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Withings Unveils a Slick Fitness Tracker Disguised as an Analog Watch | Design | WIRED

Withings Unveils a Slick Fitness Tracker Disguised as an Analog Watch | Design | WIRED | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Up until now, the marketplace for wrist wearables has been largely comprised of sporty-looking bracelets with a silicone finish. But today Withings, a French product company and early player in the connected health space, is releasing a fitness tracker worth coveting. It’s at once a sartorial throwback, and a step forward for wearables.
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The Force is no longer with us: Fitbit stops sales, issues recall over health tracker complaints

The Force is no longer with us: Fitbit stops sales, issues recall over health tracker complaints | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Fitbit's Force, a health-tracking wristband that's truly difficult to talk about without the occasional Star Wars pun, is being taken off the market. Following complaints about skin irritation from...
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Apple Patents Headphones With Integrated Activity, Health And Fitness Tracking | TechCrunch

Apple Patents Headphones With Integrated Activity, Health And Fitness Tracking | TechCrunch | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Apple has been granted a patent by the USPTO today (via AppleInsider) that could fit in with its apparent plans to get into health and fitness tracking in a..
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This Fitness Tracker Puts Everything Else To Shame

This Fitness Tracker Puts Everything Else To Shame | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Finally a quantifiedself device for fitness that doesn't require you to do anything manually.
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Use of social media ‘humanises’ doctors #hcsm

Use of social media ‘humanises’ doctors #hcsm | Health Technology News | Scoop.it

Engagement with social media on health issues “humanises” doctors in the eyes of patients, a consultant rheumatologist told delegates at the ICGP Winter Meeting.

 

Galway-based Dr Ronan Kavanagh, who addressed members through a pre-recorded interview that is available on YouTube, said his engagement with social media sites like Twitter “allows me to present a more human side of myself to patients”.

 

Dr Kavanagh writes regular blog posts that help patients “decipher topical medical news” and his Facebook page allows for a certain discussion with the patient population. “I’m happy to answer generic questions, as opposed to questions specific to their healthcare,” he said.

Social media also facilitated him in connecting with the international rheumatology community.

 

Dr Kavanagh acknowledged many doctors were not interested in social media but emphasised that it was a very powerful tool.

 

“You need to be at least aware that it is going on. If you are sceptical and there is a GP practice down the road offering a social media service to patients, just see what happens,” he said.

 

In response, one GP at the workshop, expressed a view shared by many, that GPs were “overwhelmed” and engaging with social media seemed like more work. “My concern is this is another addition to my overwhelmed life,” he said.

 

Medical columnist Dr Liam Farrell, who hosted the workshop with ICGP Network of Establishing GPs (NEGs) Director Dr Peter Sloane, said that although social media “sounds like a lot of work”, it could reduce workloads if used “astutely”.

 

The Facebook page of the Haxby Group, a provider of GP services in the UK, was shown to delegates. The page — as opposed to profile — updated patients on surgery times, commencement of seasonal flu vaccines, professional achievements of staff, and national and international media news. Patients who ‘liked’ the page would receive latest news into the feed on their own Facebook profile pages.

 

None of the GPs attending the meeting raised their hand when asked if they had a practice Facebook page, which is free to set up, whereas several had paid-for practice websites.

 

Read more at: http://www.imt.ie/news/latest-news/2013/12/use-of-social-media-humanises-doctors.html


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Wrangling Data From a Huge Variety of Fitness Gadgets

Wrangling Data From a Huge Variety of Fitness Gadgets | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Measuring and tracking your body’s functions and activities has never been easier — but what to do with all that data?
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Medical Start-up Invited Millions Of Patients To Write Reviews They May Not Realize Are Public. Some Are Explicit.

Medical Start-up Invited Millions Of Patients To Write Reviews They May Not Realize Are Public. Some Are Explicit. | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
This Silicon Valley darling has attracted $134 million in venture capital, but it has a potentially large privacy problem.
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Not good. Not good at all.

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An App That Saved 10,000 Lives

An App That Saved 10,000 Lives | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Start-ups are increasingly looking to the principles of behavioral psychology to encourage behaviors and return visits. And those principles have helped HealthTap increase the number of users and doctors on the site.
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Doctors crave "something simple after days full of appointments — they simply wanted to be thanked." ← This tracks closely with what I learned about customers in the loyalty program space.

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Social+Capital Partnership puts $5M behind sensor clip and app for asthma inhalers

Social+Capital Partnership puts $5M behind sensor clip and app for asthma inhalers | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
A sensor attachment for asthma inhalers and a mobile app that tracks its use has garnered a $5 million investment from the Social+Capital Partnership.
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Missed this one back in April...

