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ATA Grades States on Telemedicine Coverage

ATA Grades States on Telemedicine Coverage   telemedicine ATA American Telemedicine Association Did your state get a good grade?

Thanks to the American Telemedicine Association, you can now find out. The ATA is out with a new report that awards “grades” in its “50 State Telemedicine Gaps Analysis.”

In recent days, Gov. Phil Bryant of Mississippi issued a news release stating that Mississippi was one of seven states to receive an A-grade from the American Telemedicine Association.

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Record Number of mHealth Devices to Ship in Next 5 Years

Record Number of mHealth Devices to Ship in Next 5 Years   Mobile Devices mhealth devices mHealth A new ABI Research report projects that there will be nearly 100 million health monitoring devices shipped over the next five years.

According to the report, this growth is driven by several factors:

  • Apple, Google, and Samsung entering the mobile health market
  • An increasing ability to collect health care data through various devices and share that data with health care providers and payers
  • Consumers’ growing interest in and awareness of how mobile health devices can improve patient care and bolster health-related activities.

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Brain Health: The Critical Link Between Learning and Music Becoming Clearer to Educators

Brain Health: The Critical Link Between Learning and Music Becoming Clearer to Educators   The Listening Program music mobile mHealth inTime Imagine if you were a scientist and you found the one key to helping kids learn better, something that increased their IQ and helped them to not just do well in school but do very well, and also go on to college and do well there too.

Then imagine that many of the kids getting these fantastic grades were all from the inner-city, and families that were ravaged by violence, abuse and poverty.

Finally, imagine that this key — the spark that set these kids on fire and helped them to succeed where high-school dropout rates reach 50% or higher — was music. Specifically, learning to read and play music.

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Smartwatches Set to Replace Fitness Wearables

Smartwatches Set to Replace Fitness Wearables   wearables smartwatch fitness tracker Apple Watch According to analysts at Juniper Research, the global retail revenue from smart wearable devices will “treble by 2016, before reaching $53.2 billion by 2019.”

The market, we’re told, will be driven by an increase in sales of premium smart watches and smart glasses over the next five years.

The new report asserts that the recent entry of key industry players within the wearables sector has helped fuel an explosion of new devices in this increasingly crowded market.

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Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations

Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations   Windows TracPhone mobile health Microsoft mHealth news Health Choice Network mHealthWatch was recently privy to new details of the freshly-forged partnership involving Microsoft, TracPhone, and Health Choice Network. Working together, the three will provide the technology, smartphone apps, and access to healthcare that individuals in underserved populations need desperately today.

“Underserved populations” are loosely defined and could be anything from individuals who reside in rural areas and low income communities, to elderly individuals or simply folks with mobility issues. The plan is to utilize a Windows Phone to provide HIPPA-enabled email, messaging, and ongoing communication related to healthcare.

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Mettis iTrainer Puts Running Gear on Better Footing

Mettis iTrainer Puts Running Gear on Better Footing   Running Gear mHealth Mettis iTrainer If you haven’t yet heard of the Mettis iTrainer, there’s a good chance you soon will.

At a time when the world of wearables continues to see new participants entering the market on a daily basis in hopes of giving people an innovative way to get fit and stay healthy through the use of groundbreaking mobile solutions, very few products and platforms ultimately measure up to their hype.

But that’s not the case with iTrainer, say those who have experienced its potential in the realm of cutting-edge running gear.

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OPINION: Would You Take a Bullet for Your Clinical Data?

OPINION: Would You Take a Bullet for Your Clinical Data?   Nuance Communications mobile healthcare health information management clinical data The following is a guest contributed post from Bonnie Cassidy, Senior Director of HIM Innovation at Nuance Communications.

Data has become the vital component against which all things are measured— from determining short-term efficacy to developing long-range strategies. As a result, a new role is emerging in many industries, the Data Quality Officer (DQO), who is entrusted with ensuring data health, analyzing trends, and deriving actionable insights from the information. While this role may be new to Fortune 500 companies, its core competencies have existed in healthcare for years, championed by health information management (HIM) professionals.

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