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The FDA has a public health responsibility to oversee the safety and effectiveness of a small subset of mobile medical applications that present a potential risk to patients if they do not work as intended.
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Remote Patient Monitoring: 9 Promising Technologies

Remote Patient Monitoring: 9 Promising Technologies | wireless health | Scoop.it
From telemedicine robots to toilet sensors, remote patient monitoring technology continues to win venture capital. These nine startups have landed funding in the past year.
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Wireless health monitoring technology expected to expand - amednews.com

Wireless health monitoring technology expected to expand - amednews.com | wireless health | Scoop.it
The FCC has approved the allocation of wireless spectrum on which mobile health devices can transmit data.
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Wireless devices improve blood pressure tracking, adherence (Study)

Wireless devices improve blood pressure tracking, adherence (Study) | wireless health | Scoop.it

A study conducted by the Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, showed wireless mobile technologies positively impact patient engagement and can be more effective than modem-based devices. The study was published in the Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology in May.

 

Patients using wireless devices recorded on average three measurements every five days and patients using modem-based devices on average recorded one measurement every five days. When uploading data, patients with wireless-enabled devices uploaded their information on average twice every five days and those with modem-enabled devices uploaded once every 100 days. While the time it took patients to first upload their data was lower for the patients in the wireless-based device group at four days versus seven days, the time to first measurement didn’t differ much.

  


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The wireless devices are the future of diabetes

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What is mHealth? Is it Mobile health or Modern health?

What is mHealth? Is it Mobile health or Modern health? | wireless health | Scoop.it

Syllogism causes confusion among healthcare terms such as modern health, mobile health, digital health, ehealth, mhealth, telemedicine, and telehealth.

 

Clearly, Lions & Tigers are both cats, and cats are animals, but the healthcare syllogisms aren’t as straight forward. People often associate Mobile Health with the ambulance that shows up to provide care and transportation, rather than the use of mobile devices and wireless networks. They may also associate Mobile Health with the tablet device the doctor uses as she moves about, rather than a smartphone device. That’s why I drew the diagram with mHealth not entirely within Wireless Health or within Telehealth. And it’s why I added a new term to  encompass them all - Modern Health.

 

I apologize to my consumer audience if this article sometimes gets a bit technical. That’s because it was partially written to address a technical audience. You can skip the technology, go straight to the Cool mHealth Trends.

 

mHealth & Telehealth

 

Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. These services could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone, a video call between patient and practitioner(s), or doing robotic surgery between facilities at different ends of the globe. Telehealth is an expansion of telemedicine, because it’s not limited to clinical treatment but can also apply to prevention. Likewise,telehealth is an expansion of mHealth, because it’s not limited to cellular technologies.

 

mHealth & Wireless Health

 

Wireless health differs from mHealth in that wireless health solutions will not always be mobile and mobile health solutions will not always be wirelessly enabled. Wireless Health integrates wireless technology into traditional medicine, such as for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of illness. Wireless technologies eliminate the cost and effort to install wires and support the ability to move about without being tethered. Wireless networks can cover very short distances such as between wearable sensors and a smartphone, entire buildings such as Wi-Fi home networks; or wider areas such as cellular networks that extend from tower to tower. These mobile broadband networks are especially useful in reaching new patients in remote areas than previously possible.

 

mHealth & eHealth

 

eHealth describes any healthcare practice supported by electronic information processing and communication, so it has broader reach than mHealth, which relates to practices using mobile  (phone or computing) technologies

 

mHealth: Mobile Health or Modern Health?

 

Many app developers view mHealth as exploiting mobile telecommunication in health care delivery. That can include mobile phones (voice & SMS text), smartphones, or a variety of other devices that include laptop computers, patient monitoring devices, MP3 players, PERS systems, and more.  The term can extend to both mobile and stationary devices, as long as they used mobile/cellular telecom technologies, but what if they don’t communicate at all?

 

What if a smartphone app uses sensors to collect health & fitness data and then stores and tracks it on the device itself without ever sending it anywhere? If the device itself is viewed as a telecom device, it might fit in the mHealthcategory, but the iPod Touch has no mobile phone connection, and even though it uses the same iPhone technology, it arguably would not fit the mHealth definition, even though it’s running the exact same code. That’s where the traditional mHealth definition breaks down, and it’s one reason that I prefer to extend mHealth to Modern Health, rather than just Mobile Health.

