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EUROPA - Press release - Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealth

EUROPA - Press release - Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealth | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
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he European Commission is today launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.

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Rowan Norrie's curator insight, April 11, 4:54 AM

Links to useful European strategy and green papers on eHealth

 

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The Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2015

The Top 7 Social Media Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2015 | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
It’s that time again: When I look ahead to 2015 to predict social media marketing trends we can expect over the coming year.
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How Smartphone Apps Can Treat Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia

How Smartphone Apps Can Treat Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

Bryan Timlin always carries an iPhone and an Android phone.

 

The 57-year-old is an app and graphic designer with a Michigan company calledOptHub, but he doesn’t carry two phones for work. He carries the iPhone because that’s what he likes, and he carries the Android because it’s what he needs.

 

The Android phone monitors his behavior. Five years ago, Timlin was diagnosed with rapid-cycling bipolar disorder, a mental illness characterized by four or more manic or depressive episodes a year. Some episodes, he says, can last as long as eight weeks. “Being bipolar is like jumping out of an airplane knowing you don’t have a parachute on,” he says. “You know you’re going to be hurt, but the high is so euphoric that it’s worth the risk. You can deal with the consequences later.” With his Android phone, he hopes to deal with these moments in other ways.


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Karin Benckert's curator insight, November 21, 7:46 AM

Otroligt - det här är verkligen något som kan göra skillnad i människors liv. Och inte bara för den som är sjuk utan för alla människor.

Arielle Gold's curator insight, November 24, 2:10 PM

This article discusses one of the many smart phone applications that has been created in order to help alleviate the symptoms of Schizophrenia, and other unpredictable mental disorders (Alba, 2014). The primary application that is discussed is called "Priori" (Alba, 2014). Priori is designed to monitor a patient's tone when he is speaking, along with the periods of time that he isn't speaking (Alba, 2014). It focuses on the speed and tone of his talking, and any rapid changes in topic that may occur (Alba, 2014). Any offsets that Priori records in the patient's regular way of communicating may help him to better predict an impending Schizophrenic episode. These sort of episodes can not only be dangerous to ones-self, but potentially to those around the individual experiencing the episode (Myers & Myers, 2008). Symptoms may include something as basic as laughing or crying at inappropriate times, or potentially as severe as immobility and even hallucinations (Myers & Myers, 2008). Schizophrenia is considered to be one of the most severe examples of "psychosis," or "a broad term for a disorder marked by irrationality, distorted perceptions, and lost contact with reality (Myers & Myers, 2008, p. 562)," because it may not necessarily be consistent, and can be onset at any given time (Alba, 2014). With that being said, although Priori is still in it's developmental phase, this application has the potential to warn patients and their doctors of an impending episode, so that they can better prepare, and ideally make the episode minimally damaging to the patient, and those around him/her (Alba, 2014).

 

This article is very well-written, and appears to be reliable because of several different sources cited throughout, including Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, a psychiatrist in chief at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center (Alba, 2014). Any scientific information that was included about Schizophrenia or other mental disorders seemed to be accurate because it was given to the author by physicians, and even an actual mental disorder patient, named Bryan Timlin (Alba, 2014). If I were to recommend any changes in order to help the author verify the accuracy of this article, I would suggest the inclusion of a full reference page that will give any contributors all of the credit that they deserve, while giving readers the tools to do some research on their own.

 

The following is the full-text citation of the textbook that I discussed in my review of this article, along with a citation for the article itself:

 

Alba, D. (2014, November 20). "How Smartphone Apps Can Treat Bipolar Disorder and Schizophrenia" - Wired. Retrieved from http://www.wired.com/2014/11/mental-health-apps/

 

Myers, D. G., & Myers, D. G. (2008). Schizophrenia. In Exploring Psychology in Modules(9th ed., pp. 562-568). Retrieved from http://books.google.com/books?id=ReckAAAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&authuser=2&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&hl=en&output=reader&pg=GBS.PA568

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Medical Calculators Use Big Data to Help Patients Make Choices

Medical Calculators Use Big Data to Help Patients Make Choices | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

Doctors are turning to clinical calculators that crunch big data to help patients make informed medical decisions.


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Denise Silber's curator insight, September 26, 3:09 AM

Thanks to @giomarsi for pointing this out.

 

 
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Social Media Rules: The FDA Crackdown

Social Media Rules: The FDA Crackdown | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

Studies have shown that 60% of Americans turn to the internet for medical advice. It’s obvious how social media naturally seems like another method pharmaceutical companies can quickly and easily advertise to consumers. Are pharmaceutical companies alone in trying to tap into our unconscious? Would you be surprised if I told you that you could be inadvertently perpetuating such behavior?  

