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April, 2014
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Text messaging: an innovative way of data collection in medical research

Kew ST. BMC Research Notes, 3(1)

BACKGROUND:
The ubiquitous use of mobile phones in sending and receiving text messages has become a norm for young people. Undeniably, text messaging has become a new and important communication medium not only in the social realm but in education as well. The aim of this study is to evaluate the effectiveness of using text messaging as a means to collect data for a medical research project.
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21 December 2010 | No Comments »
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Community Attitudes to the Appropriation of Mobile Phones for Monitoring and Managing Depression, Anxiety, and Stress

Proudfoot J et al, J Med Internet Res, 12(5)

Background:
The benefits of self-monitoring on symptom severity, coping, and quality of life have been amply demonstrated. However, paper and pencil self-monitoring can be cumbersome and subject to biases associated with retrospective recall, while computer-based monitoring can be inconvenient in that it relies on users being at their computer at scheduled monitoring times. As a result, nonadherence in self-monitoring is common. Mobile phones offer an alternative. Their take-up has reached saturation point in most developed countries and is increasing in developing countries; they are carried on the person, they are usually turned on, and functionality is continually improving. Currently, however, public conceptions of mobile phones focus on their use as tools for communication and social identity. Community attitudes toward using mobile phones for mental health monitoring and self-management are not known.
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20 December 2010 | No Comments »
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Participatory Epidemiology: Use of Mobile Phones for Community-Based Health Reporting

Freifeld CC et al, PLoS Med, 7(12)

  • Traditional health systems serve a key role in protecting populations, but are typically hierarchical, and information often travels slowly.
  • Novel Internet-based collaborative systems can have an important role in gathering information quickly and improving coverage and accessibility.
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8 December 2010 | No Comments »
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Mobile phone technologies and advanced data analysis towards the enhancement of diabetes self-management

Kouris I et al, International Journal of Electronic Healthcare, 5(4)

Advances in the area of mobile and wireless communication for healthcare (m-Health) along with the improvements in information science allow the design and development of new patient-centric models for the provision of personalised healthcare services, increase of patient independence and improvement of patient’s self-control and self-management capabilities. This paper comprises a brief overview of the m-Health applications towards the self-management of individuals with diabetes mellitus and the enhancement of their quality of life. Furthermore, the design and development of a mobile phone application for Type 1 Diabetes Mellitus (T1DM) self-management is presented.
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15 November 2010 | No Comments »
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Effects of a mobile phone short message service on antiretroviral treatment adherence in Kenya (WelTel Kenya1): a randomised trial

Lester RT et al, The Lancet, 2010

Background
Mobile (cell) phone communication has been suggested as a method to improve delivery of health services. However, data on the effects of mobile health technology on patient outcomes in resource-limited settings are limited. We aimed to assess whether mobile phone communication between health-care workers and patients starting antiretroviral therapy in Kenya improved drug adherence and suppression of plasma HIV-1 RNA load.
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11 November 2010 | No Comments »
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Application of Smart Phone in “Better Border Healthcare Program”: A Module for Mother and Child Care

Kaewkungwal J et al, BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making, 10(1)

Background
To assess the application of cell phone integrating into the healthcare system to improve antenatal care (ANC) and expanded programme on immunization (EPI) services for the under-served population in border area.
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4 November 2010 | No Comments »
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Telemedicine using smartphones for oral and maxillofacial surgery consultation, communication, and treatment planning

Aziz SR, Ziccardi VB. Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, 67(11)

Telemedicine is the specialty of medicine that uses the evolving telecommunications industry combined with medical information technology to provide remote medical services. The use of smartphone telemedicine is an efficient and effective way for remote specialist consultation and should be considered by the oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
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4 October 2010 | No Comments »
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A mobile phone-based care model for outpatient cardiac rehabilitation: the care assessment platform (CAP)

Walters DL et al, BMC Cardiovascular Disorders, 10

Background
Cardiac rehabilitation programs offer effective means to prevent recurrence of a cardiac event, but poor uptake of current programs have been reported globally. Home based models are considered as a feasible alternative to avoid various barriers related to care centre based programs. This paper sets out the study design for a clinical trial seeking to test the hypothesis that these programs can be better and more efficiently supported with novel Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
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3 October 2010 | No Comments »
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Transforming online communities into support environments for chronic disease management through cell phones and social networks

Wickramasinghe N, Goldberg S. International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, 7(6)

Diabetes is a chronic disease that increases exponentially. Its consequences are long-term and problematic. To date, there is no cure and patients must rely on appropriate and constant monitoring to maintain a state of health that is as good as possible.
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1 October 2010 | No Comments »
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Innovation in sexually transmitted disease and HIV prevention: internet and mobile phone delivery vehicles for global diffusion

Swendeman D, Rotheram-Borus MJ. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 23(2)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW:
Efficacious behavioral interventions and practices have not been universally accepted, adopted, or diffused by policy makers, administrators, providers, advocates, or consumers. Biomedical innovations for sexually transmitted disease (STD) and HIV prevention have been embraced but their effectiveness is hindered by behavioral factors. Behavioral interventions are required to support providers and consumers for adoption and diffusion of biomedical innovations, protocol adherence, and sustained prevention for other STDs. Information and communication technology such as the Internet and mobile phones can deliver behavioral components for STD/HIV prevention and care to more people at less cost.
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6 September 2010 | No Comments »
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The use of text messaging to improve asthma control: a pilot study using the mobile phone short messaging service (SMS)

Prabhakaran L et al, J Telemed Telecare, 16(5)

