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Apple Watch mHealth app race off to a fast start

Apple Watch mHealth app race off to a fast start | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Software developers have been busy creating apps for Apple's Watch since late last year when Apple released the iOS 8.2 SDK and then its WatchKit SDK this February. The Watch, Apple's first-ever wearable, comes with a two semi-mHealth apps that fall more on the fitness scope, including Activity and Workout.
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Why IBM's Partnership with Medtronic, J&J and Apple is Significant | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers

Why IBM's Partnership with Medtronic, J&J and Apple is Significant | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
IBM is entering healthcare by leveraging its Big Data capabilities and cloud platform, and partnering with Apple, J&J and Medtronic. Why is the partnership notable? Arundhati Parmar By now, you already know the basic announcement from International Business Machines.
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WebMD to launch app for Apple's smartwatch

WebMD to launch app for Apple's smartwatch | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

WebMD is betting that a glance at its Apple Watch medication adherence app, which is set to launch April 24, will be enough to prod patients to stick with their prescribed treatment regimens.


The hope is that the design, described as “dead-simple” by Benjamin Greenberg, WebMD's VP of mobile products and user experience, will motivate patients with one message: take your medication.


He said that the watch is the perfect medication adherence platform because the small screen makes it private and the watch won't have to be fished out of a pocket. It “removes all friction between the user and the system,” Greenberg added. 


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Walgreens also announced an adherence app for the Apple Watch! Back in 2012 I wrote "There have been many attempts by the drug industry to improve medication adherence, but it has been a tough challenge. The industry, however, has not given up. The new battleground for combating non-adherence is the mobile smartphone and the smartphone app is the weapon of choice." The mobile adherence battleground has now shifted to Apple Watch! 

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Apple and IBM unveil new apps for nurses

Apple and IBM unveil new apps for nurses | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
  SOURCE April 1, 2015 Apple and IBM have unveiled three new iOS apps designed to make life easier for nurses and nurse administrators inside the hospital setting – and another for at-home caregivers. The apps, part of Apple's new MobileFirst initiative, are: Hospital RN, which uses the iPhone to replace the pager and gives nurses access to patient records, locate patients through iBeacon technology, and use push notifications to access patient requests, lab status and safety alerts. Hospital Lead for iPad, which enables hospital administrators to manage floor nurses and staff through a centralized portal and offers a single, unified view of multiple internal database. Hospital Tech, which accesses a hospital's record system to give nurses real-time access to patient requests, safety alerts and lab status. Home RN, which enables home-based caregivers to manage patient records and share information – including text, video and photos – among care team members; in addition,
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PWS's curator insight, April 6, 2015 11:25 AM

Would you use a Nurse App from Apple and IBM? 

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19 health and fitness Apple Watch apps that appear ready at launch | mobihealthnews

19 health and fitness Apple Watch apps that appear ready at launch | mobihealthnews | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
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The Apple Watch Letdown: Healthcare’s Grand Disappointment | HealthWorks Collective

The Apple Watch Letdown: Healthcare’s Grand Disappointment | HealthWorks Collective | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
It turns out that the “innovative” health-and-fitness Apple Watch is more “fitness” than “health.”
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Mirren Mandalia's curator insight, March 30, 2015 3:06 PM

Maybe it's worth waiting for version 2 if you really want "health" not "fitness"!

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Apple ResearchKit: Can patient-generated data be trusted? | mHealthNews

Apple ResearchKit: Can patient-generated data be trusted? | mHealthNews | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
That's the question being posed by some following Apple's launch of its ResearchKit platform. Others, however, say the open-source platform and apps will revolutionize medical research and give providers more avenues to treat their patients.
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Samsung’s vision of digital health

Samsung’s vision of digital health | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Samsung’s vision of digital health includes research partnerships, open platforms. We interviewed David Rhew, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Samsung SDS.

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Some Apple Watch Health Functions Are No Match for Hairy Arms

Some Apple Watch Health Functions Are No Match for Hairy Arms | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
The Apple Watch is expected to debut in April--and now without some of its much-anticipated health features, The Wall Street Journal reports.

