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How Technology Bolsters Patient Care

May 21, 2015 by Jessica Oaks

An ever-faster development cycle in the technology space is transforming every aspect of our lives. The healthcare sector is no exception. Mobile innovations now make it possible for patients to monitor their own vital signs and information like blood sugar levels, access personal medical information from anywhere and participate more fully in their own care with apps and even games designed to promote health.[read more]

Call to Action: America's Health Rankings Senior Report

May 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Rankings reports are a great way to spur the public and policymakers to pay attention to important issues. The 2015 America’s Health Rankings Senior Report from the United Health Foundation, released today, is a case in point. I had an opportunity to interview Dr. Reed Tuckson, senior medical advisor to the Foundation, about the report.[read more]

Schmoozing for Cancer, Part II

May 20, 2015 by Andrew Schorr

If you become part of the Patient Power community, we don’t schmooze with you once but all the time. It’s the way we interact. And we believe it’s unique. We talk with people, not at them, and we want to know everyone’s story. That’s why our town meetings are not seminars, they are conversations.[read more]

Apple Watch: Continuous Glucose Monitoring

May 15, 2015 by David E Williams

Looking for something useful to do with your Apple Watch? Dexcom, the maker of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM) for diabetics, suggests you use the watch to monitor CGM –your own or someone else’s. This functionality has been available as a smartphone app, but the watch version is designed to be more convenient and discreet.[read more]

Patient Care: Better Support Is Better Treatment

May 15, 2015 by Alleli Aspili

For most patients, their initial reaction and attitude sets the tone for their road to wellness. Depending on the severity of an illness, patients often get confused about the proper way of getting better. A visit to the doctor’s office is ideal and beneficial in diagnosing these illnesses and learning how to get better or cope.[read more]

Telemedicine Requires Optimism and Patience: Dispatches from American Telemedicine 2015

May 14, 2015 by Anne Weiler

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The 21st annual American Telemedicine Conference wrapped up last week in Los Angeles. While there were amazing patient success stories, and a group of people dedicated to the success of telemedicine, it was slightly depressing that after 20 years, there are still people questioning the value and calling for more data as well as no consistent reimbursement except in rural settings. Here are a few high-level impressions of the event.[read more]

Mobile Health and Data Safety: Convenience vs. Privacy

May 14, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

mHealth: convenience vs. privacy

Technology may be revolutionizing the healthcare industry, but while mobile health applications and cloud-based management are convenient, many think they may be compromising the privacy of healthcare data. Can the healthcare industry properly balance convenience and privacy in the digital age?[read more]