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How mHealth tech is changing diabetes treatment

How mHealth tech is changing diabetes treatment | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Today's mobile apps are helping diabetics aggregate blood sugar and nutritional data from multiple platforms and devices and logging data into central portals accessible anywhere, according to Steve Robinson, general manager of the Cloud Platform Services Division for IBM.

The apps and snap-on smartphone monitoring devices are letting physicians integrate biometric data from wearables into patient data and analyze patient data at fast speed, Robinson writes at InformationWeek. The benefits are just as extensive as the functionality being developed, he says

The gains include everything from simplifying records and improving doctor-patient conversations to gaining a holistic view of a diabetic's health. Doctors can "crunch and analyze patient data at rapid speeds to help identify patterns and predict future health and treatment needs," he writes.

"Mobile apps can help diabetes sufferers get ahead of their symptoms and live healthier, more carefree lives," Robinson says. 

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Diabetes tools have ranged from providing smartphone coaching that is helping diabetics living in low to modest socioeconomic communities manage their disease and improving their health, to a wearable, automated bionic pancreas for continuous glucose monitor and a software algorithm, according to a study at the New England Journal of Medicine.

In addition, mobile monitoring of diabetic employees can save more than $3,000 a year in healthcare costs, half of the average annual medical insurance cost for workers diagnosed with diabetes. 

Today's tools and cloud-based capabilities are reducing those costs while also driving innovation for disease management, Robinson says.

"Using cloud services, combined with the ease and convenience of mobile, new methods of managing this disease are being brought to patients around the world," he writes.

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BlackBerry boosts mHealth interoperability with new OS

BlackBerry boosts mHealth interoperability with new OS | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

With the unveiling of a new clinical operating system for medical devices, BlackBerry is once again making a play for mHealth.

 

QNX Software Systems, which was acquired by BlackBerry in 2010, has released a new operating system that's billed as being IEC 62304-compliant. With its sights set on alleviating the regulatory and financial burden for device manufacturers, the operating system supports both single- and multicore devices based on ARMv7 and Intel x86 processors. The OS also features an application programming interface to make it compatible with other QNX operating systems, officials said.

 

"When it comes to medical device software, the OS sets the tone: Unless it provides the architecture to enable reliable operation and a clear audit trail to substantiate claims about its dependability, the entire process of device approval can be put in jeopardy," said Grant Courville, QNX's director of product management, in a July 15 press statement. "By providing an OS that has been independently verified to comply with the IEC 62304 standard, we are helping manufacturers reduce the cost and effort of developing devices that require regulatory approval from agencies such as the FDA, MDD and MHRA."

 

This is far from BlackBerry's first big move into the healthcare space. In April, the telecommunications behemoth lent financial support to cloud-based health IT company NantHealth, a startup spearheaded by billionaire healthcare mogul Patrick Soon-Shiong, MD.

 

 

"We've built supercomputers that can do the genomic analysis in real-time; we've built super computers that can actually take feeds of CT scans from EMRs and feed it directly to mobile devices. All of that, regardless of where it comes from, regardless of the EMR, regardless of the device, whether it be via ventilator, or IV tube, we're agnostic to, and it speaks to this operating system," said Soon-Shiong.

 


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Wello One-Ups The Galaxy S5 With A Slim, Sensor-Laden Health Tracking iPhone Case | TechCrunch

Wello One-Ups The Galaxy S5 With A Slim, Sensor-Laden Health Tracking iPhone Case | TechCrunch | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

The next war among smartphone makers will most likely be around health measurement, and the Wello is an iPhone accessory that recognizes that and wants to capitalize early. It offers iPhone users a heart rate monitor on their device, just like Samsung has built into the Galaxy S5, but it also offers up a lot more besides, including sensors to measure your ECG, blood pressure, blood oxygen, temperature, and more.

It does this using a special chip embedded in the thin case, and two sensors that you touch with your fingers on the back of the case. This provides a “snapshot” of your health at any given time, which offers up the information above, as well as additional information around how stressed you are at any given time. The battery in the case itself is good for two months on a single charge, and the app supports multiple user profiles, so it can work for your whole family

 

Wello sees this as a whole-health solution, which is why it also works with a spirometer attachment that allows you to also measure lung capacity. The spirometer, like the other sensors on the device, are “medical grade” according to the Hamish Patel, CEO of Azoi, the company that built the Wello. It also works with external hardware, plugging into third-party fitness trackers and wireless scales that make their API available to outside devs like Fitbit to track activity as measured and monitored by those accessories.

One of the downsides of the Wello is that it uses a proprietary charging cable, but that was required to get it so slim. It’s not all that much larger than Apple’s own leather slim cases for the iPhone, and it comes in iPhone 4s and iPhone 5/5s variants to start. Since it uses Bluetooth LE, it can technically also connect to Android devices that support that standard, Wello notes, and the company is also in talks with case manufacturers to license use of its chip, as well as exploring options for its own Android case versions, too.

