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Global mHealth Market Growth

The mHealth market is set to swell to $58.8bn by the year 2020 – that is according to a report by Research Beam, which said that a rise in mobile phone usage across developing markets has prompted the surge. Besides

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Smartphone monitoring in MS

The latest results from the FLOODLIGHT clinical trial programme show that additional, real-world data using smartphone or smartwatch technology given to patients treated with Roche’s MS therapy Ocrevus (ocrelizumab), which was launched in March, can be a valuable addition to

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An App for Personalized Prostate Cancer Survivorship Care

By 2030, prostate cancer will be the most commonly diagnosed cancer in North America and thoughtfully designed and implemented support mechanisms are needed to help with survivorship care treatment. mHealth apps could support outpatient treatment and monitoring strategies but have not been widely tested in prostate

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The Use of Mobile Applications Among Adults with Type 1 and Type 2 Diabetes

While the number of diabetes-specific mobile applications (apps) continues to grow, there is a lack of knowledge about their actual use. A recent study has shown that a minority of adults with T1D and T2D use apps to support their

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App to enable Lupus patients to report symptoms easily and accurately

Pfizer Inc., the Lupus Research Alliance and Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. jointly developed a new mobile app, using the Apple ResearchKit platform and building on existing research tools that have been validated in lupus. “This is an important step in

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Making digital health personal

Digital health interventions have enormous potential as scalable tools to improve health and healthcare delivery; however they must be carefully designed and delivered with patient needs in mind. By increasing the personal relevance of digital interventions and implementing tried and

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NIHR piloting apps for clinical research

The UK’s National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network is investigating how mobile technology can aid clinical research processes. Partnering with digital firm Tigerspike, the NIHR’s pilot programme will see them build a ResearchKit-based iPhone app for medical researchers.

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Health apps to feed directly into our health records

The government believes a paperless NHS will make its services more convenient. As part of this drive the Health Secretary announced that by March next year NHS England will publish a library of approved apps in areas like mental health and diabetes

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Apps as medical devices – UK regulator updates its guidance

The MHRA has updated its guidance on whether a health app should be subject to medical device oversight. A number of apps and pieces of stand-alone software that are already on the market have so far been classified as medical

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mHealth in Clinical Trials: Benefits and challenges

A recent article showed that whilst it is still rare for wearable devices and smartphones to be used in clinical trials there is growing evidence of some major benefits, including: Real-world, continuous measurement of health status as subjects follow their

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