Industry Turns Attention to Broader Adoption of Connected Health

Industry Turns Attention to Broader Adoption of Connected Health   WLSA wireless life sciences alliance mHealth focus connected health The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) said this week that its forthcoming ninth annual Convergence Summit will focus on achieving broader global adoption of technology-enabled health care when the event gets underway next month.

This newfound focus comes at a time when the pace of innovation in connected health and personal health solutions is “accelerating,” the organization says.

“The technology sector has ‘discovered’ the health care market, so tech is not the problem; we have an adoption issue,” explains WLSA President and CEO Robert B. McCray.  “We have the tools and knowledge to fix a broken healthcare model.  Now we need to overcome the barriers to the adoption of connected health so ‘engaged health consumers’ throughout the world will realize the benefits that technology is poised to deliver.  The emergence of the engaged health consumer movement and its impact on the health care system will be the key theme of this year’s conference.”
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The Personal Connected Health Alliance Officially Launches

The Personal Connected Health Alliance Officially Launches   The Personal Connected Health Alliance mobile health mHealth Summit mHealth HIMSS Continua Health Alliance On Tuesday, Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS announced their partnership in launching the Personal Connected Health Alliance.

The effort is billed as an international non-profit organization intended to represent the consumer voice in personal connected health.

According to a statement provided to mHealthWatch, PCHA will build upon the global reach, leadership and resources of its founding organizations to empower individuals to better manage their health and wellness from anywhere, at any time, with stronger links between consumers, their social networks and providers.
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Changes to Census Taking Masking ACA

Changes to Census Taking Masking ACA   census Affordable Care Act ACA After the Census Bureau announced that they would be changing the way they survey the population, some experts in the field of healthcare began expressing concern that the positive effects of the Affordable Care Act would be masked.

In a report published recently by The New York Times, regulatory commissions said that they were looking forward to using census information to see how the poverty line compared to health insurance numbers. The new census policy will apparently make this more difficult.

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Google Glass for Doctors? It’s Happening

Google Glass for Doctors? It’s Happening   mHealth hospitals Google Glass doctors Most doctors agree that the hospital is the perfect testing ground for Google Glass. With more and more doctors looking for efficient ways to care for patients, many believe that the wearable tech could make healthcare more efficient and more effective. With immediate access to information, doctors can give more accurate diagnoses, communicate more effectively, and even find a way to distract anxious children in medical settings.

Most recently, the Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston, Texas has been using augmented reality technology to take children on digital field trips. Not only has this been a morale-booster for children unable to leave the hospital because of medical conditions, it has also lessened the anxiety that seems innate in some children when staying in the hospital.

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Consultations for mHealth May Trigger New Regulations

Consultations for mHealth May Trigger New Regulations   mHealth news mHealth European Commission Neelie Kroes, the VP of the European Commission recently said that mHealth “will reduce costly visits to hospitals, help citizens take charge of their own health and well-being, and move towards prevention rather than cure. It is also a great opportunity for the booming app economy and for entrepreneurs.”

The European Commission is launching a consultation on mHealth, 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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Hospitals Begin Posting Doctor Ratings Online

Hospitals Begin Posting Doctor Ratings Online   mobile health mHealth health app In a move that has been met with some confusion, the University of Utah Health Care Hospital has begun to post reviews of their doctors online.

This began, however, as a way to augment bad reviews which are commonly found online. Because more people will go online to leave a bad review than to leave a good one, the hospital found that the ratings of many of their doctors were skewed negatively, when they knew that individual interactions with doctors were positive on the whole.

To counteract the bad reviews, the hospital has revealed the results of patient satisfaction surveys. “We knew our patient satisfaction scores were really strong and we had a good story to share with our patients,” said Brian Gresh, the Senior Director of Marketing at University of Utah Health Care.

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Health Tech Heating Up on Crowdfunding Platforms

Health Tech Heating Up on Crowdfunding Platforms   mHealth IndieGoGo health tech HealBe GoBe According to Rock Health’s end-of-year report for 2013, $1.92 billion in funding poured into digital health last year.

Since 2011, funding has climbed over 100%.

And with 2014 now in full swing, it’s apparent that crowdfunding will play a key role in driving investments in mHealth this year and well into the future.
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