 

The Wello is up for pre-order now for $199 in the U.S. and is expected to ship this fall, though it needs to secure FDA approval first as it is being marketed as a medical device. Of all the health tracking gadgets out there, Wello looks to be the first that offers a more comprehensive look at your internal workings in a package that’s incredibly convenient and portable. If rumors are true and Apple is working on building its own Healthbook personal health tracking app into iOS 8, Wello could be about to become even more relevant, as that software would reportedly work with third-party accessories to populate its stored records about a user’s health and fitness


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Top Physician Information Sources by Mobile Device

Top Physician Information Sources by Mobile Device | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

The infographic above illustrates the top physician information sources by frequency of mobile device usage on smartphones/tablets. 


As physician practices around the country prepare for significant changes in 2014, many are looking to new technologies and information sources to drive efficiencies while ensuring quality of care. Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading provider of information for healthcare professionals, has depicted these trends in their Physician Information Sources infographic. The infographic is based on Wolters Kluwer Health’s 2013 Physician Outlook Survey conducted by Ipsos of more than 300 practicing primary care physicians.

 

source: http://hitconsultant.net/2014/02/20/infographic-top-physician-information-sources-mobile-device/

 


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The infographic above illustrates the top physician information sources by frequency of mobile device usage on smartphones/tablets. 

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5 crowdfunded apps, devices for health tracking | mobihealthnews

5 crowdfunded apps, devices for health tracking | mobihealthnews | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Last month, we compiled a list of 9 companies that had new takes on self-tracking and were crowdfunding on Indiegogo. The list included Push, an armband that tracks force instead of just activity level, Angel, an open source activity tracker that lets the developer decide what the device should do, and TellSpec, a spectrometer-enabled food tracker.

Push passed its goal of $80,000 by $54,000 and Angel passed its goal of $100,000 by over $200,000, but besides Push, Angel and Tellspec, the rest of the companies on the last roundup did not reach their funding goals.

Since then, five other health products have been added to Indiegogo and Kickstarter. Many examples on this list also utilize different methods for health tracking and awareness, like a sensor that tracks sitting time instead of activity time and an algorithm that gets information from texting instead of an app to track nutrition.

ScanZ

ScanZ says it understands its user’s skin, and that it can answer the three questions everyone with a blemish asks. One, ‘when will it go away?’, two, ‘what should I do to make it go away faster’, and three, ‘if the user doesn’t have a pimple, will he or she break out?’ The system uses a device that scans the user’s face and a companion app that answers these questions for the user. Algorithms within the app are based off Mayo Clinic’s algorithms, which, ScanZ says, “mirror a dermatologist’s process of solving skin problems.” Users can track the progress of their blemishes on the app and also be prepared for what may happen in the future.

During the crowdfunding campaign, ScanZ is offering the device for $199, which is $50 off it


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Is technology giving you health problems? | mHealthNews

Is technology giving you health problems? | mHealthNews | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

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Eight ways the Microsoft Kinect will change healthcare | mobihealthnews

Eight ways the Microsoft Kinect will change healthcare | mobihealthnews | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

We never really know where the next game-changing innovation will come from. The smartphone started out as just that — a smarter phone. But when Apple opened up its API to developers, that open source project started to unlock the true potential of a handheld, connected touchscreen computer. Nowadays, the ability to make a phone call might just be the least important thing your smartphone does for you.

In the next few years, we might be saying something similar about the Microsoft Kinect, which has a similarly open software development kit. What began as a video game controller is rapidly becoming much more, as developers turn the power of computerized gesture recognition onto a bevy of healthcare uses.

Today, MobiHealthNews launches “Kinect the Docs: How Microsoft’s video game technology is changing healthcare,” a 30-page report on the impact of the technology on the healthcare space. In it, we discuss eight different ways people are already looking into using the Kinect to help people lead healthier lives. Here they are in brief. To get the full report, check out MobiHealthNews’s research store.

1. Fitness and Exergaming

The hands-free, full body control scheme of the Kinect makes it ideal for creating video games that get people active and moving. In addition, the Kinect’s camera can watch you move and record your movements, so it can give feedback on how much you’re moving or whether you’re doing a particular exercise correctly. The gamification possibilities for that kind of instant feedback are extensive, and research work by groups like the Mayo Clinic has shown that exergaming works for seniors as well as younger people.

2. Physical Therapy

The same feedback functionality makes the Kinect an ideal tool for at-home and in-clinic physical therapy. MobiHealthNews wrote about seven startups working in Kinect-based physical therapy in May, including West Health spin-off Reflexion Health and former game developer Respondesign. Many of those startups are now in clinical trials or even launched and working with patients.

3. Surgery Support

One of the very first healthcare use cases attempted even before Microsoft opened up the Kinect SDK was to allow surgeons to access medical imagery like X-rays without scrubbing out or having to work through an assistant. With gesture-based controls, surgeons can not only interact with static medical imagery onscreen, but can even refer to a live-feed from a flouroscopy camera. A Canadian company called GestSure is already deploying the technology in a handful of hospitals.

