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The majority of mobile health care (mHealth) apps do not have privacy policies, and those that do tend to publish policies that are long and hard to understand, recent research suggests.
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HomeVitalSigns is the new website and app to help NHS staff stay fit, healthy and informed.
Check you VitalSigns for health, work and play.
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ABI Principal Analyst Jonathan Collins said that data have "traditionally resided in silos belonging to specific applications delivered primarily by device vendors themselves." However, he said, "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, health care providers and payers, will drive adoption and bring more connected devices to market" (Fierce Mobile Healthcare, 9/8).
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A new study has demonstrated that SMS based screening intervention in Korean American women significantly increased their knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening as well as encouraged them to obtain pap test. Korean American women have one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the United States and the lowest Pap test screening rates.
The study leveraged BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model to create three sequential elements in this SMS intervention – identify barriers, develop motivators, and provide triggers to effect a behavior change.
The researchers at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, Minneapolis conducted this study among 30 Korean American women aged 21 to 29 years who had not received a Pap test. The researchers used 7-day text message-based mScreening intervention, which covered topics such as – information about cervix and cervical cancer, including cervical cancer incidence and mortality; introduction to Pap test to prevent cervical cancer; introduction of cultural barriers; availability of local clinics and cost of Pap test; testimony of a Korean American woman who had gone through the Pap test experience; testimony of Korean American cervical cancer survivor who found cervical cancer at later stage and had no previous receipt of a Pap test
Messages were also customized to the strengths and weaknesses of individual participants. For example, participants with weaknesses on culture-based health beliefs on cervical cancer screening at baseline, were sent additional messages designed to reduce cultural barriers – messages such as “We understand it is a bit embarrassing to get it done. But do it for you! Your happy cervix will appreciate it!”
After 7-day mScreening intervention, the researchers observed significant improvements in women’s general knowledge about cervical cancer, Pap test, beliefs about and attitudes toward the Pap test, knowledge about risk factors of cervical cancer and its screening as well as significant reduction in socio-cultural barriers to cervical cancer screening. Most impressively one woman reported receiving the Pap test within 1 week after completing the mScreening program and 6 women reported receiving the Pap test by the 3-month follow-up visit.
Despite the fact that the study has multiple limitations – small sample size, lack of design to investigate optimum length of mhealth intervention or SMS vs other messaging channels and privacy of data, the study provides promising data that mobile technology can improve cervical cancer screening in a vulnerable population.
Via Celine Sportisse
Healthcare providers need to better incorporate the patient into a new care team model that makes them, not the physician or the specialist, the focal point, especially for patients with chronic illnesses (Patient engagement: 'We don't want to be ...
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The above story is based on materials provided by Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.
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- Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates
Via Thierry Kermorvant, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
(NOTE: This post was updated on July 13, 2014)
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by Eric Openshaw, vice chairman and U.S. Technology, Media & Telecommunications leader, Deloitte LLP
A shopper walks through a suburban mall, returning to his car after visiting several stores. Nearing the drug store just before the exit, a text alert pops up on his phone. It’s the pharmacy calling. His prescription is expiring; shouldn’t he stop in and refill it before heading home?
With a quick text message, a forgotten task is completed. At the same time, the pharmacy dispatches a companion message to the doctor’s office, negating the need for physician follow-up with the patient. Everyone with an interest in the patient’s well-being and in maintaining his meds – doctor, pharmacist, patient -- is now up to date and on the same page.
It’s as though the pharmacy literally reached through the door with an important reminder about something vital to personal health care that was being neglected.
That’s just one sign of things likely to come in health care through the Internet of Things (IoT). Using information stored in the cloud and made accessible to patients and providers alike through a massive network of machine and device connections, IoT has the potential to transform the health care industry.
The ways that can happen are many, but here are a few prospects:Patients can capture, analyze, and share personal health data through wearable technology.Health and wellness providers can offer more personalized treatments based on the available data.Individual health care consumers can connect with a diverse ecosystem of wellness providers, potentially leading to greater value and insight.The role of the traditional health care provider could change dramatically.
A comprehensive, intelligent monitoring system could enable a full range of health care services and treatments – wellness hubs and next-generation smart health dashboards among them.
It’s a sign of the direction various stakeholders in the health care industry are heading as providers, insurers, and patients collaborate on and consolidate issues of quality and affordability.
