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Your Diabetes May Vary: Do we need a FDA Office of Mobile?

Your Diabetes May Vary: Do we need a FDA Office of Mobile? | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
A September 26 2012, article on Kaiser Heath News  by Jenny Gold raises the question of Mobile ...

A September 26 2012, article on Kaiser Heath News by Jenny Gold raises the question of Mobile regulation by the FDA. In that article Gold report a Congress member will introduced legislation to create an Office of Mobile Health. I have no idea if the legislation will amount to anything but it does raise an interesting topic of conversation: Should mobile be treated as a unique regulatory process?

Here is a section of the piece:

But a bill set to be introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives later this month aims to smooth the agency’s evaluation process. The Healthcare Innovation and Marketplace Technologies Act (HIMTA) would establish a special Office of Mobile Health at the FDA to provide recommendations on mobile health app issues. It would also create a mobile health developer support program at the Department of Health and Human Services to help app developers make sure they are operating within privacy regulations, including the federal law HIPAA that sets privacy standards.

"Currently, our healthcare system works against small-to-large startup entrepreneurs with a multitude of barriers to entry," Rep. Mike Honda, D-Calif., who is introducing the bill, said in a statement. “Why have the principles of Silicon Valley, which I represent – competition, innovation, and entrepreneurship – not fully manifested themselves in the healthcare information technology space? This bill gets us closer to that space.”

I have written about mobile and diabetes apps a few times ok maybe more than a few.... As Gold's article notes The FDA is expected to issue guidance on mobile soon.

I think that diabetes care offers some unique challenges for the regulation of apps. The FDA appears to be interested in taking thing one step at a time or more precisely single mobile devices at a time. The FDA draft guidance said, “The FDA plans to address in a separate issuance mobile medical app intended to analyze, process, or interpret medical device data (electronically collected or manually entered) from more than one medical device.”

Diabetes is managed by patients with multiple devices, meters, cgms, pumps, and logs of food, working out and a other life activities. To be meaningful diabetes mobile apps will need to deal with more than one device. To me that is more relevant than the structure of the regulatory office.

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Physician use of Twitter: Examining the data

Physician use of Twitter: Examining the data | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Physicians' use of Twitter and other social media has been exploding over the last couple of years.

Great bit of analysis, carried out in a scientific manner. A must read if you're considering engaging with HCP on social media platforms. Good read anyway ;-)


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Advantech e-Health and m-Health - Digitimes

Advantech e-Health and m-Health - Digitimes | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Press release [Friday 19 October 2012]

eHealth, or e-Health, refers to healthcare practice supported by electronic processes and communication. The term is supposed to be interchangeable with health informatics with a broad definition covering electronic/digital processes in health or, to narrow down, the term eHealth indicates healthcare practice using the Internet.

mHealth, or m-Health, is the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablet computers, etc. for health services and clinical data collection. mHealth applications include the use of mobile devices in delivery of healthcare information to practitioners, researchers, and patients, real-time monitoring of patient vital signs, and direct provision of care.

Forms of eHealth

eHealth covers a wide range of services or systems combining medicine, healthcare and information technology, such as electronic health records which enables the communication of patient data between different healthcare and telemedicine which is physical and psychological treatments at a distance. Consumer health informatics refers to the use of electronic resources on medical topics by healthy individuals or patients. Virtual healthcare teams even consist of healthcare professionals who collaborate and share information on patients through digital equipment. Healthcare Information Systems are software solutions for appointment scheduling, patient data management, work schedule management and other administrative tasks surrounding health.

mHealth is more narrow down

While mHealth considering the usage of mobile devices in a healthcare process, it is more narrow down than the idea of eHealth. That is, mHealth is more personal. According to mobihealth news, one of the leading website provides of news, commentary, online events and research for the global mobile health community, nearly everyone has access to a mobile, while some 26 percent of the population does not have desktop Web access, pointing out the closeness of use between eHealth and mHealth. Besdies, for mHealth, a lot of the innovation is coming out of India, China, South America and Mexico. Countries with less resource are producing services that look to work well in our resource-poor healthcare industry.


