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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143900/an-innovative-mobile-health-system-to-improve-and-standardize-antenatal-care-among-underserved-communities-a-feasibility-study-in-an-italian-hosting-center-for-asylum-seekers
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Lucia Borsari, Giovanna Stancanelli, Laura Guarenti, Teresa Grandi, Serena Leotta, Lucia Barcellini, Paola Borella, Anne Caroline Benski
Innovative migrant-friendly tools are needed to assist health personnel manage the high number of pregnancies within reception centers. This study tests functionality and acceptability of a new mHealth system in providing antenatal care amongst migrants. The study, carried out between 2014 and 2016, involved 150 pregnant women residing in the largest European migrant reception center in Sicily. A ticket tracking system assessed the system's functionality and a questionnaire assessed women's acceptability. The system facilitated the collection of clinical data, enabling the creation of electronic patient records and identifying 10% of pregnancies as high-risk...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138128/will-participatory-syndromic-surveillance-work-in-latin-america-piloting-a-mobile-approach-to-crowdsource-influenza-like-illness-data-in-guatemala
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José Tomás Prieto, Jorge H Jara, Juan Pablo Alvis, Luis R Furlan, Christian Travis Murray, Judith Garcia, Pierre-Jean Benghozi, Susan Cornelia Kaydos-Daniels
BACKGROUND: In many Latin American countries, official influenza reports are neither timely nor complete, and surveillance of influenza-like illness (ILI) remains thin in consistency and precision. Public participation with mobile technology may offer new ways of identifying nonmedically attended cases and reduce reporting delays, but no published studies to date have assessed the viability of ILI surveillance with mobile tools in Latin America. We implemented and assessed an ILI-tailored mobile health (mHealth) participatory reporting system...
November 14, 2017: JMIR Public Health and Surveillance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127077/is-connected-health-contributing-to-a-healthier-population
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Carmen G Loiselle, Saima Ahmed
Connected health tools, including mobile phones, incorporate various functions that capture events, direct actions, and make informed decisions based on complex sources of data. Connected health, a term recently proposed by some academics and industry, refers to the development, testing, and integration of smart technology tools into health care. Through these means, connected health creates interconnectivity across various environments, profoundly changing the way we learn, self-regulate, and communicate with one another...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126059/enhancing-early-psychosis-treatment-using-smartphone-technology-a-longitudinal-feasibility-and-validity-study
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Tara A Niendam, Laura M Tully, Ana-Maria Iosif, Divya Kumar, Kathleen E Nye, Jennifer C Denton, Lauren N Zakskorn, Taylor L Fedechko, Katherine M Pierce
Smartphone applications that promote symptom tracking and self-management may improve treatment of serious mental illness (SMI). Although feasibility has been established in chronic adult outpatient or inpatient SMI samples, no data exist regarding implementation of smartphone technology in adolescent and young adult populations as part of early psychosis (EP) outpatient care. We implemented a smartphone "app" plus clinician Dashboard as an add-on treatment tool in the University of California, Davis Early Psychosis Program...
October 21, 2017: Journal of Psychiatric Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125783/effectiveness-of-a-smartphone-app-to-increase-parents-knowledge-and-empowerment-in-the-mmr-vaccination-decision-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Marta Fadda, Elisa Galimberti, Maddalena Fiordelli, Luisa Romanò, Alessandro Zanetti, Peter J Schulz
Researchers are trying to build evidence for mhealth effectiveness in various fields. However, no evidence yet is showing the effectiveness of mhealth on parents' attitudes and behavior with regard to recommended vaccination of their children. The aim of this study was to look into the effects of 2 smartphone-based interventions targeting MMR vaccination knowledge and psychological empowerment respectively. The interventions used gamification features and videos in combination with text messages. We conducted a 2x2 between-subject factorial randomized controlled trial (absence/presence of knowledge intervention X absence/presence of empowerment intervention) with parents of young children in Italy...
November 10, 2017: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125393/complementary-support-from-facilitators-and-peers-for-promoting-mhealth-engagement-and-weight-loss
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Heewon Kim, Colter D Ray, Alaina M Veluscek
This study investigates the effects of mHealth interventions on sustainable behavior change and weight loss, drawing on in-app user activity data and online survey data. Specifically, we focus on the interactions within mobile support groups in Noom, an mHealth application for obesity intervention, to delve into how social support from facilitators and peers may play differential roles in promoting health outcomes. The results of structural equation modeling (N = 301) demonstrated that (a) perceived facilitator support was positively associated with group members' health information acquisition such as fitness-themed article reading whereas perceived peer support was positively linked to group participation such as posting and responding; (b) perceived peer support was positively related to normative influence among group members, which subsequently increased group members' responses to others' posts; and (c) health information reading and in-group posting promoted weight loss; however, merely responding to others' posts did not lead to weight-loss success...
