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Welch Allyn Enters the Telemedicine Fray

Welch Allyn Enters the Telemedicine Fray   Welch Allyn telemedicine HealthInterlink Welch Allyn has just announced that the company has acquired HealthInterlink, a health IT firm that has an FDA-cleared remote monitoring solution focused on vital signs monitoring.

According to MDDI Online, this is the company’s first venture into telemedicine and it shows that traditional medtech companies are realizing the opportunities in telemedicine as well.

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States Still Sluggish on Telemedicine Adoption

States Still Sluggish on Telemedicine Adoption   telemedicine American Telemedicine Association Within rural states hospitals today, there are closures and there are doctor shortages, but videoconferencing — or telemedicine — could solve that problem. However, according to USA Today, states are moving too slowly in allowing it.

A total of 43 rural hospitals have closed since 2010 and Texas, one of the most restrictive states on telemedicine, has had six closings. Many states worry that doctors who treat patients on video remotely may not do appropriate follow-up and are reluctant to allow physicians to prescribe drugs or treatments.

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Telehealth Companies Take-off as New Year Looms

Telehealth Companies Take off as New Year Looms   telehealth mobile business According to an insightful new report from Forbes, more Americans are gaining medical coverage and more health insurers are reimbursing for telemedicine consultations. This allows for companies like MDLive, founded in 2009, to grow rather quickly.

In an interview at Forbes Healthcare Summit, MDLive chief executive, Randy Parker, discussed how his company will take advantage of new payments as well as growing interest among consumers for telemedicine services.

“We are at a perfect storm,” said Parker. “We are at a point where both technology and payers who are providing reimbursement have accepted the fact that there is an inflection point. The use of telemedicine today is a requirement to provide more efficient access to care.”

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Healthcare Help from the Hoosier State? IUPUI App Developed for Mobile Medical Media

Healthcare Help from the Hoosier State? IUPUI App Developed for Mobile Medical Media   Mobile Medical Media IUPUI app Fully integrating media technology with medical needs and mobile access may be “just what the doctor ordered.”

At least, that’s what motivated a team at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) which has created a mobile medical media application it believes could provide a more effective way for physicians to provide patients with information in the new world of global and mobile healthcare.

“The Shahidi app, which couples media technology with mobile technology, is currently being tested,” noted the university in a recent release. “It will initially be used to present health care media as part of the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare partnership in Kenya.”

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Federal Health IT Office Wants Expanded Mobile, Telehealth, Analytics, Open Data Technology for Future

Federal Health IT Office Wants Expanded Mobile, Telehealth, Analytics, Open Data Technology for Future   telehealth Open Data Technology mobile federal health IT analytics What does the federal government see as the future of electronic health care?

That’s contained in a recent release from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (OCN), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency has released “an outline of how the federal government aims to expand electronic health information sharing in the next five years, in part by deploying mobile and sensor technology to extend health IT networks,” says GCN.

GCN, which delivers technology assessments, recommendations, and case studies to support Public Sector IT managers who are responsible for the specification, evaluation and selection of technology solutions, noted that ONC is accepting  comments on a draft version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. Public comments are due by February 6, 2015.

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Wearable? What Wearable?

Wearable? What Wearable?   wearables mobile tech Gartner It’s the ultimate sign of that which has become entirely ubiquitous — It’s no longer obvious to anyone who isn’t specifically looking for it.

A new prediction from Gartner highlighted by our sister site Mobile Marketing Watch indicates that 30 percent of smart wearables will be inconspicuous within three years.

As the smart wearables market continues to grow and evolve, Gartner says that as soon as 2017, nearly one-third of smart wearables will be completely unobtrusive to the eye.

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UCLA mHealth Project Seeks to Help At-Risk Women

UCLA mHealth Project Seeks to Help At Risk Women   UCLA mobile health mobile app mHealth Project mHealth fitness At Risk Women app Do fitness app users sometimes shake their cell phones to try to fake mandated physical activity? Yes, they do. But on the upside, many people who use an app to bolster their efforts to become healthier actually succeed.

That’s the upshot of a recent UCLA mHealth program designed to help at-risk women battling excessive weight and the attendant blood pressure, heart, and other ailments.

The story, written by Eryn Brown for the LA Times, tracks the journey of one participant named Qiana Sago.

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