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Top mHealth apps as rated by doctors

Top mHealth apps as rated by doctors | Consumer eHealth and Telehealth | Scoop.it
HealthTap published a survey of the top physician-rated apps for both iOS and Android, and breaks it down into 30 separate categories.

 

HealthTap founder and CEO Ron Gutman said the company's goal is to give clinicians and consumers a guide to choosing apps that have been approved by doctors, rather than resorting to the user ratings found in app stores (HealthTap's AppRx app, by the way, has a healthy 4.72 star rating in the Apple App Store, he said). The apps are judged on three standards – ease of use, effectiveness and medical accuracy, validity and soundness. They're not given a number rating, but are ranked solely based on how many doctors would recommend them.

 

Top 10 Health and Medical Apps for Android

1. Weight Watchers Mobile (Weight Watchers International)

2. White Noise Lite (TMSoft)

3. Lose It! (FitNow)

4. First Aid (American Red Cross)

5. RunKeeper – GPS Track Run Walk (FitnessKeeper)

6. Emergency First Aid/Treatment (Phoneflips)

7. Instant Heart Rate (Azumio)

8. Fooducate – Healthy Food Diet (Fooducate)

9. Glucose Buddy – Diabetes Log (Azumio)

10. Pocket First Aid & CPR (Jive Media)

 

Top Health and Medical Apps for iOS

1. Calorie Counter and Diet Tracker (MyFitnessPal.com)

2. Weight Watchers Mobile (Weight Watchers International)

3. Lose It! (FitNow)

4. White Noise Lite (TMSoft)

5. First Aid (American Red Cross)

6. Runkeeper (FitnessKeeper)

7. Stroke Riskometer (Autel)

8. Emergency First Aid & Treatment Guide (Phoneflips)

9. Instant Heart Rate (Azumio)

10. Fooducate (Foducate)

   more at http://www.mhealthnews.com/news/top-mhealth-apps-rated-doctors?single-page=true 
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Most Patients Willing To Have Online Video Doctor Visits, Survey Finds

Most Patients Willing To Have Online Video Doctor Visits, Survey Finds | Consumer eHealth and Telehealth | Scoop.it

A majority of U.S. residents are willing to use an online video for a physician visit, according to a Harris Poll survey, MobiHealthNewsreports.

The survey, which was commissioned by telehealth company American Well, collected responses from 2,019 U.S. adults ages 18 and older in December 2014.

Survey Findings

Overall, the survey found about 64% respondents were willing see a doctor via an online video consult.

Of those, 61% listed convenience as a factor.

The survey found respondents' willingness to switch to an online physician visit varied by age and the number of years they had seen their doctors (Pai, MobiHealthNews, 1/21). The survey showed:

6% of respondents who had seen their physician for at least 10 years said they would switch;8% of respondents who had seen their physician for five to nine years said they would switch;10% of respondents who had seen their physician for two to four years said they would switch;7% of respondents who had seen their physician for less than one year said they would switch (Harris Poll survey, December 2014);11% of patients ages 18 to 34 said they would switch;8% of patients ages 35 to 44 said would switch (MobiHealthNews, 1/21);5% of patient ages 45 to 54 and 55 to 64 said they would switch; and4% of patients age 65 and older said they would switch (Harris Poll survey, December 2014).

However, about 88% of respondents said they would like to select the physician for a video visit rather than be randomly assigned one


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Rebecca Burge Cooper's curator insight, January 23, 2015 6:31 PM
I wonder how this will work for Behavioral Health.
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14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed

14 Google Tools You Didn't Know Existed | Consumer eHealth and Telehealth | Scoop.it
From the Ngram Viewer to Google Dart, check out some of these lesser-known Google applications.

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Danielle M. Villegas's curator insight, March 26, 2014 8:51 AM

This article from Mashable is a little older, but it's still helpful. There are at least two tools listed that I could find useful with my own activities that I didn't know existed. Check it out! 
--techcommgeekmom 

Catherinebdl's curator insight, April 2, 2014 7:09 AM

Google applications that can be useful. Check it out!

 

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Five Ways of Achieving Patient Engagement: Part 2: WITH Technology

Five Ways of Achieving Patient Engagement:  Part 2: WITH Technology | Consumer eHealth and Telehealth | Scoop.it

In this post we discuss how technology can promote patient engagement.  This technology might be in the form of a health/medical app, a patient portal, information derived and transmitted via a sensor, or other type of digital health technology.

 

1.    Technology is always to be utilized as an adjunct tool, not the sole solution.  

 

2.    It must be used with consideration of health literacy, ethnicity, and language.  

 

3.  It must include the caregiver. 

 

4.    It must be connected.  

 

5.  It must be endorsed, not despised by healthcare providers.  


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Tracking Health Indicators: The Role of mHealth Technologies in Improving Outcomes

Tracking Health Indicators: The Role of mHealth Technologies in Improving Outcomes | Consumer eHealth and Telehealth | Scoop.it
By tracking health indicators such as blood pressure, heart rate, daily weights and blood sugars (among others) patients can see the impact of interventions such as diet, exercise and drug therapy. Seeing results in real time can be very motivating.