Projections on the overall growth of IoT place the level of interconnection in the stratosphere. According to one Gartner study, 26 billion devices could be communicating with one another by 2020, with an estimated global economic value-add of $1.9 trillion.
There is wide interest among business executives in making investments in IoT. In one recent survey, 75 percent of executives (across all sectors, not just health care) said their companies are considering or are already moving ahead with IoT. Proponents view it as an exciting new strategic course and a worthwhile financial investment.
Health care offers unique opportunities for comprehensive IoT implementation. Health care treatments, cost, and availability affect all of us striving for longer, healthier lives. IoT is an enabler to achieve improved care for patients and providers. It could drive better asset utilization, new revenues, and reduced costs. In addition, it has the potential to change how health care is delivered.
Future advantages can be projected across all aspects of health care. For providers, you can start with the local hospital. The use of intelligent equipment powered by new medical sensors that allow real-time monitoring of a patient’s vital signs – regardless of whether that patient is down the street or located on the other side of the country – will be an extraordinary benefit.
For the patient, think of that visit to the mall, the ‘conversation’ between pharmacy computer and the consumer’s smart phone. Or the rise of telehealth linking provider and patient remotely, an element of medical care we’re seeing with greater frequency. That surface has barely been scratched.
A patient at home with access to a smart phone or computer and concerned about a medical episode can send health information to hospital nurses through a continually active wireless network. It’s an early-warning system that can tell a nurse or doctor whether the patient is suffering an attack or about to go into duress, and to enable a rapid and perhaps life-saving response.
The potential benefits of IoT in health care are myriad, but there are still concerns and issues facing stakeholders that need to be addressed and resolved.
Developing standards, building interoperability
How to achieve open standards and interoperability, and overcoming proprietary restrictions, are two critical issues that need to be addressed.
There are no simple roadmaps to navigate proprietary systems and technology. The question of how to blend and connect all industries is, to me, the most challenging and interesting. Influential groups such as the Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) – an association in which Deloitte is a member - is composed of more than 70 of the most provocative and engaging companies involved in IoT, and is examining how to break down siloes, integrate systems, and find ways to interconnect proprietary networks.
The IIC, however, isn’t necessarily fixed on establishing hard and fast standards – indeed it is not a standards organization. It is more involved in how they are shaped, their interoperability and, ultimately, what makes the most sense.
Sharing best practices and applicable case studies from early participants is one way of crafting a working template. What works and what doesn’t can offer an essential guideline in moving forward. Facilitating open forums to share ideas and insights, as the IIC is championing, is another.
Ultimately, learning from experience and developing the boldness and confidence needed to advance IoT will enhance the networks in terms of viability, efficiency, and building a more secure framework.
Privacy and security safeguards
A critical consideration for all participants is this: How do we manage to keep this fast-growing network and the nearly incalculable amount of data moving continually safe and secure?
There are two sides of that equation. Clearly, personally identifiable information remains a concern, and it always will. The notion of cops and robbers, good guys and bad guys, that’s a notion embedded deep within our culture, and will be that way as our communications through the Internet and the cloud continue to grow, deepen, and expand.
We can say with some certainty that encryption will get better, become more sophisticated over time. We can also say that the bad guys are pretty smart, adaptive, and continually hunting for ways to exploit the system. For health care organizations a razor focus on developing supple, comprehensive cyber security programs is imperative.
The cost of privacy has two important variables. One is fundamental: What does it cost the health care enterprise to safeguard your data, or the cloud service provider to ensure the cloud is impenetrable (or as close to that ideal as possible)? What does it cost your doctor, or your local hospital, to ensure the safety of vital personal information?
The flip side of the coin is the balance of potential loss against the opportunity IoT offers. Many of us are willing to take a risk with privacy if we feel the return is worth more than the risk assumed. Where that line stops will determine how willing patients are to push IoT in terms of health care data delivery to the limit.
Certainly there are barriers yet to clear in order for IoT to succeed – technology issues, proprietary matters, cost considerations, and regulatory questions. But those who participate in the IoT ecosystem must work together to create solutions that help unlock industry value, company value, and – on a more personal level – value to the consumer.
To learn more about strategies ‒ for both enterprise adopters and Internet of Things providers ‒ to unlock the business value of connected devices, download The internet of things ecosystem: Unlocking the business value of connected devices.
Eric Openshaw has more than 30 years of experience in assisting clients with enterprise transformation, business process reengineering, manufacturing/distribution strategy, technology strategy, M&A analysis and post-acquisition consolidation, order fulfillment, supply chain, information systems strategic planning, technology evaluation, and design-development and implementation of software primarily for discrete and process manufacturing distribution retail and retail distribution.
