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Allegheny Valley Hospital Implements Telemedicine

Allegheny Valley Hospital Implements Telemedicine   tablets smartphones paramedics Mobile Devices According to WESA, Allegheny Valley Hospital has implemented telemedicine practices by allowing paramedics response units to use iPads to connect patients to physicians by video.

“Our hopes are that it will result in a more aggressive treatment plan in the field, direct the patient to the most appropriate hospital based on their condition or injury, and the final result is that we have higher survival rates,” said Jeff Polana, director of pre-hospital operations for Allegheny Valley Hospital. He adds that the new visual and audio connection between patients and physicians eliminates many problems paramedics and EMT’s faced before.

Gary Cockroft, paramedic, said that “Paramedics were often limited by their ability to describe patient symptoms over the phone and had a hard time conveying just how serious conditions were. Now that the physician’s able to see the patient, they can decide for themselves how great the symptoms are.”

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CarePass to be Phased Out

CarePass to be Phased Out   Mobile Devices mHealth health data management Aetna Last year Aetena launched their CarePass consumer website and mobile solution as part of its “What’s Your Healthy?” national campaign. However, the insurer has decided to phase out CarePass by the end of 2014.

“At this time, we have decided to make no further investments in the CarePass platform,” said Cynthia Michener, spokeswoman for Aetna. Current CarePass users will still have access to the platform for the time being and until its planned closing at the end of the year.

CarePass was designed for users to create, track, and achieve their health goals as well as featured a catalog of more than 20 health apps.

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MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients

MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients   mobile health apps mHealth MedDiary MedDiary Inc., a mobile health (mHealth) software company, has announced the launch of its mobile health software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform consisting of a cloud-based portal for healthcare providers and a mobile app for patients.

The integrated platform makes it possible for healthcare providers to create custom mobile health apps for their patients and to subsequently remotely monitor them.

According to a statement provided to mHealthWatch, patients pay a $35 monthly in-app subscription fee for this “concierge level” service. MedDiary then compensates providers with a $15 monthly services fee for coordinating the patient’s care.

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Educators, Neuroscientists Make Learning Breakthroughs Just ‘inTime’

Educators, Neuroscientists Make Learning Breakthroughs Just inTime   Neuroscientists music mobile inTime Educators Advanced Brain Technologies If someone told you that your child’s gym teacher was vitally important to their ability to learn algebra, geometry and other types of math, you’d probably have a good laugh.

Then, you’d also have to apologize, because scientists have recently discovered that children perform better in subjects like math after physical exercise. In fact, they perform better at practically every subject after they’ve had a chance to go out and run around for a while.

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Aspiring Healthcare Professionals Turning to AmeriTech

Aspiring Healthcare Professionals Turning to AmeriTech   technology healthcare IT healthcare dental lab technician According to the AmeriTech College Admissions Department, it’s becoming easier than more affordable than ever to utilize digital resources and hands-on experience to gain the education required to land many desirable positions throughout the healthcare spectrum.

“Start an exciting and in-demand career as a Dental Lab Technician making crowns and appliances for dentists in only three semesters!” AmeriTech’s website explains.
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Verizon Ventures into Telemedicine

Verizon Ventures into Telemedicine   verizon telemedicine According to The Washington Post, Verizon — the nation’s largest mobile operator — is venturing into telemedicine and believes that it is a big business opportunity.

Verizon recently announced they are providing the University of Virginia and Stanford University with private network services, data center services, a private Internet cloud for patient data (among other services), for a study on “artificial pancreas” and additional clinical trials on telemedicine.

The artificial pancreas uses a series of devices along with a glucose monitor that is inserted under the skin of Type 1 diabetics. The monitor relays glucose levels to smartphones and automatically releases insulin in the body as needed.

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ICD-10: Ready, Set, Code

ICD 10: Ready, Set, Code   Nuance Communications mHealth ICD 10 The following is a guest contributed post from Bonnie Cassidy, Senior Director of HIM Innovation and Nuance Communications.

In its latest news, CMS announced that Oct. 1, 2015 is the ‘new’ final ICD-10 compliance date. “ICD-10 codes will provide better support for patient care, and improve disease management, quality measurement and analytics,” argues CMS in its July 31 announcement.  I could not agree more!

My advice is stay positive, nimble and be wise by reading between the lines. Much has been said about the politics and jockeying of groups behind the scenes, lobbying either for or against ICD-10. That’s not going to change. Our current administration in Washington, DC has been riddled with constant criticism and commentary scandals and may view the transition to ICD-10 as risky. All healthcare providers must be proactive and plan for ICD-10 compliance, while also being agile enough in their planning to realize that another course correction may lie ahead.

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