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Scripps Digital Medicine Director on Studying Mobile Health Technology

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“One of the biggest challenges facing the fast-emerging mobile health (mHealth) technology sector is the medical validation of the vast number of devices and apps now available to consumers.”
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Insights into the online hospital appointment process

Insights into the online hospital appointment process | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
According to a 2012 Google Hospital Study84% of patients use both online and offline sources for health information research before making an appointment.

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5 Ways Digital Health Startups Can Break From the Pack

5 Ways Digital Health Startups Can Break From the Pack | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
It's a good time to be a healthcare startup, as investors are pouring billions into the market. However, it’s a crowded field and to attract funding you have to stand out. Here are five tips to help digital health startups land venture capital.
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Sanofi US survey reveals differences in opinion about diabetes

Sanofi US survey reveals differences in opinion about diabetes | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Michael JohnsenSanofi US announced Wednesday the findings of a new survey that reveals striking differences in opinion among various age groups about diabetes and available treatment options.

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Mobile Apps for Cancer Patients

Mobile Apps for Cancer Patients | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Which apps can be used by chronic cancer patients to help them with their illness and overall health?


There are literally thousands of medical apps in the marketplace and it is very difficult to sift through them and find out which ones are easy to use, practical and helpful.


Joan Justice  did some research, asked some patients, and read a lot of reviews to try and get an idea of which ones were helpful for chronic cancer patients and published this...


It includes some of my recommendations: ClinicalTrialsSeek and Pillboxie along with many others...


read the article here : http://healthworkscollective.com/joan-justice/150181/mobile-apps-chronic-cancer-patients






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mHealth: The Most Underutilized Force in Patient Engagement?

mHealth: The Most Underutilized Force in Patient Engagement? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Is mHealth the most underutilized Force in Patient Engagement? James Dias, CEO at Wellbe shares how we can leverage mhealth to improve healthcare.
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Is your health app tourist or local?

Is your health app tourist or local? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

English is one of the most common second languages in the world, with its estimated one billion speakers equating to 14% of the world's population. However, if you are developing an app and think this means you can avoid having it translated into other languages, you might want to think again.

The reality is that only 6% of people on the planet speak English as their first language, while 22% will own a smartphone by the end of 2014. The ten countries with the highest smartphone sales in 2014 are China, India, the US, Brazil, Indonesia, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Germany, France and the UK. These simple statistics paint a clear picture of the need to localize and translate all apps for the global market.

Take the following scenario: wanting to improve its relationship with the end customer, a pharma company creates two apps. The one for the customer offers online help, easy daily monitoring of a condition and collection of data associated with it. The other app, for sales reps, is designed to help them present information and choices to HCPs. The English-language apps are launched across Europe but, after an initial burst of enthusiasm, there is little interest. Why?

The answer is simple: the apps aren't personal, and that's what mobile health is all about. It's about being accessible to customers at the touch of a button, 24 hours a day, and making their life easier. The key to providing a personal service is being able to communicate with the customer in his native language.

If you are going to be involved in your customer's daily life, you want the product to be easy to use and to fit seamlessly into his or her daily routine. For example, some apps monitor type and intensity of pain in order to give an indication of disease progress. Can you imagine waking up at 3 a.m. in excruciating pain and then trying to navigate through different pain assessments in a foreign language?

Health is a very personal issue and it is crucial that the information patients share with their doctors is accurate. Collecting information with an English-language app but discussing it in Spanish is far from ideal; misusing words with subtle differences in meaning could result in an incorrect or even harmful clinical decision, not to mention poor patient compliance.

If you really want your app to be successful on a global scale, you need to localize it and speak the language of the local market. This is where transcreation comes in – it's what defines you as a “local” rather than as just a “tourist.”

“Transcreation” combines “translation” and “creation” to provide tailored copy for a target market; in contrast with literal translation, transcreation takes into account local culture, tone and vocabulary. In the UK, “sick” means “vomit,” whereas in countries including the US and New Zealand it simply means “unwell.”

In order to create a global app, you need to ensure that the original version has been internationalized, which makes it easy to localize for a given market. Internationalization is a design principle which aims to produce software applications that can readily be adapted to other languages and regions without costly engineering changes. Internationalization has a few key characteristics, including using Unicode to make sure all characters are displayed correctly, options for formatting time and date according to local style and making sure that the correct currencies and measurement units are used.

