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Do mHealth Apps Benefit Healthy (pre-unHealthy) People?

Do mHealth Apps Benefit Healthy (pre-unHealthy) People? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

Consumers looking to use their mobile devices to improve their health — or at least maintain their well-being — have tens of thousands of choices.

But if those consumers are already healthy, the apps won’t necessarily do them any good, according to a new report in The BMJ, a British medical journal.


On Tuesday afternoon, for instance, the top 10 free health and fitness apps for iPhones included MyFitnessPal, a calorie counterand diet tracker; the FitBit activity trackerPacer, a pedometer and blood pressure tracker; and Period Tracker Lite, a menstrual-cycle tracker, according to data compiled by App Annie, an analytics firm.


For consumers with concerns of a more medical nature, apps in the Google Play store, among others, offer all kinds of advice, self-diagnosis and treatment. One is marketed as an HIV risk calculator, another is a self-described self-test for erectile dysfunction, and a third purports to offer home remedies for cold sores, colitis, conjunctivitis and constipation.


An article published in The BMJ on Tuesday evening, however, questions whether such consumer health apps provide any real health value to already-healthy consumers – and whether the apps could even cause harm by stoking unneeded anxiety among the worried well.


Doctors don’t yet have definitive answers to these questions, partly because smartphone apps are so new and partly because government health authorities regulate consumer health apps at their own discretion, depending on the possible risks to users. As a result, many health and fitness apps lack rigorous clinical evidence to demonstrate they can actually improve health outcomes.


The medical journal article, titled "Can healthy people benefit from health apps?lays out arguments for and against the apps by juxtaposing the opposing views of two doctors.


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Arguing in favor, Dr. Iltifat Husain, the editor in chief of iMedicalApps.com, a review site for medical professionals, contended that some apps, by encouraging healthy behavior, could hold great potential to reduce the rate of illness and death.


A physician commenting on the article noted: "Healthy people also have a habit of becoming unhealthy and health apps are fortunately there for them when this happens."

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Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data

Built By A Parkinson’s Sufferer, MyHealthPal Tracks Symptoms, Creates Research Data | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
SOURCE March 21, 2015 The development and availability of wearables is running hand in hand with the exploding interest in the digital health space. Managing our health via apps and devices is slowly becoming the norm. And patients that need to monitor their condition day-to-day have even more to benefit from this powerful combination. Startups are of course entering this space in droves. The latest is a startup which launches out of stealth today: MyHealthPal, an iOS app and analytics platform that enables people with long-term health conditions to manage their condition, is initially focusing on Parkinson’s Disease, but could be applied similar diseases. It’s now secured an initial seed funding of £500,000, and launched a trial with the highly respected Mount Sinai Hospital in New York. The investors include a mix of private and institutional investors. Venture Capital firm Proxy Ventures is participating. But the lead investors are Andrew MacKay, chairman of Yapp Brothers and
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NHS England launches library for accredited mobile health apps | mobihealthnews

NHS England launches library for accredited mobile health apps | mobihealthnews | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

The National Health Service in the UK is taking steps to create a curated database of government-approved mobile health apps, starting in the area of mental health. NHS launched a library of five approved apps on its NHS Choices website, which gets 40 million visits per month, according to the NHS.

 


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You're The Doctor Now, And Your Office Is In Your House

You're The Doctor Now, And Your Office Is In Your House | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
You can now own home versions of many of the tools you used to have to schlep to a clinic to get access toand the doctor is just an Internet...

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Global mHealth Market to Reach $42.12B by 2020 - mHealthIntelligence

Global mHealth Market to Reach $42.12B by 2020 - mHealthIntelligence | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
According to a new forecast, the global mobile health landscape is set to increase by a CAGR of 47.6 percent.
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Health app developers face their biggest obstacle: Privacy regulations | VentureBeat | Health | by Evan Schuman

Health app developers face their biggest obstacle: Privacy regulations | VentureBeat | Health | by Evan Schuman | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Mobile apps for health care have broken new ground in monitoring, diagnosis, and treatment. Next week, some of the most advanced will be highlighted at the SXSW Accelerator competition.

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25 Best Health Tech Infographics of 2014 - HIT Consultant

25 Best Health Tech Infographics of 2014 - HIT Consultant | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Annual 2014 recap of some of the most in-depth and well designed health tech infographics including trends transforming health IT , mhealth, etc.
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Take Two Aspirin And Tweet Me In The Morning: How Twitter, Facebook, And Other Social Media Are Reshaping Health Care


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To deal with chronic disease, patients will need better mobile health apps

To deal with chronic disease, patients will need better mobile health apps | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

Of all the potential calamities facing humanity, the one that few people can argue about is that of the global population that is growing in numbers, age, size and incidence of chronic disease. In Australia, 3.6 million people have diabetes or pre-diabetes. In the US, that number was 29.1 million in 2012, or 9.3% of the population. The number of people with pre-diabetes in 2012 however was a staggering 86 million.

