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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

Posted in Apps, Design, Software Development, Technology

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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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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Better pharmacovigilance through social media

Monitoring conversations on Facebook, Twitter, and patient forums to identify and assess adverse drug reactions (ADRs) is becoming very popular with pharma companies and healthcare organisations providing useful data for strategy development, competitive research and patient segmentation. But what remains

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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

Posted in Apps, Design, Functional programming, Regulation, Software Development, Systems Thinking, Technology, Validation

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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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.

Posted in Apps, Software Development, Technology, Uncategorized, Validation

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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