Posted by Deloitte US at 09:41:37 AM in Health IT, mHealth, Security and Privacy
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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.
Via Alex Butler
(Reuters) - Technology pundits were quick to predict the demise of most fitness wristbands and smartwatches when Apple Inc launched its Apple Watch. But healthcare professionals and fitness junkies were left wanting to see more.
Observers say there is little evidence for now that the device's fitness capabilities surpass the competition. Others, hoping for groundbreaking health features from a company whose Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook spoke of how sensors are "set to explode," were left wondering what's in store for the product.
Two people familiar with Apple's plans told Reuters the company is planning to unveil richer health features and additional sensors in later versions, the first iteration not hitting the market until early 2015.
The sources could not be identified because Apple's plans for the watch are private.
The Apple Watch, unveiled on Thursday, is designed to be used alongside the iPhone. Independently of a mobile device, the watch can track activity: it uses an accelerometer to measure your movement as well as heart rate. Runners can also listen to music through a bluetooth headphone. Many connected wristbands already on the market, such as Jawbone's UP or the Fitbit, can do all that and more.
At this point, it's unclear whether the watch will appeal to the two consumer groups most in need of health data: Self-professed "quantified selfers" who regularly track their own body metrics such as food intake and sleep, and those battling chronic medical conditions and their care providers.
"I'd need to see data that it's useful before buying the watch or recommending it to colleagues," said Joshua Landy, a Toronto, Canada-based critical care specialist and the chief medical officer for Figure 1, a health startup.
Landy said he would look at patients' data from the watch, but would be equally interested in data collected in a notebook.
Danielle Levitas, a technology analyst for IDC, described the health and fitness aspects so far as "table stakes."
"I was expecting there to be some true healthcare applications that would take it a step further beyond wellness," she said. Levitas noted that the watch did not track sleep, like Jawbone's UP wrist band, but said she did not expect this would be a deal breaker for most consumers. Her primary frustration with the watch was the decision to offload GPS and Wi-FI to the phone, presumably to keep the price tag at a modest $349, she said.
Apple declined to comment on future health offerings for its watch.
Apple may have longer-term plans for the watch as it moves into the nascent but highly fertile field of mobile health. Unlike, say, an iPhone, a wrist-worn device can pick up on far more body signals, and in real time.
Policy experts say that Apple may have deliberately avoided mentioning medical use-cases for the watch for now to avoid attracting attention from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. In its current form, the watch would not pose a threat to makers of mobile medical devices used by patients with chronic conditions.
"Apple probably is very intelligently positioning its products for use to maintain good health generally, which is a perfectly appropriate way to avoid FDA regulation," said Bradley Merill Thompson, a Washington D.C.-based FDA specialist with the law firm Epstein Becker Green.
"There are thousands of unregulated wellness applications on the market, so in a way Apple is joining a crowded field."
Health-focused iOS developers say they are already brainstorming new watch applications. Despite the lack of health advancements, there is hope the watch will appeal to a mainstream market. Mike Lee, chief executive officer of MyFitnessPal, said the sensors in the Apple Watch weren't "revolutionary" but conceded it was better-designed than most wearable devices.
Lee said Apple may have prioritized making the device sleek, slim and wearable, rather than packing it to the brim with sensors in its first iteration.
Nate Gross, a physician and cofounder of Doximity, a mobile and web service that helps physicians communicate, praised Apple for making the most of "cheap and consumer-friendly sensors."
Some doctors said they would be more likely to recommend the watch, once developers build new medical applications.
Mango Health, maker of a mobile application that uses games to solve complex medical problems, is already considering sending medication alerts to patients via the watch.
"We'll see dozens of medical use cases over time," said Mango Health chief executive Jason Oberfest, who works closely with Apple. "This is just the beginning."
(Editing by Edwin Chan and Bernard Orr)
Via Sébastien Letélié
The market for wearable sensors is increasing dramatically. Devices are being designed to help people manage chronic conditions, recover more quickly from injuries, analyze physical and environmental abnormalities that may lead to more serious health issues and detect unhealthy habits before they cause problems, according to Pathfinder Software. A new infographic from Pathfinder Software takes a look at the types of wearables available, how they are used, their wireless capability and other details on this technology. Thank you to Pathfinder Software for an educational Infographic. Also, thank you to the Healthcare Intelligence Network for having this Infographic on their site.
