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HealthPartners Brings Touch ID to myHP Mobile App

HealthPartners Brings Touch ID to myHP Mobile App    Touch ID myHP mobile app mHealth app HealthPartners On Thursday, HealthPartners announced the introduction of Touch ID, Apple’s pioneering fingerprint recognition feature available on a number of recent iOS devices, to its myHP mobile app.

According to the company’s news release, this is the first health plan in the Twin Cities region to integrate fingerprint recognition with an app.

So why the investment or time and resources into Touch ID? Because, the company says, it brings “added convenience to members and patients who have an online account.”
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Research Shows Mobile Medical Apps Are Good for Our Health

Research Shows Mobile Medical Apps Are Good for Our Health   mobile health Mobile Apps mHealth apps mHealth app Freshly published findings from a new study conducted by Research Now is providing some positive insight for those who may otherwise doubt the value of mobile medical apps being good for our health.

The digital data collection provider connected with 500 healthcare professionals and 1,000 health app users in the U.S. to reach the following conclusions:

  •     46% of healthcare professionals say that they will introduce mobile apps to their practice in the next five years.
  •     86% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will increase their knowledge of patients’ conditions.
  •     96% of users think that health apps help to improve their quality of life.
  •     72% of healthcare professionals believe that health apps will encourage patients to take more responsibility for their health.

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Brain Health Takes Center Stage at SXSW Interactive

Brain Health Takes Center Stage at SXSW Interactive    SXSW Interactive SXSW mHealth MedTech Expo iOS AnthroTronix Android Brain health is front and center this morning in Austin, Texas as SXSW 2015 rolls on.

According to details shared with mHealthWatch, SXSW Interactive participants will have the opportunity to test their brain health using the FDA-cleared app DANA, which was developed by AnthroTronix.

“The brain health assessment tool DANA, which received FDA clearance in October 2014, is a phone or tablet-based mobile medical app that works on both the Android and iOS operating systems and provides data within minutes to help assess and measure brain health,” the company says.

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Changing Healthcare: Mayo Clinic Adds Patients by Adding Partners

Changing Healthcare: Mayo Clinic Adds Patients by Adding Partners   Mayo Clinic healthcare Here’s a must-read for anyone involved in the rapidly changing marketplace of healthcare.

In a thorough and interesting story, The Financial Times (FT) tells readers how the Mayo Clinic sees the new world of healthcare.

The story begins with the tale of a patient whose brain bloodclot might have meant imminent death. But from miles away, Mayo had a staff neurologist who “appeared via teleconference, took control of a robotic camera to examine (the patient), and shepherded the local team’s efforts to bust the clot.”

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FDA Launches ‘Drug Shortages’ Mobile App

FDA Launches Drug Shortages Mobile App   mobile healthcare Mobile Apps iOS FDA Drug Shortages Android The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just launched what’s being called the agency’s first mobile application “specifically designed to speed public access to valuable information about drug shortages.”

Conveniently, the app identifies current drug shortages, resolved shortages and discontinuations of drug products.

Drugs in short supply can delay or deny needed care for patients. Drug shortages may also lead health care professionals to rely on alternative drug products, which may be less effective or associated with higher risks than the drug in shortage.

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Itching for Success: Dermatology App Hits 100,000 Downloads

Itching for Success: Dermatology App Hits 100,000 Downloads   teledermatology iOS First Derm app Android First Derm, a free iOS and Android teledermatology app that lets patients receive an opinion on any skin ailment from board-certified dermatologists in just 24 hours, has reached an epic app store milestone.

According to a statement provided to mHealthWatch, the app has now reached 100,000 downloads.

First Derm has been extensively researched as a dermatology triage tool. Users anonymously upload two photos, one up close and one overview, along with a description of the skin concern without requiring registration or profile creation.
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Paid to Get Healthy? UnitedHealthcare Pilots Fitness App That Rewards Progress

Paid to Get Healthy? UnitedHealthcare Pilots Fitness App That Rewards Progress   UnitedHealth mobile health Mobile Apps mHealth app Could people soon be “paid” to practice healthier behaviors?

It might be enticing enough to make people do jumping jacks. Word has just reached us that UnitedHealthcare is developing a new app that “offers financial incentives for users who practice healthful behavior.”

Minneapolis-based UnitedHealthcare is now piloting the iPhone app — dubbed “Reward Me” — in Arizona and Illinois. The pilot offers a bevy of rewards based on both usage of the app as well as achievements in four defined categories: healthy eating, relaxation, healthy activity, and life style.

According to Kirk Pion, vice president and Innovation Champion for UnitedHealth, “We wanted to acknowledge what people were doing every day to stay healthy.”

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