnosed. It doesn't have to be that way--researchers think that smartphones could one day serve as an early-warning system by passively monitoring your behavior.
So far, only one study has explored the idea, but its results show enormous potential. Researchers recruited 40 volunteers from Cragistlist, tested them for depression using a standard demographics questionnaire and installed a test app on their phone that tracked their GPS location and phone usage data. Two weeks later, that data was compared to models to try and determine if there was a correlation user behavior and depression scores--and there were. Patients at risk for depression were not only more likely to spend time at home, but they used their phone more frequently, too. After adjusting for variables, the team figured it was able to detect depression with 87% accuracy. Not bad.
Steven Keating, a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab and a brain cancer survivor, was the subject of an article this week, presented as a super data cruncher of his own patient information.
The young scientist’s collection and analysis of his own data makes him an extraordinary exception today, but physicians and health care experts say he is a sprinter along a path others are walking — toward consumers taking a more active interest in gathering, studying and sharing their medical data. Better-informed patients, they say, are more likely to take better care of themselves, comply with prescription drug regimens and even detect early-warning signals of illness, as Mr. Keating did.
The term “revolution” is applied a little too abundantly to technological innovations, isn’t it? It is however, noteworthy to observe how certain tech advances in mobility have quite unapologetically revolutionized the way people access information.
These advances are quickly gaining momentum in the patient health management sector, as mobile devices continue to penetrate the consumer market. A 2013 Forbes article pointed out how over 80% US citizens use cell phones on a daily basis, out of which about 50% are smartphone users.
No, we're not talking about robot surgeons, implantable memory-augmentation devices, or doctors wearing Google Glass. The game-changing innovations on this list are more than distant dreams or inventions no one really knows what to with yet. Most should be available as early as 2015.
Every year, the Cleveland Clinic comes up with a list of new devices or treatments that are expected to help improve our daily lives and reduce our risks of developing disease. Only time will tell whether their considerable promise pans out.
Here are the top 10 new medications, treatments, and technologies to watch for in 2015, according to the Cleveland Clinic.
Integrating data from mobile health applications and other sources with a patient's electronic health record (EHR) offers more data and greater patient engagement, but industry leaders encourage providers to carefully consider what--and how much--information to collect to ensure the information is useful to both providers and their patients.
Microsoft’s ambitious HoloLens project has generated a huge amount of interest of late, and for good reason. Who doesn’t love the idea of viewing and interacting with 3D holograms brought to life right in front of your eyes? The applications for...
Few health care providers are discussing wearable devices or mobile health applications with their patients, even though they believe the technology could be beneficial, according a MedPanel market survey of 415 providers, Health IT Analytics reports (Bresnick, Health IT Analytics, 6/22).
Researchers found that just 15% of providers report discussing wearable devices and mobile health apps with patients. However, providers participating in accountable care organizations were more than twice as likely to discuss such technology with their patients. In addition, the survey found that providers believe some patients who are not using wearable devices or mobile health apps could benefit from the technology, Health Data Management reports (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 6/22). Specifically, provider respondents said:
38% of patients who are not using a wearable device could benefit from such technology; and
42% of patients who are not using a mobile health app could benefit from such technology (Health IT Analytics, 6/22).
Further, the factors that providers listed as most important to mobile health were:Clinical utility of the data the devices produce; and Ease of use.
IN RWANDA, PEOPLE have to deal with all kinds of threats to their health: malaria, HIV/AIDS, severe diarrhea. But in late 2012, Agnes Binagwaho, Rwanda’s Minister of Health, realized her country’s key health enemy was something far more innocuous.
The thing causing the most harm to her people, the leading risk factor for premature death and disability, was inside their own homes: Dirty indoor air, from cooking food over burning dung and vegetation in poorly ventilated huts. Within weeks, Binagwaho announced a program to distribute one million clean cookstoves to the poorest households in the young, mostly rural country.
More than half of today's smartphone users, 62 percent, are using their devices to get health information, according to Pew Research Center's new report, "U.S. Smartphone Use in 2015." The report is based on surveys conducted by the center in conjunction with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.
mHealthWatch was recently privy to new details of the freshly-forged partnership involving Microsoft, TracPhone, and Health Choice Network. Working together, the three will provide the technology, smartphone apps, and access to healthcare that individuals in underserved populations need desperately today.
Desktops are near universal in UK doctors' offices, and smartphones have also become a part of most physicians' jobs. More than 80% of doctors in the country now use a smartphone regularly for profession-related reasons while at work. Physicians in the UK have also jumped on the social media bandwagon, with almost two-thirds accessing sites such as Wikipedia and YouTube for professional purposes.
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