Via ET Russell, Lionel Reichardt / le Pharmageek
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ReportsnReports.com adds The Mobile Healthcare (mHealth) Bible: 2015 - 2020 [http://www.reportsnreports.com/reports/297797-the-mobile-healthcare-mhealth-bible-2015-2020.html ] market research report of 392 pages, to its store. mHealth revenue is forecast to reach $15 billion in 2015 as per this report. This report presents an in-depth assessment of the global mHealth market. In addition to covering key market drivers, challenges, future roadmap, value chain analysis, deployment case studies, service/product strategies and strategic recommendations, the report also presents comprehensive forecasts for the mHealth market from 2014 till 2020. Historical revenue figures for 2010, 2012 and 2013 are also presented. The forecasts and historical revenue figures are individually segmented for 5 individual submarkets, 29 use case categories, 5 ecosystem player categories, 6 geographical regions and 34 countries.
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mHealth has the potential to dramatically reduce the costs of healthcare operations, while improving the quality of healthcare. This mobile health market research estimates that by the end of 2015, mHealth could represent up to $290 Billion in annual healthcare cost savings worldwide. The cost saving potential of mHealth comes from a variety of application areas. For example, remote monitoring technologies built upon mHealth platforms can enable patients to be monitored on an ambulatory basis when they previously may have needed to be monitored as inpatients. The mHealth value chain encompasses 7 major segments which work in conjunction to deliver mHealth services to healthcare organizations and patients; mobile/mHealth device, chipset & infrastructure OEMs, mobile network operators, healthcare professionals & service providers, insurers & government health systems, application developers & integrators, pharmaceutical organizations and patients. While most vertical segments still view wearable devices with hesitation, the healthcare sector has embraced them, with applications ranging from consumer healthcare/fitness monitoring to assisted patient examination, and even healthcare cost reduction.
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Remote Consultation/Diagnostic Services: Mobile Video Consultations, Collaboration & Surgery, Non-Video Consultations & Collaboration and Remote Collaboration in Emergency Situations.
M2M, Wearable Technology, Sensor & Monitoring Applications: Health and Wellness Monitoring, Disease Surveillance/Remote Monitoring, Diagnostic Tools and Technical Logistics.
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The bottom line is: downloader beware. Everyone should take the time to consider the science behind an app, and dig into it a little deeper. And its important to remember that although there are a number of apps that are unregulated and questionable at best, there are also a host of apps that can help users maintain a healthy lifestyle. Apps like HeathTap, Couch-to-5K, MapMyRun, and MyFitnessPal let users have access to healthcare professionals, train to run a 5K, GPS map a workout, and track calories and exercise, which can all lead to a healthier lifestyle. But when it comes to apps like Instant Blood Pressure, which offer an “easy” solution for serious health conditions, users should take a closer look at the fine print. Users should also remember to consult a physician before starting out on any journey to better health, and then use the apps as motivation to track their success.
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Five Expectations For Patients About The Future of Medicineby Bertalan Meskó (MD, PhD) on September 11, 2014
The waves of technological changes coming towards us will generate new possibilities as well as serious threats to medicine and healthcare. Every stakeholder must prepare for these changes in order to reach a balance between using disruptive technologies in medicine and keeping the human touch. I remain confident that it is still possible to establish that balance and there are reasons for patients to look forward to the next few years in medicine. Here are 5 of them.
1) Health management: The vast majority of people only deal with their health when they get sick. It is due to the fact that it has been really difficult to obtain useful data about our health. Now, the wearable revolution produces a lot of devices that bring health data measurements to our homes. So far, only physicians and hospitals could measure parameters, but today anyone can. Whether it is ECG, blood pressure, pulse, oxygen saturation, EEG or sleep, devices which we can order online provide us with the chance of changing lifestyle based on informed decisions.
Such devices will eventually get smaller and cheaper, and we will hopefully only use them when it is of help.
AliveCor measures ECG with a smartphone.
2) Partnership: Medicine is a paternalistic system with the doctor being on the top making decisions about the patients. The digital revolution has changed it dramatically as now information, devices and even studies became widely available to anyone with an internet connection. This newly formed partnership makes it possible to be equal with the caregiver and play an equal role in making decisions. This will create an ecosystem in which patients get more possibilities to take care of themselves, while physicians will get help from their own patients. Jackpot. Although, a very old system has to be deconstructed for this.
