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Wearable Computing Devices will exceed 485 Million Annual Shipments by 2018

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Wearable computing devices are projected to explode in popularity over the next year and with a wave of new gadgets set to hit the consumer market, could soon become the norm for most people within five years. ABI Research forecasts the wearable computing device market will grow to 485 million annual device shipments by 2018.

 

Currently, sports and activity trackers account for the largest chunk of wearable technologies shipped today. Smart activity trackers are widely available, and the device’s trendy and stylish appearance makes them very popular with a broad range of customers. It is estimated 61% of the wearable technologies market is attributed to sport/activity trackers in 2013.


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Olivier Janin's curator insight, June 16, 2013 2:20 AM

In addition, last year's ABI Research projections were that by 2017, 170M wearable wireless devices will be health and fitness related.

http://mobihealthnews.com/16415/by-2017-170m-wearable-wireless-health-and-fitness-devices/

 

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Apple’s HealthKit to Revolutionize Mobile Health Market, Say Analysts

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Linda Tian, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says: “GlobalData believes that Apple’s strategy to unite medical applications, electronic health records and peripheral devices through a platform, reported to be the HealthKit, will be a ...
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How technology can help tackle the rising cost of healthcare in Asia Pacific

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Throughout the world, governments are grappling with the growing challenge of providing quality, affordable healthcare. Increasingly, they’re turning to technology for the solution.

In the Asia Pacific region, the challenge is particularly acute. Healthcare costs are rising and putting pressure on many government budgets. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare calculates annual spending on healthcare services now exceeds $A 6,200 per person. Other developed countries in the region are facing similar burgeoning costs.


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How an iPhone app could diagnose jaundice in babies

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How an iPhone app could diagnose jaundice in babies11

Luke Dormehl (6:01 am PDT, Aug 28th)

One day apps like this could be routinely used in hospitals as a way of eliminating certain diseases.

The drive toward mobile health has seen more and more research into the possible medical applications of smartphones. The latest comes from a team of researchers at the University of Washington, who have developed an app capable of diagnosing jaundice in infants simply by taking their picture.

 

If untreated, severe jaundice can cause brain damage along with a potentially fatal condition called kernicterus. Since it is typically diagnosed by a yellowing of the skin, the iPhone app — called Bilicam — asks users to place a color calibration card on the baby’s stomach, which helps the software to work out lighting and flash conditions, then snap a photo, which is uploaded to the cloud for analysis.

Analysis is carried out by an algorithm, which provides results almost instantly — and could well be used in hospitals as a screening tool to determine whether infants need to take any further blood tests.


Currently the app is still in development, with the team planning to test it on 1,000 infants of different ethnicities, before pursuing the all-important FDA approval.

Apple believes its current push into mobile health, with devices like the eagerly-anticipated iWatch, is a “moral obligation.”


Read more at http://www.cultofmac.com/293066/iphone-app-diagnose-jaundice-babies/#fA0KJAe2UvL4BQpr.99


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Une équipe de chercheurs de l'université de Washington ont développé une application capable de diagnostiquer la jaunisse  à des enfants en bas âge simplement en les prenant en photo.

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Gartner puts mobile health monitoring in the “trough of disillusionment” - mobihealthnews

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mobihealthnews Gartner puts mobile health monitoring in the “trough of disillusionment” mobihealthnews Gartner Hype Cycle As it does every year, analyst firm Gartner updated its famous Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies this summer and, according...
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Seniors And The Internet Of Things: Empowerment And Security

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I was quoted extensively in a Sunday Boston Globe feature on the IoT. It was in a special section aimed at seniors, and I’d been really passionate with the reporter about the IoT’s potential to transform seniors’ lives through new products such as bedroom slippers with sensors that can detect minute variations in a senior’s gait and alert a caregiver by app in time to avoid a fall, or a gorgeous necklace that can detect the onset of congestive heart failure). However, the article just ended up as a general introduction to the IoT.

Too bad.

While I was doing the interview, it dawned on me that this might really be a wonderful niche in the Internet of Things.  You see, I spend part of my time caring for two seniors who have faced serious health challenges, and it has really opened my eyes to the potential benefits of ambitious IoT programs for seniors.