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Why the Quantified Self Movement Will Continue to Make Inroads in Medicine | Qmed

Why the Quantified Self Movement Will Continue to Make Inroads in Medicine | Qmed | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Qmed (formerly Medical Device Link) is the world's first completely prequalified supplier directory and news source for medical device OEMs. Find medical device suppliers and IVD suppliers who are FDA-registered, ISO 13485- and ISO 9001-certified.
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#mhealth : Manage a chronic condition by Microsoft HealthVault

When you’re living with a health condition, tracking your numbers and medications is an unavoidable part of each day. HealthVault works with connected devices and apps to make it easier.

Manage a chronic condition

Living with a chronic condition like diabetes, asthma, or high blood pressure requires constant vigilance. HealthVault can help take some of the pressure off by making it easy to use compatible apps and devices that can help you track and manage your condition, and communicate your results to your healthcare providers.

If you use a device to record numbers related to your condition, there's a good chance you'll find one that works with HealthVault to upload your data automatically: blood pressure monitors, DiabetesPHA monitor, and weight scales are just part of the growing list. It's so much easier to keep your healthcare provider informed when you have timely readings that you can print out or deliver electronically.

Self-management and education are important, too. You'll find apps designed to work with the data you store in HealthVault that offer guidance and instruction specific to your condition. With more efficient ways to collect and interpret your information, you'll feel in better control of your health.


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Medical Smartphones: What is the ideal smartphone screen size?

Medical Smartphones: What is the ideal smartphone screen size? | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
What is the ideal smartphone screen size?
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Redefining Medicine With Apps and iPads - The Digital Doctor

Redefining Medicine With Apps and iPads - The Digital Doctor | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Technology has given clinicians new tools to diagnose symptoms, decide treatments and to share information, changing what it means to be a doctor or a patient.

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Healthcare is long overdue for a digital revolution, says Doximity - NEWS - articles - Pharmaceutical Industry - PMLiVE

Healthcare is long overdue for a digital revolution, says Doximity - NEWS - articles - Pharmaceutical Industry - PMLiVE | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Pharmaceutical Industry | NEWS | | Healthcare is long overdue for a digital revolution, says Doximity - US social network for doctors reaches 100,000 members | PMLiVE...

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How Doctors are using Social Media and Technology | Computer How To Guide | Hospitals 2028 : trends in institutional medicine

How Doctors are using Social Media and Technology | Computer How To Guide | Hospitals 2028 : trends in institutional medicine | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
This post outlines ways doctors are using social media and technology, especially mobile, to help improve their practice and patient care.
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Prognosis Blog » Blog Archive » Are Smartphones Leading to Smarter Healthcare? | Health3.0- Migration towards Health as a Service

Prognosis Blog » Blog Archive » Are Smartphones Leading to Smarter Healthcare? | Health3.0- Migration towards Health as a Service | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
RT @HealthInFocus: Are Smartphones Leading to Smarter Healthcare? (Prognosis Blog » Blog Archive » Are Smartphones Leading to Smarter Healthcare?
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Quantified Self | Self Knowledge Through Numbers

Quantified Self | Self Knowledge Through Numbers | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Check out Quantified Self Movement, to discover the monitorable/quantifiable keys to health & happiness http://t.co/f8geuGH8 #mHealth #UCB...


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Digital Health: Almost a Real, Live Business - Forbes

Digital Health: Almost a Real, Live Business - Forbes | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Does digital health need to create robust, stand-alone enterprises in order to be successful, impactful, or funded?
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All patients want to be e-patients

All patients want to be e-patients | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

If you read the Klick Wire you’ll have already seen the story about a study at three hospitals in the US that provided physician notes to patients to determine the uptake.


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Social media in healthcare could be enhanced by the new iPad | World of DTC Marketing.com

Social media in healthcare could be enhanced by the new iPad | World of DTC Marketing.com | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Adoption of tablet devices by US physicians, for whom the iPad is the dominant platform, has nearly doubled since 2011, to 62%...

