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mPulse Mobile Offers Support at No Charge to Healthcare Providers, Patients in the Wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

In the aftermath of Harvey and in anticipation of Irma, there are many ways technology and mobile solutions across the digital health landscape can lend vital support and practical assistance to healthcare providers and patients alike.

People affected by these catastrophic hurricanes will spend countless weeks and months recovering and rebuilding. To lend its industry leading expertise and resources to that process, mPulse Mobile — a mobile technology provider that enables health care organizations to reach and engage patients to improve health and business outcome — is pledging its effort to reduce the impact of widespread disruption by helping healthcare organizations communicate with their consumers regardless of where their consumers currently are.

“When natural disasters like these occur, consumers with healthcare needs and appointments are often left in the dark about cancellations, rescheduling or the ability to move their appointment to another location due to the chaos caused by the hurricane,” the company says in a blog post. “For those already receiving care, it can be challenging for families and caretakers to track down to what facility their loved ones have been moved.”

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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Doctor On Demand to Cover Video Visits At No Cost for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey
MHW has learned that Doctor On Demand will be extending support to all those affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas and Louisiana.

IDC: Basic Trackers Take a Back Seat as Smartwatches Accelerate
Are smartphones seeing a new wave adoption boom of epic proportions? That seems to be the suggestion today from IDC.

Garmin Shows Off First Touchscreen Hybrid Smartwatch
On Thursday, Garmin International, Inc. announced the vívomove HR, a hybrid smartwatch with activity tracking, Elevate wrist-based heart rate, smart notifications and a touchscreen display.

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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

EdLogics and INTERVENT Announce Partnership
EdLogics, an innovator in game-based learning, and INTERVENT International, a leader in the provision of scientifically-proven health assessments and interventions, have announced a unique strategic partnership that will drive positive health behavior change and reduce disease risk by providing comprehensive, engaging, evidence-based products and services.

ClearDATA Expands AWS Service Delivery Portfolio
Big news today from ClearDATA. As healthcare organizations continue to migrate their IT infrastructure and data to the cloud, ClearDATA has expanded its portfolio of Amazon Web Services (AWS) solutions.

OpenEMR Rolls Out Easy Install Option for Amazon’s Cloud Services
OpenEMR, a popular open source electronic health records (EHR) and medical practice management solution, has just upgraded their cloud-services capability with the latest 5.0.0.4 release.

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EdLogics and INTERVENT Announce Partnership

EdLogics, an innovator in game-based learning, and INTERVENT International, a leader in the provision of scientifically-proven health assessments and interventions, have announced a unique strategic partnership that will drive positive health behavior change and reduce disease risk by providing comprehensive, engaging, evidence-based products and services.

Behavioral research has demonstrated that the most effective health promotion is a continuum of processes that begins with awareness, progresses through education and motivation, and ends with interventions.

According to the official announcement, before committing to interventions, individuals typically move through several stages of readiness which involve thought processes that increase knowledge about risk factors and help motivate them to change. These thought processes are critical to driving an individual to begin changing behavior.

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New Infographic Addresses Connected Health and the Rise of BYOD

With the proliferation of personal technologies, the “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) concept is helping to lead the way toward a more integrated model of care delivery that puts the patient at the center and focuses on improved access and better outcomes. For HCPs and patients alike, we’re seeing BYOD on the rise as a “digitally native” generation comes of age and advanced connectivity becomes the norm.

Recently, MHW was privy to a new infographic from Philips that details the rise of BYOD, the benefits of such platforms and key considerations for the industry.

To check it out, take a gander below. Additionally, Randy Hamlin, VP, Segment Leader, Philips Ultramobile recently wrote about the benefits of the BYOD movement. To review his insightful take, click here.

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Big Leap Forward for Vibrent Health’s Precision Medicine SaaS Platform

MHW learned Monday that Vibrent Health’s software-as-a-service (SaaS) precision medicine platform was granted Authority to Operate (ATO) by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

We’re told that this certification validates that Vibrent’s Learning Health System (LHS) meets government’s most stringent data security and privacy standards.

It also makes the commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technology platform available to federal, state, and local government agencies as well as commercial customers.

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Valley Home Care Celebrates Low Readmission Rate Via Cardiac Telehealth Program

Valley Home Care, part of Valley Health System in New Jersey, says it is proud to remain at the forefront of cardiac and chronic disease management. And they have reason to remain confident is their ability to stay on the forefront.

For the six months, Valley Home Care says it has achieved a readmission rate of 8.2% over 416 high-risk patients.

“This number far surpasses both the New Jersey state readmission rate benchmark of 16.9% and the national benchmark of 16.7%1,” a media release explains.

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