3) Communities: Social media is not famous for connecting patients, but several stories proved its potential power in connecting patients with like-minded others. We have done discussed our health concerns with our neighbors before. Now we do the same online without limitations and physical boundaries. Blogs, community sites, forums, Youtube and Twitter channels focus on patients and let them have their voices heard. As Kerri Morrone Sparling said, her doctor is an expert but can only understand what she goes through every single day if he/she is diabetic, otherwise he/she can only guess.
4) Access to data: The Blue Button movement and E-Patient Dave’s talks encourage people to understand how important it is to own your own health data. It is not only unbelievable but actually outrageous that many hospitals and practices cannot communicate online with each other. Moreover, in others, patients who want to get their own X-Ray image must provide an empty CD disk to get it in the era of digital revolution. As it is not rocket science, we can expect to see major steps forward in this area. Without proper health data, informed medical decisions cannot be made.
5) Prediction and prevention: Never in the history of medicine patients have had that many opportunities to predict and actually prevent diseases. Anyone can order genetic tests that tell them what rare conditions and mutations they carry and what drugs they are genetically sensitive for. We are not far away from doing a blood test or sequencing genes at home. In this sea of opportunities, the activity and participation of patients are very much needed, In a few years’ time, we will have to deal with the problem of too many choices regarding wearable devices. What is required for making good decisions is knowledge about where we are heading; and skills to make our own assumptions.
If changes happen as expected, patients will benefit the most of a newly constructed and entirely better healthcare system.
My new book, The Guide to the Future of Medicine, includes more details and an actual guide about how to prepare properly for the technological changes.
Via Philippe Marchal/Pharma Hub
Dive Brief:IBM is in the process of designing a version of Watson, its computer technology that processes information like a human, to match patients with clinical trials at the Mayo Clinic. By automating the process currently performed by people, Mayo Clinic hopes to speed up the clinical trial timeline. "With shorter times from initiation to completion of trials, our research teams will have the capacity for deeper, more complete investigations," said Nicholas LaRusso, MD, Mayo's project lead for the collaboration. "Coupled with increased accuracy, we will be able to develop, refine and improve new and better techniques in medicine at a higher level."Allowing a computer to match patients with clinical trials should also increase the number of individuals taking part. About 3% of patients nationally take part in trials; at Mayo, the number is 5%. The provider would like to use Watson to increase that to 10%.Dive Insight:
Becker's Hospital Review: Mayo Clinic, IBM partner on new plans for Watson
Via Andrew Spong
What needs to happen is that these technologies should be fast-tracked to assist in the Ebola outbreak. A handful of applications already exist that allow users, aid workers, and other medical practitioners to test and share results for illnesses such as HIV, malaria, and flu using only a smartphone. They could also be used to test and track Ebola. Geo-referenced, real-time maps of infected patients could be key to tracking and controlling the spread of the virus. In a potential global crisis such as this, the World Health Organization has already called on governments to use exceptional measures, and the US FDA has bypassed its normally rigorous approval processes to fast-track military technology for civilian use.
Via Emmanuel Capitaine
From digital networks to wearables, the health care industry is undergoing massive technological changes. Here are 10 types of innovations changing its future.Health care tech: 10 new devices, apps, and inventions to watchWhen our wearables talk with our doctors (ZDNet)Wearable tech: Why health and fitness will dominate way beyond the smartwatch (ZDNet)Wearables and patient-centric startups evolve in health data ecosystem
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Via Bernard Strée
Does Social Media truly drive mHealth sales?
Email and your website sales funnel does the heavy lifting here.
Via Sam Stern
Given recent events surrounding the security of cloud-storage accounts, Apple is keen to reassess any updates to iOS. The company has revealed that any Healthkit apps storing a user's private wellness data in iCloud will be flat-out rejected from the App Store. That same info, gathered by apps using the Healthkit API, is under even further restrictions when it comes to advertising and data-mining, as well. As 9to5Mac spotted, if an application uses the data for reasons other than "improving health, medical, and fitness management, or for the purpose of medical research," the app won't survive. This is just another bit of evidence from Cupertino as to why it rejects applications from the App Store. The thumb-downs go for other possibly less-nefarious aspects as well, including what happens with collected keyboard-activity data. If you're interested in poring over the updated list of terms yourself, Apple's got you covered. We recommend pouring a frosty beverage, though -- reading the full roster could take until September 9th.