Modern Health encompasses innovations that collectively define the future of healthcare. They include: digital, electronic & mobile health, telehealth & telemedicine, electronic sensors & cloud-based monitoring services, video calls & telepresence, electronic medical & personal health records, big data & analytics, healthcare robotics & artificial intelligence, personalized medicine & genomics, and the wireless connections (ANT+, Bluetooth LE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, 4G, LTE), big broadband networks (fiber-optics), and regulatory & payment reforms that bind them.

 

Yes, nearly 40,000 health-related apps are available today for smartphones, and that number is up ten-fold from about 4,000 in 2010. So clearly smartphone availability and fast Internet access are driving much of the growth of modern healthcare applications, but don’t discount large mHealth opportunities on other devices and in other geographic markets.


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Rep. Honda Reintroduces Mobile Health Innovation Legislation ...

Rep. Honda Reintroduces Mobile Health Innovation Legislation ... | wireless health | Scoop.it
Mike Honda reintroduced a bill aimed at advancing mobile health innovation as well as other health technologies. The bill would require FDA to establish a new Office of Wireless Health and create an HHS program to support ...
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Six Ways Wireless Technology Is Transforming Health Care

Six Ways Wireless Technology Is Transforming Health Care | wireless health | Scoop.it
Hospitals are increasingly turning to wireless technologies to operate more efficiently, support patient care and improve the patient experience.
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Wanted in Healthcare: More Wireless Devices for In-Home Patients - E-Commerce Times

Wanted in Healthcare: More Wireless Devices for In-Home Patients - E-Commerce Times | wireless health | Scoop.it
Wanted in Healthcare: More Wireless Devices for In-Home Patients
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People are living longer, and healthcare organizations are looking to technology to drive efficiencies and cut costs.
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Radio Frequency Wireless Technology in Medical Devices - Guidance for Industry and Food and Drug Administration Staff

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Study: Wireless devices improve patient engagement, outcomes

Study: Wireless devices improve patient engagement, outcomes | wireless health | Scoop.it
A study from the Center for Connected Health indicates that wireless mobile technologies can positively impact patient engagement, clinical outcomes and operational workflow in remote monitoring...
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Ingestible, Implantable, Or Intimate Contact: How Will You Take Your Microscale Body Sensors?

Ingestible, Implantable, Or Intimate Contact: How Will You Take Your Microscale Body Sensors? | wireless health | Scoop.it

Computer chips and silicon micromachines are ready for your body. It’s time to decide how you’ll take them: implantable, ingestible, or intimate contact. Every flavor now exists. Some have FDA approval and some are seeking it. Others are moving quickly out of the research lab stage. With the round one Qualcomm Tricorder X-Prize entries due in one year, we’re soon to see a heavy dose of sensors tied to the mobile wireless health revolution.

 

With these sensors comes a heavy dose of information about your health, data about what medication you are taking and when you took it. The sensors are available to protect your health, but choosing how to use them and how to protect the privacy of your data will be a matter of personal responsibility.

 

 


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New Data From Partners Center For Connected Health ... - 3BL Media

New Data From Partners Center For Connected Health ... - 3BL Media | wireless health | Scoop.it
BOSTON, July 9, 2013 /3BL Media/ -- A recent study conducted by the Center for Connected Health demonstrated that wireless mobile technologies can positively impact patient engagement, clinical outcomes and operational ...
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Company Develops Wireless Health Monitoring System - Inside INdiana Business (press release)

Company Develops Wireless Health Monitoring System - Inside INdiana Business (press release) | wireless health | Scoop.it
Company Develops Wireless Health Monitoring System Inside INdiana Business (press release) By using wireless transmission devices for monitoring blood sugar levels, blood pressure, weight and pulse oximetry, the mHealth Manager platform will equip...
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Reducing risk: Why the lack of a wireless healthcare strategy is not an option - mHIMSS

Reducing risk: Why the lack of a wireless healthcare strategy is not an option - mHIMSS | wireless health | Scoop.it
Reducing risk: Why the lack of a wireless healthcare strategy is not an option
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The use of wireless devices in healthcare operations is growing exponentially as mobile connectivity between caregivers and patients becomes increasingly pervasive.
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