A major proposal is being introduced by lawmakers in Washington D.C. that could, if passed into law, have enormously positive ramifications for the expansion of telemedicine among individuals most in-need of access to such services.
U.S. Reps. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson and Charles B. Rangel are behind H.R. 2516 — the Veterans E-Health and Telemedicine Support Act of 2015.
“When our service men and women are called to duty, they do so selflessly with only the country in mind,” said Thompson, according to GantDaily. “When they return home, it is our shared duty to be there for these heroes, by making lifesaving resources readily accessible.”
Posted in Healthcare, Technology, Telemedicine
This week, Keas — an online health management company — is rolling out a new personal health platform that, according to VentureBeat, aims to “gamify health care.”
The goal, we’re told, is for this process to make it more fun and engaging for people to track and improve their health.
U.S. businesses spend more than $620 billion a year on employer-sponsored health care, and that number is expected to exceed $1 trillion in the next five years, according to The Kaiser Family Foundation and Constellation Research. Keas figures its SmartHealth Engine and Keas+ upgrades will help improve engagement, make people healthier, and reduce employer health care costs.
Posted in Healthcare, Telemedicine
MAW is out with a new report noting that Global Equities Research’s Trip Chowdhry believes Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference “will once again captivate Apple’s developer community. But all eyes won’t be on what’s next for iOS and OS X. There’s another big draw at WWDC this year.”
According to this morning’s report, Apple is likely preparing an update to the “WatchKit” software development tool. “If so, developers may gain unprecedented access to and control over Apple Watch sensors,” the report notes.
“Currently, Apple WatchKit SDK does not expose programmatic interfaces to various Sensors on the Apple Watch,” Chowdhry says in a research note obtained by Barron’s. “Apple is expected to open the programmatic interfaces to the following sensors on the Watch for the first time to developers: Heart Rate, Sensors, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Microphone, Speakers.”
Posted in mHealth news, Wearable technology
In response to the growing number of consumers searching for weight loss products on their mobile devices, the weight loss industry is taking note. Intechra Health is one such company that has invested much time and energy in meeting their mobile consumers’ needs.
According to Mobile Commerce News, it is estimated that 1 out of every 4 searches is now performed on mobile devices, and this number is higher for some industries than others. For example, before purchasing a weight loss product found in a store, on TV, or in a magazine, most consumers will perform a Google search.
Posted in mHealth, Mobile App
Sierra Wireless confirmed Wednesday that its focus on mission critical communications is ramping up.
The organization has just announced the commercial availability of FirstNet Band 14 LTE support for the InMotion Solutions oMG2000 mobile gateway.
What does that mean exactly?
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While residents in some areas of Tennessee, such as Nashville, have easy access to just about any type of healthcare required, the state as a whole has a shortage of Primary Care Physicians (PCP). It is for this reason that Tennessee recently passed a law requiring both Medicaid and private health insurance companies to reimburse for telemedicine, just as they would for in-person healthcare visits.
While Nashville, Tennessee is one of the fastest growing healthcare hubs in the nation, there are many rural areas in Tennessee where residents are required to drive hours for even fairly general healthcare needs. This makes telemedicine the easiest way to access healthcare, as described in a comprehensive report from Philly.com.
Posted in Telemedicine
Ahead of the long holiday weekend, Welltok announced the acquisition of healthcare analytics company Predilytics. While Welltok already has impressive analytic capabilities with their CafeWell Health Optimization Platform, Predilytics allows them to take things to the next level.
Where Predilytics differs from most health related analytics companies is that they focus more attention on consumers, not just patients. This is not to say that patient needs are not accounted for, but that their analytics capabilities take a look at the larger picture of the patient’s life beyond their healthcare wants and needs.
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