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New Red Cross App Aims to Increase Donor Frequency With Retail Rewards

New Red Cross App Aims to Increase Donor Frequency With Retail Rewards   retail Mobile Apps mobile marketing blood American Red Cross While the resounding majority of blood donors are both loyal and well-intentioned, the Red Cross still struggles with a 50% no-show rate for their scheduled blood donations.

In an effort to decrease the number of no-shows, and increase the frequency of donations, the Red Cross has launched a new mobile app, the Red Cross Blood Donor App.

The Red Cross’s other mobile apps focus primarily on first aid, as well as a variety of disaster preparedness and safety tips. But the new Red Cross Blood Donor App is designed to focus solely on donations.

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CareConnectors and VRI Team Up for Mobile Application Framework

CareConnectors and VRI Team Up for Mobile Application Framework   VRI Team mobile application CareConnectors As consumer electronics manufacturers introduce more products that allow individuals to take control of their health, developers are simultaneously looking for frameworks that will integrate the capability of the devices to provide better solutions.

Not surprisingly, this dynamic is leading an explosion in opportunities and partnerships across the healthcare landscape today.

According to HealthTechZone, CareConnectors and VRI have created a mobile application framework for developers that will “unify, validate, monitor data sharing and exchange interface for home to telehealth monitoring.”

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Wellframe Raises Healthy Sum for Expanded mHealth Efforts

Wellframe Raises Healthy Sum for Expanded mHealth Efforts   Wellframe mHealth Five months after the 2011 Boston startup Wellframe announced its seed funding, they have completed an $8.5 million Series A round to expand their mobile health efforts well into the future.

The company’s software provides personalized care plans to help patients stay on a recovery path after returning home from the hospital and aims to keep patients in contact with their clinicians.

Funding was led by DFJ, a Silicon Valley venture firm, as well as by Formation 8, Waterline Ventures, and Queensbridge Venture Partners. Athenahealth chief executive Jonathan Bush and Tim Draper of DFJ were investors in the startup’s $1.5 million seed round in April.

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Doubt Lingers About Utility of mHealth Apps in Ebola Containment

Doubt Lingers About Utility of mHealth Apps in Ebola Containment   mobile health mHealth app mHealth healthcare Ebola The recent Ebola crisis in Africa has led to an overwhelming amount of media coverage, and social media interaction with an unfortunate amount of it being false.

With the accelerated rate at which information can spread across the Internet, it is too challenging to manage and monitor false information, which is more speculative than factual and often derived from irresponsible reporting.

While new methods of utilizing mobile healthcare apps are being explored by healthcare professionals around the globe today, the Ebola crisis has many considering how mobile apps can play a role in educating the masses and, ideally, curbing the deadly disease’s spread.

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New App Makes Transitioning High Risk Infants From Hospital To Home Less Stressful For Parents

New App Makes Transitioning High Risk Infants From Hospital To Home Less Stressful For Parents   Northwestern University NICU 2 Home app infants babies When parents have a newborn baby who spends the first few weeks or months of its life in the neonatal care unit, the transition from hospital to home is extremely stressful. Not only do parents have the traditional stresses that accompanies having a newborn baby (such as sleep deprivation) they have the added stress of worrying about whether or not their sick infant is going to be okay and if they are providing their newborn with adequate care.

In an effort ease this stress, and make the transition smoother, Northwestern University has developed a smartphone app called NICU-2-Home. Developed by Craig Garfield, M.D. and Young Lee, the app contains information such as the infant’s health data, tips and tricks for managing their health care, and support to ease parents level of stress and worry.

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Headache Diary Apps NOT Evidence Based

Headache Diary Apps NOT Evidence Based   Mobile Devices mobile applications headaches app There is a severe lack of quality headache diary apps according to a new systematic rigorous review published last month by researchers from IWK Health Centre in Halifax, Cananda.Headache sufferers are typically recommended to use a diary to record headache events. The researchers examined the apps on the basis of 7 criteria that they developed. An ideal headache diary app, in their judgment, should – “be created with clinical and/or scientific headache expertise, have undergone testing to ensure the diary is a feasible and reliable method of data collection, measure clinically relevant headache variables, be usable, include customizable answer options and reports, include reports linking multiple variables, and have the ability to export headache data from the app.”

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A Fitness App For Your Dog?

A Fitness App For Your Dog?   mobile app mHealth FitBark app Have you ever wondered if your dog gets enough exercise? Or how active they are when you are away from home? As a loving pet owner, you may be inclined to want to monitor your dog’s weight. While the type of food they eat, and amount of food they eat plays a vital role in their weight and health, so does there level of physical activity.

It is for this reason that FitBark has created their new smart activity monitor and mobile app.

The activity monitor “comfortably attaches” to your dog’s collar, then its sensors measure your dog’s movements throughout the day. This way pet owners can determine if their dogs are getting enough physical activity, or if they are spending too much time sleeping or being sedentary.

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