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Adherence app MediSafe to boost medication adherence up to 81 percent

From mobihealthnews.com

MediSafe is a cloud-based app system — the patients get a reminder to take their meds on their Android or Apple smartphone app, and are then prompted to record it if they do. If they don’t indicate that they’ve taken their dose, a graduated series of friends and family is informed and can take action.

“It pushes you a notification when its time to take your meds,” MediSafe CEO Omri “Bob” Shor told MobiHealthNews in January. “The first one is a quiet one, like a text message. The second one is a louder one. The third one you can’t ignore, and the fourth one goes to your wife.”

The company will use the money to build up strategic partnerships with pharma companies, pharmacies, HMOs, employers and hospitals. MediSafe hopes to be valuable to those stakeholders because it not only can increase patients’ medication adherence, but it also collects de-identified aggregate data about patients’ adherence.

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Which mHealth Apps Are Doctors Prescribing?

From mhealthwatch.com

This week, HealthTap, a fast-growing mobile health platform that connects users with a network of more than 40,000  doctors - rolled out something called
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FDA Device Surveillance to Tap App

From online.wsj.com

The FDA is creating a largely automated surveillance system to monitor safety of high-risk medical devices, and has authorized a cellphone app for doctors to simplify reporting deaths and injuries to the agency.
Seth Bilazarian, MD's curator insight, April 24, 2013 4:25 PM

"There's an app for that."  Physicians are often criticized for not doing a better job reporting adverse events and this is largely because the method for reporting to the FDA has been burdensome and difficult. An easy to use reporting strategy from a smartphone will increase my reporting dramatically.  The speed of reporting and analysis by FDA for actionable items should be significantly shortened.

Seth Bilazarian, MD's comment, April 24, 2013 4:27 PM
#app, medical app, #chealth, #mHealth, FDA, adverse event reporting, Bilazarian

Smartphone images measure up to desktop views in neurology study

From www.physbiztech.com

Researchers at the Mayo Clinic have given a boost to telemedicine proponents with the publication of a new study that highlights smartphones' efficacy and quality in capturing medical images to evaluate stroke patients.  The study, published in the September issue of Stroke is the first to test the effectiveness of smartphone teleradiology applications in a real-world telestroke network, according to Mayo Clinic officials.

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New iPhone app can detect atrial fibrillation

From www.telegram.com

Take Home: UMass Medical School and WPI have developed an app that can detect atrial fibrillation.  This moves connected and mobile health closer to reality.  The really important development with this approch might allow us to treat patients who have AF intermittently (paroxysmal) differently than we currently do.  Because we are worried about stroke, patietns now get blood thinners all the time because we are concerned that they will have recurrences without knowing about it.  With this technology, in the future, we might see validation of a strategy that allows use of blood thinners when patients are in AF only, sometimes called a pill in the pocket.

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