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Medivo Expands mHealth Services with WellApps Acquisition

After recently acquiring WellApps, Inc., Medivo, Inc. is making plans to expand its healthcare IT to include mHealth solutions for those living with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), Crohn’s Disease, and Ulcerative Colitis. In order to do so, Medivo is integrating the WellApps GI Monitor with its Medivo Monitor platform for patients and its Medivo PatientPath platform for physicians.

The GI Monitor application provides patients with the ability to log their symptoms, diet, and medication compliance. This log enables users to better understand their condition through interactive charts, while compiling accurate reports for physicians to help monitor patient health. Additionally, the application allows IBD patients to socialize with one another on a global scale, creating a real-time social network.

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Telecommunications Operator Exhibits Strong Presence in Mobile World Congress

Etisalat made a strong showing at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where it took home three awards for its telecommunication operations in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.

With its Mobile Baby healthcare platform, Etisalat swept up two awards at the Congress. The Service for Women in Emerging Markets and Best Mobile Health Innovation awards were presented to the company for the success and scalability of its program.

Mobile Baby was created in conjunction with Qualcomm, D-Tree International, and Great Connection as a means of providing affordable healthcare solutions for anyone, no matter how remote their location. This program was first implemented in Tanzania, where it accompanied a 30 percent drop in maternal mortality rates.

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Bluetooth Low Energy Apps Target mHealth Market

Cambridge Consultants has designed new Bluetooth low energy (BLE) iPhone 4S applications, which may play a large role in the future development of the mobile health market. These apps have been developed to operate on CSR’s BLE devices, which Cambridge Consultants has worked to specialize with the company in order to create tools and device software that will be useful to those developers who are looking to create iOS and Mac OS applications.

BLE is aimed at the mHealth market as a means of establishing ultra-low power connectivity and data transfer. This can be used with applications, such as blood pressure monitors, which have been previously limited by power consumption, size, and compatibility constraints. In order to make this a reality, Cambridge Consultants aims to demonstrate how to optimize both the Bluetooth and mobile device performance within mHealth with these BLE applications.

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Superhero Development Team Creates an App for Teens Battling Cancer

Approximately 2,000 teens battled cancer between 2006 and 2008. What could a group of teens this large have in common? According to eyeforpharma, the answer is an overwhelming feeling of loneliness, fear, and isolation.

With the goal of making sure that, in a market that has an app for just about everything, there is an app made specifically to address these unmet needs, eyeforpharma and its partner organizations, such as The Teenage Cancer Trust, European Cancer Patient Coalition, and the I’m Too Young For This! Cancer Foundation, created the Mobile Health Competition 2012. The competition took this problem to the online community, where it asked for ideas about how to best address it.

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Study: Mobile Access to Health Data Rose 125 Percent in 2011

On January 16, 2012, a comScore Data Gem blog post announced that the number of people using their mobile phones to access health-related information has grown by 125 percent in 2011.

However, the report also found that certain sectors of the population are driving these statistics. In fact, it states that three out of the five mobile users who were accessing health data via their mobile devices were under the age of 35. This demonstrates that young people are driving this movement towards mHealth usage, a fact that is not surprising when compared to the 2010 statistic that confirmed that 96 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 own a mobile phone.

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RunKeeper Adds Flexible, User-Friendly Updates

RunKeeper has shown yet again that it is earning its title as the Facebook of fitness applications as it goes through renovations akin to those of the popular social networking site. Just like Facebook’s new timeline gives users the ability to view their lifetime of activity on one page, RunKeeper allows members of its fitness network to do the same, but with their health information.

RunKeeper ties the many facets of health and fitness together into one platform.While it can track individuals’ cardio and strength activities, blood pressure, or even sleep data in this platform, with the new FitnessReports, users can choose which of these activities are most important to them. This means that RunKeeper members can choose to view the specific data they find relevant throughout their fitness journey, as opposed to the often overwhelming overview that was previously the only option.

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Synergistic Alliance Provides Medication Dosage Insight Remotely

MedApps, Inc. has recently announced its alliance with MedMinder. This partnership is aimed at combining the two applications as a means of remotely monitoring patient response to treatment.

In order to do so, the alliance is creating an affordable, patient-centered remote medication management system. According to Founder and CEO or MedApps Kent Dicks, the hardest part of patient care is getting the patient to comply with the treatment.

Kent believes that MedApps partnership with MedMinder can help doctors and patients solve this issue. While MedApps is known for providing physicians with the biometric patient data they need in a timely manner, the addition of MedMinder attacks the issue from the patient side.

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