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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

Posted in Apple, Apps, Software Development, Swift, Uncategorized, Validation

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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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

Posted in Apps, Patient Safety, Regulation, Software Development, Technology, Validation

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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