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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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Texting With Patients? AMA Weighs In

Everyone, it seems, texts these days—in fact, 81 percent of Americans, according to a Pew Research Center study, do so on a regular basis. What’s more, people are doing more than just exchanging greetings via text, with many doing everything from sending and receiving money to refilling prescriptions through SMS. Given this nationwide fondness for […]

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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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In 2016, Significant Growth in Remote Monitoring Usage–Again

Now might be a good time to invest in some mHealth stock. For yet another year in a row, the use of remote monitoring and connected medical devices has skyrocketed, with the market in the midst of what researchers term “a growth phase fueled by rising market acceptance in several key verticals.” As first reported […]

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CMS’ New Second in Command: A Health IT Expert?

As health care consultant Seema Verma awaits final Senate confirmation in her bid to become director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), and amid continued questions about what “repeal and replace” will mean for health IT, President Trump has reportedly selected a second in command for the agency. Washington-based attorney Demetrios Kouzoukas, […]

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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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Proposed Budget Mean and Health IT? Likely Cuts Raise Concerns

President Donald Trump’s first budget proposal, some initial details of which were released this week, has raised quite a few eyebrows. This is largely due to its suggested $54 billion increase in defense spending, to be offset by cuts to funding for non-defense programs at various federal agencies–what one administration official termed “lower priority programs […]

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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’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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