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13th December 2016
AMA guidelines on use of mHealth Apps
The American Medical Association (AMA) has approved a list of principles to guide coverage and payment policies supporting the use of mobile health (mHealth) apps and associated devices that are accurate, effective, safe and secure in order to foster the integration of digital health innovations into clinical practice. The AMA supports the use of mHealth apps and associated devices, trackers and sensors by patients, physicians and others that:
  • Support the establishment or continuation of a valid patient-physician relationship;
  • Have a clinical evidence base to support their use in order to ensure mHealth app safety and effectiveness;
  • Follow evidence-based practice guidelines, to the degree they are available, to ensure patient safety, quality of care and positive health outcomes;
  • Support care delivery that is patient-centered, promotes care coordination and facilitates team-based communication;
  • Support data portability and interoperability in order to promote care coordination through medical home and accountable care models;
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Gestational diabetes
It is estimated that about 4 million women are affected by GDM in India. Awareness needs to be raised about its symptoms, treatment and management.
New Delhi, Dec 12, 2016:Around their 24th week of pregnancy, many women tend to develop diabetes mellitus and it is called Gestational Diabetes mellitus (GDM). Women who have never had diabetes throughout their life can also have high blood sugar during pregnancy. According to the center for disease control, the worldwide prevalence of diabetes is about 9.2% while in India, prevalence rates range from 35-41%. 
While the exact cause of GDM remains yet to be known, it is hypothesized that placental hormonal imbalance plays a major role in its development. Insulin resistance and consequent hyperglycemia (high blood glucose) resulting from this hormonal imbalance can lead to the development of GDM.
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