4. Autism Screening and Therapy

MobiHealthNews recently wrote about a project in development from Kaiser Permanente, using a Kinect game to screen young children for autism spectrum disorders. A study at the University of Minnesota also used Kinect sensors, deployed passively in a nursery, to scope out telltale signs of the condition. And autism centers like the Lakeside Center for Autism in Issaquah, Washington have found the technology just as useful for working with children who are already diagnosed.

5. Virtual Visits and Virtual Nurses

Sense.ly is using the Kinect as an advanced video camera for virtual consultations. The company hopes to reduce the resources hospitals need to commit to following up with chronic disease patients, while still reducing readmissions. The key to that cost saving is a virtual nurse, an avatar that uses Kinect gesture recognition and Nuance voice recognition to communicate with patients just like a human doctor.

6. Virtual Group Therapy

Group therapy can be helpful in the treatment of conditions like alcoholism and PTSD, but people sometimes have a hard time opening themselves up even to strangers. Using the Kinect, groups of patients could meet up virtually and truly anonymously, represented by avatars who would share their voice and body language but without an identifiable face. This technology hasn’t really been realized, but both Microsoft itself and the Pentagon have expressed interest in it.

7. Aging in Place and Fall Prevention

Could a passive Kinect sensor in an elderly person’s home analyze their gait and deliver an early warning about an increase risk of falling? That’s what one startup, Atlas5D is trying to find out. So is a team at the University of Missouri, with backing from the NIH and the NSF. Fall prevention is one of the most elusive goals in mobile health, but the Kinect has shown some promise in tackling it.

8. Helping the Blind to Navigate and the Deaf to Communicate

Researchers have demonstrated the potential of the Kinect to both guide a blind person through a building, and to translate from sign language to text and speech in near-real time. One uses the camera’s ability to detect 3D objects while the other uses the software’s ability to track human hand movements. Both are far from commercialization, but they demonstrate the extraordinary potential of the technology.

Head over to the MobiHealthNews research store to pick up your copy of “Kinect the Docs: How Microsoft’s video game technology is changing healthcare.”


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10 trends to shape mHealth market until 2017

10 trends to shape mHealth market until 2017 | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Over the next four years, 10 key trends that will shape the market for mobile health applications will emerge, according to a new report from research2guidance. The report is based on the statements and insights of 324 opinion leaders and mHealth app publishers interviewed and surveyed by the research firm.

By 2017, the report forecasts that the mHealth market will be a mass market with a reach of billions of smartphone and tablet users. "By that time, 50 percent of these users will have downloaded mHealth applications," states the report. 

According to the report, the following trends will shape the mHealth market between now and 2017 during the commercialization phase:

Smartphone user penetration will be the main driver for the mHealth uptake.mHealth applications will be tailored specifically for smartphones or tabletsHealth applications will be native rather than web-based applicationsmHealth niche stores will become the home of the 2nd generation of mHealth appsMissing regulations are the main market barrier during the commercialization phaseBuyers will continue to drive the marketApplications will enter traditional health distribution channelsmHealth market will grow mainly in countries with high Smartphone penetration and health expenditure2nd generation mHealth applications will focus on chronic diseasesmHealth business models will broaden 

Missing regulations, the fifth trend cited by the report, is the integrated phase. In this phase, states the report, "mHealth applications will become an integrated part of doctors' treatment plans. In this phase health insurers will become the main payer, especially for the more advanced mHealth solutions (2nd generation mHealth applications)."

"The general sophistication of today's mHealth applications is low to medium, and many of the mHealth categorized applications provide a limited benefit for patients, doctors and health interested smartphone users," concludes the report. "Nevertheless, advanced solutions do exist."

In March, a separate report by research2guidance predicted that the mobile healthcare services market will begin the commercialization phase and reach $26 billion worldwide by 2017 as smartphone apps enable the mHealth industry to monetize these services.

Forty-two percent of the estimated 97,000 mHealth applications currently available in app stores adhere to the paid business model, according to that report. Given that more traditional healthcare providers are joining the mobile apps market, the report forecasted that business models will broaden to include healthcare services, sensor, advertising, and drug sales revenues.

To learn more:
- read the report

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CVS adds OTC drug interaction checker to mobile app | mobihealthnews

CVS adds OTC drug interaction checker to mobile app | mobihealthnews | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Retail pharmacy heavyweight CVS Caremark has added a drug interaction checkerto its CVS Mobile app that cautions consumers when an over-the-counter medication might interact with other drugs they are taking. The Woonsocket, RI-based company says it is the first drugstore chain to include such a feature in a mobile app.

With the new interaction checker, users can scan the barcodes on OTC medication packages with their phones or enter the name of the drug or an active ingredient to bring up a list of potential interactions. For those with a myCVS online account, the app automatically checks the OTC drug against the patient’s pharmacy history, which can be imported directly from CVS or manually populated to include other OTC medications and prescriptions filled through other pharmacies.

