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MTBC Touts Electronic Prescribing Smartwatch App

MTBC Touts Electronic Prescribing Smartwatch AppOn Monday, MTBC — a leading provider of healthcare information technology solutions — shared with MHW details of its new electronic prescribing app for the Apple Watch, one of the first electronic prescribing smartwatch apps available to U.S. healthcare providers, the company explains.

MTBC’s Apple Watch app extends key components of its electronic prescribing app for iPhone users, known as MTBC iRx, to the Apple Watch.

Users of the Apple Watch app can view patient refill request alerts and inbound patient communications on the watch and then leverage iRx to authorize refills, write new prescriptions, access patients’ medication histories and clinical support decision tools, and more.

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ATA Touts Support for New Accountable Care Organization Model

ATA Launches Online Telemental Health CourseIn a media announcement shared with MHW on Monday, The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) announced its support and recognition of the launch of the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) new accountable care organization (ACO) model.

The new model, called the Next Generation ACO Model (NGACO Model), is comprised of twenty-one ACOs with significant experience coordinating care for populations of patients through initiatives, including, but not limited to, the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer ACO Model.

“Today is an important day for Medicare beneficiaries getting access to value-based telehealth care,” said Gary Capistrant, Chief Policy Officer of ATA. “We think all Medicare ACOs should be able to use telehealth to provide the Medicare range of coverage, and we hope that Congress and CMS will explore allowing more use of innovation to serve better Medicare beneficiaries.”
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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

mHealth News Here’s What Happened This WeekHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

CES 2016: Time to ‘Breathe Easier’ at Home with New Tech
Just in time for CES 2016 in Las Vegas this week, Coway — a Korean company focused on health-minded technologies — is rolling out its first U.S. available product for the connected home.

Looking Ahead in 2016: More Consumerism and Innovation, Less Gadgets, Still Not Enough Interoperability
With a new year just getting started, most realists recognize that for all intents and purposes ACA is here to stay. No matter what discourse has transpired or how the next presidential election turns out, we are down a path of value-based care with no turning back. With that in mind, 2016 will see consumers having no other choice but to get more involved in their healthcare spend. Many more people are now insured, and benefit designs increasingly place more burden on the consumer to understand what’s covered, what’s not, and how best to spend their healthcare dollars.

CES 2016: First Response Unveils Groundbreaking Bluetooth Smart-Enabled Pregnancy Test
With CES 2016 now underway in Las Vegas, Church & Dwight, Co., Inc., the makers of First Response pregnancy and ovulation tests, announced the launch of First Response Pregnancy PRO Digital Pregnancy Test & App Access.

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American Heart Association the NFL Launch New App

American Heart Association the NFL Launch New AppThe American Heart Association and National Football League recently announced a new partnership with Discovery Education, a provider of digital content and professional development for K-12 classrooms, to expand the AHA-NFL PLAY 60 Challenge.

According to details shared with mHealthWatch, the expansion offers all-new, standards-aligned digital resources for students, educators and families across the country.

The new resources include interactive classroom activities, engaging curriculum and lesson plans, and family resources.
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Voluntis, AstraZeneca Testing Companion Mobile App for Studies

Voluntis, AstraZeneca Testing Companion Mobile App for StudiesVoluntis and AstraZeneca have announced plans to test a digital support service for women undergoing treatment for recurrent platinum-sensitive high-grade ovarian cancer in clinical trials of cediranib plus olaparib.

That’s the news provided to mHealthWatch via a joint statement to the media.

The service, we’re told, has been developed by Voluntis in close clinical collaboration with AstraZeneca and the US National Cancer Institute (NCI). It is delivered through a smartphone app paired with a web portal to help clinicians and patients manage side effects of hypertension and diarrhea sometimes associated with combination therapy with cediranib and olaparib.
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Urban Communities Prefer Text Messages for Survey

Urban Communities Prefer Text Messages for SurveyResults from a pilot study published last week by the researchers at the University of Michigan Medical School demonstrated that among low-income urban African-Americans in Detroit, “text messaging is not only acceptable and feasible but is the preferred method of collecting real-time survey data” over other methods of survey including paper, phone, internet, and in-person.

The survey used in the study consisted of 14 hypothetical medical scenarios – 10 questions reflected 10 leading reasons for urgent outpatient medical visits, 4 questions reflected extreme scenarios. For example, as a follow to, “You slipped in the bathroom, injured your back, it hurts to lie down and when you bend over or twist”, participants were asked to choose between visit emergency department or ask primary care doctor or do nothing. Four weeks after the paper survey was completed, identical questions were asked by text messages. These included two text message sent per day at different times of day for 6 weeks. Each question was sent six times: twice during regular hours (8 am-4 pm), twice during off hours (5 pm-7 am) and twice during the weekend. The participant’s response was followed by a question seeking a free text explanation for the choice made.

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SMS Reminders Improve Cervical Cancer Screening

SMS Reminders Improve Cervical Cancer ScreeningA new study has demonstrated that SMS based screening intervention in Korean American women significantly increased their knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening as well as encouraged them to obtain pap test. Korean American women have one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the United States and the lowest Pap test screening rates.

The study leveraged BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model to create three sequential elements in this SMS intervention – identify barriers, develop motivators, and provide triggers to effect a behavior change.

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