- The Journal of Medical Internet Research says “Although mHealth is growing in popularity, the evidence for efficacy is still limited,” wrote the study’s corresponding author, David Novillo-Ortiz, MLIS, MSc, PhD.
- “More than 100,000 (health) applications are now available in the leading app stores, and the assortment is constantly growing,” says a BAEK study that was discussed at the congress. “But only a fraction of the programs are certified as medical products.”
- John Torous, MD, a researcher and psychiatry resident at Harvard University, said “We have little evidence about the risks or benefits of smartphone use in clinical care,”
- “The problem with these apps is they’re so new and novel; it’s probably going to be hard establishing a standard of care, or what a reasonable doctor would, and would not do when using these products,” says Nathan Cortez, a professor and associate dean for research at SMU Dedman School of Law.
KEY TAKEAWAY: It’s easy to understand why health systems are so interested in mHealth. Smartphones have been creeping into every facet of modern life for more than a decade, providing unprecedented access to huge patient populations. “More than 100,000 (health) applications are now available in the leading app stores, and the assortment is constantly growing, but 65% are health and fitness apps. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: According to Comscore “within the US, apps were responsible for 88% of mobile consumption in December . That compares with 87% in June, according to prior ComScore data, with app usage at that time relatively equal on smartphones (88%) and tablets (87%). Can pharma companies really leverage apps for business objectives? Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: We’re in the middle of a health care revolution. Never before have consumers been offered so many devices and apps to monitor their health, but there are two key questions. One, will people actually take the time to monitor their health and two, what will they do with the data? Continue reading
The digital technology revolution has made a significant impact on global industries seeking to develop customized solutions for specific needs. Among those taking greatest advantage of what this revolution can offer is the healthcare industry. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: Hidden in all the news about Mhealth and new electronic health records is the fact that patients are slowly taking control of THEIR health care . If this trend continues, and it will, I expect HCP’s, insurers and pharma to start paying the price for overcomplicating health care. Continue reading
KEY TAKEAWAY: There are many candidates: at least 150 firms globally are developing some form of “digital therapeutic”. Unlike other sorts of digital health apps, digiceuticals have been tested for efficacy, approved by regulatory agencies such as the FDA and are prescribed by a doctor. Continue reading