Earlier this month, the team at HealthTap announced the launch of HealthTap Concierge, a new pay-as-you-go service that aims to be affordable for its core audience.
According to the company, HealthTap Concierge solves the three biggest problems you face when trying to get fast, reliable medical advice from your own doctor: (1) It takes too long to get an appointment (2) It’s inconvenient to travel to the doctor’s physical office and possibly dangerous in terms of contracting an illness (3) Doctor visits and even insurance co-pays often cost too much.
So what role does HealthTap Concierge play in eliminating these three negative attributes associated with a traditional doctor’s office visit?
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The rumor mill got another one right.
Less than two weeks ago, mHealthWatch first reported that Microsoft was planning to plant its flag in the wearables market before Apple.
Although Apple unveiled its first smartwatch called Apple Watch last month at its high-profile media event, we are still months away from product launch.
Posted in Technology, Wearable technology
According to a new report from Reuters, while the U.S. and Europe already have wide use and application of digital healthcare, China is just beginning to use eHealth to connect developed health services in large cities to its rural communities where medical resources and quality of care are spread unequally.
Patients in rural areas must often travel hundreds of miles to see a specialist in a large city.
With eHealth, doctors can use a central “operation room” to diagnose and treat patients in another location by using a live video feed and software that shares patient scans and files to aid specialist consultation.
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The following is s guest contributed post from AirStrip President Matt Patterson, MD.
According to IBM, there are 2.5 exabytes of data created every day, and most of it is unstructured. Imagine receiving all the words ever spoken by human beings on your doorstep each and every day. Now, imagine consuming that, making sense of it and trying to keep up with the ever-accelerating pace of data creation each day.
As a physician, I experienced firsthand the angst that comes with trying to keep up with even a very specialized scope of expertise. Thanks to the overwhelming quantity of peer-reviewed publications and practice guideline updates that only increase each year, we are long past the time when a clinician could possibly keep up with all the advancements in their own practice area, let alone those of adjacent areas of medicine or the latest public health concerns on a global scale.
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According to new report from Accenture, startup funding for digital healthcare is expected to double in the U.S. from $3.5 billion in 2014 to $6.5 billion in 2017.
“A digital disruption is playing out in healthcare that will change social interactions, alter consumer expectations and, ultimately, improve health outcomes,” said Dipak Patel, managing director of Accenture’s patient access initiatives. “This momentum will be sustained if digital healthcare start-ups apply capabilities that create a seamless patient experience and result in both medical cost savings and improved outcomes.”
Posted in Healthcare IT, mHealth, mHealth funding, Technology
With nearly half of all Americans said to be “fearful” about the potential spread of Ebola, new efforts and partnerships are taking shape to not only ease minds at home, but to combat the spread of Ebola abroad.
On Monday, mHealthWatch learned that Health eVillages and Physicians Interactive have teamed with Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights (RFK Center) to establish a “collaborative coalition” of companies to distribute free information and timely updates on Ebola.
The updates, we’re told, will be distributed through mobile and web-based applications to “millions of Health Care Professionals (HCPs) and consumers worldwide.”
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The military has decided that it is indeed time to bring their health records into the modern electronic age. But military officials are yet to select the tech firm they will turn to for this massive project.
The Defense Department is currently accepting bids for an estimated 10 year project and the DoD is, understandably, attracting the likes of tech giants such as IBM and Hewlett-Packard.
The deadline for applications is October 31, and the project value is estimated at around $11 billion, according to The Washington Post.
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