We don’t have any time to lose: I’ve heard that a third of all doctors in the US will retire in the next decade, while they and about 10,000 others will turn 65 each day. There is simply no way that we can sustain this loss of medical professionals just when they are needed more than ever without fundamental change in the health care system!

To me, what the IoT represents is an opportunity for a fundamental change in the doctor-patient relationship, with empowered patients becoming full partners in their care through self-monitoring.

It will end the historic pattern, driven by necessity, of placing most emphasis on encounters in the doctor’s office, where the patient is forced to recall his or her symptoms, perhaps from several weeks ago, with no objective way of measuring them (not to mention factors such as “white-coat hypertension,” that may be induced by the very setting of the encounter. My blood pressure always goes up in my doctor’s office because she’s on the third floor, and I go up the stairs quickly rather than taking the elevator). Instead, the patient will generate a constant stream of data, and, over time, we will evolve efficient ways of reporting the spikes in readings to the doctor in a way that might actually trigger preventive care to avoid an incident, or at least provide an objective means of judging its severity to improve the quality of care.

Let’s also not forget about the benefits to seniors living alone and their families living miles away, of smart home devices.

I’m going to make this a major focus of my future IoT work, in large part because my personal experience working with seniors’ health needs has sensitized me to the wide range of issues that successful IoT solutions for senior must address:

Ease of use: Especially for those who aren’t comfortable with technology or who face issues such as diminished vision or arthritisNonstigmatizing: Hey, grey hair is enough of an identifier: seniors don’t need other things that would further identify and isolate themPrivacy and security: Seniors are already targets of enough scams and efforts to exploit them: they don’t need to become even more vulnerable, especially regarding something as critical as their healthAffordability: Especially with devices that they might be expected to pay for entirely or in part. That can be difficult on a fixed incomeCan they encourage mutual support?: I’ve seen first-hand how mutual support from an exercise group can encourage frail elders to keep exercising. Done right, I suspect apps that let you voluntarily share data might be very effective motivators.Fostering independence: Smart home apps that might help seniors manage household functions easily, as well as ones that could be monitored remotely by their adult children, might increase the chance they could stay in their homes independently for longer, an important factor in both reducing hospitalization costs and fostering self-worth.

What other factors do you think might be relevant to creating effective IoT devices for seniors?  Let me know.

The other day I had an e-mail exchange with one of my fav IoT pioneers, Dulcie Madden of Rest Devices, maker of the PEEKO “onesie” for babies, which (among other things) can reduce the possibility of SIDS among babies. Years ago, I was a day-care teacher, and now that I help care for seniors, I’ve noticed how similar they needs can be. IMHO, infant care and senior care are two of the most promising areas for life-improving IoT solutions. For both social and economic reasons, they should be a priority.

Let’s go!

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FDA meeting confirms Amazon definitely has something digital health-related up its sleeve

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Amazon held a meeting with FDA officials, presumably to discuss some kind of digital health project. Perhaps a health data platform or a smartwatch?

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2018: 75 million wireless-connected health and fitness devices predicted to ship

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Aetna to Phase Out CarePass Health, Wellness Platform

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High Consumer Preference to Use Mobile Phones f...

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There is a high rate of acceptability to health information received through mobile phones in the rural India, according to a new study published in PLOS One.
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The Data Scientist on a Quest to Turn Computers Into Doctors

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Some of the world’s most brilliant minds are working as data scientists at places like Google, Facebook, and Twitter—analyzing the enormous troves of online information generated by these tech giants—and for hacker and entrepreneur Jeremy Howard, that’s a bit depressing. Howard, a data scientist himself, spent a few years as the president of the Kaggle,…

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The App Will See You Now Smartphones as Diagnostic Devices

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The market for healthrelated smartphone applications apps is rapidly expanding, with an estimated 100,000 healthrelated apps currently available on app marketplaces.
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Venture capitalists continue pouring money into digital health

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Wall Street may or may not be going through its long-awaited correction these days, but regardless, it still seems to have a hearty appetite for digital health initial public offerings. That appetite is provoking venture capitalists to fund ever-more startups. Through June of this year, $2.3 billion has been sunk into digital health offerings compared with $2 billion in all of 2013, reports digital healthcare accelerator Rock Health.
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Google Glass App Connects Patients With Specialists Quickly

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Navigating the healthcare system as a patient can be a real pain in the aspirin. You've got your annual checkups, and if anything looks fishy, bring on the wild goose chase of specialist visits. If you've ever been referred to a specialist, you've likely experienced weeks of waiting to get into his or her office, and then sat dumbfounded when you went through roughly the same procedure as you had with the first doctor, all to find out, "You're all good."

