Author Archive | Perry Payne, MD/JD/MPP

mHealth technology meets informed consent forms

mHealth technology meets informed consent forms

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.

Are pregnant women interested in using SMS ?

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.

From physician to app entrepreneur, one perspective

From physician to app entrepreneur, one perspective

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.

NJ High School Student Wins Competition with mHealth Invention

NJ High School Student Wins Competition with mHealth Invention

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.

Open mHealth: An Open Access Approach to Improving Health Outcomes

Open mHealth: An Open Access Approach to Improving Health Outcomes

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.”

Towards evidence-based development of mHealth interventions

Towards evidence-based development of mHealth interventions

Does mHealth technology actually improve people’s health ? This is the question that researchers in New Zealand were addressing when they described a model for development and testing of mobile phone based health interventions in a recent article in the Journal of Health Communication. According to the researchers, mobile phones are used extensively in New […]

My Air, My Health: a unique mHealth challenge to measure air pollution

My Air, My Health: a unique mHealth challenge to measure air pollution

Ever sit in traffic during rush hour wondering what you’re breathing? Or for the city commuters, ever walk into a subway stop wondering “what is that smell?” and more importantly, “how is the smell affecting my health”?. Well, you’re not the only one. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Health and Human […]

Is mHealth an effective treatment for our ailing health care system?

Is mHealth an effective treatment for our ailing health care system?

The Washington Post recently published an article asking whether mHealth is the health care fix we’ve been waiting for. This question arose from a report by the world renowned Brookings Institution. The report is written by Darrell West, the director of the Brookings Center for Technology Innovation, and is entitled “How Mobile Devices are Transforming […]