The Washington State Medical Association is busy urging physicians and patients to contact their legislators in Olympia this month. The reason?
According to a news release from the organization published Tuesday, this month legislators in Olympia continue their work developing policy and budgets during the legislative session. The group hopes that telemedicine and other high tech tools emerging across the healthcare landscape will receive greater support and funding in the state of Washington.
Lawmakers are being asked to support some of the following funding and policy recommendations to address the state’s most pressing health care issues:
Posted in Telemedicine
This week in Barcelona, the team at Oral-B has unveiled improvements to its app that connects to its highest performing toothbrushes by creating “seamless brushing routines and allowing for expanded professional guidance.”
Talk about high-tech toothbrushes.
At the 2015 annual GSMA Mobile World Congress, Oral-B is aiming to make it clear that the company continues to innovate and personalize the Oral-B App, which is already changing oral care behaviors when used with the Bluetooth-connected toothbrush.
Posted in Mobile App, Technology
While the world turns its attention to the hottest mobile hardware of the future in Barcelona, Spain as Mobile World Congress 2015 gets underway today, some of the biggest innovations in mobile healthcare applications are taking place today in the U.S. at some of its most prestigious schools.
Case in point: Stanford Health Care recently announced its new iOS 8 MyHealth mobile app for patients.
Developed in-house by Stanford Health Care (SHC) engineers, MyHealth “connects directly with Epic’s electronic health records, Apple’s HealthKit and cloud services for consumer health data monitoring.”
Posted in Healthcare, Mobile App
NaviNet, Inc., a healthcare collaboration network, confirmed Friday that Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based Health Partners Plans (HPP) has chosen NaviNet Open as its next-generation payer-provider platform.
The platform will support “patient-centered clinical workflows and value-based reimbursement models.”
Health Partners Plans is one of the few hospital-owned health maintenance organizations (HMOs) in the United States, a provided statement reads.
Posted in Healthcare, Healthcare IT, Technology
On Thursday, the team at Orca Health — a digital health company — told mHealthWatch that they’ve updated their point-of-care software to enhance its popular 3D content and introduce new tools to “meet the evolving landscape of technology and legislation in healthcare.”
Orca Health has been enjoying ample growth of late. In the last year, the firm says, its platform has been used by more than 62,000 active providers each month.
The firm believes its tools have increased patient retention, patient satisfaction and clinical efficiencies.
Posted in mHealth, mHealth news
This week, the Federal Trade Commission stood up to marketers deceptively claiming their mobile apps could achieve some far-fetched things.
Chief among the claims criticized is that the apps in question could possibly detect symptoms of melanoma, even in its early stages.
“In two separate cases, marketers of MelApp and Mole Detective have agreed to settlements that bar them from continuing to make such unsupported claims,” the FTC explained in a news release.
Posted in Mobile App, Smartphones
Could a telemedicine boom — instead of a hurricane — be hurtling toward Florida?
Indeed, according to David Marsidi, whose fledgling company Ezdoctor.com, is preparing for big growth in the industry.
“After opening in 2013 as an online service for patients to find physicians and schedule appointments, the Fort Lauderdale company, now with nine employees, has moved twice to larger offices and recently introduced a feature that allows patients to visit doctors via their webcams,” notes Ron Hurtibise in a recent Sun-Sentinel story. “Only a few doctor-patient visits have taken place through the site so far, but Marsidi and his partners are seeking venture capital to hire a sales and marketing team to spread the word.”
Posted in Technology, Telemedicine