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mHealth Summit: Join mobileStorm & Kony Solutions for an Exclusive Party on the Potomac!

If you’re planning to attend the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. next week, the folks over at mobileStorm and Kony Solutions have teamed up to throw what promises to be the party of all parties during the 3-day event.

Taking place the night of Dec. 4th, the “All Hands on Deck for mHealth” party will take place aboard the historic Cherry Blossom River Boat, which will float guests down the Potomac while enjoying good food, drinks, music, company, and the sights of Washington D.C.

It’s an exclusive event with very limited capacity, so if you’ll be at the Summit and would like to attend, head over here for details on how to RSVP.

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Infographic: Mobile Healthcare Faces the Future

We came across this nice little infographic this morning that shows the future of mobile healthcare broken down by present and future trends, along with current adoption rates.

We cover the growth of the industry all the time, but it’s still fascinating just how quickly adoption continues.  Consider this; 62% of physicians are now using tablets, with over half of them using it at the point-of-care, and even 71% of nurses are now using smartphones at work.  There’s more than 40,000 medical apps now available for tablets and smartphones, and more than 247M people have downloaded a health app.

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Going to the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C? So Are we!

We wanted to give you the heads up that mHealthWatch will be on the ground in Washington D.C. next week to bring you on-site coverage of the annual mHealth Summit.

Building on last year’s massive success, this year’s event promises to be even bigger — highlighting emerging best practices from mHealth implementations as well as the latest business, finance, policy and technical perspectives from throughout the healthcare industry.  This year’s summit will be the go-to event for everything mobile healthcare, including more than 400 exhibitors showcasing innovative devices, services, applications, tools and related solutions.  Organizers are expecting more than 4,500 healthcare leaders from nearly 50 different countries around the world.

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Gaming-based “Job of War” mHealth App Wins Top Price in Aetna Health 2.0 Code-a-thon

Contests to help spur innovation in the mHealth application market is nothing new — we’ve seen countless apps emerge from such events around the world as the mobile healthcare industry continues to gain incredible momentum.

The latest event to produce such innovation took place just before the Health 2.0 Europe Conference in Berlin, in which Aetna sponsored a code-a-thon with EUR 10K worth of prizes.  Aetna invited the best developers, designers, health experts and health tech entrepreneurs to compete on the challenge of developing “innovative mobile apps to promote health and wellness across the globe.”

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Study Finds Pediatricians Steadily Favoring SMS Over Pagers, Yet HIPAA Fears Remain

The University of Kansas School of Medicine out of Wichita conducted an interesting study recently that asked physicians at pediatric hospitals what form of communication they prefer for “brief communication” while on the job.

Out of 106 physicians polled, 27 percent named texting their preferred method, compared to 23 percent that favored hospital-issued pagers and 21 percent that said face-to-face conversation.  Among the survey pool, 57 percent reported sending or receiving work-related text messages.  “We are using text messaging more and more to communicate with other physicians, residents and even to transfer a patient to a different unit,” lead investigator Dr. Stephanie Kuhlmann said in an AAP press release.  “The way that physicians are communicating appears to be shifting away from the traditional pager method.  Personally, I probably get 50 to 100 text messages during a shift,” she added.”

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Walgreens Currently Testing Mobile Scheduling via iTriage Mobile App

Walgreens is continuing its aggressive mHealth push by launching yet another pilot program to allow customers to schedule appointment to its clinics directly from their smartphones.

The pilot program was launched at clinics in Denver and Chicago as a start, and to use the new scheduling service patients must first download the free iTriage app for iPhones and Android devices.  The partnership with iTriage is key, as it signifies how important this app has become in the mHealth space.  In its first three years since launch, for example, iTriage has seen more than 6 million downloads.

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Hipcricket & ISIS Partner for Mobile Health Resources

It was announced today that ISIS, a national nonprofit organization that uses technology for sexual health promotion and disease prevention, has partnered with mobile messaging provider Hipcricket to power a series of mobile Websites as an additional means of engagement to offer teens and young adults choices in how they prefer to interact with critical health information.

ISIS has worked with Hipcricket since 2005, with the nonprofit using its platform to manage SMS messaging, opt-in membership lists, clinic/service locators, informational messages, and reminder systems for HIV and STI testing.  Under the terms of the new partnership, the company will extend its mobile health program by leveraging Hipcricket’s AD LIFE Mobile Site Builder to create campaign- and client-specific landing pages accessible through the mobile Web.

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