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C K Nikolaou, M E J Lean
mHealth is the fastest-developing eHealth sector, with over 100,000 health-apps currently available. Overweight/obesity is a problem of wide public concern which is potentially treatable/preventable through mHealth. This study describes the current weight-management app-market. Five app-stores (Apple, Google, Amazon, Windows, Blackberry) in UK, US, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, China, Australia, and Canada were searched for key words: 'weight', 'calorie', 'weight-loss', 'slimming', 'diet', 'dietitian' and 'overweight' in January/February 2016 using App-Annie (San Francisco, CA, USA) software...
October 26, 2016: International Journal of Obesity: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
Lisa M Quintiliani, Devin M Mann, Marissa Puputti, Emily Quinn, Deborah J Bowen
BACKGROUND: Health behavior and weight management interventions for cancer survivors have the potential to prevent future cancer recurrence and improve long-term health; however, their translation can be limited if the intervention is complex and involves high participant burden. Mobile health (mHealth) offers a delivery modality to integrate interventions into daily life routines. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to evaluate the effects of a one-group trial with a pre-post evaluation design on engagement (use and acceptability), physiological (weight), behavioral (diet and physical activity), and other secondary outcomes...
January 2016: JMIR Cancer
Christine M Eisenhauer, Patricia A Hageman, Sheri Rowland, Betsy J Becker, Susan A Barnason, Carol H Pullen
OBJECTIVE: To examine rural men's use and perceptions of mobile and wireless devices to self-monitor eating and physical activity (mHealth). DESIGN AND SAMPLE: Men in this 3-week pilot study used FitBit One(®) to log daily food intake and monitor activity. A companion application (app) allowed activity monitoring of fellow participants. Health-related text messages were received 1-3 times daily. A purposive sample of 12 rural men (ages 40-67) was recruited by community leaders...
October 18, 2016: Public Health Nursing
Mattias Georgsson, Nancy Staggers
Chronic diseases, including diabetes, constitute a substantial disease burden around the world. Mobile self-management systems now play a significant and increasingly important role in patients' disease management. Yet, patients' perceptions of these systems after longer-term use are largely unexplored. A random sample of 10 diabetes patients was assessed immediately after they exited a larger, 6-month randomized controlled trial on the use of a mHealth system called Care4Life. This descriptive, exploratory study assessed patients' perceptions and experiences of mHealth using a questionnaire and semistructured interview whose development was guided by the Technology Acceptance Model...
September 29, 2016: Computers, Informatics, Nursing: CIN
Jessica L Baldwin, Hardeep Singh, Dean F Sittig, Traber Davis Giardina
Widespread use of health information technology (IT) could potentially increase patients' access to their health information and facilitate future goals of advancing patient-centered care. Despite having increased access to their health data, patients do not always understand this information or its implications, and digital health data can be difficult to navigate when displayed in a small-format, complex interface. In this paper, we discuss two forms of patient-facing health IT tools-patient portals and applications (apps)-and highlight how, despite several limitations of each, combining high-yield features of mobile health (mHealth) apps with portals could increase patient engagement and self-management and be more effective than either of them alone...
October 3, 2016: Healthcare
Carolyn Steele Gray, Stewart Mercer, Ted Palen, Brian McKinstry, Anne Hendry
Information technology (IT) in healthcare, also referred to as eHealth technologies, may offer a promising solution to the provision of better care and support for people who have multiple conditions and complex care needs, and their caregivers. eHealth technologies can include electronic medical records, telemonitoring systems and web-based portals, and mobile health (mHealth) technologies that enable information sharing between providers, patients, clients and their families. IT often acts as an enabler of improved care delivery, rather than being an intervention per se...
2016: Healthcare Quarterly
Elizabeth Park, Tiny Masupe, Joseph Joseph, Ari Ho-Foster, Afton Chavez, Swetha Jammalamadugu, Andrew Marek, Ruth Arumala, Dineo Ketshogileng, Ryan Littman-Quinn, Carrie Kovarik
BACKGROUND: Since the UN Human Rights Council's recognition on the subject in 2011, the right to access the Internet and information is now considered one of the most basic human rights of global citizens [1,2]. Despite this, an information gap between developed and resource-limited countries remains, and there is scant research on actual information needs of workers themselves. The Republic of Botswana represents a fertile ground to address existing gaps in research, policy, and practice, due to its demonstrated gap in access to information and specialists among rural health care workers (HCWs), burgeoning mHealth capacity, and a timely offer from Orange Telecommunications to access Wikipedia for free on mobile platforms for Botswana subscribers...
