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Microsoft Makes it Official: New Cross-Platform Fitness Band Launching Today

Microsoft Makes it Official: New Cross Platform Fitness Band Launching Today   mobile tech Mobile Devices Microsoft Band Apple Watch The rumor mill got another one right.

Less than two weeks ago, mHealthWatch first reported that Microsoft was planning to plant its flag in the wearables market before Apple.

Although Apple unveiled its first smartwatch called Apple Watch last month at its high-profile media event, we are still months away from product launch.
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OPINION: EMRs Won’t Prevent the Spread of Ebola (or the Next Scary Outbreak)

OPINION: EMRs Won’t Prevent the Spread of Ebola (or the Next Scary Outbreak)   mobile health mHealth EMR. Airstrip Ebola The following is s guest contributed post from AirStrip President Matt Patterson, MD.

According to IBM, there are 2.5 exabytes of data created every day, and most of it is unstructured. Imagine receiving all the words ever spoken by human beings on your doorstep each and every day. Now, imagine consuming that, making sense of it and trying to keep up with the ever-accelerating pace of data creation each day.

As a physician, I experienced firsthand the angst that comes with trying to keep up with even a very specialized scope of expertise. Thanks to the overwhelming quantity of peer-reviewed publications and practice guideline updates that only increase each year, we are long past the time when a clinician could possibly keep up with all the advancements in their own practice area, let alone those of adjacent areas of medicine or the latest public health concerns on a global scale.

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Report: Telemedicine Can Improve Healthcare In Prisons, While Reducing Costs

Report: Telemedicine Can Improve Healthcare In Prisons, While Reducing Costs   telemedicine prison CloudVisit Telemedicine In keeping with the goal of rehabilitating inmates while serving their sentence, many prisons are turning to telemedicine, particularly prisons in rural areas.

Telemedicine is especially important and even critical in some cases for the large number of  inmates who require mental health care services, something that countless rural prisons are simply not equipped or able to offer.

With use of CloudVisit Telemedicine, for example, psychiatric care can be accessed from anywhere in the country. Consequently, prisons are rapidly turning to this telemedicine solution.

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Group Brings Mobile Health Information to the Fight Against Ebola

Group Brings Mobile Health Information to the Fight Against Ebola   WELVU Univadis Tech Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights Physicians Interactive news mobile MedHelp Healthways Health eVillages Ebola With nearly half of all Americans said to be “fearful” about the potential spread of Ebola, new efforts and partnerships are taking shape to not only ease minds at home, but to combat the spread of Ebola abroad.

On Monday, mHealthWatch learned that Health eVillages and Physicians Interactive have teamed with Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) to establish a “collaborative coalition” of companies to distribute free information and timely updates on Ebola.

The updates, we’re told, will be distributed through mobile and web-based applications to “millions of Health Care Professionals (HCPs) and consumers worldwide.”

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Who Will Land The $11 Billion Dollar Defense Department Contract?

Who Will Land The $11 Billion Dollar Defense Department Contract?   Tech mobile tech news health systems DoD Defense Department The military has decided that it is indeed time to bring their health records into the modern electronic age. But military officials are yet to select the tech firm they will turn to for this massive project.

The Defense Department is currently accepting bids for an estimated 10 year project and the DoD is, understandably, attracting the likes of tech giants such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard.

The deadline for applications is October 31, and the project value is estimated at around $11 billion, according to The Washington Post.

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The Battle for mHealth Supremacy Getting More Complicated

The Battle for mHealth Supremacy Getting More Complicated   mobile health apps mHealth app mHealth In recent years, the world of mHealth apps wasn’t dominated by a few, but populated by many developers and healthcare organizations looking to find their way in a fledgling market.

But at the start of 2014, when it became crystal clear that the world’s biggest tech companies were determined to claim their piece of the mHealth pie, the landscape began to change. And now, as 2015 fast approaches, a whole new ballgame awaits mHealth app vendors — but, in particular, the “little guys.”

According to ABI, a freshly published 2-year study of the most popular health and fitness apps “reveals very little continuity in the popularity of specific mHealth applications.”

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Researchers Call for Improved Physiologic Monitoring to Reduce Alarm Fatigue

Researchers Call for Improved Physiologic Monitoring to Reduce Alarm Fatigue   UCSF monitor mHealth news mHealth Alarm Fatigue alarm Last week, UCSF researchers were credited as being the first to exhaustively detail causes and offer potential solutions for “alarm fatigue to improve patient safety.”

“Following the study of a hospital that logged more than 2.5 million patient monitoring alarms in just one month, researchers at UC San Francisco have, for the first time, comprehensively defined the detailed causes as well as potential solutions for the widespread issue of alarm fatigue in hospitals,” the report introduction from UCSF reads.

The issue of alarm fatigue has become so significant that The Joint Commission, a national organization that accredits hospitals, named it a National Patient Safety Goal. This goal requires hospitals to establish alarm safety as a priority, identify the most important alarms and establish policies to manage alarms by January 2016.

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