Mobile Capabilities May Soon Be Commonplace in the Doc’s Office

Mobile Capabilities May Soon Be Commonplace in the Docs Office   Orca Health mobile health news Mobile Devices mHealth On Thursday, the team at Orca Health — a digital health company — told mHealthWatch that they’ve updated their point-of-care software to enhance its popular 3D content and introduce new tools to “meet the evolving landscape of technology and legislation in healthcare.”

Orca Health has been enjoying ample growth of late. In the last year, the firm says, its platform has been used by more than 62,000 active providers each month.

The firm believes its tools have increased patient retention, patient satisfaction and clinical efficiencies.
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Melanoma Detection Apps Come Under Scrutiny

Melanoma Detection Apps Come Under Scrutiny   Mobile Apps mobile mHealth app Melanoma Federal Trade Commission This week, the Federal Trade Commission stood up to marketers deceptively claiming their mobile apps could achieve some far-fetched things.

Chief among the claims criticized is that the apps in question could possibly detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages.

“In two separate cases, marketers of MelApp and Mole Detective have agreed to settlements that bar them from continuing to make such unsupported claims,” the FTC explained in a news release.

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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week   mHealth news mHealth Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Walgreens Pharmacy Website Gets Data Upgrade
The team at PatientsLikeMe says they are now working with Walgreens to help make it easier for people to understand how the medications they take may affect them.

The List of Health Systems Working With Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator Grows Longer
On March 9th, the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator will kick off its second year. Not surprisingly, the program is expanding its network of health system collaborators — organizations and groups that will “offer mentorship and possible opportunities for clinical validation or pilot programs.”
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Making It Easier for Seniors to Visit a Doctor: Telemedicine Could Create Boom in States Like Florida

Making It Easier for Seniors to Visit a Doctor: Telemedicine Could Create Boom in States Like Florida   telemedicine mobile Florida Could a telemedicine boom — instead of a hurricane — be hurtling toward Florida?

Indeed, according to David Marsidi, whose fledgling company Ezdoctor.com, is preparing for big growth in the industry.

“After opening in 2013 as an online service for patients to find physicians and schedule appointments, the Fort Lauderdale company, now with nine employees, has moved twice to larger offices and recently introduced a feature that allows patients to visit doctors via their webcams,” notes Ron Hurtibise in a recent Sun-Sentinel story. “Only a few doctor-patient visits have taken place through the site so far, but Marsidi and his partners are seeking venture capital to hire a sales and marketing team to spread the word.”

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Health4Me Mobile App Lets UnitedHealthcare Plan Members Pay Medical Bills via Smartphones

Health4Me Mobile App Lets UnitedHealthcare Plan Members Pay Medical Bills via Smartphones   UnitedHealthcare mobile app mediacal bills Health4Me There’s a lot of talk about how smartphones and wearables — together with an array of intriguing apps — are changing the world of medicine.

But what comes after healthcare? You know it: healthcare bills.

Now UnitedHealthcare’s mobile app “Health4Me” will offer several new features including a secure electronic bill-payment service. The app lets UnitedHealthcare plan participants pay medical bills and manage their health care claims and related expenses entirely on their smartphones.

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Big Push for Home Health, Telemedicine Solutions

Big Push for Home Health, Telemedicine Solutions   telemedicine solutions telemedicine mobile health mHealth Home Health Cleveland Clinic and media icon Cox Communications​ are collaborating in the launch of Vivre, a brand new firm developed to create new solutions for home health and telemedicine, according to Healthcare Dive.

Internet service provider Cox will provide the tech backbone for specific healthcare solutions developed by Cleveland Clinic. The internationally lauded Cleveland Clinic brings its clinical expertise to Vivre’s telehealth, home health, software, and mobile applications.

“Healthcare transformation will be led by organizations that embrace innovation and collaboration,” said Dr. Thomas Graham, the chief innovation officer at the Cleveland Clinic. “This alliance will accelerate the creation, development, and delivery of solutions that will improve and extend human life.”

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Could Google Glass for First Responders, EMTs Be Next Telemedicine Move?

Could Google Glass for First Responders, EMTs Be Next Telemedicine Move?   Third Eye Health telemedicine mobile health Google Glass Third Eye Health is a company with a mission — a Google Glass mission.

The firm believes that Google Glass — which enjoyed a brief media hubbub before fading from the scene — could instead make a splash in healthcare: “improving acute care by speeding up the way EMTs and ER physicians communicate with each other.”

When MedCity News recently interviewed Third Eye Health founder and CEO Daniel Herbstman, it discovered that Herbstman sees many possibilities to partner with hospital partners to pilot Google Glass innovations.

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