To The Forefront of Wearables: Garmin Announces Forerunner 935

To The Forefront of Wearables: Garmin Announces Forerunner 935

On Wednesday, Garmin International Inc. officially introduced the much anticipated Forerunner 935.

“The new flagship multisport device from Garmin will bring the latest generation of physiological analytic capabilities from Firstbeat Technologies Ltd. to the Forerunner series for the first time,” reads a statement emailed to mHealthWatch.

We’re told that the three new Firstbeat training features – Anaerobic Training Effect, Training Load, and Training Status – debuted earlier this year in the Garmin Fenix 5 series, which was named as a CES 2017 Innovation Award Honoree in the wearable technologies category.
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Medicaid Behavioral Health Carve-Outs Decline 35 Percent As States Continue Push Towards Integrated Care Coordination In 2017

medicaid-logoAccording to details in a new report shared Wednesday with mHealthWatch, State Medicaid organizations are changing the way they fund behavioral health treatments.

More of these organizations have replaced their traditional carve-out financing models — in which behavioral health benefits are separately administered — with consumer-specific carve-outs or behavioral health carve-ins.

The number of these traditional carve-outs has dropped from 17 in 2013 to only 11 at the beginning of 2017. These strategic insights and more are included in the recently released OPEN MINDS Market Intelligence Report, State Medicaid Behavioral Health Carve-Outs: The OPEN MINDS 2017 Annual Update.

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How Everyday People Can Train Like Elite Athletes

Marathon Training Gets Some Mobile Assistance in Los AngelesDo you have dreams of becoming a professional athlete? Then you better lace up your skates.

Of the five most popular professional team sports in North America, those who play high school hockey have the best opportunity – a one in 598 chance – to play professionally. Unfortunately, people have better odds of being killed in a car accident – one in 113.

Just because your childhood dreams being a superstar have been dashed, doesn’t mean you can’t train like an elite athlete.

Dr. Greg Wells, a scientist who specializes in extreme human physiology, and author of the book “The Ripple Effect: Eat, Sleep, Move And Think Better,” says that many people are starting to recognize their poor health habits and are taking action to change them.

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Tactio Cited by BERG Insight Among Top mHealth Care Delivery Platforms

TactioRPM Touts FDA RegistrationCanadian media outlets are reporting that Tactio’s app-enabled telehealth solution, TactioRPM, is referenced as one of the top mHealth care delivery platforms by leading M2M/IoT market research firm Berg Insight.

The reference comes in the 8th edition of its mHealth and Home Monitoring report.

“Care delivery platforms are software solutions that enable the remote delivery of healthcare services and care efforts to be coordinated between patients, various professional caregivers and other stakeholders such as the patient’s family,” the provided report summary reads, adding that care delivery platforms will be instrumental for engaging patients in their own care and delivering remote monitoring services to a large number of people in a cost-efficient manner.

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Telemedicine Top News: Advanced ICU Care Reaches Milestone

Resized-hallway-1910x920On Tuesday, Advanced ICU Care — the nation’s leading provider of high-acuity telehealth services — announced that the company is now contracted to provide acute care and monitoring to more than 1,000 acute care patient beds across more than 65 partner hospitals in the United States.

“This threshold represents a significant milestone in our company’s history, as hospitals and health systems increasingly recognize the value of our technology-enabled clinical services in delivering superior ICU patient outcomes while delivering a compelling ROI,” said Lou Silverman, chairman and CEO of Advanced ICU Care.
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Resolve Digital Health Raises $5 Million

Major Money Raised for Low IncomeResolve Digital Health Wants to change the way cannabis is prescribed by physicians and experienced by patients.

Helping in that effort is the fact that the organization has just confirmed that it has raised $5 million in a Series A round led by Aphria Inc and brokered by Canaccord Genuity Group Inc.

This marks the next phase in the company’s development with an upcoming California launch of their debut medical device system, Breeze. The technology behind the product has been in development since 2015, following an initial seed investment with CannaRoyalty Corp. (CSE:CRZ) (CNNRF).
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Clients and Care Plans: mPulse Mobile Solution Boosts Rx Refill Rates

Electronic Data May Assist Hospitals with Medication AdherenceThis week, in the continuation of our new blog series, we’re exploring what happens to patients after diagnosis and instructions are provided by their doctors and healthcare professionals. Sadly, 50 percent of patients do not adhere to the care plans recommended by their physicians.

Consider the case of a large Integrated Delivery Network (IDN), which was concerned about the low medication refill rates among its Medicare patients with chronic conditions. According to mPulse Mobile’s Outcomes Report, call center outreach to this population only achieved an 8 percent refill rate — and the costs were high. Email and paper reminders did not drive any increases in refill rates.

Soon the IDN firm’s Pharmacy Operations Director engaged mPulse Mobile, a company that provides mobile engagement solutions for healthcare, to help devise a better solution to increase the refill rates and reduce the workload demands on the pharmacy call center staff.

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