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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Banking on Telehealth

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Banking on TelehealthAs part of what the organization calls its ongoing commitment to expand covered health care delivery options, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota confirmed to mHealthWatch on Tuesday that Doctor On Demand is now the company’s preferred telehealth service provider, starting in 2016.

If you’re not familiar, Doctor On Demand provides immediate access to Board Certified physicians or next-day appointments with psychologists from smartphones, tablets or computers.

Beginning January 1, 2016, a Doctor On Demand video visit will be the most affordable and convenient telehealth option for Blue Cross members, as an extension of the provider network.
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mHealth Market Stands to Gain from Wearables Industry Expansion

mHealth Market Stands to Gain from Wearables Industry ExpansionThe world of wearables is a vastly expanding ecosystem. That’s according to a new IDC report.

And Apple is helping to drive that growth in a very tangible way.

In its first appearance in the wearables market, Apple finds itself within striking distance of the established market leader, Fitbit.

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker, Apple shipped a total of 3.6 million units in the second quarter of 2015 (2Q15), just 0.8 million units behind Fitbit’s 4.4 million units. Total shipment volume for the quarter came to 18.1 million units, up 223.2% from the 5.6 million units shipped in 2Q14.

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Capital BlueCross Aims to Connect Customers, Doctors with Live Video

Live video is poised to make doctor consultations a lot easier in the future.

And even in the very near future for many people with Capital BlueCross plans.

Starting next year, patients won’t have to wait — “you’ll be able to visit with a doctor by live, high-quality video right away, right from your home, with the click of a button.”
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Op-Ed: No One Wants to Go to the 5th Worst Cardiologist

Op-Ed No One Wants to Go to the 5th Worst CardiologistThe following is a guest contributed post by Nuance President Trace Devanny.

Technology has radically shifted how we approach and solve problems, and this is something I witnessed continually watching my kids grow up.  Younger generations are hard-wired to research online—they don’t know any other way—and they rely on this data for everything, whether they’re looking up NFL stats while drafting their fantasy football teams or buying a car. Peer reviews play an integral role in their decision-making process.

This is a trend that is starting to impact healthcare.  A few short years ago, quality metrics were really only known to the payer and the healthcare organization with very little buy-in or impact on physicians.  That is changing.  As the industry moves toward a value-based reimbursement model, metrics are becoming increasingly refined, and more directly connected to the different specialty groups or individual physicians who are providing that care.  We, as patients, now have access to information we never had before, and this information can shape our decisions.  Today more than ever, reputations of both healthcare organizations and their care teams are front and center.

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CSI Teams with Doctor On Demand

CSI Teams with Doctor On DemandAlthough the news largely flew under the radar, Telehealth/Telemedicine and medical kiosk manufacturer, Computerized Screening, Inc. (CSI) confirmed an exciting new partnership this month.

The company has teamed with Doctor On Demand to offer Telemedicine/Telehealth connectivity on its CSI Virtual eClinic Health Systems nationwide.

CSI’s CEO Charles Bluth says the company has worked for the past eight years to secure a Physician Call Service that understands the marketplace and offers three critical key elements, which the company defines as:
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2Morrow, mHealth Technologies Aim to Extinguish Smoking

2Morrow, mHealth Technologies Aim to Extinguish SmokingThis week, 2Morrow, Inc. and mHealth Technologies announced the formation of a partnership to localize 2Morrow’s SmartQuit evidence-based, smoking cessation app designed for the Turkish market.

According to a news release provided to mHealthWatch, healthcare reform, intensive awareness campaigns, and government policies “have resulted in an impressive decrease in Turkey’s smoking rates over the last decade, and an increase in those seeking help with quitting.”
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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

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

mPulse Mobile Announces $1.7 Million of New Funding
On Wednesday, mPulse Mobile — a mobile experience-management company focused on consumer health and wellness — confirmed in a statement to the media that it recently wrapped up a $1.7 million investment round (pre-series A) lead by OCA Ventures.

CVS Health Turns to Telehealth
On Wednesday, CVS Health announced that it is working with American Well, Doctor On Demand and Teladoc to explore how direct-to-consumer telehealth providers, retail pharmacy and retail clinic providers can make a difference in how healthcare is administered.
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