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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]

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]

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]

The Healthcare Omnichannel Challenge

May 13, 2015 by Christopher Fox

While e-commerce and online banking have given their respective industries a significant omnichannel boost, healthcare, especially on the provider side, has a steep hill to climb in order to deliver an omnichannel patient experience.[read more]

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BioPharma Beat: mHealth Apps - to Regulate or Not to Regulate

May 12, 2015 by David Davidovic

We are witnessing exuberance about all things digital, especially in the health space. As healthcare apps for mobile devices continue to proliferate, soon to be in the thousands, there is a lingering question as to whether or not they will be regulated, by whom, and to what extent.[read more]

The Final Frontier for Telehealth Services, End-to-End Data Privacy and Security

May 6, 2015 by Bill Crounse

The stage is set more than ever before to deliver medical and behavioral health services via telehealth. The need has existed for a very long time and today, the technology exists to bring these services into people’s homes. Payment reform is unblocking what has been a significant deterrence for telehealth services.[read more]

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Dying of Embarrassment

May 5, 2015 by Lara Stewart

Every day, people avoid seeking medical care because of embarrassment. And failure to get tested can have repercussions for them and for those around them.[read more]

5 Keys Ways to Improve Medication Adherence

May 1, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Improving medication adherence is a constant struggle within the healthcare world. Did you know that it's estimated that between 20% to 50% of patients are non-adherent? This post will discuss how technology and communication are helping to improve the growing issue of non-adherence.[read more]

Healthcare Hackathon for Caregivers

April 24, 2015 by Janet Kennedy

Caregivers of people with dementia face many challenges. To aid in problem solving for them, NCHICA, NW AHEC and Quintiles sponsored a healthcare hackathon in Durham, NC on April 11-12, 2015. Get Social Health was there to capture the "Voices of the Healthcare Hackathon."[read more]

Financial Services Shows the Way for Healthcare (Again)

April 23, 2015 by David E Williams

mobile banking / shutterstock

Seven hundred million people worldwide have obtained access to financial services for the first time over the past three years, according to a Gates Foundation funded institute. The big increase is due largely to the banking industry figuring out how to leverage low cost mobile phones and digital payments.[read more]

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Virtual Meet-Ups for Cancer Patients

April 14, 2015 by Joan Justice

Patient Cafe™

Now, cancer patients can meet virtually and share stories. With the Patient Cafe™, a virtual meet-up program from the Patient Empowerment Network, cancer patients sign up to meet others with the same cancer condition. The program is free and all the participants need is a good internet connection.[read more]

Is "Convincing" People to Use Health Apps the Right Approach to Patient Engagement?

April 10, 2015 by Steve Wilkins

Patient engagement

In a recent announcement, the Robert Wood John Foundation announced a $468,000 grant to the Center for Connected Health to develop an “engagement engine” to “convince” consumers to use health and activity trackers and other health apps. Let’s consider the issues of relevance and usefulness here.[read more]