“This added level of guidance empowers users to make informed decisions,” CVS Chief Digital Officer Brian Tilzer told MobiHealthNews in an e-mail. “It’s important to point out that while this informational tool offers guidance, it’s not a replacement for counsel from a doctor or pharmacist.”

Like major competitors Walgreens and Rite Aid, CVS through its mobile app lets customers order refills by scanning the barcode of current prescriptions, though Walgreens was first in that regard. The CVS app also features a pill identifier to help people remember the names of their medications, as well as the ability to schedule immunization appointments at CVS pharmacies and locate stores with walk-in Minute Clinic operations.

“The combination of all of these innovative features makes it easier for our customers to take care of themselves and get access to important resources, right at their fingertips, no matter where they are,” Tilzer adds.

CVS Mobile is available for Apple iOS and Android. A separate CVS app for the iPad app features a “virtual pharmacy” that the company sees as somewhat experimental. “It’s not a normal app, it’s not a list of products. What we have is a digital rendering of a store. It’s not that we know this is the best way to interact with customers. We want to find out,” Tilzer explained at Mad*Pow’s Healthcare Experience Design Conference in March.

CVS Caremark has an additional app for members of pharmacy benefits manager Caremark.


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TracFone and Voxiva Partner to Provide Free Mobile Phones and Health

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Interesting tie between health care and mobile phones

 

"SafeLink Health Solutions services are being rolled out to Medicaid health plans in more than 20 states. Provided under the federal Lifeline program at no cost to health plans, qualifying plan members receive a free SafeLink cell phone and free monthly service with 250 minutes and unlimited calls to designated member services phone lines. In addition, members receive free enrollment in Voxiva's proven, evidence-based mobile health programs along with unlimited text messaging."

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Study finds increasing mHealth demand | Government Health IT

Study finds increasing mHealth demand | Government Health IT | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
More and more Americans are keen on the idea of using mobile devices to better monitor their health, according to new survey findings released Tuesday.    The survey, conducted by Harris Interactive and HealthDay, revealed that one-third...

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Sam Stern's curator insight, June 21, 2013 6:44 AM

A new Harris Interactive study is out. It's nt surprising to see Americans are beginning to embrace the idea of using Apps to improve and monitor their health

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Nei paesi anglosassoni hanno capito le potenzialità.... in europa??

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FDA scrutinises health app for the first time

FDA scrutinises health app for the first time | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has for the first time written to a company because it needs regulatory clearance for a mobile health app. The FDA has been in touch with Biosense Technolo...

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Sam Stern's curator insight, May 29, 2013 12:19 PM

More of things to come?

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As you develop apps you need to review quidelines for FDA approval. This is a big deal so developers need to be careful

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Report says mHealth sensor market will grow 70% annually -- but what about slow adoption?

Report says mHealth sensor market will grow 70% annually -- but what about slow adoption? | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
A new report estimates the market for sensors and mobile health apps will grow to $5.6 million by 2017. But how can that be if the adoption rate has been flat?

Last week I read and wrote about a physician survey which suggested that few people are using mobile health apps to track data and share it with their doctors (although a reader noted that the Pew data I referenced likely underestimates the self-tracking that’s really going on).

This week, a market research firm put out a report forecasting that the mobile health sensor market will grow nearly 70 percent over each of the next five years. Mobile industry research firm research2guidance estimates that the revenue generated by health-related products that pair sensors with mobile apps will reach $5.6 billion by 2017.

This left me with some cognitive dissonance. There are certainly more cool technologies, more sensors and more apps – but if people aren’t using them, how are they going to draw in more revenue?

 I tried to put my skepticism aside and consider why people just aren’t using them yet. research2guidance pointed out that most of the sensors and apps that are being developed or marketed turn medical products or processes into consumer products, meaning they’re less clunky and more fashionable than traditional medical devices. Take, for example, wristbands worn by seniors to detect falls and notify caregivers, helmet sensors that send coaches mobile alerts when a player has sustained a potentially dangerous blow, or sensor-embedded bath mats to detect diabetic foot ulcers. Others are add-ons to medical products, like Asthmapolis’ clip-on for asthma inhalers, which connects to an app that tracks when and where a person’s asthma attacks happen.

Consumers now are increasingly being incentivized by their employers to adopt healthy behaviors. Meanwhile, their healthcare providers are being pushed to do more in the way of preventive health and disease management (the focus of many of these sensors and apps), as reimbursement becomes value-based and ACOs continue forming. Since many people seem to think that physicians are the driving force in overhauling how care is delivered, perhaps those two forces will encourage growth in adoption of mobile products.

The report notes that to this point, the market has been dominated by small technology companies, but now bigger brands with more muscle, like Samsung and Nike, are joining the mix. It also notes a shift in the business model: “The sensor business model will shift from proprietary solutions, which are only working with a single app, to open systems, which allow connections to multiple apps,” it says.

