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FDA Warns Hospitals of Fire Threat in Mobile Medical Carts

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Federal officials are warning healthcare providers across the country that their mobile medical carts may be a fire hazard. A letter issued on December 27 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says lithium and lead acid batteries used in crash...

FDA Issues Final Guidance on mHealth Device Security

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Federal officials have released final guidance on protecting mHealth devices from hackers, and is calling on the mHealth community to build cybersecurity into their mobile health products. The 30-page document, issued on December 28 by the U.S....

For mHealth Messaging, That Pager Isn’t as Secure As You Might Think

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Smartphones and secure messaging apps may be gaining favor in health systems these days, but many providers still use good old-fashioned pagers for emergency communications. And that may be putting patient privacy at risk. Developed in the 1940s...

mHealth and CES: Shining a Light on Patient Engagement and Digital Health

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With patient engagement still a struggle, healthcare providers are slowly starting to take the consumer seriously in their mHealth strategies. They’re partnering with Fitbit, Garmin, Apple, Nike, Under Armour and other companies in projects...

Fitbit’s Push for Pebble Could Stir Up the mHealth Wearables Market

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Healthcare providers looking for an entry into the wearables market may want to wait a while. New reports today have Fitbit, the biggest and best-positioned developer of consumer-facing fitness bands, offering as much as $40 million for Pebble,...

Healthcare Focuses on the Possibilities of Virtual Reality

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Virtual Reality headsets like Samsung Gear, Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift might seem more suited to the gaming industry, but healthcare providers are finding a use for them as well. VR headsets are popping up in clinical studies across the...

Big Business Survey Suggests mHealth is Motivating Employees

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Large employers may be solving the mHealth engagement puzzle with health plans that include wearables. A two-year study of 14 large employers, covering some 240,000 employees, saw “no measurable decline in engagement for more than nine...

New mHealth Study to Test the Smartphone’s Diagnostic Capabilities

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In what could be a pivotal test of the diagnostic capabilities of a smartphone, three prominent U.S. health systems are ready to conduct clinical trials on an app that analyzes a user’s cough. Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s...

Survey: Doctors Like iPhone 7, But the mHealth Romance May Not Last

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Whether it’s the access to mHealth platforms like CareKit and ResearchKit or a desire to be ahead of the curve, doctors are jumping on the iPhone 7 bandwagon. But that trend may not last. A new survey from Doximity finds that more than...

Is Pharma Ready to Realize the Value of mHealth?

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When Apple launched its ResearchKit platform in 2015, healthcare providers and the pharma industry hailed the mHealth platform as a meaningful step toward better clinical trials. They’re starting to see that pay off. Digital health tools...

Digital Health With A Heart: mHealth Tech Looks to Measure Feelings

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mHealth sensors may soon give whole new meaning to wearing your heart on your sleeve. New technology platforms are moving beyond simple biometric data collection to measure emotions, giving healthcare providers a window into a patient’s...

Cleveland Clinic: mHealth Wearables Aren’t Reliable for Heart Rate

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A Cleveland Clinic study of activity trackers has once again reinforced healthcare’s concern about wearables: They aren’t yet accurate enough for clinical use. A study of four of the most popular fitness trackers found that they are...

Fitbit’s mHealth Quest: Making Doctors Care About Health and Wellness

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Healthcare providers have balked at embracing wearables because they aren’t sure how to integrate the data into the clinical record. Fitbit executives say the time has come to start embracing. The developers of the most widely-adopted fitness...

mHealth Developer Warns Doctors, Patients About Hacking Threat

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In an mHealth industry first, a developer of digital insulin pumps is warning users that one of its devices could be hacked – with possibly fatal results. Officials at Johnson & Johnson are playing down the potential for a hacker to...

mHealth Milestone: FDA OK’s First Artificial Pancreas

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Federal regulators have OK’d an mHealth device that may soon greatly improve how Type 1 diabetics manage their disease. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration this week approved Medtronic’s MiniMid 670G artificial pancreas, which includes...

Aetna, Apple Launch mHealth Partnership

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Aetna is turning to Apple to get its members more interested in mHealth The payer is launching a new initiative to provide Apple Watches – in some instances fully subsidized – to employees and select member populations, beginning...

New Wearables Study Misses the Point on mHealth

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In real estate, timing and location matter. The same can be said for mHealth. A study recently reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association and conducted at the University of Pittsburgh reportedly concluded that wearable monitors...

How BYOD Strategies Will Affect the Future of Mobile Health

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Could BYOD strategies impact the future of the mobile health space? Read on to find out. The healthcare industry is continually looking toward mobile devices and BYOD strategies as a method for improving communication between patients and physicians,...

More Providers, Executives Back Bring Your Own Device Security

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With health IT and mobile security of the utmost importance throughout the healthcare industry, more medical providers including chief information officers at hospitals are starting to focus their efforts on ensuring patient data privacy and...

BYOD Strategies Should Rise with Growing Tablet Sales

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Many companies and organizations around the country are integrating Bring Your Own Device or BYOD strategies due to the cost effectiveness of such opportunities. Employees in a wide variety of fields including the healthcare space are utilizing...

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