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Social Media Offers Tools to Improve Mental Health, Reduce Suicide

Article Excerpt: The Defense Department makes the total fitness of service members a top priority, and that includes mental health and suicide prevention. Military suicide is the culmination of complex interactions among biological, social, economic, cultural and psychological factors operating at the individual, community and societal levels.

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Article Source: DoDLive

Study finds the best medication adherence medical apps

Article Excerpt: Given the sheer number of medical apps available these days, it is important to find evidence-based guidance for which apps to choose. Santo et al from the University of Sydney evaluated medication adherence apps from the Australian Google Play store and Apple iTunes store using a systematic stepwise approach based on the features described for each medical app.

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Article Source: iMedicalApps


ONC announces winners of consumer and provider app challenges to improve health information access and use

Article Excerpt: Today, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) announced the Phase 2 winners for the Consumer Health Data Aggregator Challenge and the Provider User Experience Challenge.  ONC designed these challenges to spur the development of market-ready applications (apps) that would enable consumers and providers to aggregate health data from different sources into one secure, user-friendly product.

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Smartphone apps are found to reduce depression, anxiety

Article Excerpt: A suite of smartphone apps developed by Northwestern Medicine has successfully reduced depression and anxiety symptoms in study participants by 50 percent, an efficacy rate similar to that typically achieved through psychotherapy or antidepressant medication.

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Article Source: Health Data Management


What Happened with mHealth Security, Mobile Privacy in 2016?

Article Excerpt: Covered entities and business associates are continuously searching for the technologies that can improve physician workflow, while also ensuring PHI security. Mobile devices are increasing in popularity, and are quickly becoming beneficial tools for healthcare. However, mHealth security measures cannot be ignored, and mobile data must be considered when organizations track where PHI is stored and how it is used.

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Article Source: HealthITSecurity