A NEW META-ANALYSIS OF PRIOR studies about outcomes
related to wearable and remote monitoring devices provides
dispiriting results for researchers and app developers hoping for groundbreaking results with Fitbits and similar technology. The analysis, published in Nature Partner Journal,
reviewed 27 randomized control studies focused on wearable biosensors. Investigators ultimately concluded that
“clinical evidence has struggled to keep pace with the hype
surrounding wearables,” FierceHealthcare reported.
The researchers did have one big caveat, however. When
looking at “high-quality” remote monitoring studies, outcomes improved significantly when monitoring was combined with validated health behavior models and tailored
coaching. Health information management (HIM) professionals, especially those with informatics experience, should
take note since designing workflows that enable successful
receipt of educational materials is right up their alley.
This finding should be encouraging to MedStar hospitals in
Maryland and the metro Washington, DC-area, who are teaming up with the developers of Babyscripts, a mobile app that
helps deliver evidence-based guidelines approved by the patient’s obstetrician to pregnant women and new parents.
“With Babyscripts, we can communicate with patients be-
tween office visits and collect vital data that could lead to
improved quality of care,” Tamika Auguste, MD, director of
OB/GYN simulation at MedStar Washington Hospital Center,
told Healthcare IT News.
1 “A more informed patient coupled
with more data for the physician leads to a better pregnancy
experience all around.”
As part of the partnership between MedStar and Babyscripts,
eligible patients will receive a “Mommy Kit,” which includes
an iPhone app, wireless weight scale, and wireless blood
pressure cuff. The kits cost providers approximately $300
per patient, but Babyscripts CEO Anish Sebastian told Mobi-
HealthNews in an email that the company “demonstrated at
a minimum 2X ROI by increasing operational efficiencies in
1. Monegain, Bernie. “MedStar Health partners with startup
to pilot prenatal app.” Healthcare IT News. December 27,
2. Pai, Aditi. “DC-area OBGYN equips patients with digital health ‘Mommy Kits’ from Babyscripts.” Mobi-HealthNews. March 16, 2015. www.mobihealthnews.
‘Mommy Kits’ Seek to Improve
Outcomes for Wearable and
Remote Monitoring Devices