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Mobile Health Around the Globe: Monitoring Melanoma with a Mobile

Mobile Health Around the Globe: Monitoring Melanoma with a Mobile | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

Knowing, as we do, that the main sign of melanoma is a change in a mole or birthmark or other skin growth, it becomes essential to monitor any alterations for danger signals.
And of course–what’s that mantra, again?


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Top 5 Health Apps For You To Check Out | Business 2 Community

Top 5 Health Apps For You To Check Out | Business 2 Community | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
The smartphone has revolutionized the health industry. For decades, the health industry was relatively similar from year to year.
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New Mobile App from NIH Helps Women Learn About Their Health in 52 Weeks

New Mobile App from NIH Helps Women Learn About Their Health in 52 Weeks | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
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FDA clears robotic device to assist cardiologists

FDA clears robotic device to assist cardiologists | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
The CorPath 200 by Corindus Vascular Robotics is the first to help cardiologists restore blood flow to blocked arteries while minimizing radiation exposure. Read this blog post by Elizabeth Armstrong Moore on Cutting Edge.

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Mobile info will soon drive healthcare « MyPersonalPhone

Mobile info will soon drive healthcare « MyPersonalPhone | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
Health records and new applications from Medicare to the VA to medical hackathons will soon change health care from doctor centered care to individual preventive, information driven care. ...
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BizKnowledge Watch » Emerging mHealth: Paths for growth

BizKnowledge Watch » Emerging mHealth: Paths for growth | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
In this PwC-commissioned report from the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), patients, doctors and payers share their views on mHealth. Find out what they told, and learn more about the potential of mobile health in developed ...
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Number of Health Apps Rising, but Download Rates Remain Low

Number of Health Apps Rising, but Download Rates Remain Low | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

Although the number of mobile health applications has grown dramatically over the past few years, there has not been a corresponding rise in the number of people downloading health apps, the Washington Post reports.


Rise in Mobile Health Apps


Brian Dolan, editor and co-founder of MobiHealthNews, said data show the number of consumer health apps in the Apple Store has increased from 2,993 in February 2010 to 13,619 in April 2012.
He noted, "But a persistent trend is that the majority of these apps are focused on tracking fitness or diet ... and far fewer are focused on what most people would consider true health problems, like chronic conditions or chronic condition management."


Low Download Rates


Recent data from the Pew Internet and American Life Project indicate that about 88% of U.S. residents have a mobile phone and about 50% of those are smartphones. However, only about 10% of smartphone users have downloaded health-related apps, a figure that has remained steady since 2010.


Susannah Fox, lead health researcher for the project, said, "We are in a situation where we have the technology and we certainly have the need -- just look at all of the statistics on the rise of obesity and other unhealthy trends." She added, "But what we have not yet seen is an uptick in the percentage of people who are adopting and using these health apps."

 


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An Analysis of Consumer Health Apps for Apple’s iPhone 2012 | mobihealthnews

An Analysis of Consumer Health Apps for Apple’s iPhone 2012 | mobihealthnews | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

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Use of Mobile Health Apps Lags

Relatively few Americans are using them.
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How to pick useful health apps for mobile devices

How to pick useful health apps for mobile devices | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

There is a glut of health-related smartphone apps. But how many are of any real use? And what are some of the benefits of using one of these apps?

 

Beyond calorie tracking, there are actually quite a few apps out there that can help push you towards your optimal health. You can check symptoms, maintain healthy weight, monitor blood pressure, track supplements, and even make sure you brush your teeth properly.

 

Check out these top 10 suggestions (most are free) health apps from one source.


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App Reminds You When And How To Take Your Medication | Health ...

App Reminds You When And How To Take Your Medication | Health ... | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
Israel-based startup MediSafe launched an application which reminds users to take their medication if they have forgotten and tells them what dosage to take, via their smartphone or a tracking card.

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5 reasons that prevent doctors from using mobile apps

5 reasons that prevent doctors from using mobile apps | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

Despite exuberance in the technology community, there is much resistance in the medical community about the adoption of medical apps for prescribing.

 

Ways in which digital health technologies may be more easily adopted by physicians have been reviewed previously. Some of the potential reasons for pushback by physicians are considered below:

 

1. Lack of reimbursement.

 

2. Bad taste from EHRs.

 

3. Many physicians are still ideologically distant from participatory medicine. 

 

4. Medical apps do not represent sophisticated technology. 

 

5. Physicians don’t believe medical apps will be effective tools. 

 

Source: http://www.kevinmd.com/blog/2012/07/5-reasons-prevent-doctors-mobile-apps.html


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They’re On Their Way: MHealth and the Elderly

They’re On Their Way: MHealth and the Elderly | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
Traditionally, senior citizens have lagged behind their younger counterparts in adapting to new technology. This has been true, of course, when it comes to mHealth, as well; an unfortunate truth, s...
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University's depression app is an iTunes hit - Health and beauty - Lifestyle - getreading - Reading Post

University's depression app is an iTunes hit - Health and beauty - Lifestyle - getreading - Reading Post | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
Psychologists at The University of Reading have launched a free iPhone app to help people with depression get help without needing to go to their GP.
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Asthma app could save money, improve health

Asthma app could save money, improve health | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
A new smartphone application to help people control their asthma is just one of the ways New Zealanders are using mobile phones to monitor their health.
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Mobile health is a pathway to reduce disparities

Mobile health is a pathway to reduce disparities | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

“Mobile health is a pathway to reduce disparities,” according to Joyce Hunter, founding member of the National Health Technology Collaborative for the Underserved, who spoke Friday at the The World Congress Leadership Summit on Telemedicine which took place July 26-27 at the Colonnade Hotel in Boston. Her speech was part of a keynote panel titled, “Connecting with the Underserved: mHealth Experiences with Medicaid”.

