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Mobile integrated healthcare

Qingyan Ma, Lai Sze Tso, Zachary C Rich, Brian J Hall, Rachel Beanland, Haochu Li, Mellanye Lackey, Fengyu Hu, Weiping Cai, Meg Doherty, Joseph D Tucker
INTRODUCTION: Qualitative research on antiretroviral therapy (ART) adherence interventions can provide a deeper understanding of intervention facilitators and barriers. This systematic review aims to synthesize qualitative evidence of interventions for improving ART adherence and to inform patient-centred policymaking. METHODS: We searched 19 databases to identify studies presenting primary qualitative data on the experiences, attitudes and acceptability of interventions to improve ART adherence among PLHIV and treatment providers...
2016: Journal of the International AIDS Society
Arezoo Tahmasbi, Sahar Adabi, Ali Rezaee
The emergence of mobile healthcare systems is an important outcome of application of pervasive computing concepts for medical care purposes. These systems provide the facilities and infrastructure required for automatic and ubiquitous sharing of medical information. Healthcare systems have a dynamic structure and configuration, therefore having an architecture is essential for future development of these systems. The need for increased response rate, problem limited storage, accelerated processing and etc. the tendency toward creating a new generation of healthcare system architecture highlight the need for further focus on cloud-based solutions for transfer data and data processing challenges...
December 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Kimberly Plevniak, Matthew Campbell, Timothy Myers, Abby Hodges, Mei He
Clinical diagnosis requiring central facilities and site visits can be burdensome for patients in resource-limited or rural areas. Therefore, development of a low-cost test that utilizes smartphone data collection and transmission would beneficially enable disease self-management and point-of-care (POC) diagnosis. In this paper, we introduce a low-cost iPOC(3D) diagnostic strategy which integrates 3D design and printing of microfluidic POC device with smartphone-based disease diagnosis in one process as a stand-alone system, offering strong adaptability for establishing diagnostic capacity in resource-limited areas and low-income countries...
September 2016: Biomicrofluidics
Ping Guo, Kim Watts, Heather Wharrad
AIM: The aim of this study was to provide evidence of the impact of mobile technologies among healthcare professionals in education and practice settings. DESIGN: Integrative literature review. METHODS: Electronic databases including MEDLINE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, EMBASE, ERIC and Web of Science were searched for papers published between 2002-2012. Quantitative studies were critically evaluated based on Thomas et al.'s framework, while the consolidated criteria for reporting qualitative research was used to appraise the rigour of the qualitative studies...
April 2016: Nurs Open
Reem Kayyali, Vilius Savickas, Martijn A Spruit, Evangelos Kaimakamis, Roshan Siva, Richard W Costello, John Chang, Barbara Pierscionek, Nikki Davies, Anouk W Vaes, Rita Paradiso, Nada Philip, Eleni Perantoni, Shona D'Arcy, Andreas Raptopoulos, Shereen Nabhani-Gebara
OBJECTIVES: To ascertain the stakeholders' views and devise recommendations for further stages of the Wearable Sensing and Smart Cloud Computing for Integrated Care to Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patients with Co-morbidities (WELCOME) system development. This system aims to create a wearable vest to monitor physiological signals for patients concerned incorporating an inhaler adherence monitoring, weight, temperature, blood pressure and glucose metres, and a mobile health application for communication with healthcare professionals (HCPs)...
2016: BMJ Open
Gaoussou Camara, Al Hassim Diallo, Moussa Lo, Jacques-Noël Tendeng, Seynabou Lo
In Senegal, great amounts of data are daily generated by medical activities such as consultation, hospitalization, blood test, x-ray, birth, death, etc. These data are still recorded in register, printed images, audios and movies which are manually processed. However, some medical organizations have their own software for non-standardized patient record management, appointment, wages, etc. without any possibility of sharing these data or communicating with other medical structures. This leads to lots of limitations in reusing or sharing these data because of their possible structural and semantic heterogeneity...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Amy Jenkins, Stephen Lindsay, Parisa Eslambolchilar, Ian M Thornton, Andrea Tales
Mobile technologies, such as tablet devices, open up new possibilities for health-related diagnosis, monitoring, and intervention for older adults and healthcare practitioners. Current evaluations of cognitive integrity typically occur within clinical settings, such as memory clinics, using pen and paper or computer-based tests. In the present study, we investigate the challenges associated with transferring such tests to touch-based, mobile technology platforms from an older adult perspective. Problems may include individual variability in technical familiarity and acceptance; various factors influencing usability; acceptability; response characteristics and thus validity per se of a given test...