One more factor worth mentioning is that, for a while, some mobile health companies seemed to be uneasy about the lack of clarity from the FDA on how it would regulate these kinds of devices and apps. Now that the FDA has cleared that up, there might be more activity in the way of apps for clinical use.

Whether that will all add up to a $5.6 billion market for mHealth sensor technology, though, I’m not going to hold my breath.


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Can Mobile Technologies and Big Data Improve Health? #hcsmeu

Can Mobile Technologies and Big Data Improve Health? #hcsmeu | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

After decades as a technological laggard, medicine has entered its data age. Mobile technologies, sensors, genome sequencing, and advances in analytic software now make it possible to capture vast amounts of information about our individual makeup and the environment around us. The sum of this information could transform medicine, turning a field aimed at treating the average patient into one that’s customized to each person while shifting more control and responsibility from doctors to patients.

 

The question is: can big data make health care better?

 

“There is a lot of data being gathered. That’s not enough,” says Ed Martin, interim director of the Information Services Unit at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. “It’s really about coming up with applications that make data actionable.”

 

The business opportunity in making sense of that data—potentially $300 billion to $450 billion a year, according to consultants McKinsey & Company—is driving well-established companies like Apple, Qualcomm, and IBM to invest in technologies from data-capturing smartphone apps to billion-dollar analytical systems. It’s feeding the rising enthusiasm for startups as well.

 

Venture capital firms like Greylock Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as the corporate venture funds of Google, Samsung, Merck, and others, have invested more than $3 billion in health-care information technology since the beginning of 2013—a rapid acceleration from previous years, according to data from Mercom Capital Group. 

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Paul's curator insight, July 24, 2014 12:06 PM

Yes - but bad data/analysis can harm it

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http://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/big-data-boston-2014

Vigisys's curator insight, July 27, 2014 4:34 AM

La collecte de données de santé tout azimut, même à l'échelle de big data, et l'analyse de grands sets de données est certainement utile pour formuler des hypothèses de départ qui guideront la recherche. Ou permettront d'optimiser certains processus pour une meilleure efficacité. Mais entre deux, une recherche raisonnée et humaine reste indispensable pour réaliser les "vraies" découvertes. De nombreuses études du passé (bien avant le big data) l'ont démontré...

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Why medical expertise is a must-have for mHealth tech development

Why medical expertise is a must-have for mHealth tech development | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
When it comes to designing, developing and building new mobile healthcare tools, many of the most successful ventures typically have one factor in common: accredited healthcare expertise.

 

Proof is evident in the foray the Mayo Clinic has made with mHealth technology, as well as other pilots and deployments led by the healthcare institution and providers.

 

 

"Our culture of learning, innovation, and the desire to find answers has allowed Mayo to remain at the forefront of health and wellness, and we want to extend this expertise to people anywhere," Paul Limburg, M.D., medical director of Mayo Clinic Global Business Solutions, said in an announcement. "We collaborated with and invested in Better to create a powerful way for people to connect with Mayo Clinic in their homes and communities, wherever they are."

 

Other top medical institutions are also finding success with mHealth initiatives. For instance, Steven J. Hardy, Ph.D., a pediatric psychologist at Children's National Health System in the District of Columbia, wants to engage families and patients in conversations about how they're managing illness and use mobile gaming as the tool to do so.

 

Speaking with FierceMobileHealthcare in an exclusive interview, Hardy discussed a pilot the hospital is conducting for children with sickle cell disease. The kids play a game on a mobile platform (in this case, an iPad) that helps them with an often-overlooked symptom of sickle cell disease--memory loss.

 

And a Harvard Innovation Lab startup aims to bolster patient treatment by enhancing coordination and communication among caregivers with an mHealth app that lets healthcare teams text, share images and videos and always have a patient list within reach.



Read more: http://www.fiercemobilehealthcare.com/story/why-medical-expertise-must-have-mhealth-tech-development/2014-06-09

 


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Vigisys's curator insight, June 15, 2014 4:25 AM

De la nécessité d'impliquer les médecins, et notamment ceux qui ont une double compétence médecine - technologies de l'information, dans le design de la santé mobile, applications pour smartphones et tablettes, objets connectés etc. Beaucoup de médecins sont prêts à jouer le jeu, je crois, mais il faut d'abord définir le marché et les filières d'usage.

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Mobile Future: "Mobile Tools Are Transforming Healthcare"

Mobile Future: "Mobile Tools Are Transforming Healthcare" | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Did you know that 95 million Americans use mobile devices as health tools? Did you know that 40,000 medical apps are available for tablets and smartphones? Did you know that 42 percent of U.S. hospitals use digital health technology?

Now you do. Check out Mobile Future’s new infographic, “Mobile Health – Just What the Doctor Ordered,” to get a fuller picture of just how mobile tools are transforming healthcare.

