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Roche, Qualcomm Announce Alliance for Remote Patient Monitoring

Roche, Qualcomm Announce Alliance for Remote Patient Monitoring   Roche remote patient monitoring Qualcomm On Thursday, Roche and Qualcomm Incorporated announced that Qualcomm’s subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., and Roche, a point-of-care diagnostics company, have connected for what promises to be an innovative partnership.

According to details shared with mHealthWatch this morning, the companies are collaborating to improve remote monitoring and management of chronic disease patients.

Together, the companies aim to advance chronic care management using connected therapy to further improve therapy quality, increase convenience and drive patient engagement in managing their health.
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Biometric Authentication App Downloads Set to Hit 770 million by 2019

Biometric Authentication App Downloads Set to Hit 770 million by 2019   Juniper Biometric Authentication App Downloads A new report from Juniper Research proposes that more than 770 million biometric authentication applications will be downloaded annually by 2019.

Putting those numbers into perspective, that figure is up dramatically from just 6 million this year.

What will be the impact of this anticipated reality? For starters, it will massively reduce dependence on alphanumeric passwords in the mobile phone market.

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The Need for Speed: Google Talks Up Fiber’s Role in Healthcare

The Need for Speed: Google Talks Up Fibers Role in Healthcare   tehc mobile tech mobile healthcare Google Fiber Google On Tuesday, the world’s leading Internet search powerhouse announced that Google Fiber is coming to four major new U.S. markets.

“It’s been nearly five years since we offered to build a fiber-optic network in one U.S. city as an experiment — and were met with overwhelming enthusiasm,” said Dennis Kish, Vice President of Google Fiber, in blog entry published yesterday.

With Google Fiber already live in Kansas City, Provo and Austin, the impact of gigabit Internet, “with speeds up to 100 times faster than today’s basic broadband,” is being noticed — including in the realm of healthcare.
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mHealth Tools Shown to Improve HIV Management

mHealth Tools Shown to Improve HIV Management   mscripts mobile health mHealth HIV Avella Specialty Pharmacy This week, mscripts and Avella Specialty Pharmacy announced the findings of their recently completed research analyzing data demonstrating the effectiveness of mobile pharmacy apps in helping HIV patients better manage their disease (through improved medication adherence).

According to a report summary and news release shared with mHealthWatch this morning, results show that HIV patients using a mobile app (one that provides refill reminders, dosage reminders and other prescription management functionality) are 2.9 times more likely to be adherent.

Medication adherence, experts say, is “essential to the efficacy of HIV treatment.” And so mHealth tools such as the aforementioned applications may now be just as essential to modern-day HIV treatment.
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Telemedicine Taking Off in North Carolina

Telemedicine Taking Off in North Carolina   telemedicine RelyMD North Carolina Although telemedicine continues to gain ground in new markets across the U.S., the growth is clearly faster and stronger in some places than others.

Nowhere is that more apparent today than in North Carolina.

In N.C., RelyMD was recently launched as a new consumer telemedicine practice making doctor’s visits by video available to North Carolinians.
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Snoozing and Losing: Healthcare Providers Slow to Invest in M2M Solutions

Snoozing and Losing: Healthcare Providers Slow to Invest in M2M Solutions   research mobile mHealth M2M According to an eye-opening new report from technology market research firm Infonetics Research, healthcare providers remain far too slow to invest in M2M solutions.

This is the predominant finding based on excerpts released from the new Connected Health M2M Connections and Services report.

“The connected health market is developing slowly, with regulatory constraints a frequent obstacle, especially in the US market,” said John Byrne, directing analyst for M2M and IoT at Infonetics Research.
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Mobile Blood Pressure Apps Not as Accurate as Claimed?

Mobile Blood Pressure Apps Not as Accurate as Claimed?   Study mobile health Mobile Apps mHealth apps Blood Pressure If you’ve ever wondered just how accurate are medical apps that track blood pressure, you’re not alone. A good number of these apps found in the world’s foremost app stores claim they can screen for hypertension by simply holding the phone or taking a picture of your arm. Either medical advances have jumped light years ahead in technology or these claims are just not accurate.

According to recent research conducted by Cambridge Health Alliance, most of these apps falter in accuracy. For the study, researchers looked at 100 apps – apps that have collectively been downloaded millions of times.

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