According to an insightful new report from Forbes, more Americans are gaining medical coverage and more health insurers are reimbursing for telemedicine consultations. This allows for companies like MDLive, founded in 2009, to grow rather quickly.
In an interview at Forbes Healthcare Summit, MDLive chief executive, Randy Parker, discussed how his company will take advantage of new payments as well as growing interest among consumers for telemedicine services.
“We are at a perfect storm,” said Parker. “We are at a point where both technology and payers who are providing reimbursement have accepted the fact that there is an inflection point. The use of telemedicine today is a requirement to provide more efficient access to care.”
Posted in Technology, telehealth platforms
What does the federal government see as the future of electronic health care?
That’s contained in a recent release from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (OCN), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency has released “an outline of how the federal government aims to expand electronic health information sharing in the next five years, in part by deploying mobile and sensor technology to extend health IT networks,” says GCN.
GCN, which delivers technology assessments, recommendations, and case studies to support Public Sector IT managers who are responsible for the specification, evaluation and selection of technology solutions, noted that ONC is accepting comments on a draft version of the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. Public comments are due by February 6, 2015.
Posted in Healthcare IT, Technology, Telemedicine
We’ve all heard of putting one’s “blood, sweat, and tears” into a project. What is common to all three? If you answered sodium or salt, you are correct.
Medical researchers are actively working on a way to measure one’s health through sweat rather than a needle prick. The initial phase that started this research was finding a means to measure one’s dehydration level. IEEE Spectrum recently explained how this is being accomplished:
“Sweat contains a trove of medical information and can provide it in almost real time. And now you can monitor your sweat with a wearable gadget that stimulates and collects it using a small patch and analyzes it using a smart-phone.”
Posted in Healthcare, mHealth, Technology
The largest drugstore conglomerate in the U.S. — with 8,229 stores and counting — just got serious about mobile apps for healthcare.
Walgreens and its partner MDLIVE, a major provider of telehealth services, just launched a new program offering Walgreens website users 24/7 access to U.S. board-certified doctors through its mobile application.
The service is open to consumers in California and Michigan; the companies have plans to add additional states soon.
Posted in Mobile App, Technology, telehealth platforms
It’s the ultimate sign of that which has become entirely ubiquitous — It’s no longer obvious to anyone who isn’t specifically looking for it.
A new prediction from Gartner highlighted by our sister site Mobile Marketing Watch indicates that 30 percent of smart wearables will be inconspicuous within three years.
As the smart wearables market continues to grow and evolve, Gartner says that as soon as 2017, nearly one-third of smart wearables will be completely unobtrusive to the eye.
Posted in Technology, Wearable technology
Let’s face it, even the most diehard runners, athletes and fitness buffs have a problem getting out when temperatures drop below 30°. Yes, it’s possible, and there are plenty of gear companies that make the shoes, tops and pants necessary to get out there, but for many it’s simply not enjoyable.
That being said, there are things that can help.
This week, mHealthWatch connected with the team behind Mettis Trainer — a smart shoe insert and corresponding mobile app that, together, help avid and amateur runners alike optimize their runs – to discuss how runners can stay fit during the cold and snowy winter months.
Posted in Health and Fitness, Technology
NetComm Wireless, developer of wireless Machine-to-Machine (M2M) devices, was among the heavy-hitting industry players to land in D.C. this week for the 2014 mHealth Summit.
The company is formally entering the health industry with the launch of its NetComm Wireless n-Hub (NTC-20).
The resource in question in designed to meet rising global demand for M2M healthcare solutions. We’re told the n-Hub connects diverse Bluetooth and WiFi enabled mHealth devices to the speed and coverage of cellular networks.
Posted in mHealth, Technology