October 4, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Janice L Clarke, Scott Bourn, Alexis Skoufalos, Eric H Beck, Daniel J Castillo
Although the health care reform movement has brought about positive changes, lingering inefficiencies and communication gaps continue to hamper system-wide progress toward achieving the overarching goal-higher quality health care and improved population health outcomes at a lower cost. The multiple interrelated barriers to improvement are most evident in care for the population of patients with multiple chronic conditions. During transitions of care, the lack of integration among various silos and inadequate communication among providers cause delays in delivering appropriate health care services to these vulnerable patients and their caregivers, diminishing positive health outcomes and driving costs ever higher...
August 26, 2016: Population Health Management
Dimiter V Dimitrov
OBJECTIVES: A number of technologies can reduce overall costs for the prevention or management of chronic illnesses. These include devices that constantly monitor health indicators, devices that auto-administer therapies, or devices that track real-time health data when a patient self-administers a therapy. Because they have increased access to high-speed Internet and smartphones, many patients have started to use mobile applications (apps) to manage various health needs. These devices and mobile apps are now increasingly used and integrated with telemedicine and telehealth via the medical Internet of Things (mIoT)...
July 2016: Healthcare Informatics Research
Fassil Shiferaw, Meketew Letebo, Abate Bane
BACKGROUND: Hepatitis B and C are silent killers not yet recognized as major public health challenges in many developing countries with huge disease burden. In Ethiopia, Hepatitis B is endemic with an average prevalence of 10.8 %, and the prevalence of Hepatitis C is 2 %. The prevalence of both infections, however, is likely to be underreported due to the lack of diagnostic facilities and appropriate surveillance systems. Ethiopia is also among the many Sub-Sahara African countries lacking a coordinated and systematic national response to chronic viral hepatitis...
August 11, 2016: BMC Public Health
Mark J Pallen
Microbial bioinformatics in 2020 will remain a vibrant, creative discipline, adding value to the ever-growing flood of new sequence data, while embracing novel technologies and fresh approaches. Databases and search strategies will struggle to cope and manual curation will not be sustainable during the scale-up to the million-microbial-genome era. Microbial taxonomy will have to adapt to a situation in which most microorganisms are discovered and characterised through the analysis of sequences. Genome sequencing will become a routine approach in clinical and research laboratories, with fresh demands for interpretable user-friendly outputs...
September 2016: Microbial Biotechnology
Laura M J Hochstenbach, Sandra M G Zwakhalen, Annemie M Courtens, Maarten van Kleef, Luc P de Witte
PURPOSE: Cancer pain is a prevalent and distressing symptom. To enhance self-management in outpatients, a multi-component intervention was developed, integrating patient self-management and professional care through healthcare technology. This article describes feasibility of the intervention in everyday practice. METHOD: Patients with moderate to severe cancer pain (n = 11) and registered nurses specialized in pain and palliative care (n = 3) participated in a four-week study...
