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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

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

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

Posted in Apps, Design, Security, Software Development

Fitness tracking shirts now available from RL

Ralph Lauren’s new Polo Tech line shirt ‘merges biometrics into active lifestyle apparel’, the US clothing giant Ralph Lauren said in a statement. Developed with proprietary technology from Canadian-based OMsignal, the shirt has sensors knitted into it. These include a three-leads

Posted in Apple, Apps, Design, Technology

Doctors ‘distrust apps developed by pharma’

A study of GPs in 3 European countries showed that whilst there was a role for healthcare technologies in disease management – GPs distrusted many of pharma’s efforts to create these technologies. The survey of 131 GPs in the UK,

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App for Older Adults with Cognitive Disabilities

The Art in the Moment app, developed by SchwarTech Consulting LLC with funding from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, uses selected works of art found in The Art Institute of Chicago’s collection to stimulate users’ minds through posed questions (audibly

Posted in Apple, Apps, Design, Software Development, Technology

How and why do people with a long-term condition choose to use a smartphone or tablet app for their condition? A qualitative interview study.

Imperial College London are carrying out research into how and why people use an app for a long-term condition like asthma or diabetes. The research aims to help doctors decide how best to use apps in routine care, and help

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

Potential for Mobile Apps in Post Authorisation Safety Studies

Post-authorisation safety studies (PASS) are either described in the risk management plan at the time of application for marketing authorisation and become post-marketing commitments for the company; or they are required by the regulatory authorities if they consider that there

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

Creating the Digital Glue between Life Science and Healthcare

On 14 June 2013, Maiken Hedegaard of NNIT presented at our seminar on apps in pharmaceutical development on the subject of ‘creating the digital glue between life science and healthcare’. Maiken drew on her experience as an IT consultant and pharmacist to

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New Adventures in Pharmacovigilance

On 14 June 2013, Dr Nabaran Dasgupta of Epidemico gave a presentation, ‘New Adventures in Pharmacovigilance — Mobile Apps, Social Media and a Step Outside the Comfort Zone’, at our seminar on apps in pharmaceutical development. Dr Nabaran Dasgupta’s presentation

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