mHealth: Get a monitoring app on a doctor’s prescription

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In this weekly section, we follow up on our best read stories. This week it was the story about home testing. How normal will home monitoring become in the future?

"..... A smartphone can deliver objective data, which you can collect for a longer period of time. For example, how long you call or chat with someone. That information could be used in the future as an indicator of e.g. brain disorders. Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience Martien Kas of the University of Groningen (RUG, the Netherlands) utilized mHealth in his research to map behavior more objectively and over a long period of time.

Scientists mainly use interviews and questionnaires to evaluate people’s behavior. Subjectivity is a risk here. The interviewer and the patient have their own interpretations of the questions. Plus, such a questionnaire is often a one-off, says Kas. Observational research is also an option, only that usually takes place in a clinical setting. Which is not a natural situation for a patient.

Smartphone data can reveal something about how often someone communicates with others, or how often someone visits new places. “If you measure this data over a longer period of time, it can be indicative of changes in social behavior, to name one thing. The research group led by Professor Kas developed a digital platform that she uses to try to make sense of the raw data collected from the smartphone. Kas: “Like differentiating between different aspects of social behavior. This can be important for the early detection of brain diseases or to better understand social behavior.”

Privacy issues soon arise in this type of research. That is why Kas’s research group spent a lot of time looking into these matters, the professor emphasizes. “All privacy-sensitive data is encrypted, such as phone numbers and names. Researchers do not know who someone is talking to. Nor do we register the content of conversations or text messages.”............."

Period13-Dec-2020

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  • TitlemHealth: Get a monitoring app with a doctor’s prescription
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletExBulletin
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    Date13/12/2020
    DescriptionWouldn’t it be most comfortable to pee at home? Nevertheless, we usually go to the hospital when we need a urine test. Then, while the nurse is waiting outside the door, use the hospital bathroom to provide a urine sample. Alternatively, you can bring your urine sample in a small plastic bottle. By combining the scale sensor and app, you may soon be able to comfortably test at home. This is still experimental, but a shift is underway. Monitoring of health parameters can be performed more often and effectively from home.
    URLhttps://exbulletin.com/tech/613714/
    PersonsMartien Kas
  • TitlemHealth: Get a monitoring app on a doctor’s prescription
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletInnovation Origins
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryNetherlands
    Date13/12/2020
    DescriptionIn this weekly section, we follow up on our best read stories. This week it was the story about home testing. How normal will home monitoring become in the future?
    Producer/AuthorCorine Spaans
    URLhttps://innovationorigins.com/nl/mhealth-een-app-op-doktersrecept/
    PersonsMartien Kas