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Validic Survey: Majority of Healthcare Organizations Lagging in Digital Health Strategies

Validic Survey Majority of Healthcare Organizations Lagging in Digital Health StrategiesAccording to Validic, one of the healthcare industry’s leading digital health platforms, the freshly published findings of a new global survey of healthcare organizations shows that many of them are lagging when it comes to digital progress.

Validic received responses from more than 450 healthcare organizations; the survey was designed to help researchers better understand the current state of digital health strategies across healthcare.

Digital health is information technology, inclusive of both hardware and software solutions, which enables the managing, tracking and analyzing of an individual or population’s health and wellness. They’re mostly focused on improving healthcare delivery, quality, and access. The hope is that they could also reduce costs and spur a more personalized approach to the delivery of healthcare services.

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Kaiser Permanente Rolls Out ‘Be Brave’ Initiative

Kaiser Permanente Rolls Out 'Be Brave' InitiativeKaiser Permanente Southern California is bringing a brave message to the world.

As detailed in an announcement this morning, The Special Olympics Athlete Oath is “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

“What’s braver than athletes who have defied stereotypes and incalculable odds to compete, represent their community, and bring glory to a sport they love?” the respected healthcare company asks.
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New Apple Watch Software Excites Healthcare-Focused App Developers

New Apple Watch Software Excites Healthcare-Focused App DevelopersThis week at WWDC 2015, Apple used its annual developer conference to preview watchOS 2, the first major software update for Apple Watch.

The update, Apple says, gives developers the tools to build faster and more powerful apps running natively on Apple Watch.

For example, developers can now take advantage of key hardware features of Apple Watch including the Digital Crown, Taptic Engine and heart rate sensor, along with software APIs to build new app experiences.
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2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be ‘Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients’

2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be 'Anytime, Anywhere Engaging Providers and Patients'This year’s mHealth Summit theme has been announced as “Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients.”

The goal of the 2015 summit will be to develop more dynamic, interactive, and patient-driven mobile health experience—particularly in rural and low income areas.

Once again, organizers of the mHealth Summit will be partnering with Global mHealth Forum and work to facilitate discussion on the roles that telemedicine can play in the global healthcare arena.

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Mobile Health Tech Rakes in Venture Capital in Q1 Of 2015

Mobile Health Tech Rakes in Venture Capital in Q1 Of 2015Now that the Q1 2015 numbers are in, the amount of venture capital placed in mobile health technology ($282 million) has proven to be quite substantial. While funding fell within all other health technology groups, the mobile health investment was about the same as in Q4 of 2014.

Aside from the significant amount of venture capital, mobile health receive 65% of funding among consumer focused companies. This is accounts for an impressive 36% of the funding raised throughout all of the Digital Health and Health IT Groups.

According to MercomCapital, while total venture capital was down $2 million from Q1 of 2014, the number of deals made grew from 41 to 56. To break things down a bit more, mobile health companies brought in 35 of the 56 deals, totaling in approximately $220 million.

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Kaiser Permanente Bringing 900 Tech Jobs to Georgia

Kaiser Permanente Bringing 900 Tech Jobs to GeorgiaWith innovation comes opportunity. Not surprisingly, the always innovative Kaiser Permanente, a leading not-for-profit health plan provider and a leader in health information technology, is creating job opportunities for 900 individuals in the state of Georgia.

mHealthWatch has learned from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) that Kaiser Permanente  will create approximately 900 IT jobs by 2019.

At that time, the job count will bring Kaiser Permanente’s total presence in Georgia to more than 4,000 employees and physicians.
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FDA Launches ‘Drug Shortages’ Mobile App

FDA Launches 'Drug Shortages' Mobile AppThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just launched what’s being called the agency’s first mobile application “specifically designed to speed public access to valuable information about drug shortages.”

Conveniently, the app identifies current drug shortages, resolved shortages and discontinuations of drug products.

Drugs in short supply can delay or deny needed care for patients. Drug shortages may also lead health care professionals to rely on alternative drug products, which may be less effective or associated with higher risks than the drug in shortage.

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