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By Jonah Comstock February 9, 2016
Wellness company Healthways, through its subsidiary MeYou Health, has completed a randomized control trial demonstrating that their own employees using their Walkadoo platform -- consisting of adaptable, tailored reminders -- and Fitlinxx Pebble activity trackers walked an average of 970 steps per day more than a control group with just the trackers.  Johns Hopkins physicians were also on the...
By Jonah Comstock August 17, 2015
Apps can help increase the amount of leisure time that users spend exercising as well as positively impacting their BMI, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The researchers surveyed 726 people via Amazon's Mechanical Turk on their usage of exercise apps and their exercise habits. It was conducted by researchers from Lander College, Columbia University, Long...
By Aditi Pai June 18, 2015
Patients with diabetes may be more likely benefit from a mobile phone-based health coaching program with remote monitoring than patients with heart disease, according to a study of 267 heart patients and 250 diabetes patients, which was conducted in 2012 by researchers in Finland and published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The trial lasted one year and examined whether using a...
By Jonah Comstock April 23, 2015
A retrospective matched-pair cohort study of 348 patients in Partners HealthCare's Boston-area hospitals shows that remote monitoring in congestive heart failure patients can reduce 120-day hospitalizations and mortality. Interestingly, while the reduction in mortality held beyond the 120 days of the study, the hospitalizations for the monitoring cohort actually went up after the monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2015
Geisinger Health System's patient portal. Research conducted on patient portals in the last three years shows they provide some measurable benefits, but studies are spotty and don't include a single randomized control trial, according to a new systematic review in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. "Very few studies associated use of the patient portal, or its features, to improved...
By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2015
A recently-published 8-week study of diabetes patients, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, showed that only about 20 percent used an app provided by their clinician with any sort of regularity. Of those, only half were active users. In the small study, a group of Singaporean researchers recruited 84 patients with type 2 diabetes, many of whom were recently diagnosed. They...
By Jonah Comstock August 28, 2014
In a recent JMIR study, a team of researchers in Minnesota explored the potential of mobile health to reach people who sometimes fall through the cracks of the healthcare system. They found that a text message intervention could help Korean American women, a group that has one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the United States, seek preventative screenings (Pap tests). "A variety...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2014
Rewards-based systems work to bring people into an online health management program, but they don't do much to encourage sustained engagement, according to a study recently published in the Journal of Internet Medical Research. The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Toronto in Canada, looked at 140,000 potential users of an online health intervention called My Health eSupport....
By Jonah Comstock April 21, 2014
Less than 3 percent of early users of The Eatery, the first app from app maker Massive Health, which was acquired by Jawbone in February 2013, used it often enough to be considered active users, and of those, only about 10 percent showed an improvement in the healthiness rating of their meals, according to a new study in JMIR. This is an especially interesting finding, as the company's unique...
By Jonah Comstock March 25, 2014
Reanimatie, a Dutch CPR app. According to the American Heart Association, 70 percent of Americans either lack CPR training or their training is lapsed enough that they don't feel qualified to help in an emergency. In Germany, surveys have found that only one in five bystanders would step up and administer CPR in an emergency. Smartphone apps could potentially help alleviate that gap by giving...

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