 

Apple reportedly had been testing sensors that track stress by measuring the conductivity of skin and an electrocardiogram feature that measures a user's heart rate, but found the technology didn't work properly, according to the article.

 

The sensors didn't work well on people with hairy arms or dry skin, and the watch underperformed on people who fastened it to their wrists too loosely. Instead, the company decided to go with a more generic pulse-monitoring feature.


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Pharma Guy's curator insight, February 23, 2015 2:53 PM


Of more concern is this: It also gained inconsistent results from blood-pressure and blood-oxygen-level tracking technology. And if those results were used to offer health or behavior advice, the watch would require approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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New Apple pedometer patent may hint at a future iWatch

New Apple pedometer patent may hint at a future iWatch | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

A newly published Apple patent application that details ways to improve a wrist-based pedometer could represent another piece of evidence pointing to an iWatch.

 

The application, “Wrist Pedometer Step Detection,” came out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office today. This is part of the standard patent process toward issuance. It details ways to improve step detection when someone is wearing a pedometer on a wrist.

 

In the patent application’s implementation, the pedometer might be able to “automatically determine that the pedometer is being worn on a user’s wrist.”

 

Pedometers, the application points out, are often attached to a user’s trunk – on the waist or pants or shirt pocket. A commonly used algorithm to measures steps, however, doesn’t work as well when the pedometer is on a wrist, because the arm’s movement can interfere with the measurement of acceleration.

 

 

Apple’s patent application would overcome this by filtering the measured movement or inferring steps from previous measurements, leading to more accurate step counts and distance estimation. Additionally, the document notes, “users do not have to specify where the pedometer is being worn” because the software will compensate.

 

 more at http://venturebeat.com/2014/03/13/new-apple-pedometer-patent-may-hint-at-a-future-iwatch/ ;


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Patients can now share their Apple HealthKit data with NHS GPs

Patients can now share their Apple HealthKit data with NHS GPs | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Although there's still some NHS GPs who remain very negative about the idea of 'healthy people using Health Apps' it's great to see that EMIS (the provider of the EHR used by most NHS GPs - follow ...
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Apple ResearchKit Now Available To All Medical Researchers

Apple ResearchKit Now Available To All Medical Researchers | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
medical researchers all over the world will now be able to use ResearchKit to develop their own apps and developers can also contribute new research modules
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Apple’s ResearchKit Is a Brave New Step in Digital Health and Research

Apple’s ResearchKit Is a Brave New Step in Digital Health and Research | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
SOURCE April 11, 2015 Apple recently made a big splash in the news with the Apple Watch and the new MacBook, but perhaps the other big piece of news is Apple’s push into medical research with its ResearchKit. The premise behind this initiative is to create an open-source software package that medical researchers may use to collect data in order to push the medical research paradigm. Apple is banking on the fact that users of iOS devices (ie, smartphones) have reached a point where collection of data can be meaningful. This is based on the fact that many of Apple's recent smartphones feature multiple sensors that can be leveraged to collect certain data. This includes accelerometers, microphones, touch sensors, and cloud-based technology to record data. For those who have been following the increased use of mobile medical apps, this is, in a sense, taking all the data patients use to evaluate their own health daily and sharing it in the name of research. ResearchKit will go live next
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More U.S. Hospitals Testing Apple’s Software Than Google’s

More U.S. Hospitals Testing Apple’s Software Than Google’s | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
  SOURCE March 15, 2015 A Reuters survey of 23 hospitals found that 14 have begun or are considering running pilot programs using HealthKit to obtain and track basic health information from patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes and hypertension. Monitoring patients’ blood pressure, weight, and heart rate, may help improve patient outcomes and lower costs. Apple’s remote-health-monitoring competition, Google and Samsung Electronics, have only begun marketing their services to doctors and hospitals, the Reuters report said. Healthcare organizations are eager to jump on the remote-monitoring bandwagon for a few reasons. Monitoring patients’ vital signs between office visits gives healthcare practitioners a chance to intervene before patients become sicker. Reducing hospital readmissions will also help the bottom line and keep the federal government from exacting new penalties on healthcare organizations. It’s less expensive to rely on apps than to pay those fees, too. To
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5 Reasons Pharma Should Care About Apple Watch

