Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) is partnering with TracFone, a telecommunication company, to provide a new mobile health management solution for high-risk and underserved population. This service would be provided through insurers and other providers. The company revealed this in a press release on its website recently.
Navigating the healthcare system as a patient can be a real pain in the aspirin. You've got your annual checkups, and if anything looks fishy, bring on the wild goose chase of specialist visits. If you've ever been referred to a specialist, you've likely experienced weeks of waiting to get into his or her office, and then sat dumbfounded when you went through roughly the same procedure as you had with the first doctor, all to find out, "You're all good."
Remedy, a Google Glass application that connects physicians and specialists, is helping solve appointment overload by getting patients in front of the right specialists quickly and digitally.
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Apple Inc has been discussing how its HealthKit service will work with health providers at Mount Sinai, the Cleveland Clinic and Johns Hopkins as well as with Allscripts, a competitor
Personal health is becoming increasingly mobile, and there are now thousands of apps aiming to address everything from lifestyle issues to chronic diseases. But can you trust these apps the same way you trust your prescribed drugs and medical devices?
Medical devices are generally regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, and although the FDA reviews some apps, experts say the agency's power and efforts aren't nearly enough to cover the 97,000 and counting health apps out there that are transforming consumer health.
The Baseline Study is a collaboration between the Google X “moonshot” organization and various clinical and academic partners. The work should fit in well with the health-monitoring aspects of Google’s wearable efforts.
Even with drug makers’ recent increases in digital spending, the pharmaceutical industry is repeatedly said to be a laggard in terms of its speed in adoption of social media.
Among the 50 largest manufacturers worldwide, more than half still do not use it to actively engage consumers or patients. Most of them use social media as a unilateral broadcasting channel and no more than ten are on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.
Pharmaceutical companies largely avoid involvement, cowering from regulatory wrath. They fear a loss of messaging control, privacy concerns and a lack of familiarity with community building. In addition, they struggle to quantify a return on investment.
So how do you actually know what physicians are saying about your drug? Can you identify the top ten fears of patients suffering from the conditions treated by your market leading product?
A Harvard Innovation Lab startup aims to bolster patient treatment by enhancing coordination and communication among caregivers via an mHealth app that will let healthcare teams text, share images and videos and have a patient list in quick reach.
When it comes to the potential for digital health to radically improve chronic medical conditions, diabetes leads the discussion. Despite being an obvious market and the existence of literally thousands of apps claiming to assist with diabetes management, the diabetes app market remains relatively immature, with no clear dominating market leader. Therefore, researchers in Germany conducted a systematic review of diabetes apps for iOS and Android to assess the options currently available on the market
The nurse uses surgical app DocSpera to send the cardiologist a video of the EKG and a summary of the other tests. The cardiologist reviews the EKG while at the conference and decides your mom needs surgery, stat. The cardiologist sends a surgeon the diagnostic information, and the surgeon confirms that a carotid angioplasty must be performed within the next eight hours. This information is passed to a surgery center to identify an operating room. The info also goes to a medical device representative to ensure the correct stent is on its way.
Mobile healthcare technology innovation, adoption and its ultimate impact as a valuable equation for patients, providers and payers relies on a collaborative approach from application development to user involvement, reveals research funded by Hannover Medical School in Germany.
Ever wanted to learn from some of the world’s experts on mobile devices and health technology? And apply it towards solving international health issues? Physicians from Stanford University will re-offer their online course, Mobile Health Without Borders, addressing these topics. Their course is available to the public at no charge.
Eighty percent of smartphone users are interested in using their smartphones to interact with health care providers, according to a FICO survey of 2,239 adult smartphone users from the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.
The survey analyzed how consumers prefer to interact with health care providers on mobile devices, online and in-person.
"A group of junior high and high school students in Cambridge, Mass., are part of an experimental education program that aims to prove they’re capable of solving real-world problems early with the help of 3D printers, Arduino and group collaboration."
Not to be left behind Apple’s HealthKit framework that collects and aggregates a user’s health data from various services and devices, Google is working on its own health service called Google Fit if this report from Forbes is to be believed.
The service will collect data from popular fitness trackers and health related apps and aggregate them into a central place, similar to Apple’s HealthKit.
With HealthKit Apple is attempting to unify and share the disparate data of your health and fitness apps with each other, and -- if you want -- with your medical institution as well..
Apple wants to be the one-stop shop for your health and fitness needs. It's a rather ambitious goal, but it's also a necessary one given the increasingly crowded fitness field. And, of course, it also lays the groundwork for that long-rumored iWatch.