Diabetes is the 6th leading cause of death in Australia and the 7th in the US.

 

http://theconversation.com/to-deal-with-chronic-disease-patients-will-need-better-mobile-health-apps-35283

 


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Decide Consulting's curator insight, January 7, 12:47 PM

Mobile apps encourage healthy behavior. Everyone needs custom preventive and routine care. @decidemobility

Andre Mouton's curator insight, January 8, 3:53 PM

Please look outside of the US for options to consider.

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Fitness Trackers Are Everywhere, but Do They Work?

Fitness Trackers Are Everywhere, but Do They Work? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
In other words, the accuracy really makes little difference; the point is to keep us aware, to gamify our efforts. In that way, these bands really work. You wind up parking farther away, getting off the bus a stop earlier, going for a walk down the block to bring your 9,374 daily step count up to your 10,000-step goal.

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Will 2015 Be the Breakout Year for mHealth? mHealth Summit | 2015 | HealthWorks Collective

Will 2015 Be the Breakout Year for mHealth? mHealth Summit | 2015 | HealthWorks Collective | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
While on the one hand, many are proclaiming 2015 to be the year that mHealth finally becomes mainstream, the opening day keynote at the mHealth Summit last week at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center seemed to suggest we are in the trough of disillusionment.
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Pharma companies want to add an app to your next prescription

Pharma companies want to add an app to your next prescription | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical companies reported to be establishing a digital health collaborative; may add apps to your next prescription.
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3 Pillars of An Effective Mobile Health Platform - HIT Consultant

3 Pillars of An Effective Mobile Health Platform - HIT Consultant | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
An effective mobile health platform has 3 pillars. 1. enhanced secure texting; 2. communication followed by systems integration; and 3. clinical innovation.
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Developers neglect privacy and security in health apps

Developers neglect privacy and security in health apps | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Telemedicine researchers at the University of Valladolid have proposed a series of recommendations to programmers to improve the security of health applications on mobile devices. According to these specialists, it is a rapidly growing area, but the insecure handling of clinical and medical data can ...

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Acceptance Factors of Mobile Apps for Diabetes by Patients Aged 50 or Older: A Qualitative Study

Acceptance Factors of Mobile Apps for Diabetes by Patients Aged 50 or Older: A Qualitative Study | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
A lack of additional benefits and ease of use emerged as the key factors for the acceptance of diabetes apps among patients aged 50 or older

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Survey: 46 percent of clinicians plan to use health apps in practices by 2020 | mobihealthnews

Survey: 46 percent of clinicians plan to use health apps in practices by 2020 | mobihealthnews | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
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This is very interesting as in this digital age, there truly is an app for almost anything. I can see the benefits of health providers using such apps to track and maintain information.
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Questioning the Value of Health Apps

Questioning the Value of Health Apps | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

oMore than 100,000 apps claim to help consumers track their conditions. That doesn’t mean they are all accurate.


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Mobile Health Industry Could Be Worth $49.1 Billion by 2020

Mobile Health Industry Could Be Worth $49.1 Billion by 2020 | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Analysis just released by Grand View Research on the global mobile healthcare marketplace suggests that by 2020, the industry could be worth as much as $49.1
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Why health wearables will shift from the wrist to the ear

Why health wearables will shift from the wrist to the ear | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
While wearables primarily are buckled to consumers' wrists at this point, they'll soon find a new home: the ear, says Craig Stires, associate vice president for big data, software and analytics at IDC Asia Pacific. And they might even get a new moniker: hearables.
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When medical apps do more harm than good

When medical apps do more harm than good | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Replacing clinic visits with smartphones can be a risky move. Here's why.
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Over 50% Of Mobile Health Apps Are Downloaded Less Than 500 Times

Over 50% Of Mobile Health Apps Are Downloaded Less Than 500 Times | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
That's the finding of a new report on mobile health apps by IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics (free PDF here).  In true mobile fashion, it's also available in the iTunes store (here). Some of the other results of the recent study included these: 1. Every app categorized as "health and wellness" or "medical" [...]

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Andrea Robotti's curator insight, January 2, 11:55 AM

Forse è opportuno fare una riflessione su quali dovrebbero essere i requisiti minimi di qualità per le app...perlomenno in ambito salute!

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Healthcare dominates Google's venture investments in 2014

Healthcare dominates Google's venture investments in 2014 | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Healthcare accounted for 36 percent of Google Venture investments in 2014 in 12 companies spanning diagnostics, predictive analytics, telemedicine.
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5 digital health trends you'll see in 2015

5 digital health trends you'll see in 2015 | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
As funding for health-minded technology skyrockets, innovators are turning medical knowledge into usable tech.

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