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Walgreens, Microsoft Announce mHealth, Telehealth Partnership

January 15, 2019 - Microsoft is teaming up with Walgreens to create a connected health platform that includes telehealth stations, digital health tools and a “seamless ecosystem” that connects the consumer to providers, payers and others in the healthcare landscape. “Improving health outcomes while lowering the cost of care is a complex challenge that requires broad collaboration and...


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New Blue Button 2.0 Bill Seeks to Put mHealth in the Spotlight

by Eric Wicklund

Congress is looking to compel the federal government to expand the mHealth platform through which consumers on Medicare and Medicaid can access and use their personal health data. U.S. Reps. Susan Brooks (R-Ind.) and Yvette Clark...

Feds, Philips Warn of Security Flaw in HealthSuite mHealth App

by Eric Wicklund

Philips and the Department of Homeland Security are issuing warnings about weak security features on an mHealth app that could make it susceptible to hacking. The company and DHS Industrial Control Systems' Cyber Emergency Response...

Proposed mHealth App Could Detect Anemia From a Smartphone Photo

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers in Atlanta are working on an mHealth app that could detect anemia simply by looking at a smartphone user’s fingernails. The digital health application could eventually replace invasive blood draws and improve outcomes...

Xcertia Posts mHealth App Privacy, Security Guidelines for Review

by Eric Wicklund

Xcertia has released a new draft of proposed privacy and security guidelines for mHealth apps. The non-profit organization launched in 2016 by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society, American Medical Association,...

Nemours Improves Care Management, Coordination With New mHealth Apps

by Eric Wicklund

The Nemours Children’s Health System has added mHealth to its cardiac care program, giving providers, patients and parents a connected health platform to improve care management and coordination outside the hospital. The...

mHealth Provider Uses Apple Health Records to Support House Calls

by Eric Wicklund

A new mHealth service is taking advantage of Apple’s Health Records platform. Heal, the Los Angeles-based developer of a connected care platform for house calls, announced today that its OnCall iPad app will integrate with...

UK Schools to Test mHealth App for Mental Health Conversations

by Eric Wicklund

Hundreds of teachers in the UK will soon be testing an mHealth app designed to guide them in talking to students about mental health issues. Developed by the University of London’s Royal Holloway branch, MindAid is billed as a...

Cerner, Duke Develop mHealth App for Clinical Decision Support

by Eric Wicklund

Cerner and the Duke Clinical Research Institute have developed an mHealth app that enables clinicians to gauge whether their patients are at an increased risk of heart attack or stroke. The ASCVD Risk Calculator app, available in the...

Geisinger mHealth Apps Target Care Coordination, Medication Adherence

by Eric Wicklund

The Geisinger Health System has developed two mHealth apps designed to tap into EHR data to improve care management and medication adherence. Working with Merck, the Pennsylvania-based health system has unveiled the My Family Caregiver...

Do Consumers Favor Ease of Use Over Accuracy in mHealth Apps?

by Eric Wicklund

An mHealth app that pledged to easily measure one’s systolic blood pressure scored high marks with users even though the readings were inaccurate, leading researchers to question whether users value convenience over...

Xcertia Bolsters Leadership as mHealth App Standards Await Guidance

by Eric Wicklund

A collaboration formed by the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society and the American Medical Association to lobby for mHealth app standards is beefing up its leadership. Xcertia, which launched in December 2016 to...

How mHealth Apps Empower Clinicians to Improve Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

mHealth apps that offer clinical decision support are fast becoming a vital part of the clinician’s toolkit – not only because they can improve patient diagnoses, but also because they make life a lot easier for...

California Medical Board Creates a Mobile App for Doctor Discipline

by Eric Wicklund

California residents can now use an mHealth app to find out if their doctors have been disciplined – or if they’ve moved. Touting itself as “the first American board in the nation to utilize such technology to notify...

Many mHealth Apps for Mental Health Aren’t Offering Sound Advice

by Eric Wicklund

New research suggests that mHealth apps designed to address mental health issues may be doing more harm than good. In a study of some 60 popular consumer-facing mobile health apps available in the US, Canada, UK and Australia, Researchers...

Cleveland Clinic Offers Patients Mobile Health Data Access

by Jessica Kent

Cleveland Clinic will offer patients mobile access to their personal health data through Health Records on iPhone, as well as through the MyChart application. Both Health Records and MyChart offer patients a complete view of their health...

New NIH App is an mHealth Resource on Herbs, Herbal Supplements

by Eric Wicklund

The National Institutes of Health has unveiled an mHealth app offering information and resources on herbs and herbal supplements. HerbList, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store, aims to get in front of the growing...

An mHealth App Helps Injured Vets Connect With Healthcare Resources

by Eric Wicklund

Injured veterans will soon have access to an mHealth app that connects them and their caregivers to healthcare and rehab services. The Oscar Mike Foundation, a non-profit focused on keeping injured veterans active and healthy, is...

AHRQ Finds Few Reliable mHealth Apps for Diabetes Care Management

by Eric Wicklund

A new report says most mHealth apps for diabetes care management haven’t been proven clinically effective – and that consumers are “experimenting on themselves” when they use these digital health tools. Funded by...

Mayo Clinic Uses An mHealth App to Identify Epileptic Seizures

by Eric Wicklund

Researchers at the Mayor Clinic are reporting success with an mHealth app that can diagnose epilepsy. The EpiFinder app reportedly correctly identified epilepsy or offered an accurate alternative diagnosis in almost 87 percent of the...

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