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With Telemedicine Tech, the Savings Add Up

With Telemedicine Tech, the Savings Add Up   telemedicine tech news mobile health mHealth Professional services company Towers Watson is out with a new report that points to the fiscal efficiencies linked to telemedicine.

Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than $6 billion a year in health care savings to U.S. companies, the organization’s new report reads.

“While this analysis highlights a maximum potential savings, even a significantly lower level of use could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings,” said Dr. Allan Khoury, a senior consultant at the firm. “Achieving this savings requires a shift in patient and physician mindsets, health plan willingness to integrate and reimburse such services, and regulatory support in all states.”
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mHealth: Top Stories of the Week

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

If you’ve been to a doctor’s office recently, you may have noticed some changes. Sure, the stethoscope and tongue depressors are still there. But now, patients are seeing laptops and mobile phones being used as often (if not more) than ever before.

One of the many advantages or telemedicine is that it holds the potential to make access to general healthcare easy to achieve from anywhere with an internet connection, and in many cases, for an affordable price point.

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Apple Said to be in Talks with Top Healthcare Providers

Apple Said to be in Talks with Top Healthcare Providers   providers mHealth healthcare health IT The writing has been on the wall for some time now that Apple will soon make healthcare a bigger part of its business model.

Following the company’s introduction of HealthKit at June’s WWDC 2014, all signs have poised to Apple cultivating the close ties that healthcare and mobile technology have already forged.

HealthKit is a new app bundled with iOS 8 that’s geared toward fitness and tracking apps and other mHealth solutions.
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Mobile Health Still Struggling To Gain Consumer Allegiance

Mobile Health Still Struggling To Gain Consumer Allegiance   MIT Technology Review mHealth news mHealth Adoption is one thing. Allegiance is another.

In less than 2 years, over $750 million dollars in venture capital has been invested in developing more mobile health tools. While approximately 1 in 10 Americans currently owns some type of mobile health device produced by major manufactures such as Jawbone, Nike, or Fitbit—less than half are being utilized on a regular basis.

On top of that, of the over 100,000  mobile health apps that are available for smartphones, only a handful have achieved more than 500 consumer downloads. Of those who have downloaded mobile health apps, 2 out of 3 consumers no longer utilize the app.

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New App Targets Childhood Obesity

New App Targets Childhood Obesity   Mobile Apps mHealth Kids Making Healthy Choices childhood obesity app Once again illustrating how mHealth isn’t the exclusive province of young adults and senior citizens, a new app is taking aim at a serious problem — an epidemic, some say — facing America’s youth.

Last week, child health advocate Merilee A. Kern announced the release of the “Kids Making Healthy Choices” App intended “to motivate and empower overweight and obese children to get, and stay, on a healthy track.”

Making the health app comprehensive in its nature, the program also supports and enables parents, teachers and other caregivers and educators with helpful resources.
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Doctor Dictum: Beauty of mHealth is in Behavior Change

Doctor Dictum: Beauty of mHealth is in Behavior Change   Scripps Health mobile health mHealth Dr. Samir Damani, a cardiologist at Scripps Health and a physician-entrepreneur, believes there is much value in the proliferation of digital and mobile health apps and technologies.

Do the apps make people healthier?

Not when it comes to diagnostics, Damani says. The true value, he believes, rests mainly in patient engagement with their own health behaviors.

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New Chairman Tapped for American Telemedicine Association’s Industry Council

New Chairman Tapped for American Telemedicine Associations Industry Council   telemedicine Nonin Medical Mark VanderWerf ATA American Telemedicine Association This week, Mark VanderWerf, Vice President of eHealth and OEM at Nonin Medical, was elected Chairman of the American Telemedicine Association’s (ATA) Industry Council.

VanderWerf will also join the ATA’s Board of Directors.

VanderWerf’s work at Nonin Medical — the inventor of finger pulse oximetry and a leader in noninvasive medical monitoring — has been internationally celebrated. And now his expertise and vision are being put to good use in a leadership role for the ATA.
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