US Surgeon General announces winners of its Healthy Apps Challenge

The winners of the Surgeon General’s Healthy Apps Challenge, first launched at the mHealth Summit in December, were announced last week. The four winning apps were selected from three categories: Healthy Eating/Nutrition Physical Fitness/Activity Integrative Health/Well-being These four apps represent a range of imaginative solutions to encourage people make better food choices, exercise more and […]

Google set to revolutionize mHealth and medicine with Google Glasses?

News from unnamed employees at the X center, a secretive experimental Google product laboratory, indicates that Google will be releasing eyeglasses with an integrated computer and camera by year’s end. Think of it as the wearable smart phone or a heads up display…for your head. The glasses will have a 3G or 4G connection, run on an android platform, and house multiple sensors including GPS. Pop on your shades, log into Google maps and you should virtually never get lost. But perhaps more interesting is the prospect of having the entire find of internet knowledge readily available to you without having to reach into your pocket.

Innovating with web-based interventions to tackle chronic disease

By: Perry Payne, Jr., MD/JD/MPP Researchers estimate that half of Americans will suffer from a chronic disease before 2020, a startling fact that begs for innovation in order to prevent this occurrence or at least manage these diseases when they occur. Patient Activation Measure is a valid, highly reliable scale developed by researchers at the […]

Can kids improve their own health? Results from a study of smartphone use in juvenile diabetes

As discussed in part 1, in our development of a next-generation remote patient monitoring system, we elected to develop a chronic disease remote monitoring system based on a smartphone that would allow the automatic wireless transfer of measurements from medical devices (e.g. weight scales, blood pressure monitors, glucometers, etc.). Read below to see how this worked when we targeted the hardest group of all: kids. Specifically, adolescent kids.