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7 fitness apps with 16 million or more downloads | mobihealthnews

7 fitness apps with 16 million or more downloads | mobihealthnews | mHealth | Scoop.it

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Bayer HealthCare unveils new startup incubator and Grants4Apps scheme in Germany

Bayer HealthCare unveils new startup incubator and Grants4Apps scheme in Germany | mHealth | Scoop.it
Health industry heavyweight Bayer HealthCare is keen to get closer to startups, with a just-announced incubator and new "Grants4Apps" scheme in Germany.

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Jonathan Gwillim's curator insight, May 9, 2013 9:55 AM

the model for pharma innovation teams to create quick innovation? 

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Is mobile health approaching its iPhone moment?

Is mobile health approaching its iPhone moment? | mHealth | Scoop.it

Mobile technology is experiencing a surge of advances in relation to the medical industry.

 

Technological advances once merely imagined in Sci-Fi flicks (think of Star Trek’s communicator, Bluetooth technologies, and even a quasi version of touch enabled computer screens) are being realized and even superseded thanks to modern innovation.

 

Mobile technology, in particular, is experiencing a surge of advances in relation to the medical industry. Research breakthroughs, advances in supporting technology infrastructure, and even substantial allocations of resources from private investors are realizing far reaching technological dreams, and then some.

 

Several weeks ago, Mike Lazaridis’ Research In Motion’s Blackberry Vice Chairman, (the maker of those once ubiquitous handheld wireless devices), launched a $97 million dollar Quantum Valley Investments fund to support innovation and entrepreneurs focused on creating non-invasive medical diagnostic equipment. The idea is simply to make “Star Trek’s” medical tricorder device for diagnosis a reality.

 

The push to go mobile has been years in the making and has, in many respects, been assisted by underlying communications technology and the utilization of what many in Silicon Valley have termed the social, mobile, web trifecta. Smartphones, applications, and social media have helped to drive mobile advancements in relation to consumer technology adoption, and impactful breakthroughs in medical technologies have been evolving as well.


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Advice for mobile health app startups looking for early patient testers: Just ... - MedCity News

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Positive Social Support at Work Shown to Reduce Risk of Diabetes - Science Daily (press release)

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May 9, 2013 — Cases of type 2 diabetes continue to rise in the US.
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Joslin Diabetes Center CEO Runs Health Care Nonprofit Like a Life Sciences ... - Forbes

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Kids with diabetes should be protected at school - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Kids with diabetes should be protected at school - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | mHealth | Scoop.it
Kids with diabetes should be protected at school Pittsburgh Post Gazette Diabetes must be managed 24 hours a day, both for day-to-day issues (such as measuring blood sugar and eating snacks if needed) and to address emergencies such as hypoglycemia...
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Physicians Should not Wait to Be Reimbursed Before Offering Telehealth

Physicians Should not Wait to Be Reimbursed Before Offering Telehealth | mHealth | Scoop.it
Telehealth is seen as an expedient way to improve access to healthcare through telephone calls to email and video interactions to support health education
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Thoughtful recommendations of health apps

Thoughtful recommendations of health apps | mHealth | Scoop.it
I can envision apps helping patients and families manage a medical care plan.

 

if I were asked “Why should a clinician prescribe an app?” I would answer as follows:

 

Because it’s likely to help the patient reach his or her most important health goals, and is a good fit within an over-arching medical management plan.

 

In other words, if the goal is to provide sensible medical assistance to patients and families, the use of an app should be likely to:

 

Help a patient work towards the most important medical goals.This means clinician and patient should’ve discussed goals overall, and prioritized which issues are most important for the time being. Since I take care of complex older patients, prioritizing issues is really a must, and then we can set certain goals for the issues we’ve decided to focus on.Be likely to provide benefit or otherwise be clinically useful.This doesn’t mean we always need peer-reviewed studies demonstrating that use of this particular app provided a health benefit.