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Telecare scheme expands to include those with other conditions

Telecare scheme expands to include those with other conditions | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
A successful programme that has nurses calling up diabetic patients to monitor their progress has been expanded to include patients with other chronic conditions.
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IBM’s Watson to help medical patients in real life situations

IBM’s Watson to help medical patients in real life situations | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

IBM's Watson is soon to hit a major milestone: it'll begin to deal with real patients. You might recall that this is one of the major goals IBM laid out for Watson back at its inception. As a "learning" computer, Watson has the ability to peruse information, understand it to the best of its ability, and then develop algorithms based on the information it's learned to help produce some (hopefully) accurate guidance to the patients it deals with.

 

 

While the ultimate plan is to have Watson-based computers replace doctors to a small degree, it's never going to be the final answer in a serious diagnosis. The idea is that, with the constant shortage of doctors, Watson will be able to do preliminary tests on patients, saving time for human doctors, who will then come in and wrap things up.

 

 

When Watson examines a patient, it won't simply be asking them a bunch of Yes / No questions, but will actually take a look at the person's chart, gather the information in requires, and then pass that along its chain of algorithms to spit out the best possible solution. In one case, it might offer more than one course-of-action to take, with confidence levels attached to each. Again, it's ultimately a real doctor's say in the end, but Watson will help kick-start the process.

 

Watson's use here really shouldn't be understated. If implemented in the way we're promised, this could be a truly ground-breaking development in the medical industry. While there is the concern of things like false-positives or outright incorrect information, that's a bridge we'll have to cross once we get to it. At this point, it really does feel like the upsides will outweigh the negatives, especially in places where doctors are seriously lacking. One would imagine that adding a new Watson to the fleet would be easier than adding a new doctor.


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Mobile Developers Can’t Ignore Global Potential

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Mobile Developers Can't Ignore Global Potential: http://t.co/DrWNtznX #data comparing global markets of #apple #google #amazon #microsoft...
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Would You Want to See Everything Your Doctor Writes About You?

Would You Want to See Everything Your Doctor Writes About You? | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
We might not like everything we read, but a new trial found that giving patients easier access to our exam notes gets us more involved in effective care. (Would You Want to See Everything Your Doctor Writes About You?
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Mobile Europe - Only two M2M sectors ready for breakthrough

Mobile Europe - Only two M2M sectors ready for breakthrough | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it

Speaking at a seminar held by European Communucations, titled "Beyond Connectivity", Schlautmann said that the Fleet and Freight Management and Security and Surveillance sectors are the only two sectors achieving market "breakthrough". (...)

 

Schlautmann added that he "can't see" payments, vending and NFC becoming "mass market" in Europe, and added that metering and monitoring, often touted as a key vertical, offers little beyond basic connectivity revenues. Schlautmann also pointed out that "no other market" is so dependent on regulatory and legislative drivers - referencing eCall and smart metering as example. "If smart metering was not regulated then there would be no market at all," he said.

But it was for the e- and m-health market that he expressed his strongest reservations.(...)

 

"It's not about the number of devices." he said, "it's about revenue." To build revenues, telcos will need to develop ecosystems that let them orchestrate and develop services, so that they can benefit from the created value. At the moment, most markets exhibit far too many players, operating in too small spheres of influence. Telcos, by partnering, co-operating and forming alliances with partners throught the value chaing, could drive the sort of ecosystem consolidation that is required, he said, to drive "breakthrough" revenues.


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These two industries are advanced because it makes sense, driving efficiency and squeezing the already ruthlessly tight margins in global transportation and with Security it is a governed requirement this is naturally the way to improve security, the infrastructure and imbedded capability to are already advanced enough to adopt M2M..

Needless to say the quicker any given industry and specific organisation adopts a Machine to machine strategy and roadmap the better!

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How Online Reviews Are Impacting Your Medical Practice ...

How Online Reviews Are Impacting Your Medical Practice ... | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Your website should be the foundation of your online image, the place where you can introduce your staff, establish credibility, offer patient education and talk about your services. Take the time to create a site that serves as ...

