Fruit Street Health Picks New Partner for Wearables, Mobile Push

Fruit Street Health Picks New Partner for Wearables, Mobile PushmHealthWatch has learned that Fruit Street Health has tapped Validic’s digital health platform to access more than 175 wearable devices and applications into its telehealth software, personal health record and HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform.

If you’re not familiar, Fruit Street licenses its telehealth software to private practice healthcare providers and health systems.

This arrangement, the company explains, enables said providers and health systems to do HIPAA-compliant video consultations in addition to monitoring the lifestyles of their patients with wearable devices and mobile applications.
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Top Honors Go to HealPros the Global Summit on Health Technology and Education

Top Honors Go to HealPros the Global Summit on Health Technology and EducationAll eyes are on HealPros.

The first-ever Global Summit on Health Technology and Education was held this week in Atlanta, Georgia.

As expected, the event united hundreds of attendees, and afforded 20 health care companies from across the country the opportunity to present their health care solutions to an esteemed panel of knowledgeable and accomplished judges.
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Help-4-Hep Offers New Mobile and Web App

Help-4-Hep Offers New Mobile and Web AppHelp-4-Hep, a non-profit, peer-to-peer helpline that enables counselors to connect with patients to meet the challenges of hepatitis C, is turning to mobile to advance their mission.

This week, the group launched a new web and mobile app to bring its peer counseling services as well as a new self-care tool to more people affected by hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is a silent and potentially deadly liver disease and a serious health issue affecting our population. For up to 80% of people who contract hepatitis C, the illness moves into a long-term phase called chronic hepatitis C.
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d.health Summit 2015 Explores How New Innovations Can Improve The Healthcare Of Seniors

d.health Summit 2015 Explores How New Innovations Can Improve The Healthcare Of SeniorsThere have been numerous technological, legal, and clinical development in the healthcare field over the last few years. While it can be said that this is true for any period of time, the technological advances over the last few years have taken things to a whole new level.

It is for this reason that the d.health Summit 2015 will be focusing its attention on how these new advances can improve the quality of healthcare for aging Americans. The one-day summit will bring together healthcare providers, technology experts, finance experts, and public policy developers to discuss the impact of how the most recent advances can improve the quality and delivery of healthcare for our seniors.

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Completion Of The HPV Vaccine Increases Due To New EHR Prompts

Completion Of The HPV Vaccine Increases Due To New EHR PromptsWhile some vaccines require one shot, or a couple of shots over a few weeks, the HPV vaccine requires three shots over a six-month period. Currently, the controversial HPV vaccine has the lowest completion rates of any vaccine, but EHR prompts are helping to close this gap.

A new study published in the Journal of American Board of Family Medicine shows that patients ages 9 to 18 were three times more likely to start the series of HPV vaccines and an impressive 10 times more likely to complete the vaccines if their health care provider scheduled patient reminders into their EHR system.

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SMS Technology Helping to Improve Patient Care and Retention

SMS Technology Helping to Improve Patient Care and RetentionCurrently, no-shows for scheduled medical care cost the healthcare industry over $150 billion each year. On top of that, there are always areas of opportunity when it comes to ongoing patient and physician communication. That’s where the latest offering in the healthcare space comes into play.

Meet the Bandwidth App Platform, which supports ProviderTech, a unique and separate mobile health platform. Healthcare professionals work with ProviderTech’s CareSMS platform in order to connect with patients via SMS messaging.

It can be used to perform functions such as sending a text message reminder of an upcoming appointment, but can also be used to do far more.

ProviderTech allows physicians to send personalized text messages to their patients, regarding everything from disease prevention, healthcare management, and alerts to any pertinent information—such as an outbreak in their local area. The text messages are two-way, meaning that the patient can respond directly if they have further questions or concerns.

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Telemedicine Moves in to Nursing Homes

Telemedicine Moves in to Nursing HomesWelcome to the world of the nursing home — a part-time or permanent residence for many elderly people, and a place to care for the sick when loved ones can’t anymore. Of course, the one question that many loved ones face when putting their family members into a home, is how good will the care be that my loved one receives in the nursing home?

Currently being tested in New York, telemedicine is being implemented at a handful of nursing homes owned and operated by The McGuire Group. It is hoped that telemedicine will help reduce the stressful and strenuous workload that medical professionals often face in a nursing home setting.

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