The U.S. is one of the few countries that permits direct-to-consumer advertising of pharmaceuticals. We’ve all see the ads that ramble on about all the potential risks and side effects associated with various medications. No doubt you’ve probably been bombarded with flashy sidebars on the internet promoting one medication or another — some creepily relevant to our own medical conditions. As social media became a part of life for many of us, pharmaceutical companies were quick to exploit the medium. Platforms like Twitter are free to operate and far-reaching. Only until recently has there been a greater effort to regulate the content being disseminated to the public.

In this day and age, Big Pharma might not be quite as cavalier as you might expect. A quick search on Twitter says it all. Almost every major drug company has a verified Twitter account. While companies are generous in providing general medical knowledge or the update here or there that says the company is actively researching condition X, seldom do you find anything plugging a specific product.

Direct-to-consumer advertising on social media has revealed many challenges. Sometimes 140 characters simply isn’t enough to convey all the benefits let alone the black box warnings a drug may possess. The “Twitterverse” is an international community, and messages applicable to one population could wrongfully passed on to another. Some medications banned by one country may be promoted by individuals and corporations of another country. In fact, Glaxo Smith-Kline and AstraZeneca reportedly have disclaimers on their Facebook sites saying that information is “intended for US residents/consumers only.”

But how often are pharmaceutical companies really harping on their own products on Twitter? More likely than not, individuals are weighing in with their micro-reviews on Twitter. Some would argue that these posts could impact consumers. Bad experiences often motivate people to say something. What about the positive reviews? Who is really behind the tweets gushing about Medication XYZ?

So far, individuals aren’t being held accountable for claims they make. Should the FDA as individuals to report their disclosures? Should the FDA be verifying all social media posts that mention a drug? Something tells me there no room in the FDA budget for this. Others would go as far as to argue that this violates the first amendment.

In June 2014, the FDA released suggested guidelines to regulate social media posts by drug companies. Essentially for every post claiming benefit of a certain medication, the FDA is demanding equal reporting of risks and a link to more information to go with it. Sounds impossible to squeeze all that into 140 characters, and perhaps it these guidelines were meant to deter drug companies from using social media altogether to promote their products.

Let’s take a step back to ask ourselves a few questions:

Do you think the FDA is being fair to drug companies, or should we be hearing about the risks/benefits of toilet paper or have the nutrition facts be mandated for a tweet promoting candy bars? Do you think such regulations are resulting in adverse effects by deterring some individuals from learning about some medications? As mentioned earlier, should individuals be subjected to the same rules? Should all our tweets be regulated as potential advertisement for whichever product is mentioned?

To read the other posts in Austin Chiang’s Healthcare & Social Media series, click here.

 


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What & Why People Share On Social Media (Infographic)

What & Why People Share On Social Media (Infographic) | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

What people are sharing and how they’re sharing it is changing fast. A new infographic from Go-Gulf, a web design team based in Dubai, has gathered the latest data, which is now available in this newly released (July 2014) social media infographic. Here are the highlights…


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Rachel Turner Dool's curator insight, October 26, 6:47 AM

Wow! what a list of stats. Some really interesting ones here...

CONETZAR's curator insight, October 30, 6:21 AM

¿Alguna vez te has preguntad qué comparte la gente en las redes sociales? Y, ¿por qué lo comparte?

Esta interesante y completa infografía muestra los elementos más compartidos en las redes sociales durante el año 2013. Estos van desde vídeos hasta opiniones o noticias.

También se analiza lo compartido en las diferentes redes sociales y por qué se eligen esos medios para compartirlo.

Por último, es posible conocer los datos demográficos de los usuarios de redes sociales.

 

Para terminar... un dato curioso: Según este estudio, el país en el que más contenido se comparte a través de las redes sociales es Turquía, con un 93 %. 

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Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Announces Collaboration with TracFone For A New Mobile Health Management Solution

Microsoft Corporation (MSFT) Announces Collaboration with TracFone For A New Mobile Health Management Solution | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

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.


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Can Wearable Technology Put a Dent in Parkinson's Disease?

Can Wearable Technology Put a Dent in Parkinson's Disease? | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
Intel is teaming up with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to put a dent in Parkinson's disease with wearable technology and big data.

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Josepf J Haslam's curator insight, August 14, 1:54 PM

#BackToTheFuture Technologies today?

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http://normlawlor.blogspot.ca

Paulo Duarte's curator insight, August 30, 5:11 AM

Parkinsons deasise

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Pact app pays cash for living healthily, provided by members who don't

Pact app pays cash for living healthily, provided by members who don't | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

Pact uses cash incentives to help successful users achieve health goals, paid for by members who fail to observe their commitments.


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Andrew Spong's curator insight, August 6, 8:01 AM

I can't decide whether Pact's proposition is akin to a pyramid selling scheme in a health setting, or whether its stimulation of the most primitive of instincts (for example greed, or the fear of losing face) can be drivers of health behaviour change.

