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Two new reports from mHealth Alliance highlight research gaps, misdirection: While not related to the recent PLOS Medicine meta-analyses, both mHA reports criticize the lack of rigor and quality study designs. The first critiques current mHealth efforts in the maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) area; the second surveys the global mHealth ecosystem, with the preponderance of projects in sub-Saharan Africa versus Asia and Latin America. FierceMobileHealthcare (links to both reports) PROST8CARE text service supporting prostate cancer patients: Messages from side effects to food and diet tips will be timed with treatments to help advanced cancer patients as they undergo chemotherapy. Developed by Mobile Commons with sponsorship by Sanofi US and the Prostate Cancer Foundation….Your smartphone may help manage chronic pain: A Norwegian study of smartphone-enabled interventions of 112 subjects during chronic pain rehabilitation, using written daily diaries for four weeks with therapist review and one in-person session, indicated improved and sustained self-management. FierceMobileHealthcare, Journal of Medical Internet Research full text article... iMPak Health adopting HealthSaaS Connected Outcomes Platform: This will link the Kraken medication management system to mobile apps. HealthSaaS will also work with this JV between the Meridian Health System of central New Jersey and Sweden’s Cypak on mobile apps that forward patient biometric data to the iMPak Connect Portal currently in development. Release….Update on Philips’ next-gen PERS, Philips GoSafe: Premiered at CES 2013 [TA 11 Jan], this cellular/GPS/fall detector (AutoAlert) model will now hit the US market in late March. As previously reported, Philips will be selling the system direct to consumer outright for about $150 with $50/monthly for service. It’s an upper-end product meant for a younger, more active market. LeadingAge.

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