mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

New Report Outlines Potential Benefits of Digital HealthHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Wearables Not Wearing Out Their Welcome, Says Latest Data
According to the latest data from IDC, global shipments of wearable devices are expected to reach 101.9 million units by the end of 2016.

New Baxter Study Reveals the Perceived Value of Telemedicine
A new study conducted by Baxter International Inc. indicates healthcare systems in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain see value in supporting remote monitoring technology for chronic health conditions, including end-stage renal disease (ESRD).
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Healthtera Brings Telemedicine Benefits to Living Organ Donors

Healthtera Brings Telemedicine Benefits to Living Organ DonorsHealthtera, a supplemental health benefits company that offers 24/7 telemedicine solutions powered by HealthiestYou, announced this week the roll-out of its Living Donor Family Sharing Program to support those who have sacrificed a piece of themselves to save someone’s life.

In response to a nationwide effort to expand post-donation medical support access for living donors, this unprecedented program enables live-organ transplant recipients enrolled in Healthtera’s family telemedicine plan to offer their living donors an extra layer of medical protection by adding them onto their family telemedicine plans at no additional charge.

“I consider Healthtera’s Living Donor Family Sharing Program revolutionary. Not only is it setting a precedent for raising the bar in living donor protections; it’s providing live-organ transplant recipients with a new way to honor and protect those directly responsible for giving them a second chance to live a longer and healthier life,” said Risa Simon, Founder/CEO of TransplantFirst Academy (TFA).
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TeleHealth365 Touts First Round of Angel Funding

Global Telehealth Market Growing RapidlyOn Friday, mHealthWatch learned that TeleHealth365 Inc. has confirmed an angel round of funding from a private investor.

If you’re not familiar, the company is a provider of SaaS (software as a service) HIPAA-compliant secure video conferencing solution for healthcare.

We’re told that the funding is focused on growing sales, marketing and taking the company to the next level worldwide.
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New Baxter Study Reveals the Perceived Value of Telemedicine

telemedicineA new study conducted by Baxter International Inc. indicates healthcare systems in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Spain see value in supporting remote monitoring technology for chronic health conditions, including end-stage renal disease (ESRD).

The study — the findings of which were published in PLOS ONE — indicates remote monitoring may improve access to care, decrease hospitalizations and reduce treatment costs by helping healthcare professionals manage patients’ treatments and improve adherence.

“Increasing healthcare costs and a growing number of chronically ill patients are driving the need for more affordable and innovative options, like remote monitoring that may support better delivery of home healthcare,” said Giuseppe Accogli, president of Renal at Baxter. “Baxter conducted this study to better understand the perceived multi-faceted value of remote monitoring, and the continued need for supportive funding and policies that may enable more patients to have access to the new technology.”

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INFOGRAPHIC: National Consumer Survey Reveals Accuracy is Top Priority for Wearables Users

the-state-of-wearables-today-1-638Valencell, a leading innovator in performance biometric data sensor technology, in collaboration with MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, the trade association advancing Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) and sensors across global markets, recently conducted a national survey in regards to the state of wearables today.

The findings, portrayed in an infographic shared below, revealed interesting statistics about wearables users, including consumer interest in monitoring advanced health metrics like stress, blood pressure, and sunlight exposure.

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Six European Governments Request Support For Interoperable Telehealth

OPINION How Clinical Documentation Improvement Prepares You for a Value-Based WorldOn Wednesday, health ministries and their agencies responsible for ICT systems from Austria, Catalonia, Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden delivered a joint letter to the eHealth Network endorsing large scale deployment of telehealth systems, outlining challenges to implementation, and requesting support to address telehealth challenges related to enabling technology and interoperability.

“All have made a commitment to open standards and interoperability, and to use the Continua Design Guidelines (CDGs) as part of advanced planning or deployment of their telehealth programs,” a provided statement reads. “The signers acknowledged the CDGs, published by the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), as ‘the leading open framework for many technical interoperability aspects of personal connected health.'”
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Nokia Technologies to Collaborate with Helsinki Healthcare Organizations

Nokia to Acquire Withings in Digital Health PowerplayAccording to the news out of Finland, Nokia Technologies is set to collaborate with HUS/Helsinki University Hospital and University of Helsinki, Faculty of Medicine to create “innovative solutions for outpatient care and to foster mutual research and development.”

The first project under this collaboration will launch this quarter, with Nokia Technologies and HUS working to develop remote patient monitoring solutions. The collaboration is a first for Nokia Technologies, reflecting the company’s intent to enter the regulated healthcare space.

“Our vision is to empower people to make good decisions about their health by providing them and their physician with the critical information they need, when they need it,” said Cédric Hutchings, Vice President of Digital Health at Nokia Technologies. “I’m excited about our collaboration with HUS as it will help us extend our span of care from everyday health and wellness devices to clinical solutions that help improve patient/physician interaction while informing our continued research and development in the clinical space.”

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