CHICAGO – A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helps maintain their sobriety, researchers who developed the tool found.
The app, nicknamed A-CHESS, joins a host of others that serve as electronic shoulder angels, featuring a variety of options for trying to prevent alcohol and drug addicts from relapsing.
We've seen mobile health apps take off, to the point that federal regulators are trying to sort out how they should be governed before someone gets hurt. And we've seen wearable health and wellness devices hit the ground running – literally – with everyone from startups to giants like Microsoft and Google looking for a piece of the action.
There is nothing futuristic about telehealth, the use of technology to connect patients to doctors without an office visit.
Telehealth is flourishing and growing rapidly in Nebraska, Iowa and nationwide. It uses long-standing technology such as videoconferencing and telephones as well as emerging devices that enable patients to track and deliver their own heart rates and blood sugar levels.
On Tuesday, FDA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that would update how the agency classifies medical devices, including mobile health technologies, Health Data Management reports (Slabodkin, Health Data Management, 3/25).