Scripps Studies How Mobile Health Devices Affect Health Costs

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Does the cost of health care fall when patients use wireless devices such as blood pressure monitors and blood sugar meters to track chronic conditions and engage with health experts?

Scripps Health has teamed with researchers at the Scripps Translational Science Institute in San Diego and other partners to answer that question through the Wired for Health study.

The project is one of the first robust, cross-industry clinical trials using multiple mobile medical sensors to determine whether health care costs and resource consumption can be lowered through the use of wireless health technology.

The trial will include 200 participants, recruited from Scripps Health employees and their families by health care services administrator HealthComp, according to reports by MobiHealthNews and several other media outlets.

Half of the participants will be paired with a mobile monitoring device to track their chronic condition — diabetes, high blood pressure or heart arrhythmias — for six months, according to a report by eWeek.

Read the MobiHealthNews article: More Details Emerge on Scripps Wired for Health Trial

Read the mHealthNews article: Scripps Health Looks for Cost Savings in Digital Health

Read the Modern Healthcare article: Scripps Institute Examines Effectiveness of Mobile Devices in Cutting Costs

Read the eWeek article: Scripps to Study How Mobile Devices Affect Health Care Costs

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