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By Jonah Comstock November 23, 2015
HealthCrowd has raised $2.1 million to expand the scope of its patient outreach business in several different ways. Startup Capital Ventures, Herlitz Capital, Healthy Ventures, Band of Angels, Berkeley Angel Network, and 37 Angels all participated in the seed round. "Most people in the industry, as well as the Medicaid space, know us as the text messaging platform," CEO Bing Doh told...
By Jonah Comstock September 24, 2015
A relatively large randomized control trial in Australia has shown that a text messaging program can improve not only health behaviors, but actually affect health outcomes. The 2-year study of 710 patients with coronary heart disease, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association showed that six months of a text messaging intervention produced significant reduction in cholesterol,...
By Jonah Comstock April 16, 2015
In a pilot that included more than 350 chronic heart failure patients, a Philadelphia hospital was able to reduce its 30-day readmissions by 10 percent -- a 40 percent improvement over baseline -- by using email and text message reminders to get patients into follow-up appointments. Dr. Thompson Boyd, physician liaison at Hahnemann Hospital and Richard Imbimbo, the hospital's CFO, spoke at HIMSS...
By Brian Dolan February 5, 2015
More than any other channel, text messaging is a proven way to improve patient engagement and health outcomes while remaining cost-effective for healthcare providers. From appointment reminders, to general behavior change and managing chronic health conditions, studies increasingly show that text messaging is an effective tool for engaging patients. By communicating with people on an intimate...
By Jonah Comstock December 9, 2014
A slide from Fred Muench's presentation shows the effect of different message styles on binge drinking. Evidence continues to emerge that when it comes to text message-based health interventions, not all text messages are created equal. That's the message of two preliminary research presentations -- both text-message-based behavioral interventions focused on problem drinking -- given at the...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2014
While a tiny percentage of Ebola cases are popping up in the United States and Europe, the epicenter of the disease is and remains in West Africa, an area where mobile health initiatives are often deployed, especially those that take advantage of text messaging and other short message services. Texting is a good way to educate a large swath of the population so they can identify symptoms of the...
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 August 5, 2014
A small study conducted at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee shows that text message reminders can increase patients' compliance with pre-surgical showering, thus reducing their risk of acquiring an infection during surgery. Pre-surgical antiseptic showers, using a chemical like chlorhexidine gluconate (CHG), reduce the number of microbes on the skin, which guards the patient against...
By Jonah Comstock March 20, 2014
StartUp Health company Sense Health, which makes text messaging software for Medicaid care managers, has completed a randomized controlled trial. The results are still forthcoming, but CEO Stan Berkow shared a few with MobiHealthNews. Care managers are social workers or registered nurses assigned by Medicaid or other healthcare stakeholders to work closely with the highest-cost patients. Sense...
By Aditi Pai March 12, 2014
The New Mexico Health Insurance Exchange (NMHIX) partnered with Voxiva this month to launch a text message-based campaign in the hopes of encouraging New Mexicans to enroll in the exchange before the March 31, 2014 ObamaCare deadline. To use the service, anyone local interested in enrolling in the exchange can text BeWellNM to 311411. They will then receive an automated text response prompting...

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