Category Archives: psychology

Digital Health Technologies for Alzheimer’s Disease

The statistics related to Alzheimer’s disease (Ad) are astonishing. According to The Alzheimer’s Association there are over 5 million Americans with Ad. It is the sixth leading cause of death. More than 15 million caregivers provided an estimated 18.1 billion … Continue reading

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Five Ways of Achieving Patient Engagement: Part 1: WITHOUT Technology

If one looks at communications revolving around healthcare these days, whether emanating from political, healthcare economics, clinical, or technology spaces, the term patient engagement is invariably found as one of the cornerstones of the conversation.  This is no more evident … Continue reading

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Can Digital Health Technologies Improve Health Literacy?

A recent article in the AMA News cites a 2003 health literacy study by the US Department of Education which surveyed more than 19,000 Americans. It found that over one-third had trouble reading and understanding basic medical information. Not surprisingly, … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Patients with Implantable Defibrillators Deserve Their Data

The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, enacted as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, was signed into law on February 17, 2009.  The objective of Measure 12/15 of Meaningful Use regulations … Continue reading

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What I Miss Most About Practicing Medicine

As the end of the year is approaching, a bit of reflection is a natural event.  I recently left medical practice in order to pursue a career in mobile health technologies, for which I have had a passion for many … Continue reading

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Five Human Factors Needed for mHealth Success

Most of the attendees of the recent mHealth Summit would agree that mobile health is poised for success. Enthusiasm from business, technology, and clinical sectors was palpable. I believe human factor considerations will be critical for the success of mHealth, … Continue reading

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Do Physicians Love or Hate mHealth?

        I have noticed some seemingly opposite interpretations (at first glance) about the enthusiasm for mHealth technologies by physicians. One article appearing in  on November 21st “Doctors Slow To Embrace Telemedicine, Cloud Computing”( .  Another article appearing on November … Continue reading

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