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The Wearable Future: Will Consumers Make the Move Soon?

The Wearable Future: Will Consumers Make the Move Soon?   wearables mobile mHealth eMarketer Is that an app you’re wearing or are you just happy to track your progress?

This adulteration of Mae West’s classic come-on is most likely justified. Just recently, International Data Corporation issue the prediction that wearable device shipments worldwide would rise more than 488.9 percent between 2014 and 2018, rising from 19.0 million to 111.9 million.

It’s a rapidly changing marketplace.

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CarePass to be Phased Out

CarePass to be Phased Out   Mobile Devices mHealth health data management Aetna Last year Aetena launched their CarePass consumer website and mobile solution as part of its “What’s Your Healthy?” national campaign. However, the insurer has decided to phase out CarePass by the end of 2014.

“At this time, we have decided to make no further investments in the CarePass platform,” said Cynthia Michener, spokeswoman for Aetna. Current CarePass users will still have access to the platform for the time being and until its planned closing at the end of the year.

CarePass was designed for users to create, track, and achieve their health goals as well as featured a catalog of more than 20 health apps.

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MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients

MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients   mobile health apps mHealth MedDiary MedDiary Inc., a mobile health (mHealth) software company, has announced the launch of its mobile health software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform consisting of a cloud-based portal for healthcare providers and a mobile app for patients.

The integrated platform makes it possible for healthcare providers to create custom mobile health apps for their patients and to subsequently remotely monitor them.

According to a statement provided to mHealthWatch, patients pay a $35 monthly in-app subscription fee for this “concierge level” service. MedDiary then compensates providers with a $15 monthly services fee for coordinating the patient’s care.

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Chris Nicholson Tapped for Keynote at Parks Associates’ Upcoming Connected Health Summit

Chris Nicholson Tapped for Keynote at Parks Associates Upcoming Connected Health Summit   Parks Associates mobile health Humana Chris Nicholson Next week, The Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers will commence at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, California.

The event’s organizers, Parks Associates, have announced ahead of the Summit that Chris Nicholson, CEO of a newly forming Connected Health Start-up (in stealth mode) and former VP & COO of Humana Wellness, will deliver the keynote address, “Applying Connected Health to the Wellness Market: The ‘Triple Threat’ Driving Growth.”

The keynote will be delivered the morning of Thursday, September 4th, as the two-day Summit gets underway.

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Microsoft’s mHealth Vision Coming to Fruition

Microsofts mHealth Vision Coming to Fruition   mobile health Microsoft news mHealth news mHealth As MMW first reported Tuesday, Microsoft officials confirm that for their new mobile health project they are striking a deal with wireless provider TracFone to extend mHealth technology to undeserved and high-risk populations.

Th endeavor is aimed specifically at people with diabetes (an annual $245 billion market). It is a diabetes management platform to help individuals keep tabs on their condition.

The two companies are also teaming up with Health Choice Network (HCN) to launch the pilot program to examine how access to mobile technology affects patient disease-management and outcomes.

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SMS Service for Pregnant Women Launches in South Africa

SMS Service for Pregnant Women Launches in South Africa   text sms smartphone MomConnect mobile application app A new mobile application, MomConnect, will allow all pregnant women in South Africa to sign up for a free SMS service which provides information and advice on pregnancy.

In addition, it can be used to notify the Department of Health about poor services at clinics.

According to a story at BizCommunity, the free program for pregnant mothers has been launched by the Department of Health, with funding from the U.S. government and Johnson & Johnson.

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MHW Op-Ed: Catch a Kitten By Its Toe

MHW Op Ed: Catch a Kitten By Its Toe   Tech Nuance Communications mobile ICD 10 healthcare health The following is a guest contributed post from Dr. Girija Yegnanarayanan, Director of Applied Research and Clinical Language Understanding at Nuance Communications.

Most everyone is familiar with the famous nursery rhyme line “Eeny, meeny, miney, moe/Catch a tiger by the toe,” recited by children looking for a way to select who will be “it” for a game.  The undergirding principle of this ditty is selecting one over another, whether that be “eeny, miny, or moe.”  This process is not unlike what can occur in the classification assignment when converting from the ICD-9 to ICD-10 code set.  Important details can be lost in translation.

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