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Will Any Health App Ever Really Succeed?

Will Any Health App Ever Really Succeed? | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it

There are wildly successful apps for mapping, sending e-mail, and catapulting birds. Why aren’t there any for health care?

 

Geoffrey Clapp thinks a mobile app can make health care better—so much so, in fact, that his upcoming app is called just that: Better.

 

The app is being tested at the Mayo Clinic, which is an investor in Clapp’s startup, and is slated to launch in October. It aims to let people use a smartphone to reach a doctor, find a diagnosis, or keep track of their medical records. Storing personal medical data and using health-tracking features will be free, but users will be charged monthly fees for instant access to nurses and health coaches.

 

Better, also the name of the company, is among a slew of health and fitness companies concentrating on the mobile Internet market. So far, however, health apps have failed to take off. To the disappointment of “e-health” advocates who hope to see such apps transform the medical landscape, the number of Americans using technology to track their health or fitness didn’t change between 2010 and early 2013, according to data from the Pew Internet & American Life Project.

 
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not until they realise its not about cool apps but good health, and that is a personal behavioral change!

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Ken Nelson's curator insight, September 26, 2013 12:21 PM

What a great idea, not before time something like this could be a life saver,and how many times do you get asked the same questions about your  health & what you are alergy to, would be great to store all this info on your phone securely of course.

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Harnessing Market Forces to Fight Fake Drugs | Innovations for Poverty Action

Harnessing Market Forces to Fight Fake Drugs | Innovations for Poverty Action | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it

"The prevalence of counterfeit drugs is a global public health concern, with evidence from Sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia indicating that 35% of medicines in public and private outlets are fake...high quality products, priced competitively, can drive out bad ones even when quality is not directly observable, but the mechanism appears weaker when consumers are less able to infer quality."


It's hard to believe that this problem has been going on for a while now, and nobody has been able to trace the origin of these drugs other than "from China." It's infuriating.


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... and is this not a drug menace of equal magnitude when compared with narcotics? #mhealth solutions to address this exist - a simple sms can authenticate and save lives.

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PHR technologies emerging from all angles | Medical Practice Insider

PHR technologies emerging from all angles | Medical Practice Insider | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
There’s little questioning the promise of personal health technologies to better engage patients — and in turn improve care for individuals and populations at reduced costs.
“We can’t do any of the triple aim stuff without engaging the patient. We can't move the needle on cost or outcomes unless we get people involved,” Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, a health economist at THINK-Health, said Tuesday at the Government Health IT Conference and Exhibition. “A more engaged patient costs less to the health plan. The more activated, the lower cost.”
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The holy trifecta os better healthcare delivery systems - improved outcomes, reduces costs and engaged patients. Is there any way one can do that without eventual mass adoption of PHRs?

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A Guide to Patient Portals for Medical Practices | Medical Practice Insider

A Guide to Patient Portals for Medical Practices | Medical Practice Insider | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Patient portal technology enables patients to use a web-based connection to communicate with their healthcare provider. Forty percent of U.S. office-based physicians currently have a portal through their electronic health record or practice management system, according to research released by Frost and Sullivan in September 2013.
Although the technology can be utilized in a variety of ways, practices generally set up a portal to give patients the following capabilities:
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The logical and oh so needed bridge between right care through EHRs and patient engagement through PHRs is a patient portal. But does it need to stay in the HCP realm?

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Mobile health apps will reduce burden on hospitals: expert

Mobile health apps will reduce burden on hospitals: expert | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
UAE authorities focus on delivering services through smartphones
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Chronic disease management is not always the reason people are in hospitals, but then every little bit helps.

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Colliers International reveals new report on Dubai¹s Healthcare Industry at Hospital Build & Infrastructure 2014

Colliers International reveals new report on Dubai¹s Healthcare Industry at Hospital Build & Infrastructure 2014 | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Despite the global financial crisis, the Dubai healthcare sector continues to witness rapid growth and continues to attract international healthcare players into the market. Colliers International ...
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Population demands, chronic diseases and mandatory insurance driving growth!

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Microsoft-backed startup ZiDi to tackle maternal, child healthcare

Microsoft-backed startup ZiDi to tackle maternal, child healthcare | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Kenyan mobile health management system startup ZiDi is seeking to tackle the issue of maternal and child healthcare by facilitating the diagnosis and treatment of common diseases.
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mHealth Apps: Say Hello to the Whatsapp Doctor - Dignited

mHealth Apps: Say Hello to the Whatsapp Doctor - Dignited | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
The The Medical Concierge Group has innovated mhealth apps that will see mobile users access medical services through Whatsapp (mHealth Apps: Say Hello to the Whatsapp Doctor
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Can technology improve patient safety?

