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EyeXam Sees Patent Success for Mobile Vision Screening

EyeXam Sees Patent Success for Mobile Vision Screening    U.S. Patent and Trademark Office mHealth apps EyeXam Representatives for EyeXam — the developer of a leading mobile vision screening app — have confirmed that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has issued a patent for EyeXam’s “self-administered vision screening method using a mobile computing device.”

According to the company, the patent makes EyeXam the first and only patented method for mobile vision screening.

To date, a news release from EyeXam reveals, the vision screening app has been downloaded more than a million times from the iTunes App store and Google Play.
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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week   mHealth news mHealth Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Study Shows Telemedicine is a Preferred Treatment Option For Disabled Children
The full benefits of telemedicine are still being explored in countries around the world. While telemedicine makes consultations with otherwise inaccessible specialists available to many in developing countries, it also makes access to healthcare more easily accessible in developed countries.

Hospital Cost Reductions Necessary, But More Than Same Old Excel Spreadsheets Will Be Required
Of all the developments in healthcare — and there are a wagonload these days — cost containment is one of the pressing issues. That’s because, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), out of the nearly $3 trillion spent in 2014, a purported $765 billion was “lost to waste in inefficiency, redundancy, errors, over-utilization, and unnecessary variation in clinical practices.”
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Watching the Wearables: FDA Wants to Regulate the Ones That Matter Most

Watching the Wearables: FDA Wants to Regulate the Ones That Matter Most   wearables technology Mobile Devices Fitbit Wearables for the healthcare market are coming in droves, and now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants in on the action. The agency wants to clarify “which of them can skate by without tighter regulations.”

“Under the proposed guidance, the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health won’t examine what it considers “low risk general wellness” devices,” notes PCWorld. “If all the device does is promote better health through awareness and coaching—as fitness trackers from Fitbit and Jawbone do—they’ll be free from scrutiny under federal food, drug, and cosmetic safety laws.”

In sum, the FDA will not devote staff time to review products that don’t live up to their billing if the consequences are nil (i.e. no one will be harmed or killed by fitness apps that malfunction or a relaxation wearable that doesn’t work).

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mHealth Can Improve Outcomes: Now Patients Are Advocating for Wearable Technology

mHealth Can Improve Outcomes: Now Patients Are Advocating for Wearable Technology   wearable tech mobile health tech. mHealth Patients with complex and long-term needs can better engage with their care if they can rely on a health IT infrastructure that is interoperable, open to communication, and proactive, say health IT proponents.

The latest salvo comes from Donna Cryer, a health IT advocate whose liver transplant and subsequent care has underscored the importance of coordination across multiple care settings.

Her story was contained in a recent blog post at HealthIT Buzz by Michael A. White and Simone Myrie. In the post, the authors argue that “patient-generated health data, and the ability of healthcare providers to accept, view, exchange, and use such data to make better treatment decisions, are some of the most crucial pieces of a coordinated and effective care team.”

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Not All Health Apps Are Created Equal — and Some Are Downright Misleading

Not All Health Apps Are Created Equal    and Some Are Downright Misleading   mHealth apps mHealth Are some app developers promising more than they deliver? The answer appears to be “yes.” It could be a blow to the growing popularity of healthcare apps, according to industry insiders, who posit that some apps are much better than others at promoting well-being.

How do we know?

At least 14 percent of hypertension apps make misleading medical claims, according to a just released study.

“According to a study published by the Journal of the American Society of Hypertension (JASH), a portion of the blood pressure related apps available at the Google Play Store make misleading claims about their ability to track hypertension,” according to Health IT Outcomes.

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Hospital Cost Reductions Necessary, But More Than Same Old Excel Spreadsheets Will Be Required

Hospital Cost Reductions Necessary, But More Than Same Old Excel Spreadsheets Will Be Required   technology hospitals healthcare Of all the developments in healthcare — and there are a wagonload these days — cost containment is one of the pressing issues.

That’s because, according to data from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), out of the nearly $3 trillion spent in 2014, a purported $765 billion was “lost to waste in inefficiency, redundancy, errors, over-utilization, and unnecessary variation in clinical practices.”

Now it’s showing up big time on the balance sheets of hospitals across the country. One American Hospital Association analysis suggests that fully a third of U.S. hospitals currently suffer from their own recurring condition: negative operating margins.

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Study Shows Telemedicine is a Preferred Treatment Option For Disabled Children

Study Shows Telemedicine is a Preferred Treatment Option For Disabled Children   telemedicine cerebral palsy The full benefits of telemedicine are still being explored in countries around the world. While telemedicine makes consultations with otherwise inaccessible specialists available to many in developing countries, it also makes access to healthcare more easily accessible in developed countries.

A recent study performed by Royal Children’s Hospital in Queensland Australia found that telemedicine is an effective method of improving healthcare of disabled children. Disabilities such as cerebral palsy make mobility a challenge, causing frequent healthcare visits to be difficult to achieve.

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