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for: ‘Health Data’

What Do (And Do Not) Wearables Do Well?

Wearable health and fitness devices are all the rage these days, both inside and outside of the gym. Indeed, a recent study shows that more than 38 million Fitbits have been sold since 2010, with other data showing more than 23 million active users as of early 2017. While some devices perform only a few […]

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New Apps Monitor Falls in Seniors

For elderly patients, falls are equal parts common, dangerous, and costly. Indeed, per the National Council on Aging (NCOA), they “are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries” among Americans 65 and older. They impact about a quarter of seniors each year, and accounted for about $34 billion in health care costs in 2013, […]

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How to Improve EHRs: Physicians Offer Input

For many health care providers these days, electronic health records (EHRs) are both an essential part of their modern medical practices and (when not implemented well) a source of endless frustration. Indeed, a recent American Medical Association (AMA) study found that “physicians spend nearly half their office day entering data into EHRs,” along with other […]

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Quicker ER Discharges Thanks to Smartphones?

Most people who visit the emergency room likely don’t do so expecting the process to be a quick one. Beyond waiting to be seen and treated, there’s usually a wait for test results, which are typically the determining factor in whether a patient is admitted to the hospital or discharged. But, as Fierce Healthcare first […]

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What Cyberattacks Mean for the U.S. Health System

For many smartphone-using Americans, this past Friday evening and the weekend likely included a flurry of news alerts about a wave of coordinated ransomware attacks that hit in 99 countries throughout the world. While details are still emerging, cybersecurity experts have identified more than 75,000 attacks, including some that targeted 16 National Health Service (NHS) […]

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Telehealth Lab Services? Doctor On Demand to Add

Imagine, if you’re a health care provider, being able to order laboratory tests for a patient at the touch of a button. Or, if you’re a patient, imagine being able to receive lab results through the mobile app that you use to connect with your health care provider. For Doctor On Demand patients and providers, […]

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Can an App Help You Quit Smoking?

It seems like apps these days have the power to help us do virtually anything, from hailing a ride to applying for a job to managing our health. Indeed, recent studies have showcased apps’ potential when it comes to health care, including for the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. Now, new research has highlighted […]

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IoT in Acute-Care Settings?

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) has been an increasingly popular topic of discussion in recent years, including in terms of its potential to better connect patients and providers in health care settings. (NOTE: For those still seeking to wrap their heads around the concept, this Forbes article offers one of the better definitions of IoT.) […]

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New Harvard mHealth Partnership Targets Medicaid Patients

In today’s smartphone-obsessed world, could mobile technologies be the key to unlocking better health outcomes for Medicaid patients—including those with costly chronic health conditions? Recent studies have shown the positive impact that mHealth utilization can have on certain patients with or at risk of developing chronic diseases, and now, researchers at Harvard University are partnering […]

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Struggles with State Privacy Laws?

Each of the 50 states has its own unique quirks and traditions, from state flowers and landmarks to truly bizarre state and municipal laws. Also varying significantly from state to state: privacy laws, which can cause headaches for health care organizations and providers operating in multiple jurisdictions—along with their patients. As Fierce Healthcare first reported, […]

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