Perry Payne, MD/JD/MPP

Can Mobile Phones Be Used to Reduce Weight and Increase Activity Level

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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.

Research shows making health information sites mobile friendly can drastically increase traffic

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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

Can Social Media Expand the Audience For Medical Research Articles

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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

Telemedicine intervention linked to lower infant mortality rate in Arkansas

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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.

Smartphones help pediatric residents and fellows intubate newborns

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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.

Current and future impact of apps on the practice of Family Medicine

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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.

Do mHealth apps require randomized controlled trials– panel discusses at mHealth Summit

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This article focuses on a session presented by the National Institutes of Health entitled “State of the Science in Research on Mobile Health Technologies.”

mHealth technology meets informed consent forms

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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 ?

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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

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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

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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.