Many hospitals and healthcare providers have been discussing what role, if any, smartphone apps and online tools can and should play in healthcare. In a recent study conducted by the Mayo Clinic, a smartphone app was found to significantly reduce the likelihood of readmission to the hospital for cardiac patients within their first 90 days of being discharged.
44 cardiac patients participated in the study, 25 whom utilized the mHealth program through either a smartphone or online access. Those who utilized the mHealth program were required to record their blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, and dietary choices on a daily basis. They were also provided with electronic educational materials geared toward helping cardiac patients live a healthier life.
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Launched just over a month ago, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, published the findings of a study finding substantial diagnostic agreement between teledermatologists and in-person dermatologists.
The bottom line? Mobile health solutions may soon change the field of dermatology as we’ve always known it.
For the physicians and developers of First Derm, an anonymous teledermatology app provided by iDoc24, this study confirms their opinion that it’s possible for patients to receive quality health information from board-certified specialists that is relatively inexpensive and as convenient as snapping a selfie.
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Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring this week.
Google Glass holds enormous potential for the application of modern healthcare. From the ER to the OR, Google Glass may one day revolutionize and expedite traditional medical care, while increasing efficiency and reducing human error.
Retail and restaurants aren’t the only aggressive adopters of mobile payments technology today. Across the healthcare landscape, from dental practices to emergency rooms, mobile payment options are turning up with a surprising degree of speed.
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On Wednesday, Intel Corporation announced that it has, as expected, completed the acquisition of BASIS Science Inc., a privately held company and a leader specializing in wearable device technologies for health and wellness applications.
As mHealthWatch first reported earlier this month, the fast-growing smartwatch maker agreed to an acquisition by Intel for an estimated $100 million. Since official word of the acquisition surfaced, however, others have suggested that the final sale price may be closer to $150 million.
Basis makes heath-centric smartwatches and presently controls about 7 percent of this young but lucrative emerging market.
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mHealthWatch learned this week that Welltok – a company focused on health optimization – is proceeding with an acquisition of Mindbloom, a leading health app developer.
Seattle-based Mindbloom, a mobile health company, will help to “expand Welltok’s capabilities to deliver engaging, interactive mobile experiences through its CaféWell Health Optimization Platform.”
The platform is designed to allow consumers anytime, anywhere access to health programs, content, applications and communities.
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When it comes to the adoption of mHealth, the threat of patient data breaches continues to imperil the industry’s growth.
Citing data from a small survey that was conducted at the HIMSS14 conference last month, QRcodepress reports that “mHealth adoption could be facing some hurdles until it undergoes some improvements in the area of security.”
The risk of data breaches was the top major barrier identified to be in the way of mobile health technology adoption. After that was the ability to meet compliance and regulatory requirements for the security and privacy of patient information.
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The number of board-certified health specialists flocking to new opportunities in mHealth and all forms of digital medicine and electronic healthcare is truly staggering.
Just last week, healthPERX and eDocAmerica announced a new partnership that aims to take telehealth to the next level, chiefly by virtue of embellishing the available pool of top healthcare professionals on their team.
healthPERX, for those who are unfamiliar, is a telehealth program that offers 24/7 access to board-certified doctors. Through its coupling with eDocAmerica, it will now expand its services with the addition of board-certified health specialists for nearly every medical need.
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