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Apple Heart Study enrolls more than 400,000

Mobile technologies such as the iWatch are now fitted with high-quality sensors that can measure and detect clinical changes in our bodies in entirely new and insightful ways. For example, Stanford Medicine and Apple have enrolled more than 400,000 participants

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Personalised care for Gestational Diabetes

GDm-Health is a prescribed digital therapeutic for the management of gestational diabetes at home and has been clinically evaluated in over 1,000 patients at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust with transformative results, including: 25% reduction in clinical visits 1

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Mobile App to Support Patients with Asthma and COPD

Chiesi Limited has launched a new mobile app for adult patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using Chiesi’s Fostair (beclometasone/formoterol) pressurised metered-dose inhaler (pMDI) or dry powder inhaler Fostair NEXThaler. According to the group, inefficient inhalation technique is a

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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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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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Too many mHealth apps, too little verification

Concerns about the safety and reliability of mHealth apps are growing and recent articles in JAMA and JMIR provide evidence to support these concerns. But not everyone believes deeper review and critique of apps is necessary. An ex-Food and Drug Administration deputy commissioner and

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New ‘app’ tracks Parkinson’s symptoms

Patient diaries are an established way to record symptoms of long-term illnesses and usually come in paper form. However, paper-based patient diaries are imperfect and experience shows that patients’ commitment often fades over time. There are also concerns about accuracy.

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AZ and NCI to develop a mobile app to manage side effects

It has been reported that AstraZeneca and the NCI will test whether a mobile app can improve treatment for women who are taking AstraZeneca’s Lynparza and cediranib cancer drug combo. The smartphone app links to a web portal that allows doctors and

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It’s now official – using a mobile app can improve pharmacovigilance

A recent study has shown that by using a mobile app the time taken to prepare and submit a voluntary adverse event (AE) report can be reduced significantly. The study also showed that reports received via the mobile app were

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