In terms of translation, internationalization requires an app to be flexible enough to allow for discrepancies in word length, which can differ between languages by as much as 40%. There are also differences in character sizes (e.g., Latin characters require less space than Chinese ones). App creators should also pay close attention to layout, as this will be mirrored when working with languages such as Hebrew and Arabic that read right to left.

Of course, countries that primarily speak a single language still have regional differences, so pharma brands that don't want to seem like a tourist might want to take this into consideration. The British mental image of a vacationing American's “fanny pack” might be just as awkward as an American host's interpretation of a traveling Brit's “bum bag.” App creators should always use translators who are based in the country where the company is launching its app. Language changes quickly and it is vital for transcreation that writers are immersed in their local culture.

Finally, there are an estimated 50.5 million expats in the world, so it is increasingly important to avoid assuming a user's location from his language and vice versa. Expats are a prime example of people whose mother tongue differs from the native language of the country in which they work. An English native speaker in Italy, for example, would probably want an app in English but with Italian localization options.

The more flexible a pharma company is when designing its health app, the more effectively the app will fulfill its huge global potential. The key to success lies in effective internationalization and localization. To deliver a personal app that makes a customer feel connected and supported, transcreation is an essential task.  

Joanna Laurson-Doube, PhD, is group account director at Mother Tongue Life, the medical arm of transcreation agency Mother Tongue Writers


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MyHealthDirect raises $8 million for white-labeled, appointment-booking

MyHealthDirect raises $8 million for white-labeled, appointment-booking | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
MyHealthDirect raises $8 million for white-labeled, appointment-booking http://t.co/O766fkEJnM #mHealth #eHealth
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Health in hand: mobile technology and the future of healthcare

Wi-Fi, smartphones, and all associated phenomena have permeated lives all around the globe. We are just seeing the first generation of humans to grow up wi
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Report maps out 87 healthcare accelerators in the US and how they need to evolve

Report maps out 87 healthcare accelerators in the US and how they need to evolve | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
A report by California Healthcare Foundation maps out healthcare accelerators around the U.S. and highlights ways some healthcare accelerators are evolving.

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Art Jones's curator insight, October 13, 5:53 PM

NYC's Pilot tech sounds interesting in that it is built to foster mashups of technologies among start-ups to provide greater values while shortening cycle time to market.

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Do You Need an mHealth Public Relations Company?

Do You Need an mHealth Public Relations Company? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
You know your market. You’ve built a compelling story, a relevant marketing message about your mHealth product or service. You’ve [...]
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How mHealth and data integration impact patient engagement

How mHealth and data integration impact patient engagement | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Integrating data from mobile health applications and other sources with a patient's electronic health record (EHR) offers more data and greater patient engagement, but industry leaders encourage providers to carefully consider what--and how...
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ePharma Summit: mHealth Explained in Facts

ePharma Summit: mHealth Explained in Facts | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Twenty two facts on #mHealth- http://t.co/3PEfCcTJJw
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How Big Data Is Changing Medicine

How Big Data Is Changing Medicine | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
SOURCE October 3, 2014 Here’s how science usually works: Come up with a question or a hypothesis. Develop an experiment to test it and create data. As any middle school student could tell you, it’s called the scientific method. Now, some researchers and entrepreneurs in the Bay Area say that method is being upended, especially when it comes to medicine. Consider what happened in the pediatric intensive care unit at Stanford’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital a few years ago. In 2011, a young g

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Health Wearables Still In Its Early Days, PwC Reports Reveals

Health Wearables Still In Its Early Days, PwC Reports Reveals | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Health wearables are still in the early stages of technology and product adoption cycles, according to PwC’s Consumer Intelligence Series – The Wearable Future report – an extensive U.S. research project that surveyed 1,000 consumers, wearable technology influencers and business executives, as well as monitored social media chatter, to explore the technology’s impact on society and business. In conjunction with The Wearable Future report, PwC’s Health Research Institute (HRI) also launched a separate report, Health wearables: Early days, further examining consumers’ attitudes and behaviors toward health wearable technology.

According to Greentech CEO Ian Clark, health wearables are “a bit trivial right now.” “I don’t doubt that the wearable piece is going to be a productive business model for people. I just don’t know whether it’s going to bend the curve in terms of health outcomes,” Clark said at the recent Rock Health Innovation Summit.

