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Why Tablets Are the New Frontier for In-Home mHealth

April 1, 2014 by Melody Wilding

mHealth at home

Two-thirds of health IT executives believe that the use of mobile technology will substantially or dramatically impact the delivery of healthcare in the future. And now providers are putting their money where their mouth is: More than one-quarter of HIT executives are currently implementing a mobile technology program.[read more]

Calorie Intake: The Last Mile for Truly Connected Health

March 20, 2014 by Joseph Kvedar

eHealth

I recently got to know Samir Damani and his company, MD Revolution. Samir has taught me, among other things, that weight is not as important as some less consumer-friendly measures such as VO2, metabolic rate and visceral fat. As I became familiar with the MD Revolution team and their approach, the offering intrigued me.[read more]

Smooth Transition: Reducing Senior Readmissions to Hospitals

March 1, 2014 by Jody Guerrieri

hospital readmissions

Lack of proper after care from a recent bout of illness is one of the chief causes to blame for senior readmissions to hospitals. To prevent that, seniors need someone dedicated enough to take regular care of them, not only during discharge, but also at home and through the recovery process, which could last weeks at a stretch.[read more]

A Meeting of Minds on the Value of Healthcare IT

February 22, 2014 by Caroline Popper, M.D., M.P.H.

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Some healthcare improvements are technology-intensive, be they a new drug or diagnostic device development, or health service management tool. But sometimes a nagging problem begs for a solution that’s inexpensive and relatively low-tech.[read more]

Sedentary Older Women Face Greater Risk of Premature Death

January 26, 2014 by Liz Seegert
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Active older woman

For older women, staying active can be challenging, particularly during the winter. But getting up and moving around for even 10 minutes at a time, several times a day, has a positive effect on all-cause mortality, according to a new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.[read more]

What Happens When Mindfulness Meets Tech?

January 17, 2014 by Patricia Salber

Since there is now an app for everything, I was pleased to run into the HapiFork people at this year’s Consumer Electronic Show. HapiFork’s patented technology was developed under the leadership of Jacques Lepine, who was happy to demonstrate how HapiFork worked.[read more]

Great Recession Triggers Increase in Searches for Stress-Related Illnesses

January 14, 2014 by Susan Scutti

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Who needs an expert opinion when there's Google? “Google queries indicate that the Great Recession coincided with substantial increases in health concerns, hinting at how population health specifically changed during that time,” write the authors of a recent study.[read more]

Collaboration, Consolidation Should Define 2014 for Health Tracking Wearables, Apps

January 3, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

health tracking (juhansonin/Flickr)

Mobile health apps and self-tracking devices have so far become staples in the lives of only a sliver of the population. To push adoption and utility, industry experts say it’s time to start knocking down the walls that house the data collected from these tools.[read more]

My Life with Trackers

January 2, 2014 by Jacquie Scarlett

Fitbit

My Facebook and Twitter feeds are full of people talking about the new gadgets they got for Christmas. Tracking has gone mainstream as many of those gadgets are fitness and activity tracker devices. I thought I’d share a bit about what I’ve learned as an avid tracker for some of these newbies.[read more]

Promising New Patient Recovery Technology

January 1, 2014 by Tim Kilpatrick

wellness at home

Some of us are already afraid to leave the house without our cell phones. We may soon feel the same way about patient recovery technology. We may become anxious without our monitoring devices, or from not having our online EHR current and doctor accessible.[read more]

Holiday Charity Ideas: Giving Can Have a Positive Impact on Your Health

December 25, 2013 by Susan Scutti

Link between charity and health / shutterstock

Even in those instances where it may not be as pure as the driven snow, charity improves the health of those who receive as well as those who give - or so says an Economics professor who investigated his hypothesis that tax subsidies for charitable giving have positive spillover effects on health.[read more]

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Deck the Halls Without a Trip to the ER

December 24, 2013 by Jennie Bragg

Holiday season is in full swing. Spirits are up, and so are emergency room visits. With extreme eating, drinking, stress, and accidents from decorating, ER admissions generally increase around the holidays. Don’t let decking the halls and ringing in the New Year land you in the hospital.[read more]