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With ECG Sensor, Apple May Be Adding mHealth Muscle to Its Watch

With ECG Sensor, Apple May Be Adding mHealth Muscle to Its Watch | Health Reform Now | Scoop.it

Apple is reportedly developing an ECG monitor for the Apple Watch, a move that could pit the tech giant against developers of medical-grade ECG wearables and further push consumer wearables into the remote patient monitoring landscape.

While Apple hasn’t said anything about its plans, Bloomberg and other news outlets have reported on a project that would equip the Apple Watch with a sensor that tracks electrical signals in the heart. The sensor would be an upgrade to current consumer-facing smartwatches and activity bands that use green LED lights and light0-sensitive photodiodes to measure blood flow through the wrist.

Medical device makers like AliveCor, BioSig, Biotricity and Medtronic currently dominate a market primarily focused on clinicians seeking to monitor patients’ ECGs outside the office or clinic.  More recently, companies like Cardea, Motiv and Qardio have come out with ECG monitors fit into stylish wearables and designed for the consumer market.

 


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Positive Hospital Marketing Campaigns Have A Painful Downside : Shots - Health News : NPR

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Senate bill expands the use of telehealth services, remote patient monitoring for Medicare Beneficiaries

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Trump upset will force healthcare leaders to rethink the future - Modern Healthcare Modern Healthcare business news, research, data and events

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Digital Health Space describes the space between patients and physicians and physician to physician. It's mission is to reduce this space.
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How those pharmacy coupons may increase your health care costs

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How drug coupons 'undermine' payers' efforts to limit healthcare costs Consumer drug vouchers for pricey pharmaceuticals--lik
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CEO Spotlight: American Well's Roy Schoenberg on the U.S. coming out of a 10-year telehealth war zone |

CEO Spotlight: American Well's Roy Schoenberg on the U.S. coming out of a 10-year telehealth war zone | | Health Reform Now | Scoop.it
During the past five years health information technology is going through a second wave of disruptive tecchnology. It has taken almost te
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Report: Hungry Teens Often Feel Responsibility To Help Feed The Family | California Healthline

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A report today from the California Healthline reveals a disturbing fact. Many adolescents are required to help feed their families.  Man
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Stanford Medicine X and Symplur announce an Everyone Included™ social media research challenge

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America's Health Care-Cost Slowdown Goes Kaput; What Should Republicans Say (And Do) About It?

America's Health Care-Cost Slowdown Goes Kaput; What Should Republicans Say (And Do) About It? | Health Reform Now | Scoop.it
Candidates should explain not just how they’ll replace Obamacare, but also how they are going to fix the problems that led to it in the first place.
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On the Third Hand: Why stock market turmoil could be a PPACA story

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Insurers\' ability to expand, innovate and absorb pain depends partly on Wall Street.
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How is PPACA faring?

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The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is either in robust health or on life support, depending on who is doing the diagnosis.
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Social Media Access in Hospitals

Social media is a daily part of our lives, but many people are not allowed to access social media in their workplace. To understand more about Social Media Acce
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Doctors Feel Excluded from Health Care Value Efforts

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State regulations create obstacles for telemedicine

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Five Reasons Why Physicians Need to Use Social Media 

Physician participation in social media is a health care imperative according to Dr. Kevin Pho, a practicing internist and the founder of KevinMD.com, a leading online health portal; however, many physicians remain skeptical about the value of social media.  At an Ethics Forum hosted by the Massachusetts Medical Society on December 2, 2011, Pho suggested several reasons why physicians need to embrace new ways to communicate with their patients.

A social media epiphany

Pho began blogging in May, 2004 as a way to share links to health care resources and talk about health care reform.  In the fall of 2004, when the Merck drug Vioxx was recalled, Pho’s office was flooded with patient phone calls.  In response, Pho decided to write a blog post about the recall.  When one of his patients mentioned that the blog post had reassured and comforted him, Pho recognized the tremendous potential of social media.    He realized that patients want health information but are overwhelmed, frustrated, confused and even frightened by what they find online.  Health care professionals, Pho noted, can play an important role by becoming a reputable source of online information or by directing patients to reliable sources.  

