One of the many benefits to the constantly connected world we live in is that we can find information on just about anything we want or need at any hour of day or night. This includes information we would have previously gained from an industry professional, such as a physician.
Many people from around the globe are performing online searches to identify their symptoms in order to self-diagnose and self-treat. This is one of the reasons why researchers at Harvard set out to determine which of the many online symptom and diagnostics healthcare apps and websites performed the best.
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Alert is a new app by HelpAround, Inc. designed to provide those who struggle with chronic health conditions emergency access to help when it is needed most. The app is compatible with Apple iOS HealthKit, and designed to send instant alerts regarding blood glucose. Unlike their first app Diabetes Helpers, Alert is designed for a wider range of health concerns.
“With Diabetes Helpers, we saw thousands of strangers stepping up to help each other, but we also learned how much fear our users cope with,” said Yishai Knobel, HelpAround founder and CEO. “We recognized that in times of trouble it is imperative for anyone to be able to easily reach the most trusted people in their lives.”
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In March of 2014, a group of researchers at the University of Washington evaluated 9 of the most popular mobile health apps to see if they were compatible with programs such as iPhone’s VoiceOver. They found that all 9 apps were not, meaning that blind users cannot currently benefit from such apps.
iPhone’s VoiceOver program, and similar programs for other smartphones, are designed to allow blind users access to their smartphone or notebook—most often by “reading” the screen features from left to right.
While it is fairly simple for programmers to develop their applications within compliance of such programs, for many these tools simply aren’t on their radar, Medical Press reports.
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mHealthWatch was briefed Thursday morning by the team at TouchCare on their latest news.
The organization is busy touting a product update that gives physicians and health care providers “an easy way to do video consults with their peers or colleagues.”
With the new “My Colleagues” feature, providers can invite other providers to join their private networks on TouchCare.
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While public awareness around many health concerns in the UK is high, many are surprised to hear that 1 out of every 5 adults in the UK suffers from lung disease. This makes lung disease the third highest cause of health-related death, and results in nearly 1 million hospitalizations each year.
In an effort to increase public awareness for lung disease and other respiratory concerns, Aseptika has created the new app called SENSOR II.
The app’s primary goal is to help those who suffer from lung disease and other respiratory concerns to take a more proactive approach to tracking and managing their health. The app is also designed to improve communication with healthcare professionals, and to ensure that patients have access to medical experts when concerns arise.
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Clinical fellows Nephrologist Mitchell Lunn and OBGYN Juno Obedin-Maliver from the University of California, San Francisco have spent the last 10 years working with the LGBTQ community. One of their goals has been to determine health risks that LGBTQ community is most at risk for in current times. The challenge to this goal has been access to data about the community, which is why they created their new app.
KUOW.org reports that the new app is called PRIDE, and will be used as part of a long-term study that begins in January 2016. Those who download the app are asked to answer questions related to their demographic, and are also able to find answers and dialogue regarding health related questions and topics of personal interest.
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Popular fitness apps such as MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness are designed to help individuals track multiple aspects of their physical health—such as diet, exercise, and sleep habits. Since users record in-depth data related to the frequency of their workouts, and their type of workouts, the data from these apps is being complied and used to provide in-depth fitness profiles.
Millions of Americans from around the nation utilize such apps, making it easy to understand which states are the most physically active. According to a report from Yahoo Health, data compiled by merging both MyFitnessPal and MapMyFitness found that the most active states in the nation are California, Colorado, and Washington.
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