FDA Green Lights Marketing of Sentrian Remote Patient Intelligence Solution

FDA Green Lights Marketing of Sentrian Remote Patient Intelligence SolutionFDA clearance — it’s not easy to get, but when you manage to get it, it’s a major accomplishment and a critical component in modern healthcare tech marketing.

Sentrian, a Remote Patient Intelligence company, says it has received confirmation from the Food & Drug Administration that its Remote Patient Intelligence solution reportedly meets the definition of a “medical device” for which the FDA intends to exercise “Enforcement Discretion.”

The designation identifies medical devices that “are not subject to further FDA regulatory requirements at this time” and clears the way for Sentrian to immediately begin marketing its RPI solution broadly in the U.S.
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Diagnotes Expanding Mobile Healthcare Communication System

Diagnotes Expanding Mobile Healthcare Communication SystemDiagnotes, Inc. announced ahead of the weekend that the Diagnotes HIPAA-compliant mobile communication system now offers tracking and reporting for reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the time clinicians spend managing their patients’ chronic care.

The details above were shared with mHealthWatch in a provided statement.

“Right now, providers are experimenting with manual data capture or, in many cases, just deciding it’s too complicated and not worth the effort to track the information required for reimbursement,” says Diagnotes Chairman and CEO Dave Wortman. “In effect, they’re leaving money on the table. The average additional revenue that could be realized per physician can be well over $200,000 annually.”
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Adherium & AstraZeneca Join Forces To Improve Patient Outcomes For Those Struggling With COPD, Asthma, And Other Respiratory Diseases

Adherium  AstraZeneca Join Forces To Improve Patient Outcomes For Those Struggling With COPD, Asthma, And Other Respiratory DiseasesSurprisingly, less than 50% of asthma patients use their inhalers as directed. Without proper use, this can lead to inconsistent results—and a greater frequency of respiratory challenges. This is one of the many reasons why Adherium (NZ) and AstraZeneca have joined forces to determine how digital health technology can be of benefit for patients with respiratory diseases.

Adherium will be responsible for developing and supplying new devices and sensors designed to support patients with COPD and asthma. Their goals also include improving consistency of inhaler use.

Adherium has already achieved success with their Adherium Smartinhaler. In clinical tests it proved to increase prescription adherence by up to 59% in adults—and up to 180% in children.

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Kentico Global Surveys How Effective Healthcare Provider Websites Are

Kentico Global Surveys How Effective Healthcare Provider Websites AreThese days, it is expected that every business has a website, and this includes hospitals, healthcare facilities, and private medical practices. To determine how effective healthcare provider websites are, Kentico conducted a new online survey: Patient Attitudes Toward Healthcare on the Web Survey.

The findings of the survey were quite informative. Some highlights include:

  • 72% of respondents found websites could be more helpful. More specifically, could often more communication methods, and could make it easier to find the most sought-after patient information.
  • 65% use a provider’s website as one of the determining factors when choosing a healthcare provider.
  • 73% read the providers online reviews to help determine if it is a good fit.
  • 69% value healthcare providers who email or text.
  • 37% said they are unable to find a direct email address on the website.

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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

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

mHealth Market Headed for $33.7 Billion
According to Kalorama Information, the global mobile health market will reach $33.7 billion by the end of this year, perpetuating the massive growth of the mHealth market that has been witnessed in recent years.

University of Washington: Some of The Most Popular Mobile Healthcare Apps Are Not Easy For Blind Smartphone Users to Access
In March of 2014, a group of researchers at the University of Washington evaluated 9 of the most popular mobile health apps to see if they were compatible with programs such as iPhone’s VoiceOver. They found that all 9 apps were not, meaning that blind users cannot currently benefit from such apps.
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PresenceLearning Celebrates Michigan Approving Medicaid Reimbursed Speech Therapy In Michigan Schools

PresenceLearning Celebrates Michigan Approving Medicaid Reimbursed Speech Therapy In Michigan SchoolsThe federally mandated Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires public schools to provide special education to students with special needs. This includes, but is not limited to speech therapy. The challenge with providing speech therapy is that there is a nationwide shortage of speech-language pathologists.

In a recent announcement, PresenceLearning shared their praise of the State of Michigan approving Medicaid reimbursed speech therapy. This will not only provide access to the much needed speech therapy services throughout the state of Michigan, but particularly in rural areas where it is even more challenging to find local speech pathologists.

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Researchers at Harvard Find DocResponse To Be The Most Accurate Symptom Checker

Researchers At Harvard Find DocResponse To Be The Most Accurate Symptom CheckerOne of the many benefits to the constantly connected world we live in is that we can find information on just about anything we want or need at any hour of day or night. This includes information we would have previously gained from an industry professional, such as a physician.

Many people from around the globe are performing online searches to identify their symptoms in order to self-diagnose and self-treat. This is one of the reasons why researchers at Harvard set out to determine which of the many online symptom and diagnostics healthcare apps and websites performed the best.

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