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Data on Telemedicine Detailed by R.K. Poropatich and Co-Authors (mCare: Using Secure Mobile Technology to Support Soldier Reintegration and...

August 1, 2014

Data on Telemedicine Detailed by R.K. Poropatich and Co-Authors (mCare: Using Secure Mobile Technology to Support Soldier Reintegration and Rehabilitation)

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Health & Medicine Week -- Investigators discuss new findings in Health and Medicine. According to news reporting originating in Fort Detrick, Maryland, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "The U. S. Army Medical Department conducted a pilot mobile health project to determine the requirements for coordination of care for 'Wounded Warriors'' using mobile messaging. The primary objective was to determine if a secure mobile health (mhealth) intervention provided to geographically dispersed patients would improve contact rates and positively impact the military healthcare system."

The news reporters obtained a quote from the research, "Over 21 months, volunteers enrolled in a Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act-compliant, secure mobile messaging initiative called mCare. The study included males and females, 18-61 years old, with a minimum of 60 days of outpatient recovery. Volunteers were required to have a compatible phone. The mhealth intervention included appointment reminders, health and wellness tips, announcements, and other relevant information to this population exchanged between care teams and patients. Provider respondents reported that 85% would refer patients to mCare, and 56% noted improvement in appointment attendance (n = 90). Patient responses also revealed high acceptability of mCare and refined the frequency and delivery times (n = 114). The pilot project resulted in over 84,000 outbound messages and improved contact rates by 176%."

According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The mCare pilot project demonstrated the feasibility and administrative effectiveness of a scalable mhealth application using secure mobile messaging and information exchanges, including personalized patient education."

For more information on this research see: mCare: Using Secure Mobile Technology to Support Soldier Reintegration and Rehabilitation. Telemedicine and e-Health, 2014;20(6):563-569. Telemedicine and e-Health can be contacted at: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc, 140 Huguenot Street, 3RD Fl, New Rochelle, NY 10801, USA. (Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. -; Telemedicine and e-Health -

Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting R.K. Poropatich, US Army Med Res & Mat Command, Telemed & Adv Technol Center, Fort Detrick, MD, United States. Additional authors for this research include H.H. Pavliscsak, J.C. Tong, J.R. Little and F.L. McVeigh (see also Health and Medicine).

Keywords for this news article include: Fort Detrick, Maryland, United States, North and Central America, Health and Medicine, Technology

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