According to a recent report by the CDC, from 1976 to 2006, between 3,000 and 49,000 people have died every year due to complications from the flu.
People 18 to 64 years of age accounted for nearly two-thirds of all flu-related hospitalizations and deaths in last year’s H1N1 epidemic.
Of course, flu outbreaks and death are nothing new. During the 1918 pandemic, more than 500 million people worldwide were infected and between 50 and 100 million died- nearly 5% of the planet’s population.
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Last week, the team at BambooHR, an online HR software provider for small and medium businesses, announced a partnership with Maxwell Health that will provide customers the ability to sync employee census data from BambooHR’s Software as a Service (SaaS) with Maxwell Health’s online platform for employee benefits.
“This new integration will help business owners and HR managers increase back-office efficiencies by allowing them to manage benefits paperlessly and leverage a single system of record for all other employee/employer information,” a statement provided to mHealthWatch reads.
In addition, we’re told, the integration will give employees centralized access to the information needed to make informed decisions when it comes to their health, wealth, and wellbeing.
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According to a new report from ABI Research, over the next five years a new generation of elderly home care services will drive wearable device shipments to more than 44 million by 2019 (that’s up from 6 million in 2013).
Shipments of wearable devices linked to elderly care systems will more than double in 2014 from the previous year.
Tech-savvy families are turning to home monitoring solutions to make sure that their aging family member’s safety and wellness are being monitored. Niche players including BeClose, GrandCare Systems, and others have emerged to capitalize on a combination of market demand and the potential to leverage connected devices and systems.
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On Tuesday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stepped up to aid in the global effort to curtail the alarming rate at which the deadly Ebola virus continues to spread.
Last night, Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, confirmed their plans to donate $25 million to help fight the horrid virus.
We’re told the funds will be given to the Center for Disease Control Foundation.
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Back in the day, almost every kindergartner used to make a drum using an empty round oatmeal box, with some construction paper and glue for personalizing.
There might have been something to this — besides the arts and crafts fun of it all. As it turns out, the rhythms the children beat out on their homespun drums might have aided the acquisition of speech skills and reading prowess.
That’s the takeaway from a recently released study — “Beat Synchronization Predicts Neural Speech Encoding and Reading Readiness in Preschoolers” — conducted by the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory and Departments of Communication Sciences at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. The abstract was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
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eVisit is a platform that allows doctors to engage with their patients electronically and diagnose or treat them virtually anywhere.
“Doctors and providers can now connect with their existing patients for remote, in-house, in-office, or on the road treatments, and simultaneously facilitate reimbursement for those treatments,” those behind the pioneering platform tell mHealthWatch in a provided statement.
With more people catching even the common cold today, it has become difficult to see one’s doctor unless you have an appointment, on average, about two weeks out.
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Michelle Snyder, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Welltok, spoke with mHealthWatch this week at Health 2.0, where her company was in attendance to help people to realize that “there is a fundamental need in the industry for a platform that helps organize the growing ecosystem of condition management programs, apps, wellness programs, tracking devices, content and communities into a holistic consumer experience.”
Welltok is a company that aims to enable health insurers and other population health managers to guide and incentivize consumers to optimize their health.
In particular, Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform organizes the growing spectrum of health and condition management programs and resources – such as tracking devices, apps and communities – and creates “personalized, adaptive plans for each consumer based on their health status, benefits and goals.”
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