“The explosion in consumer demand for mobile health technologies is a testament to the transformative nature of our digital revolution,” says Mobile Future Chair Jonathan Spalter. “Mobile health is projected to be a $20 billion industry by 2018, and there’s clearly a lot of interest and opportunity in this space.”

The infographic captures how the virtuous cycle of wireless innovation is profoundly reshaping healthcare outcomes and upending the way Americans are interacting with the health care system. And the impacts of groundbreaking mobile innovations extend to our nation’s economy – mobile technologies have the potential to save the U.S. $36 billion by 2018.

Mobile Future sees wireless technology disrupting virtually every industry imaginable, and they’ve been generous enough to sponsor the Tech Cocktail & Mobile Future SXSW Lunch on Saturday, March 8. So swing by, meet up with fellow mobile enthusiasts, and learn more about what’s happening in the wireless space.


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Art Jones's curator insight, March 7, 2014 12:14 PM

Now I know!

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Did you know that 95 million Americans use mobile devices as health tools?

Did you know that 40,000 medical apps are available for tablets and smartphones?

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Apple vs. Google: An mHealth Face-Off

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Industry observers like myself have often painted the competitive mHealth landscape with a brush that wages computer manufacturer Dell and software behemoth Microsoft versus Apple--the reigning mobile healthcare champion. However, the real battle for the heart, mind and soul of the still-emerging mHealth market places Apple and search engine giant Google squarely in the commercial trenches.

We're all familiar with the plethora of health and medical apps available in the two most popular commercial app stores: Apple iTunes and Google Play. Not to mention the fact that Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating systems dominate the smartphone world, though iOS has traditionally trailed Android in terms of market share globally.

Yet, Apple's iPhone and iPad have set the standard for other mobile devices in healthcare. Doctors, in particular, simply love their iPhones and iPads. But, now, the mHealth war between Apple and Google appears to be entering a new battlefield, namely wearable devices.

At the center of Apple's efforts in this area is its long-awaited iWatch, a wristwatch-like computing device with smartphone/tablet and health/activity tracking capabilities. Reportedly, iWatch includes a pedometer for counting steps and sensors for monitoring health-related data such as heart rate.

Apple is growing its team of medical sensor specialists by hiring some of the world's premiere experts in mobile medical technologies. Presumably, this expertise will be heavily leveraged by Apple in their development of the iWatch or some other device.    

Simultaneously, Google has been working on its much-heralded Google Glass, high-tech glasses which contain a heads-up display, camera and a microphone, and can ostensibly support mobile health apps directly on the device. Google Glass, developed by the company's secretive Google X lab, has strong potential for healthcare, particularly in the ER where physicians could use the glasses to scroll through lab and radiology results and in the OR providing surgeons with hands-free access to critical clinical information.

In addition, earlier this month, Google unveiled its contact lenses, which use a tiny sensor and wireless transmitter, to monitor and measure glucose levels in tears, potentially replacing the self-administered blood tests from finger pricks that diabetics must endure on a daily basis. Not surprisingly, Google employees recently met with U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials at FDA headquarters who regulate eye devices.

Google's contact lenses will not be available to consumers until at least 2019. When it comes to Google Glass, due to regulatory hurdles and technical limitations, it could still be years before the glasses see wide use in healthcare, as Google Glass apps won't be commercially available until the end of 2014 or later.

How soon Apple's iWatch will be ready for primetime is anyone's guess. The end of 2013 had been rumored and now industry pundits are saying it will be this year.

Who will be first to market with these wearable devices--Apple or Google--remains to be seen. What is certain, however, is that the two technology leaders with track records for building strong brands will no doubt dazzle the marketplace with innovative, leading-edge products that put sensor-based devices in the hands of consumers and medical professionals. That kind of competition in mHealth can only serve to benefit us all as this nascent industry moves forward. - Greg (@Slabodkin)

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Ricardo Rocha's curator insight, February 16, 2014 7:53 PM

"wearable devices"  .... Estamos falando apenas do começo, as possibilidades e benefícios são incontáveis!!!! Imagine não ter que tomar uma agulhada por dia para medir a glicose?

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Competition is always great! 

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How the Connected Revolution Impacts the Medical Industry

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“Learn how the connectivity between devices is continually impacting our everyday lives and how the healthcare industry is no exception to these disruptions.”


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iSonea asthma monitor gets CE Mark, no FDA yet | mobihealthnews

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A really good approcah.

