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Matteo Bonini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Asthma is the most prevalent chronic respiratory disease and represents a relevant socioeconomic burden. e-Health has the potential to improve disease control and adherence to treatment in asthmatic patients. Available data are, however, scarce and inconsistent limiting the use of e-health in clinical practice. This article aims to provide a systematic review of the literature published in the last year regarding the real place and impact of e-health in the management of asthma...
October 18, 2016: Current Opinion in Pulmonary Medicine
R T Spence, E Zargaran, M Hameed, D Fong, E Shangguan, R Martinez, P Navsaria, A Nicol
BACKGROUND: The cost of Abbreviated Injury Scale (AIS) coding has limited its utility in areas of the world with the highest incidence of trauma. We hypothesised that emerging mobile health (m-health) technology could offer a cost-effective alternative to the current gold-standard AIS mechanism in a high-volume trauma centre in South Africa. METHODS: A prospectively collected sample of consecutive patients admitted following a traumatic injury that required an operation during a 1-month period was selected for the study...
September 8, 2016: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Melvyn W B Zhang, Roger C M Ho
Dementia is known to be an illness which brings forth marked disability amongst the elderly individuals. At times, patients living with dementia do also experience non-cognitive symptoms, and these symptoms include that of hallucinations, delusional beliefs as well as emotional liability, sexualized behaviours and aggression. According to the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines, non-pharmacological techniques are typically the first-line option prior to the consideration of adjuvant pharmacological options...
October 22, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
Brodie M Sakakibara, Emily Ross, Gavin Arthur, Lynda Brown-Ganzert, Samantha Petrin, Tara Sedlak, Scott A Lear
BACKGROUND/INTRODUCTION: Self-management approaches are regarded as appropriate methods to support patients with cardiovascular disease (CVD) and to prevent secondary complications and hospitalizations. Key to successful self-management is the ability of individuals to enlist peer supports to help sustain motivation and efforts to manage their condition. The purpose of this study was to investigate the proof of concept of a peer-support mobile-health (m-health) program, called Healing Circles, and explore the program's effect on self-management, social support, and health-related quality of life in women with CVD...
September 13, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Mohammed Alotaibi, Lamia Alibrahim, Nouf Alharbi
BACKGROUND: Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) patients among the children have been increasing rapidly in the recent years in Saudi Arabia, as a result there is a need for extensive research in this area. Various suggestions were kept forward including m-health technologies, telemedicine etc. However, very little research has been conducted in understanding the T1DM among the children, measures being taken to control, and the feasible policies and procedures that could be adopted for managing T1DM among child population...
October 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
Ramon Kampmeijer, Milena Pavlova, Marzena Tambor, Stanisława Golinowska, Wim Groot
BACKGROUND: The use of e-health and m-health technologies in health promotion and primary prevention among older people is largely unexplored. This study provides a systematic review of the evidence on the scope of the use of e-health and m-health tools in health promotion and primary prevention among older adults (age 50+). METHODS: A systematic literature review was conducted in October 2015. The search for relevant publications was done in the search engine PubMed...
2016: BMC Health Services Research
Fred Stephen Sarfo, Frank Treiber, Carolyn Jenkins, Sachin Patel, Mulugeta Gebregziabher, Arti Singh, Osei Sarfo-Kantanka, Raelle Saulson, Lambert Appiah, Eunice Oparebea, Bruce Ovbiagele
BACKGROUND: Hypertension is the premier modifiable risk factor for recurrent stroke. In sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) where the stroke burden is escalating, little is known about the role of behavioral interventions in enhancing blood pressure (BP) control after stroke. Our objective is to test whether an m-Health technology-enabled, nurse-led, multilevel integrated approach is effective in improving BP control among Ghanaian stroke patients within 1 month of symptom onset compared with standard of care...
2016: Trials
Sigrid N W Vorrink, Helianthe S M Kort, Thierry Troosters, Pieter Zanen, Jan-Willem J Lammers
Physical inactivity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with poor health status and increased disease burden. The present study aims to test the efficacy of a previously developed mobile (m)Health intervention to improve or maintain physical activity in patients with COPD after pulmonary rehabilitation.A randomised controlled trial was performed in 32 physiotherapy practices in the Netherlands. COPD patients were randomised into intervention or usual care groups. The intervention consisted of a smartphone application for the patients and a monitoring website for the physiotherapists...
October 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Erin Sarzynski, Brian Decker, Aaron Thul, David Weismantel, Ronald Melaragni, Elizabeth Cholakis, Megha Tewari, Kristy Beckholt, Michael Zaroukian, Angie C Kennedy, Charles Given
BACKGROUND: We developed and beta-tested a patient-centered medication management application, PresRx optical character recognition (OCR), a mobile health (m-health) tool that auto-populates drug name and dosing instructions directly from patients' medication labels by OCR. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We employed a single-subject design study to evaluate PresRx OCR for three outcomes: (1) accuracy of auto-populated medication dosing instructions, (2) acceptability of the user interface, and (3) patients' adherence to chronic medications...
