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Paging Doctor Siri: A Hands-Free Way to Ask All Your Medical Questions

Paging Doctor Siri: A Hands-Free Way to Ask All Your Medical Questions | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
A new app called TalkToDocs answers your medical questions without making you lift a finger.

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This is a cool little app (paid for with a cost of ($0.99) which allows users to ask medical questions aloud just as on siri. The app is called TalkToDocs and the answers are from a database of 50,000 doctors.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:10 PM

It is called "TalkToDocs" and is available for $0.99 on iOS and Android. Can't go wrong for 99 cents, can we?

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Paging Doctor Siri: A Hands-Free Way to Ask All Your Medical Questions

Paging Doctor Siri: A Hands-Free Way to Ask All Your Medical Questions | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
A new app called TalkToDocs answers your medical questions without making you lift a finger.

Via Alex Butler
RUDER FINN's insight:

This is a cool little app (paid for with a cost of ($0.99) which allows users to ask medical questions aloud just as on siri. The app is called TalkToDocs and the answers are from a database of 50,000 doctors.

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Steve Kingsley's curator insight, November 7, 2013 8:10 PM

It is called "TalkToDocs" and is available for $0.99 on iOS and Android. Can't go wrong for 99 cents, can we?

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VIDEO: The potential of mHealth for pharma - PMLiVE

VIDEO: The potential of mHealth for pharma - PMLiVE | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
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Alexandra von Plato, global creative officer, Digitas Health, expresses her thoughts on mobile communications in pharma and healthcare. 

 

In answer to the question "How can mobile health benefit the healthcare industry", Alexandra explains "The opportunity around mobile is really an opportunity for us to engage with our customers on a much more meaningful, much more personal way than we've ever had before"

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Samsung Targets Market for Electronic Health Records

Samsung Targets Market for Electronic Health Records | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
Olympic Medical Center is intent on moving forward with electronic health records.
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Samsung has announced this week how the company is working with hospitals to improve operational efficiencies and reduce costs by introducing innovative technology. Smart display monitors that don’t require traditional hardware or mouse interaction have been installed in hospitals, which allow electronic health records to be stored on the cloud. Doctors have found that this new technology has reduced the time spent completing charts by approximately half an hour a day.

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Fitbit's Flex health tracker is company's first foray into wrist-worn devices, boasts real-time syncing

Fitbit's Flex health tracker is company's first foray into wrist-worn devices, boasts real-time syncing | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
Fitbit on Monday released its Flex fitness tracker, a wristband device that combines technology from the company's other offerings with Bluetooth 4.0 to create a product meant to be worn 24 hours a day.
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On Monday Fitbit announced its latest fitness tracker - the Flex.  The new wrist-worn device, which looks a lot like the Nike+ Fuel Band and Jawbone UP, also offers real-time synching.  At Ruder Finn we're all using the Fitbit Ultra but perhaps we'll be upgraded soon!

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Phone app provides gripping upgrade to teenager’s bionic hand | The Times

A technology company has become the first to provide a teenager in Britain with a bionic hand controlled using an iPhone app
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Control your bionic hand via an iPhone app.  Yep, you read that correctly.  Scottish tech firm, Touch Bionics, has labelled its pioneering work as its smartest piece of technology yet.  

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Blood-test device 'goes under skin'

Blood-test device 'goes under skin' | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
Scientists say they have developed a tiny blood-testing device that sits under the skin and gives instant results via a mobile phone.
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A blood testing mHealth device has been developed that sits under the skin, delivering instant results via a mobile phone.  This latest piece of mHealth technology has been developed by a Swiss team and can simultaneously check for up to five different substances in the blood.

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Samsung Galaxy S 4 Is Your Personal Fitness Tracker

Samsung Galaxy S 4 Is Your Personal Fitness Tracker | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
The Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone will track your fitness and monitor your health.
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March 13

The new flagship phone  has a built-in pedometer and an app called S Health, as well as built-in sensors designed to measure the temperature and humidity of your location, which is then sent to the S Health app. 


"The combination of sensors built within the device systematically and automatically monitors your health, surroundings and so much more to help improve your quality of life," says Samsung.