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Can popular mHealth tool help post-surgical cardiac patients? | EHRintelligence.com

Can popular mHealth tool help post-surgical cardiac patients? | EHRintelligence.com | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
You’re probably used to seeing FitBit wristbands around the arms of joggers and cyclists, but you might start seeing them in the recovery wards of hospitals, too.  A new study by the Mayo Clinic, published in the Annals of Thoracic Surgery, shows that the $99 mHealth tracker could be a cost-effective and useful tool to report the post-surgical physical activities of elderly cardiac patients.  The study shows that the more active patients are after their surgery, the more likely they will be discharged home instead of to an expensive rehabilitation facility or nursing home. To track their progress, researchers used the off-the-shelf product connected to a provider-viewable dashboard.  Hospitalization and surgery in older patients often leads to a loss of strength, mobility, and functional capacity. We tested the hypothesis that wireless accelerometry could be used to measure mobility during hospital recovery after cardiac surgery,” the study explains.  “Wireless monitoring of mobility after major surgery was easy and practical. There was a significant relationship between the number of steps taken in the early recovery period, length of stay, and dismissal disposition.”Of the 149 patients involved in the study, there was a clear correlation between the level of mobility after surgery and their post-discharge health.  Patients who went directly home after their recovery period took an average of 675 steps, as counted by the FitBit, while those who required more long-term follow-up care only took around 100 steps.“Although it is obvious that patients who recover mobility sooner are likely to have better outcomes, it is critical in the face of changing demographics and financial rules that we measure functional measures of recovery for individuals and populations,” the researcher said. “Functional status and variables such as mobility will impact discharge disposition, patient satisfaction, social support required, falls, hospital readmission, and ultimately health care costs.”Simple tracking tools that remotely monitor patients also may have a positive impact on the growing focus of clinical analytics, the study predicts.  “This type of technology and the data it makes available have tremendous potential. The ability to describe population norms for mobility recovery has implications for individual patients and care process improvement. Once we know the expected mobility, we can early identify pending recovery failure and triggers for interventions. Similarly, the care of populations can be impacted. If we change a plan of care, acquiring mobility data for populations of patients allows us to determine whether the population norms for recovery are altered. Such technology also increases the ease with which data are acquired.”Related White Papers:Get Connected. Be Interoperable. Start now.3 Easy Ways to Increase Your Medical Practice Revenue by 25%How to Survive the ICD-10 5010 Transition7 Best Practices for Medical Accounts Receivable ManagementPrivate: Six “Must Have” Features for Behavioral Health EHRBrowse all White Papers

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Who should regulate mHealth? | mHealthNews

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Not everyone is eager to see the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issue its final guidance on mobile medical app regulation.

While the mHealth Regulatory Coalition and several mHealth advocates have asked the FDA to release its long-delayed guidance – which has been in the works since the agency issued preliminary guidelines in late 2011 – a coalition of roughly 120 health IT stakeholders has asked the government to put the brakes on the FDA until a much more wide-ranging study of HIT regulations is finished.

In fact, some are wondering if the FDA is the right agency to oversee mHealth regulation.

"The most important thing to understand is that the FDA guidance does not provide certainty and won't provide regulatory certainty," said Dan Haley, vice president of government and regulatory affairs for athenahealth. "It does not create the state of certainty that everyone wants."

On June 18, the group of HIT stakeholders – including the College of Health Information Management Executives, American College of Emergency Physicians, American College of Physician Executives, American Medical Group Association, American Medical Informatics Association, American Nurses Association and a score of HIT companies – sent a letter to President Barack Obama asking that any new regulations on the industry be delayed until a workgroup created by the FDA Safety Innovation Act of 2012 finishes its review of the HIT regulatory framework.

The FDASIA workgroup has been meeting regularly, Haley said, and may complete its work before the mandated deadline of the end of this year. At that time, and also mandated by the FDASIA, the Health and Human Services Department will work with the FDA, Federal Communications Commission and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT to draft a report for Congress that outlines a proposed strategy for regulating health IT, including mobile technology.

“While proper oversight of health IT is critical to ensuring patient safety, such oversight must be implemented in a balanced way that also fosters innovation and encourages adoption of these technologies,” the letter stated. "The thoughtful, comprehensive, and inclusive approach being taken by the administration to inform Congress will be critical as it develops this new regulatory framework for health IT."

Haley pointed out that both the FDA and ONC are "jockeying for jurisdiction" of the mHealth landscape. The FDA recently issued a warning to medical device makers, healthcare providers and other parties about the dangers of cyber attacks on devices – a move that Haley said caught the industry by surprise. More recently, the ONC launched its own Health IT Patient Safety Action & Surveillance Plan, which left some wondering if the two agencies were competing against each other.

"There's a lot of distracting conversation about the health IT field," Haley said. "We're asking everyone to take a breath."

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That, however, is not what the mHealth Regulatory Coalition wants. In a letter issued after the HIT stakeholders' plea and directed to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the coalition urged the FDA to issue its final guidance as soon as possible.

"The MRC believes the timely release of the final guidance will benefit industry, stimulate investment, help ensure patient safety and is consistent with the views expressed by Congress and the desires of the broader mHealth community," wrote Bradley Merrill Thompson, a Washington DC attorney and coalition member, in the June 21 letter. The guidance, he said, "is needed by industry and will help unlock investment in the mHealth market. Many investors and companies are reluctant to invest significant time and money in mHealth technologies until the regulatory framework is clear."

