MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients

MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients   mobile health apps mHealth MedDiary MedDiary Inc., a mobile health (mHealth) software company, has announced the launch of its mobile health software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform consisting of a cloud-based portal for healthcare providers and a mobile app for patients.

The integrated platform makes it possible for healthcare providers to create custom mobile health apps for their patients and to subsequently remotely monitor them.

According to a statement provided to mHealthWatch, patients pay a $35 monthly in-app subscription fee for this “concierge level” service. MedDiary then compensates providers with a $15 monthly services fee for coordinating the patient’s care.

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mHealth: Top Stories of the Week

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

A new mobile application, MomConnect, will allow all pregnant women in South Africa to sign up for a free SMS service which provides information and advice on pregnancy.

In a recent post at the U.S. Senate’s Newsroom website, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) informed constituents that “personal health and fitness data – so rich that an individual can be identified by their gait – is being gathered and stored by fitness bracelets like ‘FitBit’ and others like it, and can potentially be sold to third parties, like employers, insurance providers and other companies, without the users’ knowledge or consent.”

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Funding Allows Telemedicine Firm to Grow and Chase Goals

Funding Allows Telemedicine Firm to Grow and Chase Goals   telemedicine mHealth funding Avizia Reston, Washington-based telemedicine firm Avizia Inc. split from Cisco Systems Inc. in order to grow its business and its high-tech system that helps spread expertise of medical specialists more broadly, said Avizia CEO Mike Baird, according to Biz Journals.

Avizia said they “had closed an equity financing round led by D.C.-based NextGen Angels, along with Blu Venture Investors and Middleland Capital.” Avazia revealed its CA300 telemedicine system at the American Telemedicine Association conference in Baltimore earlier this year.

Baird said the new funding will be used to expand its sales team. Their system is currently in more than 100 hospitals around the country and in 20 different countries.

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Chris Nicholson Tapped for Keynote at Parks Associates’ Upcoming Connected Health Summit

Chris Nicholson Tapped for Keynote at Parks Associates Upcoming Connected Health Summit   Parks Associates mobile health Humana Chris Nicholson Next week, The Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers will commence at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, California.

The event’s organizers, Parks Associates, have announced ahead of the Summit that Chris Nicholson, CEO of a newly forming Connected Health Start-up (in stealth mode) and former VP & COO of Humana Wellness, will deliver the keynote address, “Applying Connected Health to the Wellness Market: The ‘Triple Threat’ Driving Growth.”

The keynote will be delivered the morning of Thursday, September 4th, as the two-day Summit gets underway.

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eVisits Becoming More Popular Globally

eVisits Becoming More Popular Globally   telemedicine telehealth eVisits Deloitte A new Deloitte report expects that 2014 may be the year that people come to adopt eVisits as a common form of health care.

Deloitte predicts there will be 100 million eVisits globally during 2014, saving more than $5 billion over the cost of in-person visits. This is a growth rate of 400% over 2012 and it is expected to be a $50-60 billion global market.

Patients are becoming more comfortable with virtual consultations, so the key to embracing eVisits will be helping doctors understand the benefits. Doctors tend to see eVisits as “impersonal.” However, with the technology doctors can spend less time on “routine cases” and more time on more complex ones.

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Telepsychiatry and Telemedicine Used in North Carolina

Telepsychiatry and Telemedicine Used in North Carolina   Telepsychiatry telemedicine North Carolina CCNC The Coastal Carolina Neuropsychiatric Center began offering telemedicine and telepsychiatry services in 2010, according to JDNews. It’s a type of two-way video conference over a secure line where a doctor can assess a patient from a remote location.

The purpose of the telemedicine and telepsychiatry is to care for underserved populations such as areas that are rural or where doctors and mental health care providers are limited.

CCNC provides consultations to emergency room patients in approximately 20 hospitals in North Carolina.

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Innovative App May Prove a Life-Saver in Critical Moments

Innovative App May Prove a Life Saver in Critical Moments   mHealth app mHealth ICEBlueButton Humetrix According to Government Technology, Humetrix has made great headway with its ICEBlueButton app, which allows individuals to store health information that can easily be accessible by emergency service personnel in case of emergency.

The app user creates an ICE (in Case of Emergency) record for themselves and family members with important information such as allergies and medication that is being taken. A QR code is then saved onto the smartphone’s lock screen and can be printed as well. The app comes with the names of 75,000 drug names to ensure the names of medication are spelled correctly. Using the QR scanner, EMS personnel can scan the code for the records to provide better care in an emergency.

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