Can technology improve patient safety? | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
The advantage of technology is that it obeys instructions and behaves consistentlySince 2000, following a report by the chief medical officer, An organisation with memory, a safer NHS has been a key priority.
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Wearable Technology: The Coming Revolution in Healthcare

Wearable Technology: The Coming Revolution in Healthcare | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
The year 2014 may well go down as the year of wearable technology. The impact of wearables is already being felt in education, communication, navigating, and entertainment; but perhaps the greatest potential lies in healthcare. Wearable technology ha...
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The impact is being felt, but the form factors and the power related issues have a way to go. I fee adoption will drive #innovation. #DigitalHealth @hyjiya

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Nike kills FuelBand as ‘wearables’ revolution dies before it begins

Nike kills FuelBand as ‘wearables’ revolution dies before it begins | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Jeff Macke on why the death of the FuelBand might be marking the end of an era
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Speculative and rather provocative I felt. There will always be the "motivated fit" and that segment dynamics will shift and shape!

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The Cure for the Common Corporate Wellness Program

The Cure for the Common Corporate Wellness Program | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
HR departments should ask employees what they want.
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Making sense in the crowded market...

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Health board says more outback patients tapping into telehealth services

Health board says more outback patients tapping into telehealth services | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
A western Queensland health board says there has been a big jump in the number of remote patients accessing specialist health services via telehealth.
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When it is access, no one is complaining. When it is cost, so many arguments. Dont put business in change, when the need is clinical. :-)

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68% of students surveyed do not exercise enough

68% of students surveyed do not exercise enough | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Unicef programme aims to raise awareness on importance of leading a healthy lifestyle
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The UAE sedentary lifestyle issues will need strategic visioning and execution. Dubai must become an walk-friendly city!

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Communication 101: 4 Simple Tips for Caregivers + Health Care Providers

Communication 101: 4 Simple Tips for Caregivers + Health Care Providers | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Effective communication in health care is critical and important. It can make a difference - preventing an emergency room visit or avoiding going to the hospital/
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Ina  world where effective communication of complex calls to action is a lost cause sometimes... 

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Personal health information key to reducing care costs | Government Health IT

Personal health information key to reducing care costs | Government Health IT | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Emerging care and reimbursement models will only go so far in the effort to overhaul American healthcare. Personal health information will be the deciding factor, according to two industry experts. “Providers and patients must continue to partner together to improve the health status and overall population health in the U.S.
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When the patient becomes the co-producer of his own health information we have an opportunity to deliver meaningful healthcare. All investments and strategic initiatives need to recognise and drive this.

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Great employee wellness practices in UAE

Great employee wellness practices in UAE | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Companies are introducing programmes to engage their staff
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Employee morale and productivity are no longer the only drivers for these initiatives. There are big bucks to be saved - payors know that and hence encourage it.

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Payers invest in mHealth: 7 mobile health and wellness apps

Payers invest in mHealth: 7  mobile health and wellness apps | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Payers have a real financial stake in keeping members healthy as the industry shifts from a fee-for-service to outcomes-based reimbursement models. More and more health plans are turning to mobile apps to achieve that goal, by engaging patients in their own care with an eye toward lowering costs and improving health outcomes.
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There is money to be saved and made! and better outcomes to tote!

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Gemalto M2M Solution Enables Next-Generation mHealth

Developed by MedMinder and wirelessly enabled by Gemalto, the advanced mHealth device for convenient patient use tracks medication intake, sends medical alerts, orders refills and improves prescription compliance.
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GPs should be ashamed of patients' waits for appointments

GPs should be ashamed of patients' waits for appointments | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Family doctors whose patients have to wait a week or more should learn from the better-performing practicesDoctors' leaders are always moaning that the profession is overstretched and underpaid, is at the end of its tether, and is about to...
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Healthcare: Why moving beyond EHR is needed?

Healthcare: Why moving beyond EHR is needed? | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Electronic Health Records are critical to succeed in healthcare service, but they are not enough.From a healthcare provider’s perspective, after spending a lot of money and time on EHR, reluctance to evaluate other solutions for population health...
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Profile of a successful mhealth app: Made for iOS, connects to other APIs ... - MedCity News

Profile of a successful mhealth app: Made for iOS, connects to other APIs ... - MedCity News | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
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The Personal Connected Health Alliance Launches with Goal to Improve Health and Wellness through Connected Technologies

eHealthServer.com - the dynamic eHealth project.
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Digital health trudges along!

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Gamification and Corporate Wellness: New Opportunities for HR | Gamifeye

Gamification and Corporate Wellness: New Opportunities for HR | Gamifeye | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Gamification and Corporate Wellness: New Opportunities for HR http://t.co/4QKdsLt5gA

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Local CEOs Offer Their Take on Employee Wellness Programs

Local CEOs Offer Their Take on Employee Wellness Programs | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
While changing people's lifestyles can be difficult, healthy living has value. That was the main message of local CEOs and the Healthy Living Alliance. Audience members were eager to learn what we
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Engagement is the key, and counterintuitive as it may seem in the context - one has to learn how to crawl before we walk and run!

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Parkway Hospitals Offers Telemedicine Service for Overseas Patients

Parkway Hospitals Offers Telemedicine Service for Overseas Patients | mHealth & Digital Health | Scoop.it
Parkway Hospitals with a view to serving Bangladeshi patients in a more efficient way, Parkway Cancer Centre (PCC), the leading cancer centre in Singapore, has introduced telemedicine service in their...
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You have an expatriate population? #Telemedicinise - you can make this a distinct clinical value proposition. Actually improve #health and lower costs. Consider the reality, and the alternative too!

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