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Alexa, Diabetes Coach? Amazon, Merck Challenge Developers

We’ve probably all seen the ads for Amazon’s Alexa device, or even tested it ourselves, so we know that the tool can be equal parts fun (playing music, telling jokes) and useful (making to-do lists, checking the weather). Now, thanks to a new Amazon-Merck challenge for app developers, Alexa could be playing a new role […]

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Most Health Care Organizations Plan to Invest in Telehealth, mHealth

It’s no secret that patient demand for telehealth and mHealth services has grown in recent years, with some patients even factoring the provision of these services into their choice of health care providers. Health care organizations, it would seem, are taking note. As first reported by mHealth Intelligence, a new American Telemedicine Association (ATA) survey […]

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Can Apps Help Prevent Diabetes?

It’s hard to overestimate the burden that diabetes puts on the American health care system. According to the most recent available data from the American Diabetes Association, annual spending on patients with the disease (and its numerous co-morbid conditions) reaches approximately $245 billion, including a staggering $176 billion in medical costs. Further, it’s been estimated […]

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Do Virtual Visits Save Money? New RAND Study Casts Some Doubt

Is direct-to-consumer telehealth helping expand access to health care—and, is it helping to lower health care costs overall? Answering these questions was part of the focus of a new two-year RAND study of a group of California patients, published in the most recent issue of Health Affairs. The verdict? While the visits themselves were less […]

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Majority of U.S. Smartphone Owners Using Phones to Manage Health

Americans increasingly use their mobile devices for health management, according to a study released last week by Ketchum, a global communications firm. The Ketchum mHealth Monitor maps U.S. consumers’ adoption of wearable technology, apps, and artificial intelligence (A.I.) for personal health and wellness. The firm surveyed 2,000 U.S. smartphone owners in April. Among the findings: […]

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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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How is Telemedicine Transforming Health Care

The improvement of technology is greatly benefiting the telehealth market. Faster internet speeds, changing insurance standards, smartphone advancements, and increased numbers of health care providers using telehealth services, are all working together to change the future of telehealth. Telemedicine services and technologies open the door for higher quality health care in remote locations. Doctors Without […]

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