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mHealth App Services Market May Reach $26 Billion by 2017 | Mobile Marketing Watch

mHealth App Services Market May Reach $26 Billion by 2017 | Mobile Marketing Watch | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
According to projections made in the new Global Mobile Health Market Report 2013-2017 by research2guidance, the market for mHealth services has now entered
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A new report from research2guidance suggests that the mHealth market has entered the commercialisation phase.  With continued development over the coming years, it is expected that the mHealth market will reach an impressive $26 billion globally by 2017.

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Fitness And Health Tracker Fitbit Is Raising $30M At A $300M-Plus Valuation | TechCrunch

Fitness And Health Tracker Fitbit Is Raising $30M At A $300M-Plus Valuation | TechCrunch | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
Fitness technology and hardware startup Fitbit is raising north of $30 million in growth capital at a $300 million-plus valuation, according to multiple sources.
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Fitbit, that little piece of tech just dying to make you healthier and fitter, is raising around $30m in growth capital at a $300m+ valuation.  The innovative piece of technology is just one of many that promises to monitor activity and encourage healthier living.

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Smartphone app tests users' urine

Smartphone app tests users' urine | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
A mobile app that can analyse urine for 25 medical conditions has been launched at the TED conference in Los Angeles.
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Yep, that's right.  Some clever guy has developed a smartphone app that uses the phone's camera to analyse urine - checking for a range of medical conditions.  

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South Africa leads in mHealth

South Africa leads in mHealth | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
South Africa is leading the way in mobile health or mHealth - the practice of medicine and public health with the use of mobile devices - and has a track record that shows the development of several successful mHealth initiatives.
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Africa carries more than 24% of the global burden of disease but has an average of only two doctors per 10 000 people. South Africa represents the ideal platform for the evolution of mHealth services as it has a brilliant telecoms infrastructure and is home to several entrepreneurial NGOs currently investing in mobile technologies.

 

A mobile and web-based health communication system, FolUp, has reached South Africa. The app connects physicians to patients for free and creates a platform for them to collaborate more on their health, symptoms and treatments.

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Mobile Technology Restrengthens The Health Industry

Mobile Technology Restrengthens The Health Industry | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
Placed in the middle of a mobile revolution, healthcare is witnessing radical growth in diagnostics, treatment, and more
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Mobile health is booming and will continue to leap forward in 2013.  Five ways mobile will transform healthcare:

-  Opportunities for professionals 

-  Access to care in rural areas

-  Improved patient engagement

-  Logistics

-  Finance

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Mechael: mHealth will not replace the doctor | mHIMSS

Mechael: mHealth will not replace the doctor | mHIMSS | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
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Jan 2013

 

One of the prevailing myths about mHealth is that it doctors aren't adopting it because they fear it will replace them.

The doctor role will not disappear but rather it’ll change fro the better as mHealth technology will enable them to deal more with acute cases than with the routine types.

Furthermore, devices will be used for preventive work and diagnostics, but clinicians are still needed to translate the data recorded on those devices and to make clinical decisions for their patients.  

In addition, patients will have a more targeted interaction with the health system where and when it's needed. Hence, doctors shouldn’t fear loosing they jobs as face-to-face interaction will always be required in more severe cases.

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mHealth to see big growth, barriers | Healthcare IT News

mHealth to see big growth, barriers | Healthcare IT News | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
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The just announced Research and Markets mHealth trends report shows the industry poised for a CAGR of 61 percent by 2017, to reach a value of $26bn.  

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This Is What 'Instagram for Doctors' Looks Like

This Is What 'Instagram for Doctors' Looks Like | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
No more waiting around to publish an interesting finding in a medical journal
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The Acquisition of BodyMedia and the Future of Exercise Tech

The Acquisition of BodyMedia and the Future of Exercise Tech | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
Jawbone expanding even further into the industry of exercise tech just shows that getting healthy is becoming even easier, and anyone who can use a smartphone will have to tools they need to take control of their health.
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Tech company Jawbone has this year been snapping up exercise tech firms - indeed just recently it acquired BodyMedia.  But what does this all mean for Jawbone?  Essentially, the forward thinking company is collecting the various pieces it needs to ensure that it is ready to lead the way into the future of exercise technology - an area touted for remarkable growth in the coming years.

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Roundup: how can IT be most helpful in health and social care?