November 2016: International Journal of Medical Informatics
Shu Chen, Enying Gong, Dhruv S Kazi, Ann B Gates, Kamilu Musa Karaye, Nicolas Girerd, Rong Bai, Khalid F AlHabib, Chaoyun Li, Kelly Sun, Louisa Hong, Hua Fu, Weixia Peng, Xianxia Liu, Lei Chen, J-D Schwalm, Lijing L Yan
Coronary heart disease (CHD) is a major disease burden globally and in China, but secondary prevention among CHD patients remains insufficient. Mobile health (mHealth) technology holds promise for improving secondary prevention but few previous studies included both provider-facing and patient-directed measures. We conducted a physician needs assessment survey (n = 59), physician interviews (n = 6), one focus group and a short cellphone message validation survey (n = 14) in Shanghai and Hainan, China...
August 12, 2016: Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology
Rebecca Gunter, Sara Fernandes-Taylor, Andrea Mahnke, Lola Awoyinka, Chad Schroeder, Jason Wiseman, Sarah Sullivan, Kyla Bennett, Caprice Greenberg, K Craig Kent
BACKGROUND: Surgical patients are increasingly using mobile health (mHealth) platforms to monitor recovery and communicate with their providers in the postdischarge period. Despite widespread enthusiasm for mHealth, few studies evaluate the usability or user experience of these platforms. OBJECTIVE: Our objectives were to (1) develop a novel image-based smartphone app for postdischarge surgical wound monitoring, and (2) rigorously user test it with a representative population of vascular and general surgery patients...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Elena Huerta-Ramos, Maria Soledad Escobar-Villegas, Katya Rubinstein, Zsolt Szabolcs Unoka, Eva Grasa, Margarita Hospedales, Erika Jääskeläinen, Elena Rubio-Abadal, Asaf Caspi, István Bitter, Jesus Berdun, Jussi Seppälä, Susana Ochoa, Kata Fazekas, Iluminada Corripio, Judith Usall
BACKGROUND: Despite the theoretical potential of mHealth solutions in the treatment of patients with schizophrenia, there remains a lack of technological tools in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to measure the receptivity of patients, informal carers, and clinicians to a European integral intervention model focused on patients with persistent positive symptoms: Mobile Therapeutic Attention for Patients with Treatment-Resistant Schizophrenia (m-RESIST)...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Yoonhee P Ha, Martha A Tesfalul, Ryan Littman-Quinn, Cynthia Antwi, Rebecca S Green, Tumelo O Mapila, Scarlett L Bellamy, Ronald T Ncube, Kenneth Mugisha, Ari R Ho-Foster, Anthony A Luberti, John H Holmes, Andrew P Steenhoff, Carrie L Kovarik
Tuberculosis (TB) contact tracing is typically conducted in resource-limited settings with paper forms, but this approach may be limited by inefficiencies in data collection, storage, and retrieval and poor data quality. In Botswana, we developed, piloted, and evaluated a mobile health (mHealth) approach to TB contact tracing that replaced the paper form-based approach for a period of six months. For both approaches, we compared the time required to complete TB contact tracing and the quality of data collected...
October 2016: Journal of Health Communication
Emily M Rosenberger, Annette J DeVito Dabbs, Andrea F DiMartini, Douglas P Landsittel, Joseph M Pilewski, Mary Amanda Dew
Mobile health (mHealth) interventions may help transplant recipients follow their complex medical regimen. Pocket Personal Assistant for Tracking Health (Pocket PATH) is one such intervention, tailored for lung transplant recipients. A randomized controlled trial showed Pocket PATH's superiority to usual care for promoting the self-management behaviors of adherence, self-monitoring and communication with clinicians during post-transplant year 1. Its long-term impact was unknown. Here, we examine associations between Pocket PATH exposure during year 1 and longer-term clinical outcomes-mortality and bronchiolitis obliterans syndrome (BOS)-among 182 recipients who survived the original trial...
