New iPad App Aids Dementia Diagnosis in UK

A new iPad app undergoing testing in a UK government-backed trial is showing promising results in the effort to reduce the prevalence of undiagnosed dementia. The app administers memory tests that are able to differentiate between normal and abnormal memory patterns in patients within minutes. Patients with abnormal results are referred for MRI imaging tests which are analyzed by specialized computers.

New iPad App Aids Dementia Diagnosis in UK

"Combining innovative technologies in this way should help us to spot early signs of dementia, giving us time to offer patients better support and care." – Jeremy Hughes – Chief Executive of the Alzheimer’s Society.

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Connected Health on Wheels

Digital health finds a new end-user device: the automobile. Partnered with car manufacturers across the globe, health-related features are becoming a mainstream offering of modern vehicle operating systems.

Vehicles represent one of the few locations of life capable of daily monitoring of weight, pulse, blood pressure, respiration rate, and even glucose.

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Trauma Hawk App Takes the Doctor to the Accident

The University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics releases a new app, called Trauma Hawk, to be used by the regional EMTs which will allow first responders to capture and transmit pictures of the scene of an accident, or of a patient’s injuries, directly back to the ER while the patient is still en route.

Trauma Hawk App Takes the Doctor to the Accident

Emergency Room staff generally receive just minutes of notice before trauma patients arrive. By providing visual documentation of inbound patients, in addition to the basic EMT report being called in, staff can better predict and prepare for the patients needs.

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Mobile Health App Being Used to Coordinate Sandy Resources

HomelessConnect, a mobile app developed collaboratively between HHS and the Department of Veterans Affairs as part of project REACH, is being used to coordinate resources for victims living in hard-hit areas of the Hurricane Sandy aftermath.

Mobile Health App Being Used to Coordinate Sandy Resources

Originally created to improve health and quality of life for among homeless veterans, the application has proven itself useful for recovery coordinators by scaling quickly to local conditions. By leveraging existing functionality, the platform has given coordinators the ability to broadcast locations of emergency resource centers, Red Cross locations, and updates as soup kitchens and shelters come back online.

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Seven in Ten American Adults Track Their Health Status

The Pew Research Center presents preliminary findings of an e-patient survey conducted to explore the prevalence of self-tracking in the adult US population. The findings, to be published in full this week, indicate that:

Seven in Ten American Adults Track Their Health Status
  • Seven in 10 American adults are self-trackers, monitoring their weight, diet, exercise, or symptoms.
  • 85 percent of American’s own a smartphone.
  • 46 percent of self-trackers say it has changed their overall approach to health.

The preliminary report casts these numbers in a hopeful light, suggesting that they are representative of a US patient population that, mixed with the general saturation of smartphones, could be poised for an mHealth engagement explosion. One could question, however, what it is about these numbers that suggests that any shift in patient behavior is likely. Some other trends in the report suggest the opposite:

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