We have evaluated the feasibility of using the mobile phone short message service (SMS) for symptom monitoring in patients with asthma. All consecutive patients admitted to hospital for asthma during an 11-month period were considered for enrolment (n = 497). Those meeting the inclusion criteria were randomized into a control (n = 60) and intervention group (n = 60). Patients in the intervention group received SMS messages according to a structured workflow, while patients in the control group had no SMS support. In the intervention group, the mean response rate to the messages was 82%.
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11 July 2010 | No Comments »
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Teleconsultation using multimedia messaging service for management plan in pediatric orthopaedics: a pilot study

Elkaim M et al, Journal of Pediatric Orthopedics, 30(3)

Background:
Application and assessment of the usefulness of image transfer through a mobile telephone in pediatric orthopaedic practice was investigated.
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1 July 2010 | No Comments »
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Asynchronous and Synchronous Teleconsultation for Diabetes Care: A Systematic Literature Review

Verhoeven F et al, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 4(3)

AIM:
A systematic literature review, covering publications from 1994 to 2009, was carried out to determine the effects of teleconsultation regarding clinical, behavioral, and care coordination outcomes of diabetes care compared to usual care. Two types of teleconsultation were distinguished: (1) asynchronous teleconsultation for monitoring and delivering feedback via email and cell phone, automated messaging systems, or other equipment without face-to-face contact; and (2) synchronous teleconsultation that involves real-time, face-to-face contact (image and voice) via videoconferencing equipment (television, digital camera, webcam, videophone, etc.) to connect caregivers and one or more patients simultaneously, e.g., for the purpose of education.
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2 June 2010 | No Comments »
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Mobile therapy: case study evaluations of a cell phone application for emotional self-awareness

Morris ME et al, J Med Internet Res, 12(2)

Background:
Emotional awareness and self-regulation are important skills for improving mental health and reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease. Cognitive behavioral therapy can teach these skills but is not widely available.

Objective:
This exploratory study examined the potential of mobile phone technologies to broaden access to cognitive behavioral therapy techniques and to provide in-the-moment support.
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9 May 2010 | No Comments »
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Lensfree microscopy on a cellphone

Tseng D et al, Lab on a Chip, 2010

We demonstrate lensfree digital microscopy on a cellphone. This compact and light-weight holographic microscope installed on a cellphone does not utilize any lenses, lasers or other bulky optical components and it may offer a cost-effective tool for telemedicine applications to address various global health challenges. Weighing approximately 38 grams (<1.4 ounces), this lensfree imaging platform can be mechanically attached to the camera unit of a cellphone where the samples are loaded from the side, and are vertically illuminated by a simple light-emitting diode (LED).
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8 May 2010 | No Comments »
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Measures of physical activity using cell phones: validation using criterion methods

Bexelius C et al, J Med Internet Res, 12(1)

Background:
Physical activity is associated with reduced risks of many chronic diseases. Data collected on physical activity in large epidemiological studies is often based on paper questionnaires. The validity of these questionnaires is debated, and more effective methods are needed.

Objective:
This study evaluates repeated measures of physical activity level (PAL) and the feasibility of using a Java-based questionnaire downloaded onto cell phones for collection of such data. The data obtained were compared with reference estimates based on the doubly labeled water method and indirect calorimetry (PALref).
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29 April 2010 | No Comments »
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Text Messaging as a Tool for Behavior Change in Disease Prevention and Management

Cole-Lewis H, Kershaw T. Epidemiologic Reviews, 32(1)

Mobile phone text messaging is a potentially powerful tool for behavior change because it is widely available, inexpensive, and instant. This systematic review provides an overview of behavior change interventions for disease management and prevention delivered through text messaging. Evidence on behavior change and clinical outcomes was compiled from randomized or quasi-experimental controlled trials of text message interventions published in peer-reviewed journals by June 2009. Only those interventions using text message as the primary mode of communication were included.
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1 April 2010 | No Comments »
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Mobile Phone-Based Self-Management Tools for Type 2 Diabetes: The Few Touch Application

Årsand, Eirik et al, Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, 4(2)

BACKGROUND:
Mobile phones and other mobile information and communication technology applications and technologies hold great potential as a basis for powerful patient-operated self-management tools within diabetes. The work presented shows how such tools can be designed for supporting lifestyle changes among people with type 2 diabetes and how these were perceived by a group of 12 patients during a 6-month period.
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24 March 2010 | No Comments »
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Digital divide: variation in internet and cellular phone use among women attending an urban sexually transmitted infections clinic

Samal, Lipika et al, Journal of Urban Health, 87(1)

We sought to describe: (1) the prevalence of internet, cellular phone, and text message use among women attending an urban sexually transmitted infections (STI) clinic, (2) the acceptability of health advice by each mode of information and communication technology (ICT), and (3) demographic characteristics associated with ICT use. This study is a cross-sectional survey of 200 English-speaking women presenting to a Baltimore City STI clinic with STI complaints. Participants completed a self-administered survey querying ICT use and demographic characteristics. Three separate questions asked about interest in receiving health advice delivered by the three modalities: internet, cellular phone, and text message. We performed logistic regression to examine how demographic factors (age, race, and education) are associated with likelihood of using each modality.
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26 February 2010 | No Comments »
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Cell-Phone Medicine Brings Care To Patients In Developing Nations

Feder, J. Lester, Health Affairs, 29(2)

At ten o’clock in the morning, a clinic in Mexico City’s Condesa neighborhood is buzzing with activity. It serves some 7,000 patients and is operated by the Mexico City government, making it one of the largest facilities in Latin America devoted to treating patients with HIV/AIDS.
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2 February 2010 | No Comments »
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