Report: Expecting Mothers Are Avid Online and Mobile Healthcare Shoppers

Report: Expecting Mothers Are Avid Online and Mobile Healthcare Shoppers   women shopping pregnant online HealthSparq healthcare According to a new report from HealthSpraq, the latest industry data shows the most frequent shoppers by Pacific Northwest residents in healthcare are not just women, who are known leaders in healthcare, but expecting mothers.

In the new report, the most frequent searched medical treatments were related to labor and delivery. Not surprisingly, 88% of the searches were made by women.

“We’re seeing expecting mothers use information on the cost and quality of medical procedures that’s never been available to them before to make informed decisions about where and how to have their children,” says HealthSparq President Scott Decker.

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Blue Cross Invests $4M in Telemedicine Startup

Blue Cross Invests $4M in Telemedicine Startup   TouchCare telemedicine Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina According to Triangle Business Journal, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina has invested $4 million in Durham, North Carolina-based mobile health startup TouchCare.

The infusion of cash, we’re told, brings TouchCare close to the $5 million it announced plans to raise in a Series A round.

TouchCare’s mobile app “remotely connects patients and their own healthcare providers via smartphone or tablets for video appointments.”

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Viewing Wearables with 2020 Vision: Their Utility is About to Become Apparent

Viewing Wearables with 2020 Vision: Their Utility is About to Become Apparent   wearables Soreon mobile tech By the year 2020, an estimated 1.3 million lives could be saved through the use of smart wearables.

This is the attention-grabbing headlines and overarching finding of the report “The Wearable Healthcare Revolution,” by Swiss research firm Soreon Research, details of which were shared with MMW on Wednesday.

In Soreon Research’s view, smart wearables, a set of sensors attached to the body with a direct link to smart devices, are the most industry-disrupting innovation as well as a major opportunity to transform the healthcare system.

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mHealth: The Week’s Top Stories

mHealth: The Week’s Top Stories   mHealth news mHealth healthcare IT Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring this past week.

What does the federal government see as the future of electronic health care? That’s contained in a recent release from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (OCN), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency has released “an outline of how the federal government aims to expand electronic health information sharing in the next five years, in part by deploying mobile and sensor technology to extend health IT networks,” says GCN.

The largest drugstore conglomerate in the U.S. — with 8,229 stores and counting — just got serious about mobile apps for healthcare.

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MoveMeFit on the Move with Launch of New App

MoveMeFit on the Move with Launch of New App   MoveMeFit mobile health app mHealth app iOS Just in time to help out with those New Year’s resolutions, MoveMeFit has launched their new iOS app which allows users to “get inspired” and achieve their fitness goals.

Fitness experts say that repetition is both physically ineffective  and mentally tedious. The new MoveMeFit app helps mitigate that tedium by delivering personalized and motivating fitness options. The app finds you relevant workouts, tracks your progress, allows you to follow friends and fitness pros’ activities,  and syncs your workout data to HealthKit.

MoveMeFit curates and offers thousands of online and local workouts with sessions including Cardio, Pilates, Strength-training, Yoga, Dance, HIIT, Prenatal, and more.

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The Future of Healthcare Points to Telemedicine

The Future of Healthcare Points to Telemedicine   telemedicine healthcare The future of healthcare, experts say, lies in telemedicine. And with the advances of telemedicine, telehealth, and mHealth options, more and more patients are meeting with their doctors vie video consultations.

Telemedicine brings an unprecedented degree of ease, accessibility, and convenience to healthcare. It offers care without the hassle of going to the office or be available for immediate, but not emergency, care. 

Daniel Gilbert is the president and CEO of CloudVisit, which offers a simple process for getting started using telemedicine. Gilbert, understandably, is a big believer in telemedicine. His company provides options for those looking to get their feet wet in telemedicine or those who want to jump right in.

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Doing Health Care Better Will Involve Using Data Better

Doing Health Care Better Will Involve Using Data Better   Mozenda healthcare data healthcare data Huge changes are ahead in healthcare. From the Affordable Care Act to new service models to advances in health and fitness technology, the field is definitely in a growth and change mode.

One critical dynamic involves what is known as “big data.” Unlike the smaller bits and pieces of information healthcare providers have always amassed on patients and outcomes, big data has the potential to aggregate the kinds of information that can be truly informative for all stakeholders: consumers, physicians, healthcare companies, and businesses.

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