While fitness bands, smart watches and other wearables are already established in the market, many of them have under-delivered on expectations. Consider that 33 percent of surveyed consumers who purchased a health wearable technology device more than a year ago now say they no longer use the device at all or use it infrequently. Currently, only 1 in 5 American adults owns a wearable device with only 1 in 10 using it on a daily basis.

Key drivers of the low adoption rate include:

- Price

- privacy

- security

- lack of “actionable” and inconsistent information from such devices

In fact, 82 percent of respondents were worried that wearable technology would invade their privacy and 86 percent expressed concern that wearables would make them more vulnerable to security breaches.

In order for health wearables to take advantage of the $2.8 trillion healthcare opportunity, companies must better engage the consumer, turn data into insights and create a simplified user experience to improve consumer health.  Additional key findings and recommendations from HRI’s Health wearables: Early days report include:

- Consumers have not yet embraced wearable health technology in large numbers, but they’re interested. More than 80 percent of consumers said an important benefit of wearable technology is its potential to make health care more convenient. Companies hoping to exploit this nascent interest will have to create affordable products offering greater value for both users and their healthcare partners.

- Consumers do not want to pay much for their wearable devices; they would rather be paid to use them. Companies – especially insurers and healthcare providers – offering incentives for use may gain traction. HRI’s report found that 68 percent of consumers would wear employer-provided wearables streaming anonymous data to an information pool in exchange for break on their insurance premiums. Moreover, consumers are more willing to try wearable technology provided by their primary care doctor’s office than they are from any other brand or category.

- While employers and health company executives expect wearables to provide valuable insights, few consumers are interested in using wearables to share health data with friends and family, and, citing concerns about privacy, consumers trust their personal physicians most with their health data. Therefore, companies should ensure privacy policies are crystal clear. Physicians already have the trust of consumers, and healthcare organizations have expertise in protecting personal health information. Consumers will want to see those high standards applied to health wearables data, especially as they become integrated into electronic medical records.

- Consumers may need a human touch to help them choose a device and its associated apps. An “apps formulary” of apps vetted by medical teams (and available in a virtual apps pharmacy) could help consumers wade through the thousands of health apps and devices.

“For wearables to help shape the New Health Economy, next generation devices will need to be interoperable, integrated, engaging, social and outcomes-driven,” said Vaughn Kauffman, principal, PwC Health Industries. “Wearable data can be used by insurers and employers to better manage health, wellness and healthcare costs, by pharmaceutical and life sciences companies to run more robust clinical trials, and by healthcare providers to capture data to support outcomes-based reimbursement. But it will be critical to address the consumer concerns that we’ve identified, such as cost, privacy, and ease of use.” For more information,

Both reports are available for download at: 


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Daphne Press, RN LNC's curator insight, October 21, 8:40 PM

Coordinating the upcoming ABA Health Law Section FDA Medical Device Fundamentals webinar. So, radar tuned to devices.

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Should we diagnose rare diseases with smartphones?

Should we diagnose rare diseases with smartphones? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
An object in your pocket could help diagnose rare diseases like Ebola, finds David Robson – and one day it might even replace the doctor’s surgery too.
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Medicine 2.0: what researchers are learning about mHealth and gamification - mHealth

Medicine 2.0: what researchers are learning about mHealth and gamification - mHealth | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Medicine 2.0 is a congress that promotes Internet, Social Media and Mobile Apps applied to medicine. Since the first edition in Toronto in 2008,...

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VCs Should Back Gadgets for the Sick, Not the Healthy, Doctors Say

VCs Should Back Gadgets for the Sick, Not the Healthy, Doctors Say | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Rather than chasing the next gadget that could catch on with fitness fanatics and early adopters, investors should turn their focus to more important markets, doctors said at a conference.

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Art Jones's curator insight, October 19, 10:12 AM

"Rather than chasing the next gadget or service that could catch on with fitness fanatics and early adopters, investors should turn their focus to companies serving an exponentially larger group of consumers: the chronically ill, the elderly and people worldwide suffering from more than one health condition."

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Looking to slash Medicaid costs? First, find the patients

Looking to slash Medicaid costs? First, find the patients | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Integral to effective care coordination with Medicaid beneficiaries involves the ability to communicate with sick and chronically ill patients. But it turns out the majority of Medicaid patients can't even be found by states and health plans.