Remedy, a Google Glass application that connects physicians and specialists, is helping solve appointment overload by getting patients in front of the right specialists quickly and digitally.


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Mobile Applications for Diabetes Self-Management: Status and Potential

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Journal of Diabetes Science and Technology, Vol. 7, Issue 1 Jan. 2013.

El-Gayar, Timsina and Nawar.

 

ABSTRACT

Background:
Advancements in smartphone technology coupled with the proliferation of data connectivity has resulted in increased interest and unprecedented growth in mobile applications for diabetes self-management. The objective of this article is to determine, in a systematic review, whether diabetes applications have been helping patients with type 1 or type 2 diabetes self-manage their condition and to identify issues necessary for large-scale adoption of such interventions.
Methods:
The review covers commercial applications available on the Apple App Store (as a representative of commercially available applications) and articles published in relevant databases covering a period fromJanuary 1995 to August 2012. The review included all applications supporting any diabetes self-management task where the patient is the primary actor.
Results:
Available applications support self-management tasks such as physical exercise, insulin dosage or medication, blood glucose testing, and diet. Other support tasks considered include decision support, notification/alert, tagging of input data, and integration with social media. The review points to the potential for mobile applications to have a positive impact on diabetes self-management. Analysis indicates that application usage is associated with improved attitudes favorable to diabetes self-management. Limitations of the applications include lack of personalized feedback; usability issues, particularly the ease of data entry; and integration with patients and electronic health records.
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Research into the adoption and use of user-centered and sociotechnical design principles is needed to improve usability, perceived usefulness, and, ultimately, adoption of the technology. Proliferation and efficacy of interventions involving mobile applications will benefit from a holistic approach that takes into account patients’ expectations and providers’ needs.


J Diabetes Sci Technol 2013;7(1):247–262    


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There is good perspective to mobile health (ehealth) applications to self management in diabetes. However, as this research review suggests: we need to know more about use and socio technological influences. As I repeat myself: ehealth mhealth is NOT about technology: it is about implementation. Let's go for that!

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How An App Helped Me (And 20,000 Other Women) Get Pregnant

How An App Helped Me (And 20,000 Other Women) Get Pregnant | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Last summer I sat in the bathroom of an Irish pub, trying desperately to solve a math equation. I had abandoned my friends at the bar, where I'd been pretending to drink an IPA, to tend to this pressing arithmetic in private. If I solved correctly for 'x,' the answer would provide me with some crucial information—whether or not my pregnancy was going well.

Earlier, a key number in this formula had been left on my voicemail by a nurse at my doctor's office: The level of my human chorionic gonadotropin (or hCG), a hormone the body starts making a few days after conception. The hCG number was supposed to be doubling roughly every 72 hours since then, according to a website I'd somehow Googled myself to—after I'd looked up what the heck this hCG thing was.

But I was missing one bit of information. "What we need to know," the nurse had said, "is when you got pregnant." Although I had a few rough estimates, based on, you know, having sex, I really had no idea. With my doctor's office now closed, it was up to me to master the sperm-egg algebra in this sticky, wood-paneled stall. I plugged in a few different potential dates, feeling for the first time in my life like my body was a foreign mass I happened to wear around me like a vintage sundress.

As I crunched the data, I started to see that even with the most generous calculations, my hCG wasn't behaving the way it was supposed to. There, with a faux-vintage Guinness mirror over my head, I realized that my pregnancy probably wasn't either.


