New large-scale study: Hinge Health exercise therapy and coaching reduced musculoskeletal pain by 69% and improved mental health and surgery outcomes in a longitudinal study with 10,000+ participants. San Francisco, CA (May 12, 2020) – As more patients and employers turn to remote health care options in response to coronavirus disease (COVID-19), a new large-scale study shows that Hinge Health’s digital health solution significantly reduced participant musculoskeletal pain. The study demonstrates that each Hinge Health remote exercise therapy and coaching session has a direct correlation to pain reduction. In the world’s largest digital musculoskeletal longitudinal study (N=10,264), each Hinge Health participant had an average painRead More →

Source: Unsplash / freestocks By motivating and reminding people to take their medication, based on one’s own needs and behavior, researchers at Halmstad University strive to improve medication adherence among patients with hypertension. The reasons for not taking prescribed medication vary—it can be forgetfulness, fear of side effects, or lack of an understanding of the consequences—but the medication is important for preventing, for example, congestive heart failure or stroke. Use of individualized digital tools is one way to assist patients with high blood pressure in self-empowerment and hence increase medication adherence.   In a newly published article in the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR),Read More →

Source: Ceiba Pty Ltd/ Image created by the authors An Italian project, developed through the support of TEVA Italia, a company constantly focused on the needs of health care professionals.   Assago, March 2020 — The results of a research on the behavior of Italian neurologists seeking useful information and resources on migraine and multiple sclerosis management have been published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. This research was developed by TEVA Italia Medical Information Department in collaboration with Doxa Pharma.   Working in a rapidly changing environment, specialists need to have in-depth and continuously updated knowledge of the latest scientific data. This allows themRead More →

Source: freepik Madison, WI – February 12, 2020 – Quality over quantity What teens find important on social media is a better measure of how they interact with technology than how many minutes they spend using social media, according to a new study from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health (SMPH). Researchers at SMPH have designed a scale, The Adolescents’ Digital Technology Interactions and Importance (ADTI), that measures the importance of social media interactions. This novel approach proposes a brand-new way to design future studies of adolescent health and social media. The study, led by Dr. Megan Moreno, professor of pediatrics atRead More →

Source: Johanna Nurmi / Placeit Counseling techniques can be built into health apps to help users get more physically active, say researchers after initial tests on a prototype called the Precious app. The tests were carried out by researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of Helsinki. 30th January 2020 – By drawing from behavioral science, the Precious app aims to support the basic psychological needs necessary for human motivation. Having the chance to choose meaningful goals and activities, setting achievable goals, and receiving empathetic support can help individuals internalize motivation. Developed by a cross-European research team, including social psychologists, computer scientists, andRead More →

SAN FRANCISCO & ZURICH – May 20, 2019 – Ava Science Inc, a women’s health care company that focuses on innovative digital technologies, announced today unprecedented insights from a newly published clinical study with their Ava Fertility Tracker. The trial demonstrates that Ava detects significant, phase-based shifts in multiple physiological parameters throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle to pinpoint her fertile window. Ava’s wearable device is the only product available that collects data on changes in multiple signals across the menstrual cycle, analyses them with a novel, deep machine learning algorithm, and informs users daily if they are fertile. As presented in the peer-reviewed paper, WearableRead More →

Source: Marianne T.S. Holter Here’s a scenario that you might recognize: You’re running some qualitative user interviews as part of developing or implementing an eHealth program, and some interesting aspects about program use keeps coming up in the interviews. You have a hunch that this might be of interest to the field more in general, beyond your specific program, and wish you could explore it more thoroughly. However, although it seems to linger in the background in several interviews, not all your interviewees talk directly about it, and so you don’t really have enough data to publish anything separately on it. So, then what do youRead More →

Source: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center BOSTON – A new study of more than 20,000 adult patients, led by Jan Walker, RN, MBA, co-founder of OpenNotes, found that reading office visit notes offers considerable benefits for patients, particularly those from underserved populations. The study, “OpenNotes After 7 Years: Patient Experiences With Ongoing Access to Their Clinicians’ Outpatient Visit Notes” published today in the open access Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR), is the first large-scale assessment to date of patients’ experiences with a broad range of clinicians working in practices where shared notes are well established. Among the survey respondents, 98 percent thought online access toRead More →

Commercial app stores urgently need to address the lack of information available to consumers about the benefits and quality of health apps, according to a new study funded by the NIHR Maudsley BRC. The study was published in the open access journal, Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR). The study highlights the lack of solid evidence for claims made about health apps, which may actually provide little benefit or even cause harm. It calls for closer regulation of the health app industry, which is estimated to be worth $25 billion globally, and whose business depends on rapid high sales. Led by Professor Dame Til Wykes, who leads the BRC’sRead More →

Source: Ursula Whiteside There is enormous and largely untapped potential to prevent suicide, and that’s because suicidal people visit their doctors. Nearly half of people who die by suicide visit their doctor in the month before their death. Routine screening for depression can uncover suicidal thoughts—but that’s only part of the story.  Doctors need suicide-specific resources for immediate, brief intervention. The NowMattersNow.org website is an open-access, video-based resource for individuals with suicidal thoughts. A study just released in the open-access journal, Journal of Medical Internet Research, found that suicidal people visiting NowMattersNow.org reported measurable reductions in intensity of suicidal thoughts and emotions. Researchers asked over 3000Read More →