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FDA’s mHealth Innovation Program Sees Success in its First Year

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A year-old FDA program designed to help innovative mHealth companies speed their potentially life-saving products to market has so far accepted more than half of its applicants. In all, 17 of 29 applications for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s...

New mHealth Partnership Opens a Digital Link to the EHR

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A California-based chain of urgent care clinics is integrating data from a digital stethoscope into its electronic health record, giving clinicians instant access to heart and lung sounds. Direct Urgent Care, serving some 30,000 consumers in...

mHealth Lends an Ear to Speech Recognition Technology

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The longest journey in healthcare may be the distance from the doctor’s mouth to the medical record. And that’s where speech recognition technology may do the most good. It’s an mHealth tool just now coming into its own, says...

mHealth’s Answer to Mobile Security May Be NFMI

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A chip-and-antenna technology that creates a wireless “bubble” around users is being touted as the next big thing in mHealth security. Near Field Magnetic Induction (NMFI) creates a short-range (up to nine feet), low-power magnetic...

mHealth Engagement Issues Still Stand Between Wearables and Healthcare

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A new report finds that healthcare providers are going to have to solve the patient engagement paradox before the wearables market opens up to them. A PwC survey of some 1,000 consumers this past March shows solid support for wearables, with...

ONC Challenge Seeks an mHealth Answer to Care Coordination Woes

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Federal officials are looking for an mHealth platform that will improve care coordination. And they’re willing to pay for it. The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT has launched the Move Health Data Forward Challenge, a three-part...

An mHealth Investment Puts the Focus on Care Coordination for Diabetics

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Humana is planting another flag in the digital care coordination landscape, with an investment in an mHealth company that facilitates self-management and real-time collaboration between consumers and their care providers. The Louisville, Ky.-based...

Ready for ResearchKit? 9 Tips for Starting an mHealth Study

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ResearchKit is all the rage these days, with a new clinical study on the Apple app platform seemingly being introduced every week. But while it may sound easy – pick a clinical condition, set up a questionnaire, send it out to everyone...

mHealth App to Help Eye Doctors in Cataract Surgeries

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IBM and Bausch + Lomb are developing an app that will help eye surgeons collaborate with their patients before cataract surgery. The app, to be developed for the iPhone and iPad, will gather IOL (artificial lens) calculations, corneal topography...

Wearables and the Heart: Using mHealth to Detect Sickness

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A Canadian hospital is testing a medical-grade wearable designed to alert clinicians if an ICU patient is trending toward illness. Rockyview General Hospital, a 650-bed facility in Calgary, is using a monitor developed by California-based Biotricity...

CMS Launches mHealth Platform Competition to Support MIPS

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has challenged healthcare developers to create a mobile health platform that will educate providers on the new Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), according to a notice on the Federal...

Health Systems Make a Game of mHealth to Improve Education

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Health system administrators wanting to make sure their staff and residents are up-to-date on the latest protocols have a new tool at their disposal: The smartphone. They’re using a gaming platform developed by Qstream, a Harvard Medical...

Apple’s CareKit Puts mHealth in Consumers’ Hands

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CareKit – Apple’s open-source, consumer-facing mHealth platform – went live today with four apps. Unlike its predecessor HealthKit, which debuted in 2014, CareKit puts the iOS platform out there on its own (the framework is...

Joint Commission Ends Text Messaging Ban for Clinicians

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Fire up those smartphones - the Joint Commission is ending its five-year-old ban on text messaging. Effective immediately, “licensed independent practitioners or other practitioners in accordance with professional standards of practice,...

Nokia Targets the Smart Home with Withings Acquisition

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Nokia is going all in on the Internet of Things. The once-struggling Finnish cellphone company said it’s targeting mobile health – projected to be the fastest growing healthcare segment through 2020 – in its purchase of Withings,...

Digital Health Innovation Finds a Home at Cedars-Sinai

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A handful of digital health entrepreneurs are getting the opportunity to test their products at Cedars-Sinai, thanks to a new program from an international accelerator. The three-month Techstars Healthcare Accelerator, taking place through June...

6 Guidelines to Creating a Secure Mobile App for Providers

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Healthcare providers are creating – or thinking about creating – internal business apps to help clinicians improve patient care or streamline core processes, but they face challenges with privacy and security. After all, it’s...

Healthcare Providers Give Smartglasses Another Look

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Healthcare hasn’t given up on smartglasses just yet. Today’s announcement that five large health systems have invested in Augmedix puts the high-tech eyewear back in the spotlight, even as the market front-runner – Google, with...

Humana Turns the Apple Watch into a Medication Management Tool

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One of the nation’s largest insurers is allowing members to order prescriptions through their Apple Watch. The Louisville, Ky.-based company last month introduced its second Apple Watch app, enabling users to scan the barcode or photograph...

mHealth’s Benefits Are Coming into Focus for Eye Doctors

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Until recently, mHealth in eye care generally consisted of a doctor driving around in a van, providing eye exams for those not inclined or able to visit the local eye doctor. But the advent of mHealth technology and cloud-based platforms has...

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