September 24, 2016: American Journal of Transplantation
Jane C Walsh, Teresa Corbett, Michael Hogan, Jim Duggan, Abra McNamara
BACKGROUND: Physical inactivity is a growing concern for society and is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, obesity, and other chronic diseases. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the efficacy of the Accupedo-Pro Pedometer mobile phone app intervention, with the goal of increasing daily step counts in young adults. METHODS: Mobile phone users (n=58) between 17-26 years of age were randomized to one of two conditions (experimental and control)...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
M J Schuuring, A P Backx, R Zwart, A H Veelenturf, D Robbers-Visser, M Groenink, A Abu-Hanna, N Bruining, M P Schijven, B J Mulder, B J Bouma
OBJECTIVE: Many adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) are affected lifelong by cardiac events, particularly arrhythmias and heart failure. Despite the care provided, the cardiac event rate remains high. Mobile health (mHealth) brings opportunities to enhance daily monitoring and hence timely response in an attempt to improve outcome. However, it is not known if adults with CHD are currently using mHealth and what type of mHealth they may need in the near future. METHODS: Consecutive adult patients with CHD who visited the outpatient clinic at the Academic Medical Center in Amsterdam were asked to fill out questionnaires...
November 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
Mohammad Wazid, Sherali Zeadally, Ashok Kumar Das, Vanga Odelu
Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) continues to improve because of significant improvements and the decreasing costs of Information Communication Technologies (ICTs). mHealth is a medical and public health practice, which is supported by mobile devices (for example, smartphones) and, patient monitoring devices (for example, various types of wearable sensors, etc.). An mHealth system enables healthcare experts and professionals to have ubiquitous access to a patient's health data along with providing any ongoing medical treatment at any time, any place, and from any device...
November 2016: Journal of Medical Systems
Tim Batink, Jindra Bakker, Thomas Vaessen, Zuzana Kasanova, Dina Collip, Jim van Os, Marieke Wichers, Inez Germeys, Frenk Peeters
BACKGROUND: With the development of mHealth, it is possible to treat patients in their natural environment. Mobile technology helps to bridge the gap between the therapist's office and the "real world." The ACT in Daily Life training (ACT-DL) was designed as an add-on intervention to help patients practice with acceptance and commitment therapy in their daily lives. The ACT-DL consists of two main components: daily monitoring using experience sampling and ACT training in daily life. OBJECTIVES: To assess the acceptability and feasibility of the ACT-DL in a general outpatient population...
2016: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Rachel A Laws, Eloise-Kate V Litterbach, Elizabeth A Denney-Wilson, Catherine G Russell, Sarah Taki, Kok-Leong Ong, Rosalind M Elliott, Sharyn J Lymer, Karen J Campbell
BACKGROUND: Mobile health (mHealth) programs hold great promise for increasing the reach of public health interventions. However, mHealth is a relatively new field of research, presenting unique challenges for researchers. A key challenge is understanding the relative effectiveness and cost of various methods of recruitment to mHealth programs. OBJECTIVE: The objectives of this study were to (1) compare the effectiveness of various methods of recruitment to an mHealth intervention targeting healthy infant feeding practices, and (2) explore factors influencing practitioner referral to the intervention...
2016: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Colin Depp, John Torous, Wesley Thompson
Recognition and timely action around "warning signs" of illness exacerbation is central to the self-management of bipolar disorder. Due to its heterogeneity and fluctuating course, passive and active mobile technologies have been increasingly evaluated as adjunctive or standalone tools to predict and prevent risk of worsening of course in bipolar disorder. As predictive analytics approaches to big data from mobile health (mHealth) applications and ancillary sensors advance, it is likely that early warning systems will increasingly become available to patients...
September 7, 2016: JMIR Mental Health
Lindsay S Mayberry, Shelagh A Mulvaney, Kevin B Johnson, Chandra Y Osborn
BACKGROUND: Nonadherence to diabetes medication is prevalent and costly. MEssaging for Diabetes (MED), a mobile health (mHealth) intervention, identified and addressed user-specific barriers to medication adherence. We assessed whether MED reduced users' targeted barriers and if barrier reductions were associated with within-participant improvements in adherence or glycemic control (HbA1c). METHODS: Adults (N = 80) with type 2 diabetes completed self-report measures identifying barriers to adherence at baseline and monthly for 3 months...
September 5, 2016: Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology
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
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