Making the case for social media participation

Pho offered five reasons doctors should participate in social media:

Provide context.  Pho pointed out that every day new health stories are published.  Social media is a powerful way for physicians to provide context and meaning to the news items that patients read and view.Dispel myths.  Online health information can be medically and factually inaccurate.  To maintain physicians’ standing as health care authorities, Pho emphasized that it is critical for doctors to use social media to counter myths perpetuated by inaccurate health information.Influence the health care debate.  Pho cited the results of a Gallup survey which concluded that patients trust physicians regarding health care policy. Participation in social media gives physicians a way to express their views and influence the formulation of policies that will shape how medicine is practiced.Choose social networks carefully. There are many different social media networks today. Facebook has been the most popular for a long time, but others are gaining traction too, such as Instagram. It’s a good idea to buy Instagram likes and invest in other social networks, since they are changing the marketing landscape for the healthcare profession.Connect with mainstream media.  Experience with social media can provide physicians with the skills they need to connect with mainstream media.  For example, Pho noted that writing his blog gave him the confidence to write op-eds for mainstream news publications. Hear what patients have to say.  Social media gives patients a place to express their frustrations and concerns about health care.  By listening to patient feedback on his blog, Pho has changed the way he practices medicine.  He now offers same day appointments, doesn’t take his laptop into the exam room and makes sure patients receive their test results.

Rules of engagement

Prior to using social media, Pho suggested that physicians consult guidelines, such as those prepared by the American Medical Association or the Massachusetts Medical Society.    He emphasized that patient privacy always comes first.  He also offered these pointers:

Tiptoe into social media.  Start small by establishing a presence in a single social media community.   Expand your presence as you get more comfortable.Stay professional.  Pho advised that rules for online and offline professional behavior are identical:  behavior on the web is no different from behavior in the exam room.Think twice before you hit enter.  Pho reminded attendees that what you post on the web is permanently indexed by search engines so post thoughtfully not impulsively. Manage your online reputation.  According to Pho you can’t get delete a negative online review but you can downplay its significance by creating a healthy online presence.  He noted that any page you put in your own name such as websites, blogs or social profiles on Linkedin, Twitter or Facebook, will rank more highly in search results than reviews on third party rating sites.  Additionally, he suggested being proactive by asking patients to submit reviews. He noted that most reviews are positive.  He also encourages doctors to Google their name at least once a week to continually monitor and protect their reputations.

 Pho closed by noting that the true value of social media for physicians may be its ability to strengthen and preserve relationships with patients. 


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Health Train Express: Is it Time to Occupy Health Care ?

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The great question of the 21st century: Whose black box do you trust? - O'Reilly Media

The great question of the 21st century: Whose black box do you trust? - O'Reilly Media | Health Reform Now | Scoop.it
Some years ago, John Mattison , the chief medical information officer of Kaiser Permanente, the large integrated health provider, said
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Is it Time to Occupy Health Care ?

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The occupy movement has become embedded in many protests. It culminated with Occupy Wall Street, followed by many others.
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Health Train Express: Physicians Digital Marketing Guide for 2014

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The ACP Advocate Blog: What do doctors really think of Obamacare? (It’s not what critics have told you).

Bob Doherty, ACP's Senior Vice President, Governmental Affairs and Public Policy, blogs about important health policy issues in The ACP Advocate Blog.
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Four new health center sites slated for South Carolina - Herald Independent - heraldindependent.com

WASINGTON, D.C. — Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced Tuesday $1,950,001 in Affordable Care Act funding to 4 ne...
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Congressman Yoder on Repealing Obamacare

When asked why the GOP Congress has failed to fulfill their pledge to repeal the wildly unpopular ObamaCare bill KS Republican Congressman Yoder replied...
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