I'd always known I wanted to have a family, yet I never experienced those maternal urges that everyone swore I'd start to feel as my biological clock ticked past 30. When my husband and I got married, that seemed as good a reason as any to get started. But I was still in no rush. During the winter I turned 35, I stopped taking my birth control pills. By summer, I was pregnant.

Or was I? The restroom math I hoped I had calculated incorrectly was confirmed a few weeks later at the doctor's office, as she peered inside my uterus with an ultrasound wand. Even with my shameful ambiguity factored in around when I'd actually conceived, she should have seen a viable embryo, a tiny heartbeat flashing like an LED bike light. Instead, there was only a hollow ring. She shook her head. "No, I'm sorry."

She left me in the room to change, the image of my empty womb still on the screen. I slowly reached over for my clothes, completely blindsided. The pregnancy that I'd casually and somewhat ambivalently stumbled into had been snatched away from me by a grainy image on a black-and-white monitor.

And suddenly, all I wanted in the world was to be pregnant again.


Since nobody ever talks about miscarriages, I can't really say that there are a few things I wish someone had told me about miscarriages. But here are three things I figured out about miscarriages after I had one. I'll call them two truths and a lie.

First truth: Miscarriages are far more common than you might think. If you asked three women of childbearing age that you know, chances are at least one will have lost a pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists believes that up to one in five pregnancies will end in miscarriage. Many miscarriages are early, though, so sometimes women don't know they actually had one, attributing it to a late period.

Second truth: Most women will get pregnant again without any problems—miscarriage is not always a sign that something's wrong with you. Many miscarriages are the result of a random genetic abnormality that's determined at conception. Or as I like to think about it, a "bad egg" (or sperm!). As your body ages, you'll statistically have more bad eggs. That's why as you get older, your chance of miscarriage goes up.

And here's the lie: The miscarriage itself isn't the worst part. It's the days or weeks or months or years after it's all over, as you impatiently wait for the hormones to slowly evacuate your body, searching "miscarriage" on your phone in bed with the brightness level cranked way down so you don't wake up your husband, holding your hands over your abdomen as you sob quietly in the dark, wondering if you'll ever get pregnant again.

It was during one of those 2:00 a.m. Googling sessions that I stumbled upon a story about Glow, an app that was helping women concieve. I'd seen plenty of those those cycle-monitoring sites: cursive logos, a URL with "fertility" or "ova" inevitably embedded in it, lots and lots of pink. They worked by helping you track certain subtle hints associated with ovulation, like a basal body temperature increase and a change in your cervical mucus. I thought back to the first time I tried to get pregnant, when I jotted down fragments of data every few days (okay, whenever I remembered) on the paper chart that came with my Target thermometer. This seemed like even more work I wouldn't do.

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Glow was designed to stand apart from its wide range of competitors with clean graphics and colors other than pink (thank goodness)

But there was something about this one that made me keep clicking. First, it was good-looking: It was almost like it was designed to match the new look of iOS 7. It also talked to me like an adult. Instead of cheesy euphemisms and abbreviations for periods and intercourse, the information was presented in normal, grown-up language. But here was the real clincher for me: The app was blue and purple, not pink.

Plus, it had something called Glow First, a kind of crowdfunding savings plan for couples having trouble conceiving. We could choose to pay $50 per month which would go into a fertility fund. After 10 months, most of the couples would get pregnant, statistically, and those who didn't would get to split the rest of the money for fertility treatments.

I downloaded Glow.


In over two decades of seeing reproductive health practitioners, not a single doctor had ever suggested that I track my cycle. When I had started to entertain the idea of getting pregnant, I asked one of my doctors for tips on what I should do, and she looked at me rather oddly and offered this sage advice: "Just have sex."

But as I would come to find, it's not actually that easy. The fertility window is already pretty narrow, and as you get older you're honestly only looking at a day or two when you can actually get pregnant. When you're 35, you don't have time to be casual about it. I realized that I had spent far too much of my life clueless about the happenings in my pelvic region. I wanted all the information laid out cleanly for me. Very quickly, and with lovely graphics that didn't offend my discerning taste, Glow managed to illustrate everything I didn't know.