"(Sebelius') objectives are different from the FDA regulatory framework on mobile medical apps. The secretary is charged with making broad policy recommendations on a comprehensive strategy for all Health IT," the MRC concluded in a position paper that accompanied Thompson's letter. "FDA’s guidance, on the other hand, is focused on providing specific details of whether different mobile medical apps will be regulated or not – this is the level of regulatory detail app developers need now."

In response, Haley said Sebelius and the FDASIA committee have to determine how the entire industry should be regulated, not allow individual departments or agencies to stake their claim to different segments like mHealth. He pointed out that the FDASIA calls for an end to "unnecessary regulatory duplication," and that the FDA's final guidance document "might contradict that."

At least one organization is convinced the FDA isn't fit to oversee mHealth. In 2011, the Institute of Medicine issued a report – after being directed to do so by the ONC – advising that the FDA isn't the right agency to regulate HIT. The report indicated the FDA would likely hinder market innovation, which could also jeopardize patient safety, and has neither the manpower nor the investigative capabilities to regulate medical devices.


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Mobile Operator Finds More People Use Smartphones For Diet Than Exercise

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Mobile operator US Cellular released new data on consumer use of health and fitness apps. Just 10 percent of US Cellular customers use a mobile phone or tablet for health or fitness on a regular basis, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the company by Consumer Insights. The survey of 527 post-paid customers was conducted online in early April.

 

Last week, Microsoft announced Bing Health and Fitness, an app that tracks diet, health and exercise, according to an official Microsoft website, Bing Blogs. The app syncs to Microsoft HealthVault, which brings in data from other health trackers such as blood glucose monitors, electronic scales, and activity and medical monitors. Bing Health and Fitness is a part of the Windows 8.1 Preview, a pre-release of Windows 8.1, the OS that runs on all Windows devices including computers, tablets and phones.

Along with Health and Fitness, the preview also includes a Food & Drink app and updates to the Bing Maps app. According to an official Windows blog post, Windows 8.1 will launch later this year through the Windows store.

The fitness tracker offers users a space to monitor and record workouts. The app not only tracks exercise, but also offers more than 1,000 exercise videos and tutorials. To search within the database, a user browses by body part, duration, difficulty or equipment type.

The diet tracker will identify foods, provide calorie counts and nutrition facts and show how much exercise is needed to burn off the calories. The nutrition tracker has more 200,000 foods cataloged and offers weekly or monthly reports with self customized nutrition goals.

The health tracker allows the user to record his or her weight, height, vaccinations, blood glucose and cholesterol numbers. 3D body maps and the symptom checker help users understand the human body. 3D body maps shows the mechanics of different body parts while the symptom checker offers suggestions for potential conditions based on the user’s symptoms. Bing Blogs says this feature is meant to be a reference guide, not medical advice. In this section, Bing also offers information and articles about popular conditions, medications and procedures.

In March, Microsoft HealthVault launched an app for the Windows 8 operating system to run on tablets, W8 phones, and computers.


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More Consumers Want To Monitor Health Via Mobile Applications

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More Consumers Want To Monitor Health Via Mobile Applications

One-third of adult Internet users want to use smartphones or tablets to monitor health conditions, according to a survey from Harris Interactive and HealthDay, Healthcare IT News reports. However, the survey also shows that consumers are not confident in the ability of systems to keep that information secure, and researchers noted that such technology is not yet widely available (McCann, Healthcare IT News, 6/19).

Survey Background

The results of the online survey were based on 2,050 Americans ages 18 and older. It was conducted May 22 to May 24 (Harris Interactive release, 6/18).

Survey Results

Survey respondents were interested in using mobile devices for:

Monitoring blood pressure (38%); andMonitoring blood sugar (32%).

Out of all age groups, individuals ages 25 to 29 were most interested in obtaining diagnostic tests using mobile devices.

Survey researchers noted that such applications are relatively new to the market or are not yet available to consumers.

One-third of respondents said they wanted to use smartphones or tablets to make physician appointments, receive diagnostic test results and communicate with providers.

However, the majority of respondents said they are not confident about mobile devices' ability to safeguard private information, particularly protected health information. Only 13% of respondents said they were "very confident" in the privacy of their online medical information, while more than one-third indicated they were "not very confident" or "not at all confident"  regarding privacy (Healthcare IT News, 6/19).

 


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These are examples of application most wanted.

 

Survey respondents were interested in using mobile devices for:

Monitoring blood pressure (38%); andMonitoring blood sugar (32%).



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Healthcare must catch up with capabilities of mobile apps

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There is endless technology for ordering a burrito, turning off the air conditioning or turning on a security system from a cellphone. So why can't healthcare be this simple across the board?

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How to Write the Perfect mHealth Blog Post

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Discover the 9 elements found in the perfect mHealth blog post- include these elements and increase traffic to your mHealth site.

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Sam Stern's curator insight, May 28, 2013 9:02 AM

Your blog is an important component of an effective content strategy.  Here's my latest blog on the subject.