 

I'd suspect that it will merely reward those who already observe good health habits, and penalise those willing to pay to discover that willpower cannot be outsourced.

 

It'd be interesting to see the emergence evidence around its health impact, however, particularly with reference to the ability to change health behaviours rather than merely reinforce existing ones.

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Apple HealthKit: watches, health sensors and more

Apple HealthKit: watches, health sensors and more | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
Apple has filed for HealthKit trademarks in the U.S. and Europe, with mention of watches, fitness sensors and more

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Sandy Williams Spencer's curator insight, August 6, 11:02 AM

I would love to have this little item. With COPD, I'm monitoring 02 and Heart Rate quite often. On the treadmill, it's constant monitoring. 


And when taking a walk or working around the house, if I'm not wearing 02-- I'm monitoring the need for it. 


When you have an illness of any sort, monitoring vitals is definitely important.  And the ability to send a quick message to friend or family member for help when trouble arises-- is imperative. http:///ginghamcountry.com/living

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How mobile became mighty in healthcare

How mobile became mighty in healthcare | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
Without a doubt, 2014 will be declared the year mobile became mighty in healthcare. No matter where in the world you live, whether you are talking about patients, consumers, or healthcare providers, mobile is revolutionising the future of healthcare – so much so, that it's worth taking a closer look at 10 powerful trends emerging throughout the mobile health space. We'll also be showcasing our findings on mobile health user experience at the Mighty Mobile seminar at the inauguralCannes Lions Health festival.

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The Wearable Tech Ecosystem in One Easy View (infographic)

The Wearable Tech Ecosystem in One Easy View (infographic) | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
After weeks of research, Wearable World has created an Infographic of The Existing Wearable Technology Landscape, which indexes over 160 different companies within the ecosystem.

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Felix Jackson's curator insight, May 14, 4:55 AM

Very complex infographic that nicely shows how difficult it is to categorize the existing wearable landscape... despite what the authors like to think they did... ;)

Eularis's curator insight, May 15, 3:49 AM

The Wearable Tech Ecosystem in One Easy View (infographic) | http://venturebeat.com/2014/05/12/overview-of-the-wearable-technology-ecosystem-infographic/

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More than three-quarters of patients think pharma companies have a responsibility to provide information and services that help patients manage their own health

More than three-quarters of patients think pharma companies have a responsibility to provide information and services that help patients manage their own health | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

More than three-quarters (76 percent) of patients think pharmaceutical companies have a responsibility to provide information and services that help patients manage their own health.

 

Nearly as many respondents, 74 percent, indicated that the most appropriate time to initiate outreach is when they start making a medication, although half of the respondents are open to receiving assistance after they have begun a course of treatment or are considering switching.

 

The report also indicated that patients are generally very satisfied with patient services when they get them—and are willing to give more personal health information to obtain more relevant services.

 

Of the patients who receive services, a sizable majority (70 to 80 percent) express satisfaction with all the services used.

 

In addition, patients appear to place high importance on services, providing a strong indication that services are viewed as a "should offer" not a "nice to offer" add-on—dependent on the type of medicine or treatment.

 

Patients are also ready and willing to share information in order to receive improved or free services, the survey found.

 

Eighty percent of patients are proactively seeking information about the medicines they are taking, and more than 70 percent seek out information on health care services related to their conditions.

 

Nearly four in 10 (38 percent) want pharmaceutical companies to reach them through social media—a significantly higher percentage than what they want from physicians, pharmacists, friends and family.

 

"There is a clear need for pharmaceutical companies to understand patient communication preferences and customize channels and content to provide relevant customer experiences at scale," the report said.

 

 


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Surveying the therapeutic areas pharma participates in on facebook, YouTube and Pinterest

Surveying the therapeutic areas pharma participates in on facebook, YouTube and Pinterest | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

Many companies have created online forums as support networks for patients and their loved ones. Customized online communities can greatly impact patients, but many of these support groups can also be found on mainstream platforms like Facebook.

 

The article show popular therapeutic areas that are represented on pharma-sponsored Facebook, YouTube and Pinterest sites, according to secondary research conducted by CEI analysts.

 

In these graphics, the larger the circle, the larger a presence the therapeutic area has on the social media platform. These data suggest that central nervous system (CNS), diabetes and oncology patients have many options for online support. But there are also options for endocrinology, respiratory and immunology patients – to only name a few.

 

Facebook is shown above.

 

YouTube: http://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Figure-2-YouTube-TA-presence-JPEG-400x299.jpg

 

Pinterest: http://www.cuttingedgeinfo.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Figure-3-Pinterest-TA-presence-JPEG-400x300.jpg

 

 


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New App Uses ‘Rewards’ to Monitor Mood Disorders

New App Uses ‘Rewards’ to Monitor Mood Disorders | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

Adrian Cunning’s startup, ThriveStreams, has released its first product, according to CNET.