 

Smartphones, tablets such as the iPad and other mobile technologies are becoming commonplace in the US today.  These devices are nimble, efficient and able to process large amounts of data while conveniently sized.  In a recent survey in 2012, it was found that nearly 95% of all Americans have mobile phones and 60% have smartphone devices.  The numbers are a bit higher in the younger age groups but the devices are prevalent even in the over 65 set.  Tablet computer sales are expected to overtake laptops in 2013–one estimate predicts that 240 million tablets and 204 million laptops will be purchased this year.  With technology at everyone’s fingertips, it is not surprising that more and more patients are using technology to track their medical conditions.

 


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Social Media and Patient Advocacy

These are the slides from my talk at the 4th Annual Putting Patients First Conference in Mumbai.

 

If god were to manifest the world using technology, he would first create something like social media. Conceptually provide technology with the ability to understand the thoughts of a population


SocMed leaves behind the old model of 1-to-1 communication – “talking to someone over the phone”  Enables one-to-many communication (via blogs or microblogging) or many-to-many communication (discussion forums, social walls). Now anyone can setup an online community site/portal to represent a small or big offline community.

 

Further, anyone can setup an online site related to a treatment, a disease, a doctor, a drug , a concept or anything and see it grow into a popular site which in effect is simply the manifestation of a community which exists/ed but which no one ever knew of.


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Marie Ennis-O'Connor's curator insight, November 17, 2013 7:09 PM

Thanks so much for sharing your slides - i am looking forward to reading them. 

PatientView's curator insight, November 28, 2013 8:19 AM

We have figures on the scale of soical media intreaction by patient advocates. In countries where the impact of the finanical crisis is at its worst, patient advocates have turned to social media to interact with one another and raise awareness  of the predicaments of their country's healthcare system to place pressure on government when undertaking reforms. 

Plaza Dental Group's curator insight, January 29, 2014 8:53 AM

Great info! I think SocMed  will boost the thought of population and will effect change in local communities. 

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Four types of anxiety and their cures

Four types of anxiety and their cures | Consumer eHealth and Telehealth | Scoop.it

I returned home to New York this week, after reporting trips to London and Paris, to find the city in a mild panic about…. Ebola. Now, Ebola is one of those things that really are worth having a panic about - a horrible and highly infectious fatal disease of mysterious vectors. On the list of things to worry about, this is real - unlike whether Chelsea's Diego Costa was fit enough to play Manchester United (another item on my worry list).


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Apple unwraps 'Healthkit' to propel mobile-health ambitions

Apple unwraps 'Healthkit' to propel mobile-health ambitions | Consumer eHealth and Telehealth | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - Apple Inc took the wraps off a mobile application that can collect and analyze users' health data, part of a suite of new features outlined for its computing and mobile software, at its annual developers' conference on Monday.

Called "Healthkit," it will pull together data such as blood pressure and weight, collected by a growing plethora of healthcare apps on the iPhone or iPad, Apple executives told developers.

The company will work in tandem with Nike Inc, a major player in fitness tracking, and the Mayo Clinic on the new feature, which will be included with the latest versions of Apple's mobile software.

"That information lives in silos," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering. "You can't get a single comprehensive picture."

Apple, which will discuss new software features with the thousands of developers gathered in San Francisco this week, did not elaborate on Healthkit's features and capabilities.

The news follows arch-rival Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's announcement last week of a mobile health-data store called SAMI (Samsung Architecture Multimodal Interactions).

It is unclear how Apple will promote Healthkit. Samsung plans to market SAMI by hosting a developer challenge and setting aside a $50 million fund for early-stage digital health entrepreneurs.

 

COURTSHIP

Monday's event in downtown San Francisco, an annual pilgrimage of sorts for the large and growing Apple developer community, was short of major surprises.

Apple has one of the most dedicated software communities in the tech industry, with more than 9 million registered developers. Every year, the iPhone maker and rival Google Inc, whose Android mobile devices comprise an estimated four-fifths of all smartphones sold globally, show the latest software enhancements to thousands of prospective developers.

Chief Executive Tim Cook, opening Apple's conference on Monday, said the iPhone maker has sold more than 800 million mobile devices. Some 130 million customers bought their first Apple mobile device in the past 12 months, he added.

Apple described how its latest "Yosemite" Mac software, which comes on the heels of its well-reviewed "Mavericks" release, will come with a new Internet storage application, and allow users to pick up calls and see text messages relayed to iPhones.

Computer users would also be able to call up maps, search for information or look up documents by typing directly onto their home screens


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Five Ways of Achieving Patient Engagement: Part 2: WITH Technology

Five Ways of Achieving Patient Engagement:  Part 2: WITH Technology | Consumer eHealth and Telehealth | Scoop.it

In this post we discuss how technology can promote patient engagement.  This technology might be in the form of a health/medical app, a patient portal, information derived and transmitted via a sensor, or other type of digital health technology.

 

1.    Technology is always to be utilized as an adjunct tool, not the sole solution.  

 

2.    It must be used with consideration of health literacy, ethnicity, and language.  

 

3.  It must include the caregiver. 

 

4.    It must be connected.  

 

5.  It must be endorsed, not despised by healthcare providers.  


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Loneliness 'major health issue'

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Loneliness is a public health problem which should be tackled - and it doesn't just affect the elderly in society, say experts at an international conference.

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Putting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcare - EU News

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EU NewsPutting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcareEU NewsTonio Borg, Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy, said: "eHealth solutions can deliver high quality, patient-centric, healthcare to our citizens.
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