Author Archive | Perry Payne, MD/JD/MPP
In an increasingly complex healthcare environment seeking to reduce expenditures, increase quality, and improve health, mobile health apps for consumers and the health care industry may offer some useful solutions. 2015 may be the year that some of these solutions come to light.
Key takeaways from digital health survey exploring the receptiveness of Americans to digital health tech
Researchers find that children with known disabilities made up a large percentage of the patients using an orthopedics telemedicine service.
A breakdown of the telemedicine payments in medicare’s new guidelines.
SmartQuit is marketed as the first smoking cessation app proven by a clinical trial.
A systematic review of the use of apps and text messaging aimed at reducing cardiovascular disease risk found that these technologies have a positive effect on health promoting behaviors.
Researchers in the United Kingdom recently published an article indicating that a Blackberry and Android app increased usage of their website which provides mutation, geographical, and phenotype data on genes implicated in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease in the US
The use of social media tools–such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and ResearchBlogging.org–for the purpose of releasing an article in the clinical pain sciences increases the number of people who view the article and download it
Researchers reported that telemedicine intervention contributed to lowering the number of very low birth weight neonates delivered in hospitals without neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) in Arkansas.
Researchers in Ireland at University at Cork University Maternity Hospital demonstrated in an article that an iPhone educational app used at the patient bedside is a useful tool for increasing the performance of newborn intubation.
A recent article in the July issue of The Journal of Family Practice discusses the current and future impact of apps on family medicine practice.
This article focuses on a session presented by the National Institutes of Health entitled “State of the Science in Research on Mobile Health Technologies.”
People who have a hard time understanding what’s on the ubiquitous printed forms (most people) might have a better idea of what they are being told and be able to make better decisions about their health care. This is the logic that guided researchers from Michigan and Florida to develop drug risk/benefit information with animated and computerized text and graphics. They hoped to increase the clarity of these forms and make patients truly informed.
With so many new apps targeting pregnant women and seeking to improve their health and the health of their fetus, a fundamental question is whether these women actually want to use cell phones for this purpose and have the necessary access to use them for this purpose. Currently, this information is not available in existing studies, although the importance of this information is fairly obvious. Researchers in Argentina and Louisiana recently collaborated to answer this question by assessing pregnant women’s access and usage of cell phones in Argentina public hospitals and clinics.
At the recent Medicine 2.0 Congress, Dr. Jennifer Dyer, the Chief Medical Officer and founder of Duet Health (“The Mobile Patient education Experts”), led a session entitled “Physician Entrepreneurship and App Development: How Did I Do It.” Dr. Dyer told her unique story of how she stopped practicing medicine to focus on her entrepreneurial mHealth interests and various strategies for making money in this business sector.
Researchers from East Carolina University, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill and Carnegie Mellon assessed the use of Twitter by the American Society of Nephrology to inform and educate the public about kidney disease at its annual conference referred to as “Kidney Week.”
National Public Radio (NPR) announced that Catherine Wong, a 17 year old New Jersey high school junior, won its Joe’s Big Idea competition with an mHealth innovation. The competition is a project of one of NPR Science Correspondent, Joe Palca. It focuses on examining where big ideas arise from and how something moves from an idea to a discovery.
On August 20, 2012 Happtique announced the launch of a new program that helps health providers electronically prescribe medical, health and fitness apps to patients. The program is called mRx.
Open mHealth is a new not for-profit organization which according to the researchers will create an “open software architecture for mHealth” and catalyze an “open community of developers, clinicians, researchers, and entrtepreneurs to build and reuse Open mHealth modules across a broad range of mHealth applications, disease conditions, and user populations.”
Price WaterHouse Coopers recently released a report entitled Emerging mHealth: Paths for Growth. The report explores mHealth’s ability to make “health care more accessible, faster, better, and cheaper.”