 

But there should be some reason to believe using an app will be clinically useful.This could be because the app facilitates collection of data needed to revise the treatment plan, i.e. documents pain, incontinence, sleep patterns, as-needed medication use, etc.Or it could be that the app digitally guides patients through an intervention previously found to be beneficial, such as a home exercise plan.

 

As with the prescription of a drug, recommending an app should include guidance as to what benefit the patient can expect, as well as a plan for ensuring that the app is delivering benefit as expected.Be a good, feasible fit within an overall management plan.Just as I don’t prescribe a medication in isolation, without considering the patient’s other medical conditions and other prescriptions, I wouldn’t recommend an app in isolation.I find that most patients and families have only so much bandwidth available for daily healthcare management tasks.

 

So in considering an app I’d also try to be mindful of how many other apps have been recommended, and I’d try to work out an overall plan that was going to be manageable for the patient. After all, there is only so much futzingwith devices that one can do in a given day.


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"Because it’s likely to help the patient reach his or her most important health goals, and is a good fit within an over-arching medical management plan."
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mHealth: A Hot Topic Bringing Health Hope to Communities | Zerodivide

mHealth: A Hot Topic Bringing Health Hope to Communities | Zerodivide | mHealth | Scoop.it

mHealth, the use of mobile devices for health services and information, is a hot topic in health care due to mobile technology’s ubiquity and versatility, and its potential to lower costs.

 

Reports out this week show that: 1) 93 percent of physicians think mHealth can improve patient care, and 2) the mHealth industry is forecasted to be worth $26 billion by 2017. As with most stats, both of these numbers must be taken with a grain of salt, but I think the larger message rings true: mHealth is growing quickly and proving its worth to patients and physicians alike.

 

This week, House subcommittees on Communications and Technology, Health and Oversight, and Investigations are holding hearings on health IT, with mHealth being the primary focus. Specifically, the subcommittees will hear testimony on the possible effects of Obamacare’s medical device tax on innovation and profits in the mobile industry.

 

Thomas Martin at mHIMSS blogs about what we are likely to expect from these hearings.

 

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Infographic: Doctors Prescribing More Mobile Health Apps

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According to the most recent industry data available, doctors are beginning to encourage patients to use mobile health apps in numbers that would have been

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“Telehealth:” The Elderly Equivalent to Telework

“Telehealth:” The Elderly Equivalent to Telework | mHealth | Scoop.it
As our aging relatives live longer and with greater illnesses, we often witness their worlds becoming smaller, with a constant focus on the medical aspects of life.

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Kate Lister's curator insight, May 9, 2013 12:51 PM

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Local health departments find Twitter effective in spreading diabetes information - Science Daily (press release)

Local health departments find Twitter effective in spreading diabetes information - Science Daily (press release) | mHealth | Scoop.it
Local health departments find Twitter effective in spreading diabetes information Science Daily (press release) "We focused on diabetes first, both because of increasing diabetes rates," Harris says, "and also because people living with diabetes...
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mHealth Apps: Evidence-Based Analysis at the Point of Care

mHealth Apps: Evidence-Based Analysis at the Point of Care | mHealth | Scoop.it
Healthcare Informatics Magazine | Health IT | Information Technology,Health care information technology & IT strategy news for CIOs, CMIOs & clinical informaticists. Learn about EMR EHR, ARRA HITECH, wireless technologies & meaningful use policy.

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Having a point of care app is crtical to patient/doctor contact. This appears to be a great app

 

  The app automates health risk assessments, and integrates this health risk assessment information with evidence-based clinical analysis at the point of care.  It gives patients measurements of their risks for preventable diseases, recommendations for preventing/managing chronic diseases, and personalized health programs with action plans.  It aims to help providers identify care gaps, and improve patient outreach by automatically tracking and managing a patient’s progress, participation, compliance, and satisfaction.  T

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AMC Health Integrates Five Remote Patient Monitoring Technologies To ... - Healthcare Technology Online (press release)

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