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5 Good Health Apps for Your iPad ~ Educational ...

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“5 Good Health Apps for Your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Technology Resources for K-12 Education curated by Anna Hu (5 Good Health Apps for Your iPad ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | @scoopit”
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Is Apple making a push into healthcare with Watch?

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Lloyd Price, the co-founder of Zesty, discusses Apple's vision and how the Apple Watch is of use to GPs and healthcare professionals. (RT @kaigait: Is Apple making a push into healthcare with Watch?
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What Is Patient Engagement: Health IT Leaders Define the Term

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Patient engagement is now synonymous with health IT, yet the topic is proving to be one of healthcare’s stickiest wickets.

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Interesting perspectives, confirming patient engagementis not just a check box, and to say it's synonymous with health IT is to vastly underestimate the challenge at hand.

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Connected Health Devices Used by 27% of US Households, another 13% to Join in Within the Next Year

Connected Health Devices Used by 27% of US Households, another 13% to Join in Within the Next Year | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Based on the research findings by Park Associates, 27% of U.S. broadband households currently own and use at least one connected health device. Park Associates shared the results at the Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, held earlier this month in San Diego. The data is collected via a survey of more than 5000 US broadband households.

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VA: Mobile Is 'Value-Added' To Health Programs

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VA: Mobile Is 'Value-Added' To Health Programs InformationWeek The VA's mobile health programs are built around three categories: connecting veterans to their caregivers, providing patients with the tools to access their medical records and request...
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Millennials Are The Largest Group Of Smartphone Owners, And Adoption Is Still Growing

Millennials Are The Largest Group Of Smartphone Owners, And Adoption Is Still Growing | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Millennials, one of the largest generational groups in the U.S., on par with the Baby Boomers, are also the largest group of smartphone owners, says Nielsen..
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ABI: 100M remote patient monitoring wearables to ship in next 5 years | mobihealthnews

ABI: 100M remote patient monitoring wearables to ship in next 5 years | mobihealthnews | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Over the next five years, ABI Research expects 100 million wearable remote patient monitoring devices to ship.

This growth, ABI said, is in part a result of providers who are more aware of the benefits remote patient monitoring wearable devices can provide to patients outside of the hospital. ABI adds that because of the growing interest in these devices, there’s a bigger opportunity for platforms that collect data from several devices and apps, for example Apple’s HealthKit.

While HealthKit hasn’t officially launched for the public yet, Apple has secured partnerships with many healthcare companies. The company announced its partnership with EHR vendor Epic Systems when it unveiled the product, but since then, there have been rumors that Apple is also in talks with Allscripts, and various providers including Johns Hopkins, Mt. Sinai, and the Cleveland Clinic.

“Data has traditionally resided in silos belonging to specific applications delivered primarily by device vendors themselves,” ABI Research Principal Analyst Jonathan Collins said in a statement. “New cloud platforms capable of collecting data from a range of vendor devices and sharing it securely with a range of related parties including patients, healthcare providers, and payers will drive adoption and bring more connected devices to market.”

In February, ABI reported that health and fitness wearable computing devices will be a main driver of the 90 million wearable devices that are expected to ship in 2014. Shipment estimates for healthcare wearables were approximately 13 million in 2013, but will reach 22 million in 2014, and 34 million in 2015. Health and fitness wearable shipments were 32 million in 2013, but will be 42 million in 2014, and 57 million in 2015.

This year, another research firm, Berg Insight, predicted 19.1 million patients around the world would be using connected home medical monitoring devices by 2018, up from three million in 2013. The firm also said remote patient monitoring revenues reached $5.8 billion (4.3 billion euros) in 2013 and are expected to grow to $26.4 billion (19.4 billion euros) by 2018.

 


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10 Reasons why Aetna CarePass failed | mobihealthnews

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mHealth Tools for Individuals with Chronic Conditions | National Institute of Nursing Research

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“The new initiative aims to stimulate research using mobile health tools to improve patient–provider communication, adherence to treatment, and self-management of chronic conditions in underserved populations.”
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Could an app help you avoid getting sick?

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“If you've ever wished you could have seen that cold or flu coming, there just may be an app for that. (Could an app help you avoid getting sick?”
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Survey: 60 percent of likely wearables adopters want health features | mobihealthnews

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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.
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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.
Conclusions:
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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rob halkes's curator insight, August 29, 10:29 AM

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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Researchers show Google Glass can calculate heart rate and respiratory rate

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Researchers show how Google Glass's built in sensors can be used to calculate heart rate and respiratory rate

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Apple needs healthcare and medical tech companies to help create reasons to wear their devices

Apple needs healthcare and medical tech companies to help create reasons to wear their devices | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Apple is trying create 'an iPod experience' in healthcare driven by its wearables, but Apple's wearables need to do things significant enough to persuade health consumers to carry their products around with them.


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Mobile Phone Program Increases Muscle Strength and Reduces Inflammation in COPD Patients

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A home-based, individualized endurance exercise training program at an intended walking speed controlled by a pre-set tempo of music with the assistance of a

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Will the New Apple Smartwatch Be Your On-Call Medical Advisory Team?

Will the New Apple Smartwatch Be Your On-Call Medical Advisory Team? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

The potential of the Apple Smartwatch is huge, from interacting with additional devices within the home to the vast amount of patient data that can be instantly accessed in case of emergencies. Perhaps the even bigger potential is that Apple can revolutionize the Healthcare Industry the same way it did to the music industry.


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First Wearable Device for Seniors Keeps Tabs on Their Health

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A new device called Tempo keeps tabs on how seniors are doing and sends alerts to caregivers when something might be wrong.

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Un super projet, pour améliorer la qualité de vie des séniors et de leur famille 

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PicSafe Medi App - Secure Mobile Medical Imaging


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"PicSafe Medi is a mobile photography app and system designed to help healthcare professionals fully comply with electronic health record and patient privacy legislation. "

Further information on https://picsafe.com/medi

Available for Apple and Android devices

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Self-monitoring helps hypertensive patients to drop BP rates

Self-monitoring helps hypertensive patients to drop BP rates | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
“Self-monitoring by patients with hypertension led to a drop in blood-pressure levels over the course of a year, according to research published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”
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Connecting with mHealth apps

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Remote monitoring with mHealth can reduce healthcare costs

“Recent studies (1) have concluded that remote health monitoring (RHM) has the potential to systematically reduce the growing cost burden of chronic diseases such as diabetes.”
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Apple’s HealthKit to Revolutionize Mobile Health Market, Say Analysts

Apple’s HealthKit to Revolutionize Mobile Health Market, Say Analysts | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
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.