Microsoft Poised to Announce First Wearable Device

Microsoft Poised to Announce First Wearable Device   wearables mobile tech Mobile Devices Microsoft mHealth Rumor has it that Microsoft is about to get a leg — or, perhaps, wrist — up on Apple in the wearables market.

Although Apple unveiled its first smartwatch called Apple Watch last month at its high-profile media event, we are still months away from product launch.

Not surprisingly, Microsoft is now among the companies purportedly eager to cut into Apple’s tangible momentum before Apple Watch rolls out.

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SeeChange Health Partners With Doctor On Demand

SeeChange Health Partners With Doctor On Demand   telemedicine SeeChange Health mobile news Mobile Devices mHealth Doctor on Demand According to details shared with mHealthWatch in recent days by the partnering companies, SeeChange Health has just confirmed its integration with Doctor On Demand.

Doctor On Demand’s “convenient and affordable” telemedicine services will be offered to member employers.

The solutions can help employers improve utilization rates for telemedicine using a social-behavioral economics engine, engaging people to choose the most effective, lowest cost healthcare option at the right time through various incentives and rewards.

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UBC-O Professor Studies Mobile Fitness Apps and Link to Health

UBC O Professor Studies Mobile Fitness Apps and Link to Health   UBC O obesity mobile health app mHealth app mHealth Can mobile fitness apps help curtail the obesity epidemic in the United States?

That’s the question posed by journalist Koby Michaels of Ubyssey.

May Jung, an assistant professor with the Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC-O, may soon have an answer. Jung is studying the role that mobile fitness applications play in helping people get in shape.

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Health Media Network and SITO Mobile Team Up To Improve Health Outcomes

Health Media Network and SITO Mobile Team Up To Improve Health Outcomes   SITO Mobile mobile health mHealth Health Media Network SITO Mobile Ltd., a mobile media solutions provider, and Health Media Network (HMN), a digital Point of Care media company, have announced a partnership by which Health Media Network will leverage SITO Mobile’s mobile media platform to power a national location-based advertising network within physician offices nationwide.

HMN’s strategy is to help improve communication between doctors and their patients to hopefully improve healthcare outcomes.

“It’s well-documented that consumers are increasingly turning to smartphones and other mobile devices to engage with and manage their personal health and wellness,” says Joe Petrosino, Chief Revenue Officer of Health Media Network. “Our partnership with SITO enables HMN to deliver relevant health and wellness messaging to consumers on their personal devices during a critical window of time in their health journey – from the physician’s office visit through the treatment, purchase and therapy activation process.”

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The Promise of Mobile Tech in Focus During Flu Season

The Promise of Mobile Tech in Focus During Flu Season   mobile tech Mobile Devices mHealth flu vaccine flu season app According to a recent report by the CDC, from 1976 to 2006, between 3,000 and 49,000 people have died every year due to complications from the flu.

People 18 to 64 years of age accounted for nearly two-thirds of all flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in last year’s H1N1 epidemic.

Of course, flu outbreaks and death are nothing new. During the 1918 pandemic, more than 500 million people worldwide were infected and between 50 and 100 million died- nearly 5% of the planet’s population.

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Maxwell Health Looks to Enhance HR Technology for Small, Mid-Sized Businesses

Maxwell Health Looks to Enhance HR Technology for Small, Mid Sized Businesses   mobile health news mobile health mHealth Maxwell Health HR. mobile BambooHR Last week, the team at BambooHR, an online HR software provider for small and medium businesses, announced a partnership with Maxwell Health that will provide customers the ability to sync employee census data from BambooHR’s Software as a Service (SaaS) with Maxwell Health’s online platform for employee benefits.

“This new integration will help business owners and HR managers increase back-office efficiencies by allowing them to manage benefits paperlessly and leverage a single system of record for all other employee/employer information,” a statement provided to mHealthWatch reads.

In addition, we’re told, the integration will give employees centralized access to the information needed to make informed decisions when it comes to their health, wealth, and wellbeing.

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Henry Ford Innovations Backs mHealth App Developer Challenge

Henry Ford Innovations Backs mHealth App Developer Challenge   walgreens mobile health app mHealth App Developer Challenge Henry Ford Innovations In recent weeks, mHealthWatch has profiled the ongoing challenge announced this month by Walgreens, the nation’s largest drug chain.

Walgreens is behind the Balance Rewards App Challenge, the goal of which is to encourage further integration of their current Balance Rewards app.

On Thursday, mHealthWatch learned that Henry Ford Health System Innovations is supporting the Walgreens Balance Rewards App Challenge in order “to find new mobile applications that incentivize healthy behavior and improve disease management.”

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