 

Hunter explained her statement by pointing out that while parts of the world suffer lack of utilities such as electricity and running water, 90% of the world’s population is within reach of a cell phone signal. She described a photograph taken recently in Haiti in an area where there are no water works or electrical grid. Instead, the picture shows a bull standing next to a cell phone tower in a field.


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Proteus gains de novo FDA clearance for ingestible meds compliance monitor

Proteus gains de novo FDA clearance for ingestible meds compliance monitor | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
The FDA granted 510(k) premarket approval to the Proteus Ingestible Event Marker (IEM) as a de novo medical device, meaning that there was no similar product on the market, four years after Redwood City, Calif.-based Proteus first sought clearance.

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How social media reveals an ugly truth « Youth Health 2.0

How social media reveals an ugly truth « Youth Health 2.0 | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
Nearly 300 people have been polled by the University of Salford's Business School and over half of them purport that. 313~365~Self-Esteem (Photo credit: Christina Ann VanMeter). socialmedia has negatively impacted their ...
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HIV Testing Goes Mobile In Rural South Africa : Shots - Health Blog : NPR

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Mobile health apps: hype or help?

Mobile health apps: hype or help? | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

Barbara Ficarra (@BarbaraFicarra) writes:

 

'Consumers need safe, reliable, trustworthy apps to help guide their health and wellness and help them manage their chronic diseases.

 

The health app world needs guidance. The vast assortment of apps to choose from makes it difficult for consumers to navigate. Which apps are reliable, trustworthy, and medically sound?

 

How do consumers navigate the crowded world of health apps?

 

"Common sense rules," Joseph Kvedar, M.D says. If consumers think it's a "magic app," it probably isn't.

 

It doesn't seem as if there is too much hype -- just little guidance. The push to move the mHealth app world forward may be reside in the demands of consumers to be served with health and wellness apps that are safe, reliable and trustworthy, developed by companies who are not just those looking to "get rich quick'.

 

[AS: Relevance and reliability are clearly paramount when it comes to #mhealth apps; however, I'd add to that apps also need to be interesting, elegant, and functional in order to retain users' interest and support. I've started curating some health games that have caught my eye at healthgames.wordpress.com]


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What’s the Matter with Mobile Health Apps Today?

What’s the Matter with Mobile Health Apps Today? | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
“I don’t see why anybody wants ‘em!. . ./They are just impossible to control!?What’s the matter with. . . .mobile health apps??. . . today?” When it isn’t Dick V...

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pharma dips its toes into mobile health with broad array of apps | pharmaphorum

pharma dips its toes into mobile health with broad array of apps | pharmaphorum | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

This article explores mobile health apps created by pharmaceutical companies.


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Fending off Forgetting: Pillboxie | HealthWorks Collective

Fending off Forgetting: Pillboxie | HealthWorks Collective | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it
Managing medications is a difficult endeavor.I’ve come up with this brilliant little solution: When I wake up and take my morning meds, I then throw them, so I’ll know I’ve taken them.
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Are Mobile Health Apps Changing the Doctor Patient Relationship?

Are Mobile Health Apps Changing the Doctor Patient Relationship? | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

Mobile Health Apps have made detailed medical information accessible to anyone. Now on a smartphone, you can find drug interactions, diagnosing information and more.

 

This easily accessible information is beginning to change the doctor patient relationship. Doctors need to prepare for more informed patients. While information alone will never replace medical training, patients are now more likely to be actively involved in their health care decisions.

 

Correct or incorrect, a patient will often come to the doctor with an opinion of what they need already in mind. It is important for the doctor to take time to listen to what the patient has learned to help them make an accurate diagnosis and in order to help the patient avoid misapplication of information.

 

Doctors should encourage patients to explore mobile health apps and build trust by allowing them to be involved in their health care decisions. Open communication between doctors and patients will lay the groundwork for making the right decisions.

 

Patients should keep in mind that while they have access to much of the same information as doctors, the doctor has years of medical training and experience and can analyze, interpret and apply information to make appropriate decisions. Patients should not try to replace their doctors with their smartphones.

 

Technology will continue to change the landscape of the medical field. Working with and adapting to technology can improve the health care provided to patients. There will certainly be new opportunities to develop new health apps that move towards higher quality medical services.


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College Students Design Stethoscope That Can Diagnose Pneumonia

College Students Design Stethoscope That Can Diagnose Pneumonia | Progress in Mobile Health | Scoop.it

The StethoCloud system can diagnose pneumonia with a stethoscope, a tiny custom mic, and a smartphone. It could save hundreds of thousands of lives.

 

The StethoCloud is the creation of four students from the University of Melbourne—Hon Weng Chong, Kim Ramchen, Mahsa Salehi, and Andrew Lin—for Microsoft's student innovation competition, the Imagine Cup. The project won Microsoft Australia's national Imagine Cup and placed in the worldwide finals. Two of the team members, Chong and Lin, have a medical school background and have interned in developing nations. After a conversation about pneumonia with his mentor at the university, global health expert Dr. Jim Black, Chong spent two weeks in February developing a prototype. "The first one I was like, 'why aren’t we getting any sounds?'" says Chong, "and the next one, we were getting all this extra noise so we kept refining it."


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FDA Faces Daunting Task as Health Apps Multiply | Mobile Tech ...

Last year, the FDA began to lay down the law. The agency released a first draft of guidelines that require developers making medical claims to apply for FDA approval, the same way new medical devices must be proven safe ...

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