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Wearables, Other mHealth Devices Empowering Users

iPhones: They’re not just for texting. This probably isn’t news to you. But as more and more people have begun using smartphones, studies have found that more than half of the phones’ owners are now using them to gather health-related information, often from wearable wellness devices like the Fitbit, or from other, more specialized devices. […]

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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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FDA Establishes New Digital Health Unit

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is making a new commitment to digital health. As Health Data Management and others first reported, the agency has established a new digital health unit, to be located within its existing Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH). Said Dr. Bakul Patel, who serves as the CDRH associate director, […]

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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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Apple in Fast Health Company

In a recent profile piece of Apple’s CEO Tim Cook, he discussed the importance of diving deeper into the health care market. “We’ve gotten into the health arena and we started looking at wellness, that took us to pulling a string to thinking about research, pulling that string a little further took us to some […]

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Apple’s Patent-Pending Invention Highlights Work on Telehealth

Apple has applied for a patent that signals its intention to move into the telemedicine sphere, according to Patently Apple. The invention, described in a patent application published in July by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, consists of methods for facilitating the communication of health information between patient and physician via portable electronic devices, […]

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FDA Sets It’s Sights on Silicon Valley’s Digital Health Boom

As the digital health market continues to grow rapidly, it is expected that regulatory scrutiny from the Food and Drug Association (FDA) and the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) would continue to increase in innovation centers across the US, specifically Silicon Valley. “When the process is managed right, we know that the government can be […]

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How BYOD Strategies Will Affect the Future of Mobile Health

Mobile devices and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) strategies are seen as methods to improve communication between patients and physicians while also reducing health care costs and enabling better health information access. Many hospitals and clinics are requiring physicians to use mobile technology such as a tablet or smart phone to decrease costs. But are […]

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Telemedicine Boost Patient Engagement

A HealthMine Survey of 500 consumers who use mobile/Internet-connect health applications discovered 39% are not aware of telemedicine. Only one-third of the respondents to the survey identified their health plan offers telehealth as an option. Many healthcare organizations are developing Apple and other technology to increase patient engagement via convenient physician access outside of offices […]

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Telehealth Study — Reduce Emergency Room Visits — Preserve Quality of Care

A newly released study conducted by the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in Rochester, NY indicates that older individuals are likely to embrace telehealth. The research, begun in 2010, involved more than 1,500 older people including residents of independent and assisted living facilities, and evaluated over 500 telemedicine encounters. Results indicate that telemedicine eliminated […]

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