Study: Encouraging physical activity in patients with diabetes: Intervention using a reinforcement learning system
This study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, explored how smartphones create new possibilities for helping people with type diabetes to adhere to their physical activity goals through continuous monitoring and communication, coupled with personalised feedback. Patients were sent short message service messages to encourage physical activity between once a day and once…
A digital healthcare project is working with leading UK Parkinson’s charities to learn more about the health of people with Parkinson’s. There are 6.3 million people in the world with Parkinson’s worldwide yet many only see their doctor twice a year. This creates gaps in knowledge about the disease that project ‘100 For Parkinson’s‘ is…
The Commonwealth Fund has published a briefing on the development of an evaluation framework to assess the patient engagement, quality and safety of mobile health applications. Through a systematic search of iOS (Apple) and Android app stores, and an analysis of apps targeting individuals with chronic illnesses, the authors assessed the degree to which apps…
The King’s Fund have published a review of eight technologies they believe will revolutionise health and care, with practical examples of how they are being developed and used. The article looks at smartphones, arguing that the full potential of these devices is yet to be realised. It considers the role of apps, as well as…
Forty-two percent of U.S. cell phone owners ages 18 to 29 used their phone to look up health information in 2012, up from 29% in 2010, according to a report from the Pew Internet & the American Life Project. 85% of U.S. adults own a cell phone. Of those, 53% own smartphones. One in three cell phone owners have used their phone to look for health information. In a comparable, national survey conducted two years ago, 17% of cell phone owners had used their phones to look for health advice. Smartphone owners lead this activity: 52% gather health information on their phones, compared with 6% of non-smartphone owners.
Health Choices, a smartphone app that provides health guidance and information about NHS services has been released for use on Apple and Android devices. The app gives users access to choice and treatment information from NHS Choices and to Microsoft’s HealthVault platform. Users can search for NHS services such as A&E or GP practices by name, location or by how close they are to the user’s GPS location. Contact details for GPs, dentists, hospital departments and other NHS services are also provided. A health A-Z displays condition symptoms and treatments, which includes the health encyclopedia and symptom checkers.
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