 

(...) "While positive reviews can help you secure new patient appointments, a few bad reviews can wreck your reputation, giving prospects a bad impression of your practice. Since negative comments tend to carry more weight, online reputation management becomes that much more critical. For this reason, it’s important that your practice takes a proactive approach to maintaining a positive image for your practice on the Web. Here’s how.

Create a Website

 

While having a Yelp listing and Facebook page are important for creating a buzz about your practice online, don’t underestimate the power of your practice website. Your website should be the foundation of your online image, the place where you can introduce your staff, establish credibility, offer patient education and talk about your services. Take the time to create a site that serves as the face of your practice online; one that not only reflects your practice goals and values, but also compels your visitors to contact or visit your office.

 

Actively Monitor Online Conversations

As people talk about your practice online, you’ll want to be cognizant of what is being said about you. Google your practice regularly and scan the search results for unfavorable mentions. You should also set up alerts that notify you via email whenever your name or practice name is cited. In doing so, you can have a peace of mind knowing what content is being published about your practice online, and then respond accordingly if you do stumble across potentially harmful information.

 

Remember, not all negative reviews can be avoided, and it’s normal to acquire unfavorable comments from time to time. Take the time to listen to what your patients are saying, learn from their feedback and then take steps to improve and resolve issues as they arise.

 

Be Social

Don’t allow your patients to do all of the talking. Your practice should also have an engaging social media presence on leading social sites, such as Facebook and Google+. Find out where your patients are spending their time online and set up a community there. As you converse with your audience on a more human level, patients will begin to trust you and your ability to render quality, caring dental services.

 

Manage Online Reviews

Finally, focus on not only monitoring your reputation, but have a plan to build and grow your online reviews. Motivate patients to review your practice by making the process simple. Hand patients an easy instruction card for leaving a Google or Yelp review as they leave your office, and add buttons to your reviews pages on your website. As you accumulate more and more positive reviews, you will be able to offset the handful of negative that will occasionally arise from time to time.

 

Online reputation management is important for healthcare practices of any size. It’s about creating a positive Web presence to make your practice one that patients trust and want to engage with. It doesn’t matter how great your practice is – if people don’t trust you, they won’t be interested in making an appointment."


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Mobile health is huge for developers, entrepreneurs and wireless companies

Mobile health is huge for developers, entrepreneurs and wireless companies | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
These days, consumers can easily access calorie counts, keep track of their weight or exercise routine and monitor their blood pressure and other vital health information using their smart phones.
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Turning Physicians into Hubs for Patient Care | Fibroblast | Cloud-Based Practice Management Tool for Patient Self-Scheduling | Health3.0- Migration towards Health as a Service

Turning Physicians into Hubs for Patient Care | Fibroblast | Cloud-Based Practice Management Tool for Patient Self-Scheduling | Health3.0- Migration towards Health as a Service | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
Very interesting post by @chicagogastro about doctors' role in healthcare: http://t.co/XHEEuOS9 (via @MyFibroblast)...
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[INFOGRAPHIC FRIDAY] Is mHealth Poised to Explode? « iHT2 Blog | Health3.0- Migration towards Health as a Service

[INFOGRAPHIC FRIDAY] Is mHealth Poised to Explode? « iHT2 Blog | Health3.0- Migration towards Health as a Service | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
That's about 185 phones for every bed! The emerging field of Mobile Health (mHealth) has enabled consumers to use smartphone technology to answer their own health-related questions with the quick tap of a touchscreen.
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How Physicians Utilize Digital Media for Patient Interaction: Infographic

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Physicians are increasingly relying on digital devices such as smart phones and tablets to access critical healthcare information and increase their productivity.

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E-health expert going to wartorn country to repair mental toll

E-health expert going to wartorn country to repair mental toll | Mobile Health: How Mobile Phones Support Health Care | Scoop.it
CALGARY — As Afghanistan digs out and rebuilds after decades of conflict, repairing the mental toll of the devastation will take work, too, says a Calgary e-health expert who plans to travel to the wartorn country to roll out a new project.
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