mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

mPulse Mobile Partners with Harvard Medical School on Texting Program for Medicaid Members
Could targeted and interactive text messages to Medicaid patients improve disease management and boost primary care visits?

Mercom: 2017 Investments in Healthcare IT / Digital Health Remain Robust
Mercom Capital Group — a global communications and research firm — has just released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (IT) / Digital Health sector for the first quarter of 2017.

Mobile App News: Pilates Metrics Tapped by Google For Entrepreneurs
Pilates Metrics has been invited to the Google For Entrepreneurs mentorship program.
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LG CNS Healthcare Solutions Touts New BYOD Capabilities in Telehealth Solution

Ahead of the weekend, LG CNS Healthcare Solutions debuted the next generation of telehealth technology yesterday, featuring Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) capabilities at Telehealth 2.0, the American Telemedicine Association’s national conference.

BYOD has been added to compliment LG CNS’ pre-packaged telehealth bundles, which pairs medical devices with a pre-programmed tablet in a remarkably easy-to-use kit for patients.

“BYOD is the next step for offering ultimate flexibility, scalability and affordability in bringing virtual care to more patients,” commented Maryann Choi, MD, MPH, MS, CMD, ACPE, chief executive officer & founding partner of Collain Healthcare LLC, an LG CNS Company.

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AASM Survey Finds Patients are Ready to Use Telemedicine

Telemedicine News: More than half of all U.S. adults already are using live video technology for conversations or meetings, and 60 percent would be willing to use that technology for interactions with doctors and other health care professionals, according to a recent survey from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). In fact, more than two-thirds of adults indicated that they would use a live video meeting in some capacity to see a sleep specialist.

The survey of 1,001 U.S. adults shows that:

  • About half of U.S. adults are willing to use telemedicine to see their primary care physician
  • 68 percent are willing to use a live video visit to see a doctor who specializes in treating sleep disorders for either an initial consultation, follow-up appointment or therapy session

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Mobile App News: Pilates Metrics Tapped by Google For Entrepreneurs

Pilates Metrics has been invited to the Google For Entrepreneurs mentorship program.

“It’s an honor to be chosen,” says Pilates Metrics founder Joseph Quinn. “Google mentors are helping us set and achieve goals. It’s a master course in strategic development.”

If you’re not familiar, Pilates Metrics is a technology platform and mobile app for the 20M+ worldwide Pilates practitioners to track, chart, and share their progress.

The app automatically converts Pilates sessions into anatomical and biomechanical stats, graphs, and charts and aggregates totals over time.
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Innovators Partner to Deliver Enterprise IoT Solutions to the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industry

Integron, a leading provider of managed services for the Internet of Things industry, is partnering with Stefanini to provide enterprise IoT and outsourcing solutions to the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries.

“The Internet of Things has enormous potential in the healthcare industry. For clinical trials, solutions have become more complex due to increased importance on security, geographical spread, and management of patient data, as well as increasing demands to make the clinical trial process more efficient and productive while reducing cost,” the company tells us.

Contract Research Organizations (CROs) are adopting technology and IoT-enabled devices to improve service offerings, however, as IoT adoption in the healthcare industry increases, so do the challenges. Complexities ranging from data security and privacy to connectivity, interoperability, and systems integration all are critical order to ensure IoT adoption throughout the healthcare chain.

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One Drop Experts Becomes First Digital Diabetes Education Program Recognized by ADA

One Drop recently confirmed to MHW that its mobile diabetes education and coaching program, One Drop | Experts, has been Recognized by the American Diabetes Association for Quality Self-Management Education and Support.

We’re told that One Drop | Experts is the first and only digital therapeutics program to receive this recognition, identifying One Drop | Experts as meeting the National Standards for Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

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mPulse Mobile Partners with Harvard Medical School on Texting Program for Medicaid Members

Could targeted and interactive text messages to Medicaid patients improve disease management and boost primary care visits?

That’s something Harvard researchers, in partnership with mPulse Mobile, plan to find out. Mobile health engagement leader mPulse Mobile just announced the new effort, which will be tackled in cooperation with researchers at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School (Harvard).

The research will start with implementation of two distinct programs.

“One program will evaluate whether interactive text messaging helps new members select and visit a primary care clinician soon after enrolling,” explained mPulse Mobile in a media release. “The second program hopes to activate members with chronic conditions, such as asthma, to enroll and engage in a disease management program.”

The initiative builds on a known medical fact: of all U.S. health problems, chronic diseases are among the most preventable. Since chronic disease management accounts for 86 percent of the nation’s total healthcare costs, improvements in engagement with the Medicaid population could pay big dividends.

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