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Clinical Trial Engagement Apps Leverage Social, Rewards, Predictive Analytics

April 6, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

clinical trial app

A challenge sponsored by Eli Lilly, UBC, Enlight Biosciences and the Partnerships in Clinical Trials meeting asked developers to submit ideas for using mobile platforms to educate, engage and empower participants enrolled in clinical studies.[read more]

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Healthcare CEOs Want Mobility Training

April 3, 2014 by Suzie Mitchell

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Healthcare CEOs recognize that they need to build a bigger and better IT workforce this year. In fact, 53 percent of the CEOs surveyed want to hire more people immediately. But 63 percent say they are concerned about finding people with the right skills.[read more]

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]

Mobile Health Startups Focus on Wellness, Service, Safety and Analytics

March 31, 2014 by Bill Crounse

incubation program

I recently had an opportunity to serve as a mentor for ten startup companies that are currently participating in an incubation program in Kansas City known as the Sprint Accelerator powered by TechStars. Companies were selected from entries that came from across the country.[read more]

Five Tips for Folding FDA’s New Medical App Oversight into Your Business Strategy

March 31, 2014 by Stephanie Kreml

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While the September 2013 FDA guidance for medical apps specified that it would require clearance of any app intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate or prevent a disease, it left an open door to exercise “enforcement discretion” if an app meets the technical definition of a medical device but poses a low risk to the patient.[read more]

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Why Are Hospitals Still Using Pagers?

March 28, 2014 by Cliff McClintick

Pagers? In 2014?

Health care has been slow to adopt certain technologies. The field is 10 to 15 years behind other industries in establishing electronic record-keeping. It also lags in the move to cloud computing. In some respects, health care is out of date on mobile communications, too. How else to explain why pagers are still so common?[read more]

WEF’s Top 10 Innovations for 2014: How May These Impact the Future of Healthcare?

March 27, 2014 by Patti Doherty, R.N.

World Economic Forum

The World Economic Forum (WEF) recently issued its predictions for the top 10 emerging technological innovations, and at least three are directly related to healthcare. Even the innovations that aren’t immediately relevant to a healthcare issue might end up contributing to medical advances.[read more]

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Telemedicine Robots Let Doctors "Beam" into Hospitals

March 27, 2014 by Natalie Yeadon

telemedicine (photo: InTouch Health, RP-7i ROBOT)

Remote presence robots are allowing physicians to “beam” themselves into hospitals to diagnose patients and offer medical advice during emergencies. These telepresence robots are expanding access to medical specialists, which has been a real advantage in rural areas where there is often a shortage of doctors.[read more]

Crowdsourcing Doctors’ Insights on What Works Best

March 23, 2014 by Deanna Pogorelc

crowdsourcing medical insights (image from App Store)

SharePractice is a social medical reference app that physicians can use to search thousands of diagnoses and see what treatments their peers have found to be effective. Users must be physicians, nurses or medical students – the first step SharePractice takes is to verify them, Brandeis said – and it’s free for them to join.[read more]

Review of eResponder Personal Emergency Response System (PERS)

March 21, 2014 by David E Williams

eResponder

For the last couple months I’ve been trying out the eResponder by Securus. It’s a small, 1.2 ounce cellphone based pendant device that you can hang around your neck or from a belt. I’ve been pretty impressed with it. Of course, there are some potential drawbacks.[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]

Wearable Computers, Biosensors and Sanity

March 13, 2014 by Bill Crounse

Smartwatches of the future

Technology inventors and investors really need to focus on two questions. First, does the invention offer something that most people really need and will use every day even after the novelty wears off? And second, is there a way to significantly monetize the invention and any services built around it?[read more]