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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

GenieMD iVisit Reimagines Telemedicine
On Wednesday, GenieMD — a market leader in offering mobile health solutions to consumers — announced the availability of its Telemedicine Platform iVisitTM.

swyMed Steps Up to Deliver Hands-Free Telemedicine for Patients and Providers
It’s another pioneering effort from swyMed. The company announced today that as a Glass Partner, it is deploying its telemedicine solution on Glass Enterprise Edition to deliver hands-free, remote evaluations of patients from anywhere in real time.

GE Healthcare, Jefferson Health Launch Multi-Year Risk-Sharing Relationship
On Monday, MHW learned that GE Healthcare and Jefferson Health have announced an eight-year, shared-risk relationship that will help Jefferson strategically transform healthcare delivery in the Philadelphia region for the benefit of patients and their families.

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Virtual Care Helps Diet Doc Simplify Weight Loss

U.S. telemedicine weight loss company Diet Doc says it is making weight loss easier than ever through a new partnership.

MHW can confirm that the company has teamed up with healthcare technology company eVisit to cimplify the weight loss process.

Diet Doc says it has helped thousands of patients lose weight via doctor-supervised phone-based consultations that include diet planning and home prescription delivery.

eVisit’s online platform will add increased convenience to their existing remote-based patient/doctor meetings.

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New App Aims to Revolutionize Personal Training

This week at the IDEA World Fitness Convention in Las Vegas, Jotega LLC is launching their highly anticipated Trainer Network app.

“Apps have helped changed the face of the health and fitness industry in recent years,” those behind the new offering tell us. “However, despite the advancements, there is still a gap between personal trainers and their clients. Trainer Network aims to change that and modernize personal training.”

The CEO of Jotega LLC explained why they have chosen to launch their app at IDEA World: “IDEA World is a giant platform for fitness companies. It provides an excellent launch pad we, as a company, need to kick start our apps. With tens of thousands of fitness professionals in one place; we hope to use IDEA World as the ultimate proving ground to gauge the effectiveness, value, and interest level of our apps.”
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GenieMD iVisit Reimagines Telemedicine

On Wednesday, GenieMD — a market leader in offering mobile health solutions to consumers — announced the availability of its Telemedicine Platform iVisitTM.

“More than three-quarters of U.S. healthcare consumers welcome the idea of virtual visits with physicians, according to the results of a consumer survey conducted by The Advisory Board Company,” according to a statement released to the media.

As revealed in a June 19 announcement, 77 percent of consumers would consider seeing a physician virtually, while 19 percent already have, as revealed in the Virtual Visits Consumer Choice Survey, which surveyed 4,879 consumers online during September 2016.

“Across industries, consumers have become accustomed to using virtual technology for both real-time and asynchronous interactions. Health care providers can no longer wait to catch up,” Tom Cassels, national strategy partner at Advisory Board, said in a statement. “Providers have designed care access around their own convenience and will increasingly find patients willing to pay for their own convenience and alternatives to driving to physician offices for medical expertise.”
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Qualcomm Announces New Wearables Platform

Qualcomm Incorporated recently announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., is bringing LTE categories M1 (eMTC) and NB1 (NB-IoT) connectivity to the wearables industry with the launch of the new Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 1200 platform.

We’re told that Snapdragon Wear 1200 takes advantage of the wide coverage provided by emerging LTE narrowband technologies, or LTE IoT, to help usher in a new generation of ultra-low power, highly energy efficient, always connected, and cost-efficient experiences to targeted purpose wearable devices such as kid, pet, elderly, and fitness trackers.
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GE Healthcare, Jefferson Health Launch Multi-Year Risk-Sharing Relationship

On Monday, MHW learned that GE Healthcare and Jefferson Health have announced an eight-year, shared-risk relationship that will help Jefferson strategically transform healthcare delivery in the Philadelphia region for the benefit of patients and their families.

A provided statement explains that the objective of this collaboration is to create a “forward-looking, robust health system” by removing redundancies and maximizing sourcing efficiencies.

We’re told that only one of only five such long-term relationships in the U.S. and its largest, GE Healthcare and Jefferson have the potential to generate $500 million to $1 billion in efficiencies with Jefferson that can be directed toward services that best meet patient needs over the term of this relationship.
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Bright.md Adds Major Healthcare System to Roster of Virtual Care Customers

Bright.md, developer of a virtual care solution to improve healthcare efficiencies and outcomes, has just implemented its SmartExam software tool at Adventist Health.

If you’re not familiar, Adventist Health, based in Roseville, Calif., is a major West Coast healthcare delivery system, with hospitals, clinics and ancillary services in four states.

We’re told that it has initially implemented the software for use with patients in Oregon.

SmartExam acts as a virtual physician’s assistant, enabling primary care providers to deliver efficient remote care, cut costs and improve patient outcomes. Using SmartExam, patients get care from providers at their own trusted health system using a mobile phone or computer. The intelligent software dynamically interviews patients, using answers to gather more information and support providers in the care delivery process.

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