Super Bowl: Health Impacts of the Big Game

Super Bowl: Health Impacts of the Big Game   Super Bowl Healthentic healthcare This week, mHealthWatch was privy to some fascinating new data from Healthentic related to the Super Bowl.

It goes without saying, eating and drinking (often to excess) are among the many familiar traditions associated with the big game.

Healthentic’s latest data, however, shows the Super Bowl festivities’ impact on abdominal pain and headache claims over the last five years and the financial costs associated with them.
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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

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

Health Texting Nonprofit Gets Google’s Big Money Backing
A West Coast-based health texting nonprofit called CareMessage is getting some help from Google. CareMessage CEO Vineet Singal recently announced on his organization’s blog that the Internet search giant believes in their mission.

The Need for Speed: Google Talks Up Fiber’s Role in Healthcare
On Tuesday, the world’s leading Internet search powerhouse announced that Google Fiber is coming to four major new U.S. markets.
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FCC Calls for Faster Broadband Deployment

FCC Calls for Faster Broadband Deployment   technology FCC broadband The FCC announced Thursday that broadband deployment in the United States simply isn’t proceeding at an acceptable pace, especially throughout rural America.

The agency cites broadband deployment as being behind “today’s advanced, high-quality voice, data, graphics and video offerings.”

The FCC’s statement comes immediately after the completion of the 2015 Broadband Progress Report.
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Roche, Qualcomm Announce Alliance for Remote Patient Monitoring

Roche, Qualcomm Announce Alliance for Remote Patient Monitoring   Roche remote patient monitoring Qualcomm On Thursday, Roche and Qualcomm Incorporated announced that Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., and Roche, a point-of-care diagnostics company, have connected for what promises to be an innovative partnership.

According to details shared with mHealthWatch this morning, the companies are collaborating to improve remote monitoring and management of chronic disease patients.

Together, the companies aim to advance chronic care management using connected therapy to further improve therapy quality, increase convenience and drive patient engagement in managing their health.
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Biometric Authentication App Downloads Set to Hit 770 million by 2019

Biometric Authentication App Downloads Set to Hit 770 million by 2019   Juniper Biometric Authentication App Downloads A new report from Juniper Research proposes that more than 770 million biometric authentication applications will be downloaded annually by 2019.

Putting those numbers into perspective, that figure is up dramatically from just 6 million this year.

What will be the impact of this anticipated reality? For starters, it will massively reduce dependence on alphanumeric passwords in the mobile phone market.

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Statewide Delivery of Telemedicine Explored in Colorado

Statewide Delivery of Telemedicine Explored in Colorado   telemedicine telehealth healthcare Colorado According to the Denver Post, there is now a bipartisan bill in the works that, if passed into law, “would bolster telehealth across Colorado by preventing insurance plans from requiring in-person care to patients when it can be appropriately provided remotely.”

Promisingly, the bill has already based the House and will now head to the Senate, as the Colorado state legislature explores the power of telemedicine to an unprecedented degree among lawmakers.
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The Need for Speed: Google Talks Up Fiber’s Role in Healthcare

The Need for Speed: Google Talks Up Fibers Role in Healthcare   tehc mobile tech mobile healthcare Google Fiber Google On Tuesday, the world’s leading Internet search powerhouse announced that Google Fiber is coming to four major new U.S. markets.

“It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm,” said Dennis Kish, Vice President of Google Fiber, in blog entry published yesterday.

With Google Fiber already live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, the impact of gigabit Internet, “with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband,” is being noticed — including in the realm of healthcare.
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