August 26, 2016: Telemedicine Journal and E-health: the Official Journal of the American Telemedicine Association
Ameena Ebrahim Goga, Yagespari Singh, Michelle Singh, Nobuntu Noveve, Vuyolwethu Magasana, Trisha Ramraj, Fareed Abdullah, Ashraf H Coovadia, Sanjana Bhardwaj, Gayle G Sherman
Introduction Increasing access to HIV-related care and treatment for children aged 0-18 years in resource-limited settings is an urgent global priority. In 2011-2012 the percentage increase in children accessing antiretroviral therapy was approximately half that of adults (11 vs. 21 %). We propose a model for increasing access to, and retention in, paediatric HIV care and treatment in resource-limited settings. Methods Following a rapid appraisal of recent literature seven main challenges in paediatric HIV-related care and treatment were identified: (1) lack of regular, integrated, ongoing HIV-related diagnosis; (2) weak facility-based systems for tracking and retention in care; (3) interrupted availability of dried blood spot cards (expiration/stock outs); (4) poor quality control of rapid HIV testing; (5) supply-related gaps at health facility-laboratory interface; (6) poor uptake of HIV testing, possibly relating to a fatalistic belief about HIV infection; (7) community-associated reasons e...
August 11, 2016: Maternal and Child Health Journal
Melvyn W B Zhang, Roger C M Ho
There have been massive advances in E-Health and M-Health technology, with recent interest in the utility of games for healthcare and the promotion of well-being and recovery as well as patient empowerment. There has been various review demonstrating the clinical effectiveness and efficacy of games for healthcare. It is the aim of this technical note to illustrate how appropriate gaming engines could be used by non-expert clinicians to program games that could run across various platforms, as well as games that could integrate well with existing mechanical sensors...
July 29, 2016: Technology and Health Care: Official Journal of the European Society for Engineering and Medicine
Elizabeth A Gage-Bouchard, Susan LaValley, Michelle Mollica, Lynda Kwon Beaupin
Social support is an important factor that shapes how people cope with illness, and health-related communication among peers managing the same illness (network ties with experiential similarity) offers specialized information, resources, and emotional support. Facebook has become a ubiquitous part of many Americans' lives, and may offer a way for patients and caregivers experiencing a similar illness to exchange specialized health-related support. However, little is known about the content of communication among people who have coped with the same illness on personal Facebook pages...
August 2, 2016: Health Communication
Michelle A Fortier, Winnie W Chung, Ariana Martinez, Sergio Gago-Masague, Leonard Sender
BACKGROUND: Over 12,000 children are diagnosed with cancer every year in the United States. In addition to symptoms associated with their disease, children undergoing chemotherapy frequently experience significant pain, which is unfortunately often undertreated. The field of m-Health offers an innovative avenue for pain assessment and intervention in the home setting. The current study describes the development and initial evaluation of a tablet-based program, Pain Buddy, aimed to enhance pain management and foster improved quality of life in children ages 8-18 years undergoing cancer treatment...
September 1, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Vladimir Villarreal, Ramón Hervás, José Bravo
A systematic review allows us to identify, assess, and interpret all possible relevant work associated with a question in particular or the subject of an area. Different authors can use several methodologies to learn about research related to their own research in different fields. The main objective of this review is to identify work, research and publications made in the field of the mobile monitoring of patients through some application or commercial or non-commercial solutions in m-Health. Next, we compare the different solutions with our solution, MoMo (Mobile Monitoring) Framework...
September 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
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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
Munish Bhatia, Sandeep K Sood
The rapid introduction of Internet of Things (IoT) Technology has boosted the service deliverance aspects of health sector in terms of m-health, and remote patient monitoring. IoT Technology is not only capable of sensing the acute details of sensitive events from wider perspectives, but it also provides a means to deliver services in time sensitive and efficient manner. Henceforth, IoT Technology has been efficiently adopted in different fields of the healthcare domain. In this paper, a framework for IoT based patient monitoring in Intensive Care Unit (ICU) is presented to enhance the deliverance of curative services...
August 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Sheila Chanani, Jeremy Wacksman, Devika Deshmukh, Shanti Pantvaidya, Armida Fernandez, Anuja Jayaraman
BACKGROUND: Acute malnutrition is linked to child mortality and morbidity. Community-Based Management of Acute Malnutrition (CMAM) programs can be instrumental in large-scale detection and treatment of undernutrition. The World Health Organization (WHO) 2006 weight-for-height/length tables are diagnostic tools available to screen for acute malnutrition. Frontline workers (FWs) in a CMAM program in Dharavi, Mumbai, were using CommCare, a mobile application, for monitoring and case management of children in combination with the paper-based WHO simplified tables...
July 1, 2016: Food and Nutrition Bulletin
Parisis Gallos, Aikaterini Kolokathi, Ioannis Minou, John Mantas
A literature review was conducted to present if travellers accept the mobile healthcare (m-Health) technologies. The research was run on international scientific databases using certain keywords to cover the content of the review. From the online search results, 21 publications were selected which combine the "m-Health", "travellers" and "technology acceptance" topics. The majority of the papers are using the Technology Acceptance Model (or a variation of it) on their methodology. Only few papers discuss about the above three topics simultaneously...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Antonios Kefaliakos, Ioannis Pliakos, Kostis Chardalias, Martha Charalampidou, Marianna Diomidous
The aim of this review is to present mobile health applications which help individuals to change their smoking habit. An online search on scientific databases and mobile application stores was conducted to collect information about m-Health and the smoking cessation. 12 papers found discussing about mobile applications and solutions for quit smoking referred to 4 different technological approaches. Based on the research results, mobile devices and their applications constitute an excellent mean that can help smokers by providing counseling and give them the necessary motivation to smoking cessation...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
Changrong Yuan
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July 2016: Cancer Nursing
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