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Stanford launches research center for wearables

Led by the co-founders of Vivametrica, the Stanford Center for Medical Mobile Technology aims to draw meaningful and useful data from consumer-facing wearable devices -- just what the doctor is waiting for.

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SPIMESENSE's curator insight, October 19, 9:09 AM

Excellent move from Stanford!

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The Reason Silicon Valley Hasn't Built a Good Health App

The Reason Silicon Valley Hasn't Built a Good Health App | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Homogenous teams of innovators make products for people just like them. And that's a problem.
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Keith McGuinness's curator insight, October 15, 1:29 PM

Amen!  The analysis remains true 2+ years later.

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Sensors in digital health: what do consumers want and need?

Sharing this nice deck from Maneesh Juneja (@ManeeshJuneja)


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Michael Seres's curator insight, October 14, 11:22 AM

Fascinating insight by @Maneesh Juneja the figures seem to correlate to much of the evidence out there

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Asia-Pacific Mobile Health Market - Segmented by Monitoring and Diagnostic Medical Device and Services (Cardiac Monitors, Diabetes Management devices, Multi Parameter Trackers, Diagnostic Devices),...

Asia-Pacific Mobile Health Market - Segmented by Monitoring and Diagnostic Medical Device and Services (Cardiac Monitors, Diabetes Management devices, Multi Parameter Trackers, Diagnostic Devices),... | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Asia Pacific Mobile Health Market is estimated to be $1.56 billion and is expected to reach $9.53 billion by 2019 with a CAGR of 43.60%.
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Digital Health Companies Rush To Integrate With Apple's HealthKit

Digital Health Companies Rush To Integrate With Apple's HealthKit | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Notwithstanding HealthKit’s aborted launch due to a software bug, digital health companies have jumped at the opportunity to integrate their products with Apple AAPL +0.51%’s HealthKit, a hub of personal health data that consumers can display in Apple’s new Health app in iOS 8. Many are betting that the tech giant has the clout and reach to make Health an indispensable tool for patients looking to engage with their doctors outside the clinic. “It’s going to be the biggest health release ever,” says Daniel Kivatinos, a founder of electronic health record provider drchrono.

It might take some time for doctors still struggling with electronic health records to widely accept the deluge of data HealthKit brings, but many companies don’t want to be caught flat-footed. Soon after Apple announced HealthKit in June, HealthLoop went to work to integrate its software. The start-up allows doctors to check in with their patients between visits, especially post surgery, to follow their progress. Patients who underwent joint replacement, for example, can now opt to share with their doctors who prescribe HealthLoop, the number of steps they took or their temperature from trackers and blue-tooth enabled devices uploaded through HealthKit.  A lack of activity or a spike in fever, can prompt a clinician to intervene. “HealthLoop is able to wrap these streams of biometric data with clinical context,” says Jordan Shlain, founder of HealthLoop and a practicing internist.

The application of biometric data in a defined clinical context, such as hypertension or diabetes, is critical in determining the success of monitoring devices with health care providers, as well as patients who are motivated to engage because of illness. “If data comes in and is not actionable, no one is going to bother,” says Michael Blum, a cardiologist at the University of California, San Francisco, and director of its Center for Digital Health Innovation, which validates tracking devices in a clinical setting.

iHealth Labs, a subsidiary of Chinese medical equipment company Andon Health, which Apple chose as a partner to pilot HealthKit, sells FDA-approved wireless blood pressure and glucose monitors, among other tracking tools. Data from blood pressure cuffs are uploaded onto mobile devices, such as the iPhone and iPad, and are currently used in clinical studies at UCSF, and the VA Medical Center in San Francisco.

iHealth’s chief marketing officer Jim Taschetta says Apple introduced the company to electronic health records vendors Epic Systems and UK-based EMIS Group, as well as Stanford University, and Duke Medicine. To test HealthKit, Duke incorporated readings from iHealth blood pressure monitors into its Epic patient portal. Epic has integrated its MyChart with HealthKit, but it is up to its customers to decide whether they want to enable sharing. Taschetta is encouraged to see a handful of health care leaders adopt HealthKit. “The odds are in our favor to see widespread adoption,” he says.

Other companies tying into HealthKit include electronic health record providers Cerner CERN +0.29%, drchrono, and athenahealth .


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For digital health investors, which segments carry the greatest risk?

For digital health investors, which segments carry the greatest risk? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

What three healthcare investments represent the biggest risk for digital health investors? An AARP report highlights them.


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