Can mobile fitness apps help curtail the obesity epidemic in the United States?
That’s the question posed by journalist Koby Michaels of Ubyssey.
May Jung, an assistant professor with the Faculty of Health and Social Development at UBC-O, may soon have an answer. Jung is studying the role that mobile fitness applications play in helping people get in shape.
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According to a recent report by the CDC, from 1976 to 2006, between 3,000 and 49,000 people have died every year due to complications from the flu.
People 18 to 64 years of age accounted for nearly two-thirds of all flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in last year’s H1N1 epidemic.
Of course, flu outbreaks and death are nothing new. During the 1918 pandemic, more than 500 million people worldwide were infected and between 50 and 100 million died- nearly 5% of the planet’s population.
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In recent weeks, mHealthWatch has profiled the ongoing challenge announced this month by Walgreens, the nation’s largest drug chain.
Walgreens is behind the Balance Rewards App Challenge, the goal of which is to encourage further integration of their current Balance Rewards app.
On Thursday, mHealthWatch learned that Henry Ford Health System Innovations is supporting the Walgreens Balance Rewards App Challenge in order “to find new mobile applications that incentivize healthy behavior and improve disease management.”
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In the near future, market analysts say, you’ll be hard pressed to find a serious runner who doesn’t use some form of mobile technology to either track their activities, monitor their stats, or as we’re seeing more frequently, to help improve their runs.
As mHealthWatch has previously reported, one of the standout platforms in the category of unique mobile solutions capable of helping runners optimize their movements and maximize their runs is Mettis Trainer — a shoe insert with a corresponding app that informs the runner of each foot’s balance and pressure points for the purpose of correcting the way the foot strikes the ground.
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Walgreens, the nation’s largest drug chain, has just announced the Balance Rewards App Challenge.
As first reported by our sister site Mobile Marketing Watch, the challenge will run through November 28, and the three winners will be announced at the 2014 mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. the second week of December.
The goal is to encourage further integration of their current Balance Rewards app.
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As mHealthWatch previously reported late last month, following some unexpected glitches and subsequent delays in the first wave launch of HealthKit apps for iOS 8, Apple has finally managed to work out the bugs.
In the first 8 days of October, countless players large and small across the healthcare industry have announced integration with Apple’s HealthKit, the latest of which is Mayo Clinic.
The NBC News affiliate in Rochester, Minnesota reports that Mayo Clinic’s app is now completely integrated with HealthKit.
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The last time documentation on the Health and Human Services (“HHS”) website outlining technical compliance with HIPAA was updated, it was 2006 — a time when mobile apps simply did not exist as they do today.
This is why Reps. Tom Marino (R-Penn.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) have reached out to Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell to inquire about updates and guidance regarding mHealth apps and mHealth technology.
“We support the privacy protections provided by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”), and we recognize that oversight of highly sensitive personal medical info1mation is an important role for HHS,” the letter reads. “In order to make sure that mobile health apps and other companies can in good faith comply with these important protections, we ask that HHS provide clear, easily accessible and up to date regulatory guidance for HIPAA compliance with regard to new technologies.”
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