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Two Finnish startups say smartphones are the best fitness-tracking devices

Two Finnish startups say smartphones are the best fitness-tracking devices | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
While Fitbit, Nike+ Fuelband, and Jawbone Up continue to capture most of the attention in the fitness-tracking market, two Finnish startups think fitness apps are better suited to smartphones, beca...
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10 Steps To Prepare Your Mobile Health App for Monetization

10 Steps To Prepare Your Mobile Health App for Monetization | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
So you released a mobile health app, now what? While waiting for your creation to do its thing and fix health care, there are some steps to increase your success.
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NerdWallet enters the health space with new hospital-comparison tool

NerdWallet enters the health space with new hospital-comparison tool | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
The latest startup to bring much-needed transparency to health care costs? NerdWallet, a company that is best-known for its credit card comparison service.
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Meet Stat, The Startup That Wants To Be Uber For Medical Transport | TechCrunch

Meet Stat, The Startup That Wants To Be Uber For Medical Transport | TechCrunch | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
I'm getting sick of all the "[new startup name] is the [more prominent startup name] of [random industry]" descriptions that people like to throw around these days, but it's hard to avoid that with a new startup called Stat.
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Niche-y, but interesting.

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Wellpoint CEO: Technology, smartphones will shape healthcare's future

Wellpoint CEO: Technology, smartphones will shape healthcare's future | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Many people hold the future of healthcare in their hands--or in their pockets. Smartphone technology, social media and data mining will drive change and shift the future of healthcare, said Wellpoint, Inc.
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5 fitness apps that actually get results

5 fitness apps that actually get results | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Looking for a new way to reach your fitness goals? Now's the time to check out some of the hottest fitness apps as 2014 gets underway.
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iWatch + iOS 8: Apple sets out to redefine mobile health, fitness tracking

iWatch + iOS 8: Apple sets out to redefine mobile health, fitness tracking | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Apple has its sights set on another industry ripe for reinvention: the mobile healthcare and fitness world. Apple currently plans to release a new version of the iPhone operating system this year w...
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Smaller Than Your Phone, This Device Could Keep You Healthy

Smaller Than Your Phone, This Device Could Keep You Healthy | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Meet TellSpec, the Indiegogo project that could change the way you eat.
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WebMD Acquires Health Tech Startup Avado To Accelerate Patient-Physician Connectivity

WebMD Acquires Health Tech Startup Avado To Accelerate Patient-Physician Connectivity | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
WebMD announced today that it has acquired health tech startup Avado, Inc.developer of cloud-based patient relationship management (PRM) tools.
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Several $20M+ deals send venture investing in digital health soaring in Q3 - MedCity News

Several $20M+ deals send venture investing in digital health soaring in Q3 - MedCity News | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Digital healthcare investing peaked (again) in Q3 2013, with companies raising some $673 million. Evolent, Practice Fusion and Withings led the way.

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7 skills every content strategist must have

7 skills every content strategist must have | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
To do their jobs well, content strategists need to think like authors, publicists, campaign managers, and more.

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Marie Ennis-O'Connor's curator insight, October 4, 2013 10:05 AM

Good tips for healthcare content managers

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Human’s new quantified self app aims at mere mortals

Human’s new quantified self app aims at mere mortals | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Human, an iPhone app that just went live in the iTunes app store today, is an elegantly simple addition to the genre known as “quantified self,” the digital movement that has led us to track, measu...
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Human looks to be a significant new player in the field.

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Telemedicine firm hopes partnership with round-the-world yacht race will propel it into new markets

Telemedicine firm hopes partnership with round-the-world yacht race will propel it into new markets | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
The chief executive of Praxes has turned her initial offshore contract into a growing telemedicine company, one recently chosen to provide remote medical care to sailors taking part in the 2013/14 Clipper Round the World Yacht Race...
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Cool company.

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Change Healthcare nabs $15M to promote health care cost transparency

Change Healthcare nabs $15M to promote health care cost transparency | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Health care transparency startup Change Healthcare raised $15 million to take advantage of the opportunities arising from the Affordable Care Act.
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Bye bye, baby weight: How apps helped me drop 17 pounds in July

Bye bye, baby weight: How apps helped me drop 17 pounds in July | Health Technology News | Scoop.it
Today I went to Bustle-- despite the fact that Bryan Goldberg has told me in no uncertain terms that I'll materially skew the demographics in the "too old" direction if I do. I read an article on o...
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