Category Archives: clinical trials

Five Ways Mobile Health Technologies can Change Healthcare Now


There is growing healthy skepticism about the past promises of mobile technologies.  Issues concerning safety after the release of the FDA Guidance of mobile medical apps, privacy and security, and efficacy. Followers of the sector are poised for the rubber … Continue reading

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Introduction vs Adoption of #mHealth Technology


Before the adoption of new technologies which will undoubtedly improve healthcare (as it has the retail and finance sectors), it must be introduced in ways which are digestible, scalable, and subject to rapid iteration. Is mobile technology different from the … Continue reading

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Why Clinical Trials Need Mobile Health Tools: Can CROs be Replaced?


I have previously written why mobile technologies need clinical trials.  I would now like to discuss why clinical trials need mobile technology. For readers not familiar with clinical research, a CRO (clinical  research organization)  is “…an organization that provides support … Continue reading

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Five Benefits of Crowdsourced Medical Research Funding


Crowdsourced clinical studies have been the subject of previous posts by this author.  The Wiki definition of crowdfunding is: “the collective effort of individuals who network and pool their money, usually via the Internet, to support efforts initiated by other people … Continue reading

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Why Online Patient Communities are Better than Real Life Support Groups


A support group  has many potential benefits, some of which include improving coping skills, reducing anxiety, depression, isolation, ignorance about the condition and others.  Online patient communities (OPCs) are a recent phenomenon.  Some are open (with respect to type of … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Physicians Should be in Social Media


In November, 2011 the AMA published a report on Professionalism in the use of Social Media.  A brief summary of the paper  was published in June, 2010.  The issues addressed by the AMA are reasonable and practical in my view. … Continue reading

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The Case for Efficacy Studies of Digital Health Technologies


As many readers of this blog know, I have long been a proponent of proven technology in the digital health space.  Probably the most obvious reason is to dispel the generalized notion that these technologies are flimsy.  The HHS Text4HealthTask … Continue reading

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Why Payers are Critical to mHealth Adoption


     In previous posts I have talked about the importance of some of the major stakeholders in mHealth adoption (Physicians, non-physician providers,hospitals, and caregivers) in mHealth adoption. For a few reasons insurers will also play a pivotal role in … Continue reading

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The Future of Medical Apps: A Call to Arms For the End of Flimsy Science


A recent article in the Washington Post raises concerns about the legitimacy of mobile health apps.  As Chair of the committee which developed Draft Standards for the Happtique App Certification Program, I applaud the author for taking a critical look … Continue reading

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Five Ways to Evaluate Mobile Medical Apps via Research


There are many barriers to the adoption of health, fitness, and medical apps. A recent article summarizing the report from PWC’s Global Healthcare division states that adoption of mHealth technologies will lag consumer demand. I wholeheartedly agree with David Levy, … Continue reading

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