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mHealth Device Data to Eliminate Annual Checkup, Improve Disease Research

January 29, 2015 by Travis McKnight

Mobile health care devices are giving physicians and researchers unprecedented access to patients and medical data, which is already revolutionizing our understanding of diseases. Soon, the idea of an annual checkup will fade away, and its replacement is going to give a whole new meaning to the term "modern medicine."[read more]

Text-to-911 Availability Has Important mHealth Implications

January 22, 2015 by Christina Thielst

Text-to-911

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has taken another step toward a 911 system that fits with how Americans are communicating. The new rules, adopted Aug. 8, will make Text-to-911more uniformly available by the end of 2014 —and this has important mHealth implications.[read more]

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Crowdsourcing Citizen Superheroes

January 16, 2015 by Mike Hoaglin, MD

PulsePoint

PulsePoint is a new smartphone app and dispatch service that connects nearby CPR-trained first responders to victims in real-time. First responders who opt-in to the free service are alerted to the emergency by push notification on their iOS or Android smartphone and are directed to the scene.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: Wearables for Health - A Mile Wide and an Inch Deep

January 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

I'm reporting from the third day of CES 2015 in Las Vegas. The majority of the innovations I've seen do not address healthcare, or even wellness; instead they are very enticing tools – some would say toys or just fashion items – for those who are already highly motivated and perhaps obsessive about tracking and quantifying themselves.[read more]

The Future of Mobile Healthcare Is Like a Warm Marshmallow

December 30, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Big Hero 6

Maybe Big Hero 6 is mainly about the bond between brothers and how ordinary brilliant scientists can become superheroes, but given that one of the main characters, Baymax is a personal health companion, we believe Disney is also trying to tell us something about the future of healthcare.[read more]

"Doctor Uber" House Calls: Did Anyone See That One Coming?

December 24, 2014 by Stewart Gandolf, MBA

Competition in hospital and healthcare marketing—already a nightmare in many market areas—has a new player. And you probably didn’t see this one coming. The on-demand ride share outfit Uber launched an innovative, one-day pilot program under the banner of UberHEALTH. What’s a taxi service doing in the medical provider sector?[read more]

The Connected Patient Is Here

December 22, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Jen Hyatt

After either a realistic or pessimistic Day 1 keynote, depending on whether you’re a glass half full or half empty kind of person, Day 2 at the MHealth Summit started with a difficult topic but a much more inspiring message, and continued with presentations stressing that patients are already connected and engaged.[read more]

Will 2015 Be the Breakout Year for mHealth?

December 19, 2014 by Anne Weiler

Harry Leider

While on the one hand, many are proclaiming 2015 to be the year that mHealth finally becomes mainstream, the opening day keynote at the mHealth Summit last week at the Gaylord National Harbor Convention Center seemed to suggest we are in the trough of disillusionment.[read more]

Intelligent Insights on mHealth, Wearable Devices and Consumer Behaviors

December 15, 2014 by Bill Crounse

wearable device / shutterstock

I was invited to mHealth to provide a keynote at a side meeting organized by the Intelligent Health Association. Association founder Harry Pappas and his team deserve kudos for organizing a truly stellar line-up of educational topics and for delivering a sizeable audience for the participating speaker and panelist presentations.[read more]

Could Telepsych Replace Therapists?

December 6, 2014 by Abby Norman

Telepsychology?

Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid proposed adding codes to cover telepsych services including routine visits, consultations and psychiatric assessments completed via telehealth services. The field of telepsychiatry has become a hot zone for start-ups.[read more]

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Medical Device Security and the FDA

December 4, 2014 by Rick Deglado

For now, opting to follow FDA regulations is only voluntary, but that shouldn’t encourage manufacturers or hospitals to take their cybersecurity lightly. With new devices come new threats, and healthcare organizations could face severe penalties if they don’t take the right steps to protect their patients and their information.[read more]

Embrace: A New Kind of Wearable

November 26, 2014 by Jocelyn Riseberg Scheirer

Embrace.

A new era of wearable sensors is being ushered into existence, led by the debut last week of Embrace. Embrace was launched last Wednesday by Empatica through their Indiegogo campaign. It focuses on a specific biosignal, skin conductance, that can be used to understand stress and sleep patterns.[read more]