Roundup: how can IT be most helpful in health and social care? | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
Our latest livechat discussed how managers can implement technology to maximise scarce resources
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The Guardian's Public service reform hub gathered a number of people for a livechat about how IT can be most helpful in health and social care.  With a variety of individuals involved, there are a number of interesting perspectives around areas such as Big Data and the quantified self.

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Wristband Keeps Track of How Well Doctors Wash Their Hands

Wristband Keeps Track of How Well Doctors Wash Their Hands | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
A new wristband developed by startup IntelligentM monitors the wearer's hand washing habits.
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28/03/13 Doctors, nurses and technicians can spread germs during routine contact or invasive procedures. While the most adequate form of prevention is hand washing, it can be difficult to monitor.

One wristband, developed by startup IntelligentM, may solve the problem by keeping tabs on your doctor's hygiene habits. 

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Turn Heads at the Gym With This Color-Changing Workout Shirt

Turn Heads at the Gym With This Color-Changing Workout Shirt | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
If you're looking for visual feedback at the gym, a new color-changing workout shirt actively responds based on your body heat.
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f you'd rather not always have your smartphone by your side at the gym, a new workout shirt gives you visual feedback — colorfully.

Like other athletic apparel, the Radiate shirt keeps you dry with moisture-wicking features. But where it stands apart is the shirt's ability to change color according to your body heat. Starting with MRI technology, West Chester, Pa.-based Radiate Athletics integrated the body's blood flow and metabolism with advanced thermal imaging to create this responsive shirt.

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Google shows off hacked speaking shoe at SXSW, promises it's not getting into the footwear business

Google shows off hacked speaking shoe at SXSW, promises it's not getting into the footwear business | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
All the hype of Google's presence at this year's SXSW has, not surprisingly, largely revolved around the company's Glass project, but much to our
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Google hacked some pretty fly kicks!  Why?  Well, why not is probably the answer.  But imagine a pair of shoes that congratulated you for doing exercise or even for just getting off the couch.  Such futuristic footwear is certainly something to keep an eye on.

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New £100 GPS-tracker mobile phone is built to help elderly

New £100 GPS-tracker mobile phone is built to help elderly | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
O2's new £99 handset can detect whether its owner has had a fall, and alert families or doctors.
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O2 has firmly entered the mHealth space with the launch of its new GPS-tracker mobile handset.  The new piece of kit can, for example, detect whether the user has fallen and potentially alert family members or the medical services.

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New IT system to help NHS go mobile | Latest Industry News | News | Features, Press and Policy | BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

27/02/2013
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Advanced Community, a new digital healthcare platform, is being used by the Kent Community NHS Trust to integrate services and operations, as well as support mobile working.

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Mhealth tablets are a considerable focus for Microsoft - QR Code Press

Mhealth tablets are a considerable focus for Microsoft - QR Code Press | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
This market will be a primary area for the company’s Surface offerings as it takes its first steps there. The major tablet device and software manufacturers are beginning to discover that there is
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Microsoft’s Surface and Surface Pro join Kindle Fire and the iPad in the mHealth space.Tablets not only assist ER doctors right on the front line, but they also assist in monitoring post operative patients while they remain in their homes.

 

To date, both Surface and Surface Pro have received both good and not-so-good reviews from consumers, however, Microsoft is counting on its newly reworked Windows 8 operating system to enhance the user experience.

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Medicine for the Rich Is About to Get Cheap Enough for Regular People | Wired Business | Wired.com

Medicine for the Rich Is About to Get Cheap Enough for Regular People | Wired Business | Wired.com | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
It’s a pattern we keep seeing repeated across the tech landscape in PCs, displays and cell phones. Hardware prices drop to commodity levels, and the action and the value all migrates to software.
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Really interesting piece in Wired on personalised genome mapping (sort of what Steve D was talking about earlier).

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Telefonica Digital enters m-health market with Axismed

Telefonica Digital enters m-health market with Axismed | INSIDE mHEALTH by Ruder Finn | Scoop.it
Secures controlling stake in Brazilian care provider.
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Telefonica Digital has acquired a major stake in Axismed, a Brazil-based chronic care management company.  This is significant move for Telefonica as it enters the mhealth market - an area it clearly regards as important for innovation and development.

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