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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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EU Convenes mHealth app Working Group

The European Commission is working towards improving the safety and transparency of health information collected by mobile apps. Its newly set up mHealth app working group will be tasked with assessing the validity and reliability of the data that is

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Apps ‘spy on users’

As previously reported in this blog many medical apps are insecure and leak your personal and health data. Now further Research from the MIT, Harvard, and Carnegie-Mellon universities confirms that Apps on Apple and Android smartphones leak lots of users’ information to third parties. Of

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NHS to re-launch its app store

Lets hope this means they are going to put more effort into protecting users’ data since a report co-authored by researchers from Imperial College London, revealed that several NHS-approved apps leaked data about their users. The study, which assessed all

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NHS-approved apps found ‘leaking’ ID data

Many NHS-accredited smartphone health apps leak data that could be used for ID theft and fraud, a study has found. The apps are included in NHS England’s Health Apps Library, which tests programs to ensure they meet standards of clinical and

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mHealth apps quadruple in two years

The number of mobile health applications available to consumers has reached more than 165,000, as the industry for sensors and wearables booms. A recent study found that one in ten apps connect to a device or sensor, providing biofeedback and

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Security Issues and mPharma Apps

The rise in mobile pharma (mPharma), a subset of the mobile health (mHealth) market, threatens to disrupt the way pharmaceutical data are currently managed, shifting the emphasis from in-house systems to apps on mobiles and storage on shared cloud services.

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Using e-technologies in clinical trials

A recent paper by Rosa et al., highlighted the potential of e-technologies (mobile devices, internet etc) in clinical trials research particularly in data collection, recruitment, retention and delivery of interventions. As an example of ways in which e-technologies can be used for

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GSK building Apple’s ResearchKit into its clinical trials

GlaxoSmithKline is exploring how to integrate Apple’s ResearchKit into its clinical trials, setting it up to be one of the first drug developers to adopt the recently introduced platform. But as many have already found out, using mobile technology can throw up a

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Too many mHealth apps, too little verification

The mHealth app industry faces some major challenges with data security, user privacy and regulatory concerns often cited as top worries. Despite this, consumer downloads of mHealth apps hit 660 million in 2013, according to a report from the IMS

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