November 10, 2017: Journal of Health Communication
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121831/functions-of-mhealth-applications-a-user-s-perspective
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David Smahel, Steriani Elavsky, Hana Machackova
The usage of mobile health (mHealth) applications is rapidly increasing. This research has been aimed mostly at reviewing existing mHealth apps and their functionality. However, studies from users' perspectives are rather scarce. This exploratory study addresses that gap and, using cross-sectional survey data, seeks to reveal the socio-demographic and individual characteristics of users who utilize specific functions of mHealth apps. The data were collected via an online survey through websites oriented toward eating habits, exercising, dieting, and weight loss...
November 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119719/a-mhealth-randomized-controlled-trial-to-reduce-sugar-sweetened-beverage-intake-in-preschool-aged-children
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B T Nezami, D S Ward, L A Lytle, S T Ennett, D F Tate
BACKGROUND: Sugar-sweetened beverages and maternal weight are strong drivers of child obesity, but few studies have targeted these risk factors as an obesity prevention strategy in children. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to test the efficacy of a smartphone-delivered intervention to reduce parent-provided sugar-sweetened beverage and juice (SSB/juice) consumption among children ages 3-5 and maternal weight. METHODS: Mothers with overweight or obesity, who had a child ages 3-5 that consumed at least 12 fl...
November 8, 2017: Pediatric Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29116028/prenacel-a-mhealth-messaging-system-to-complement-antenatal-care-a-cluster-randomized-trial
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Lívia Oliveira-Ciabati, Carolina Sales Vieira, Ana Carolina Arruda Franzon, Domingos Alves, Fabiani Spessoto Zaratini, Giordana Campos Braga, Jazmin Andrea Cifuentes Sanchez, Lívia Pimenta Bonifácio, Magna Santos Andrade, Mariana Fernandes, Silvana Maria Quintana, Suzi Volpato Fabio, Vicky Nogueira Pileggi, Elisabeth Meloni Vieira, João Paulo Souza
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine whether PRENACEL (a bi-directional, mobile-phone based, short text message service (SMS)) increases the coverage of recommended antenatal care (ANC) practices. METHODS: A parallel, cluster-randomized trial in which 20 public primary Health Care Units (PHCUs) were randomly allocated to the intervention (10 PHCUs) or control (10 PHCUs) group. The study population included pregnant women aged 18 or above with a gestational age of 20 weeks or less...
November 7, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113961/mobile-phone-multilevel-and-multimedia-messaging-intervention-for-breast-cancer-screening-pilot-randomized-controlled-trial
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Hee Lee, Rahel Ghebre, Chap Le, Yoo Jeong Jang, Monica Sharratt, Douglas Yee
BACKGROUND: Despite the increasing breast cancer incidence and mortality rates, Korean American immigrant women have one of the lowest rates of breast cancer screening across racial groups in the United States. Mobile health (mHealth), defined as the delivery of health care information or services through mobile communication devices, has been utilized to successfully improve a variety of health outcomes. OBJECTIVE: This study adapted the principles of mHealth to advance breast cancer prevention efforts among Korean American immigrant women, an underserved community...
November 7, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109612/pilot-study-for-managing-complex-chronic-care-medicaid-patients-with-diabetes-using-a-mobile-health-application-achieves-triple-aim-improvement-in-a-primary-care-setting
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Marit L Bovbjerg, Jenney Lee, Rosa Wolff, Bobby Bangs, Michael A May
IN BRIEF Cost-effective innovations to improve health and health care in patients with complex chronic diseases are urgently needed. Mobile health (mHealth) remote monitoring applications (apps) are a promising technology to meet this need. This article reports on a study evaluating patients' use of a tablet device with an mHealth app and a cellular-enabled glucose meter that automatically uploaded blood glucose values to the app. Improvements were observed across all three components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act's "triple aim...
October 2017: Clinical Diabetes: a Publication of the American Diabetes Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101138/do-digital-innovations-for-hiv-and-sexually-transmitted-infections-work-results-from-a-systematic-review-1996-2017
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Jana Daher, Rohit Vijh, Blake Linthwaite, Sailly Dave, John Kim, Keertan Dheda, Trevor Peter, Nitika Pant Pai
OBJECTIVE: Digital innovations with internet/mobile phones offer a potential cost-saving solution for overburdened health systems with high service delivery costs to improve efficiency of HIV/STI (sexually transmitted infections) control initiatives. However, their overall evidence has not yet been appraised. We evaluated the feasibility and impact of all digital innovations for all HIV/STIs. DESIGN: Systematic review. SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: All settings/all participants...
November 3, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101091/recruiting-women-to-a-mobile-health-smoking-cessation-trial-low-and-no-cost-strategies
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Kristopher J Abbate, Melanie D Hingle, Julie Armin, Peter Giacobbi, Judith S Gordon
BACKGROUND: Successful recruitment of participants to mobile health (mHealth) studies presents unique challenges over in-person studies. It is important to identify recruitment strategies that maximize the limited recruitment resources available to researchers. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to describe a case study of a unique recruitment process used in a recent mHealth software app designed to increase smoking cessation among weight-concerned women smokers...