5 Reasons Pharma Should Care About Apple Watch | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

For months and months speculation was rife about the Apple Watch (or iWatch as was the expected moniker) and the possible implications and applications for healthcare. Then we had the 9th March launch event in San Francisco and theApple Watch seemed to sink like a lead balloon in the minds of health technology enthusiasts. This was aided by articles such as the one in the Wall Street Journal that claimed much of the exciting health sensor technology had been scrapped and asked: What Exactly Is an Apple Watch For? (Subscription required)

 

I believe that technology only becomes socially interesting when it becomes technologically boring. We can only really impact health at scale when we utilise technology that has true mainstream reach. However I feel there are still a number of key reasons the Apple Watch is worth thinking about for healthcare broadly, and pharmaceutical companies specifically. Here are five reasons pharma should care as we approach the April 24th Apple Watch launch date


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Jennifer Grech's curator insight, April 7, 2015 5:57 AM

Are we (pharma) listening?

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Apple’s ResearchKit: Can apps take medical research to the next level?

Apple’s ResearchKit: Can apps take medical research to the next level? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Apple's ResearchKit is aimed at medical research SOURCE March 25, 2015 These days, apps are ubiquitous as tools to improve health and fitness. But Apple thinks it can do more than that and even take medical research to a new level, thanks to its power to crowdsource subjects in clinical tests and monitoring studies. Can the company's recently-announced ResearchKit, an open source software framework for researchers, be the medical study game changer that it's aiming to be? Strength in numbers The first thing that comes to mind with ResearchKit is the sheer quantity of information the studies will be able to amass. A vast range of data can be accessed from the Health app, such as weight, blood pressure and glucose levels. Apple introduced the HealthKit software framework with iOS 8 so developers could design health and fitness apps that can communicate with each other. ResearchKit can access even more data such as gait, motor impairment, speech and memory through hardware such as the
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Apple's ResearchKit: Health care's tipping point?

Apple's ResearchKit: Health care's tipping point? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Just as the iPod was a tipping point for digital music, Apple's platform for medical researchers and its Apple Watch could do the same for health care.
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Is what's good for Elvis good for your DNA? The ultimate Apple ResearchKit debate

Is what's good for Elvis good for your DNA? The ultimate Apple ResearchKit debate | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
I’m completely fascinated by ResearchKit, Apple’s new program for encouraging people to contribute their data to clinical trials. This program was announced at the same time as the Apple Watch...
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In-Depth: Apple ResearchKit concerns, potential, analysis

In-Depth: Apple ResearchKit concerns, potential, analysis | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

At the end of this in-depth is a description of each of the first five ResearchKit-enabled apps that Apple announced on-stage on Monday. Those include: The University of Rochester and Sage Bionetworks’ Parkinson’s research app, mPower; MGH’s diabetes research app, GlucoSuccess; Stanford and the University of Oxford’s heart disease research app called MyHeart Counts; Mount Sinai Hospital and Weill Cornell Medical College’s asthma research app, Asthma Health; Dana Farber Cancer Institute, UCLA School of Public Health, Penn Medicine, and Sage Bionetworks’ app for breast cancer survivors, Share the Journey.


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Samsung ehealth announcement: a health app vs Apple HealthBook?

Samsung ehealth announcement: a health app vs Apple HealthBook? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

Speculation is that the South Korean company could launch some health-related apps for its smartphones or a Gear Fit-type wearable device, or, asEngadget reports, the event could also be related to forthcoming sensors and components that can monitor vital stats.

 

Considering the timing of the event, which falls mere days before rival Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, there are also rumors that the company would be launching something on the lines of the rumored Apple’s fitness tracking HealthBook app for iOS 8.

 

The app is reportedly capable of monitoring heart rate, blood pressure, weight, oxygen saturation, respiratory rate, and blood sugar, as well as track your bloodwork, hydration, physical activity, nutrition, and sleep. Although there are apps out there in the market that provide some of these features, HealthBook is expected to combine them all in a single mobile interface.


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