August 2016: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
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There's never been a more exciting time to be involved with health informatics. In the last few decades, health informaticians have established the knowledge base and practical expertise to facilitate the development of ever-more capable technical systems, increasing connectivity, expanding access and greater mobility of e-health and information management systems. We have seen the evolution from simple computer based records to systems that allow intra-organisational, national, even international communication and information exchange...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Jerome Kabakyenga, Celestine Barigye, Jennifer Brenner, Samuel Maling, Denise Buchner, Alberto Nettle-Aquirre, Nalini Singhal, Teddy Kyomuhangi, David Tumusiime, Janet Finch, Stuart MacLeod
BACKGROUND: Benefits of mobile phone deployment for children <5 in low-resource settings remain unproven. The target population of the current demonstration study in Bushenyi District, Uganda, presented with acute fever, pneumonia, or diarrhoea and were treated by community health workers (CHWs) providing integrated community case management (iCCM). METHODS: An observational study was conducted in five parishes (47 villages) served by CHWs well versed in iCCM with supplemental training in mobile phone use...
March 2016: African Health Sciences
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The current volume presents the accepted papers of the ICIMTH (International Conference on Informatics, Management, and Technology in Healthcare) Conference, which is being held from 1 to 3 July 2016 in Athens, Greece. The ICIMTH 2016 Conference is the 14th Annual Conference in this series of scientific events, gathering scientists from all continents as well as from the hosting country, in the field of Biomedical and Health Informatics. The main theme of the Conference is unifying the applications and foundations of Biomedical Informatics in the whole spectrum from Clinical Informatics, Health Informatics to Public Health Informatics as applied in the Healthcare domain...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Natalie Zizzo, Emily Bell, Eric Racine
"Everyday ethics" is a term that has been used in the clinical and ethics literature for decades to designate normatively important and pervasive issues in healthcare. In spite of its importance, the term has not been reviewed and analyzed carefully. We undertook a literature review to understand how the term has been employed and defined, finding that it is often contrasted to "dramatic ethics." We identified the core attributes most commonly associated with everyday ethics. We then propose an integrative model of everyday ethics that builds on the contribution of different ethical theories...
2016: Journal of Clinical Ethics
Sarah Haynes, Katherine K Kim
There is global concern about healthcare cost, quality, and access as the prevalence of complex and chronic diseases, such as heart disease, continues to grow. Care for patients with complex chronic disease involves diverse practitioners and multiple transitions between medical centers, physician practices, clinics, community resources, and patient homes. There are few systems that provide the flexibility to manage these varied and complex interactions. Participatory and user-centered design methodology was applied to the first stage of building a mobile platform for care coordination for complex, chronic heart disease...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Katherine K Kim, Janice F Bell, Richard Bold, Andra Davis, Victoria Ngo, Sarah C Reed, Jill G Joseph
Cancer is a top concern globally. Cancer care suffers from lack of coordination, silos of information, and high cost. Interest is emerging in person-centered technology to assist with coordination to address these challenges. This study evaluates the usability of the "personal health network" (PHN), a novel solution leveraging social networking and mobile technologies, among individuals undergoing chemotherapy and receiving care coordination. Early results from interviews of 12 participants in a randomized pragmatic trial suggest that they feel more connected to the healthcare team using the PHN, find value in access to the patient education library, and are better equipped to organize the many activities that occur during chemotherapy...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Metilda Robin, Teenu Xavier, Deepak Agrawal
UNLABELLED: There is poor penetration of trauma healthcare delivery in rural areas. On the other hand, mobile penetration in India is now averaging 80% with most families having access to mobile phone. AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of tele-consultation by nurses using an integrated call centre. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective observational study carried out over a 6-month period at a level I trauma Center in New Delhi, India...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Brad E Dicianno, John Lovelace, Pamela Peele, Christopher Fassinger, Patricia Houck, Alexandra Bursic, Michael L Boninger
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether an evidence-based wellness program for individuals with spina bifida (SB) and spinal cord injury (SCI) would improve health outcomes and patient experience of care, result in a positive return on investment (ROI), and provide evidence for scalability. DESIGN: non-randomized, non-controlled cohort study; two years of enrollment SETTING: Academic hospital-based outpatient physiatry clinic partnered with an insurance division within an integrated healthcare delivery and financing system PARTICIPANTS: Sixty nine individuals with SB and SCI were consented, 4 were excluded, and the remaining 65 participated in the intervention...
June 13, 2016: Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
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