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HCSC Launches New Wellness App

HCSC Launches New Wellness App   mHealth Health Care Service Corporation HCSC Centered According to the latest industry data, 60 percent of U.S. adults report routinely monitoring their weight, diet, exercise, sleep patterns and more.

Now, one company is “opening that window even wider” with the launch of a new wellness app integrating physical activity tracking with clinically based meditation sessions for stress management.

Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), the nation’s largest customer-owned health insurer, is behind the app in question called Centered, a free app availablefor iPhone 5s, iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

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Apple Gets Back to Approving HealthKit Apps

Apple Gets Back to Approving HealthKit Apps   mobile health mHealth iOS 8 HealthKit apple Following some unexpected glitches and subsequent delays in the first wave launch of HealthKit apps for iOS 8, it now appears that Apple managed to work out the bugs.

Shortly the September 17th release of iOS 8, Apple was compelled to yank all HealthKit-related iOS apps from the App Store.

A number of eleventh-hour issues were reportedly to blame for the decision.
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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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