November 3, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098398/evaluation-of-an-automated-swallow-detection-algorithm-using-visual-biofeedback-in-healthy-adults-and-head-and-neck-cancer-survivors
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Gabriela Constantinescu, Kristina Kuffel, Daniel Aalto, William Hodgetts, Jana Rieger
Mobile health (mHealth) technologies may offer an opportunity to address longstanding clinical challenges, such as access and adherence to swallowing therapy. Mobili-T(®) is an mHealth device that uses surface electromyography (sEMG) to provide biofeedback on submental muscles activity during exercise. An automated swallow-detection algorithm was developed for Mobili-T(®). This study evaluated the performance of the swallow-detection algorithm. Ten healthy participants and 10 head and neck cancer (HNC) patients were fitted with the device...
November 2, 2017: Dysphagia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098271/flow-and-grit-by-design-exploring-gamification-in-facilitating-adherence-to-swallowing-therapy
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Gabriela Constantinescu, Jana Rieger, Kerry Mummery, William Hodgetts
Purpose: Delivery of swallowing therapy is faced with challenges regarding access to in-clinic services and adherence to prescribed home programs. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies are being developed at a rapid pace to address these difficulties. Whereas some benefits to using these modern tools for therapy are obvious (e.g., electronic reminders), other advantages are not as well understood. One example is the potential for mHealth devices and apps to enhance adherence to treatment regimens...
November 8, 2017: American Journal of Speech-language Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092810/recruitment-and-ongoing-engagement-in-a-uk-smartphone-study-examining-the-association-between-weather-and-pain-cohort-study
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Katie L Druce, John McBeth, Sabine N van der Veer, David A Selby, Bertie Vidgen, Konstantinos Georgatzis, Bruce Hellman, Rashmi Lakshminarayana, Afiqul Chowdhury, David M Schultz, Caroline Sanders, Jamie C Sergeant, William G Dixon
BACKGROUND: The huge increase in smartphone use heralds an enormous opportunity for epidemiology research, but there is limited evidence regarding long-term engagement and attrition in mobile health (mHealth) studies. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to examine how representative the Cloudy with a Chance of Pain study population is of wider chronic-pain populations and to explore patterns of engagement among participants during the first 6 months of the study...
November 1, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090628/mhealth-technologies-for-osteoarthritis-self-management-and-treatment-a-systematic-review
#17
Wonchan Choi, Hua Zheng, Patricia Franklin, Bengisu Tulu
Osteoarthritis is a common chronic disease that can be better treated with the help of self-management interventions. Mobile health (mHealth) technologies are becoming a popular means to deliver such interventions. We reviewed the current state of research and development of mHealth technologies for osteoarthritis self-management to determine gaps future research could address. We conducted a systematic review of English articles and a survey of apps available in the marketplace as of 2016. Among 117 unique articles identified, 25 articles that met our inclusion criteria were reviewed in-depth...
October 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29082007/assessing-the-global-reach-and-value-of-a-provider-facing-healthcare-app-using-large-scale-analytics
#18
Vikas O'Reilly-Shah, George Easton, Scott Gillespie
BACKGROUND: The rapid global adoption of mobile health (mHealth) smartphone apps by healthcare providers presents challenges and opportunities in medicine. Challenges include ensuring the delivery of high-quality, up-to-date and optimised information. Opportunities include the ability to study global practice patterns, access to medical and surgical care and continuing medical education needs. METHODS: We studied users of a free anaesthesia calculator app used worldwide...
2017: BMJ Global Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29081974/improving-patient-engagement-in-self-measured-blood-pressure-monitoring-using-a-mobile-health-technology
#19
Alan L Kaplan, Erica R Cohen, Eyal Zimlichman
OBJECTIVE: To understand usage patterns and clinical efficacy of Hello Heart, an mHealth technology application designed to facilitate patient engagement in managing hypertension. METHODS: In this single-arm observational study, all subjects with ≥2 blood pressure (BP) recordings were included. The cohort was divided into subgroups by weeks passed since download that patients were still recording measurements. Changes in BP were compared between subgroups. RESULTS: Of 5115 eligible subjects, 3803 (74%) recorded BP for ≥2 weeks...
December 2017: Health Information Science and Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075216/smartphone-applications-for-educating-and-helping-non-motivating-patients-adhere-to-medication-that-treats-mental-health-conditions-aims-and-functioning
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Angelos P Kassianos, Giorgos Georgiou, Electra P Papaconstantinou, Angeliki Detzortzi, Rob Horne
Background: Patients prescribed with medication that treats mental health conditions benefit the most compared to those prescribed with other types of medication. However, they are also the most difficult to adhere. The development of mobile health (mHealth) applications ("apps") to help patients monitor their adherence is fast growing but with limited evidence on their efficacy. There is no evidence on the content of these apps for patients taking psychotropic medication. The aim of this study is to identify and evaluate the aims and functioning of available apps that are aiming to help and educate patients to adhere to medication that treats mental health conditions...
2017: Frontiers in Psychology
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