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The daily log tracks fertility cues as well as health information. The app actually made gathering information about cervical mucus (CM) pretty fun (well, as fun as it could be)

Using the app was enjoyable. I'd tap in my temperature and other fertility cues during my morning Instagram-feed viewing. Later, I'd fill in basic health information about my day—exercise, alcohol consumption, energy—while riding the bus. (Now the app syncs with fitness trackers to import all that data as well.) When I didn't log information, the app would ping me. But I didn't need the reminders very often. I became diligent about tracking. My husband was able to download the app, too, and have access to all my information. Dare I say, it was almost fun.

Right away I started to see patterns which surprised me. It turns out that even though I have a pretty average 29-day cycle, I ovulate really late, usually on day 17 or 18. Which means if I was going by the "typical" day 14 ovulation most women experience, I would have been missing my fertile window completely. In fact, this is one of the biggest insights Glow has gleaned from their users, says Jennifer Tye, Glow's head of marketing and partnerships: 50 percent of women are incorrectly estimating their cycle by up to four days.

I was intrigued why Glow would know something so specific about its users until I learned more about the company's roots: Glow was actually started by PayPal founder and Yelp chairman Max Levchin, who had identified fertility issues as a problem in need of a tech solution. "We're a data company at heart, but we're taking these capabilities from data science and machine learning and applying them to the very real world issue of reproductive health," says Tye.

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An infographic prepared by Glow showing where 20,000 of their users have conceived and how up to half of their users were incorrectly estimating their cycle length

The data-driven perspective also informs Glow's educational focus and the way it talks to its users. "Educating women before conception is something we feel very passionately about, and that includes both physical and mental health," says Tye. "We're able to to flag potential risks or concerns and we approach it with very personal perspective. If you start to look things up on the internet you can end up reading a lot of scary stuff, so the goal is to give you insights that are specific to what's going on with you." The personalized information is what helped the app immediately feel relevant and useful to me: I got daily links to studies about fertility over 35 or getting pregnant after a loss.

Some women do need medical intervention to get pregnant. But Glow can help diagnose some of those problems, says Tye. Certain fertility issues, like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), have symptoms like extra-long cycles which Glow's algorithm will isolate. A woman experiencing this might get a message telling her to ask her doctor about PCOS. Glow can then train the app to ask better questions related to symptoms that might be red flags.

The detailed information Glow is collecting can reveal very nuanced insights, like how often couples in their 20s are having sex during their fertile window or how long it takes for the average 35-year-old woman to get pregnant. In fact, Glow is presenting details culled from their first year of data collection at the American Society of Reproductive Medicine later this year. While they don't release figures for how many women have downloaded their app, Glow does have one number they're proud to promote: In less than a year, Tye says Glow has helped 20,000 women get pregnant. There's even a name for these successes: "Glow babies."


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Veteran Affairs to reimburse for certain clinical activity trackers | mobihealthnews

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Call For Special Sessions

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mHealth devices hold promise but aren't perfect, reveals study

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WebMD acquires patient simulation company, reports on mobile growth

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Announces Collaboration with TracFone For A New Mobile Health Management Solution

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Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is partnering with TracFone, a telecommunication company, to provide a new mobile health management solution for high-risk and underserved population. This service would be provided through insurers and other providers. The company revealed this in a press release on its website recently.


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Apple, Google Are Jumping Into Health Care. Is Amazon Next?

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Apple's iPhone 6 is just weeks from release and will kick off Apple's new health care strategy. Google's working on its own plan to chase the health care market too. The two companies' moves have gotten plenty of buzz. (The power of the iPhone alone guarantees that Apple's strategy will be closely [...]

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Apple Hints At A Push Into Healthcare — Let's All Hope That Happens

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Tim Cook and Apple want to work with hospitals for its fledgling health platform.
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Home is Where the Medical Monitoring Happens

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This week, as mHealth + Telehealth World 2014 takes Boston by storm, no shortage of industry data and projections pertinent to healthcare are being reported,
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This App Lets You Ask a Doctor Any Question in Real-Time via Smartphone

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Wearable Tech Can Extend Clinical Analytics - InformationWeek

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Wearable health devices and apps could help fill the gaps in electronic health records, if we can get past the challenges.
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