 

The newly released app takes a gamified approach to mood tracking for those with conditions such as depression and bipolar disorder. Cunning was diagnosed as bipolar in 2002 and has said that his own battle with the disorder inspired him to serve others with mental health struggles.


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Home - Soreon Research

Home - Soreon Research | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
Soreon Research is an independent research firm. We specialize in research reports on how technology and wearables will revolutionize the healthcare sector
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Sounds like a great report. Already you can capture lots of information from these pages, including a list of the top 30 disruptive players.

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Physicians in Social Media: Listening using Creation Pinpoint - Creation Pinpoint

Physicians in Social Media: Listening using Creation Pinpoint - Creation Pinpoint | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
    Discover how doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals all over the world are using public social media in their professional lives. In the video above you’ll see examples of healthcare professionals connecting together online using Twitter, Google+, blogs…Read more ›
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Heart and Breathing Rates Tracked with Google Glass

Heart and Breathing Rates Tracked with Google Glass | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
A new way to track heart and breathing data, demonstrated with Google Glass, could heighten interest in wearable sensors.
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Really interesting bit about ballistocardiogram!

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The iPhone 6 May Come With A Special Chip Just For Measuring Your Health

The iPhone 6 May Come With A Special Chip Just For Measuring Your Health | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
The iPhone 6 could come with a separate processor for analyzing your health data, such as your burned calories and blood sugar.

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Art Jones's curator insight, August 26, 11:07 AM

#mHealth #QuantifiedSelf

Insights to Health Clinic's curator insight, August 26, 12:22 PM

What tools are you using to help manage your health?

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Moving the Mobile Needle: Majority of HCP's Use Mobile Phones For Professional Purposes

Moving the Mobile Needle: Majority of HCP's Use Mobile Phones For Professional Purposes | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
If you've been to a doctor's office recently, you may have noticed some changes. Sure, the stethoscope and tongue depressors are still there. But now, patients

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Google Glass App Connects Patients With Specialists Quickly

Google Glass App Connects Patients With Specialists Quickly | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

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.


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Passive sensing with smartphones

Passive sensing with smartphones | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

The opportunities, pitfalls, and ethical challenges associated with the increasing amount of passive data collection that is possible through the many different sensors we're already carrying around in our pockets.


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Andrew Spong's curator insight, August 6, 9:50 AM

I'm thinking 'health' when reviewing this summary of course, and you will be too, I'm sure.

 

These questions will become increasingly important as more sensors are added to the devices we carry with us, but more significantly those static sensors in our lived environments that gather data about us -- overtly, and covertly.

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Digital Advances: Healthcare Professional Demand versus Pharmaceutical Industry Supply of Digital Resources

Digital Advances: Healthcare Professional Demand versus Pharmaceutical Industry Supply of Digital Resources | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
This 29-page research report is based on an independent study conducted in April 2014 by EPG Health Media, publisher of epgonline.org (the website for healthcare professionals).

The study includes two sample groups; 326 healthcare professionals (HCPs) and 146 pharmaceutical industry marketers (including pharma company and agency) and is designed to provide insight into factors surrounding HCP demand and pharma supply of digital resources.
- See more at: http://www.epghealthmedia.com/industry-reports/digital-demand-versus-supply/#sthash.EULwUre0.dpuf
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Some excellent insights in this free report.

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Now You Can See Which Diseases Are Trending At The Doctor's Office

Now You Can See Which Diseases Are Trending At The Doctor's Office | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
An electronic health record company is offering up a fascinating new way to see what's making people sick, how they're getting treated, and what...
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Quite impressive - I can see pharma marketers drooling over this.

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Corporate Communications should not be implementing pharma's social media

Corporate Communications should not be implementing pharma's social media | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it
Corporate Communications is fine for implementing social media for investor relations but patients and caregivers want someone who can keep it real and speak to them with respect, transparency and honesty.

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Andrew Spong's curator insight, May 6, 6:57 AM

Aside from corporate reporting, I whole-heartedly agree with Rich on this.

 

Clearly, pretty much the opposite is the case at present, and the longer the status quo is preserved, the harder it will be for the industry to break away from a decision which use and familiarity have legitimated over time, and which is looking less and less viable.

 

Social media sits for the most part in pharma corporate communications because it's the easiest thing to do, not because it's the right thing to do.

Tanja Juslin's curator insight, May 15, 4:13 AM

Challenges seen both when corporate communication is doing what they "technically" know best and when therapy area specialist would know the area best, it's not clear that they can "technically" manage this.

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Merck's EHR alliance to improve patient health

Merck's EHR alliance to improve patient health | Pharma Strategic | Scoop.it

In one of its first digital health initiatives, Merck has partnered with web-based electronic health record provider Practice Fusion to help doctors track the percentage of their adult patients who are up to date on their vaccines.


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