The Countdown to Apple Watch Begins

The Countdown to Apple Watch Begins   wearables wearable tech Tim Cook Mobile Devices Apple Watch apple Approximately 90 days. That’s the estimated time-frame for launch of Apple’s long-awaited smartwatch called Apple Watch.

On Tuesday, after Apple reported a staggering $18.04 billion in profit last quarter — driven by sales of nearly 75 million iPhones — CEO Tim Cook spoke with reporters on the company’s earnings call and finally answered the tech world’s most persistent question: When will Apple Watch arrive?

We can now confirm that “early 2015″” means April 2015. In fewer than three months, Apple Watch will be inbound for your wrist (if you’re among those who actually want one).
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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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Health Texting Nonprofit Gets Google’s Big Money Backing

Health Texting Nonprofit Gets Googles Big Money Backing   mobile health health texting nonprofit Google CareMessage A West Coast-based health texting nonprofit called CareMessage is getting some help from Google.

CareMessage CEO Vineet Singal recently announced on his organization’s blog that the Internet search giant believes in their mission.

“CareMessage has received $2.3 million from Google.org,” the chief executive stating, adding that the infusion of funds is part of Google’s Impact Awards supporting organizations “using technology to address some of the world’s biggest problems.”
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FDA Green Lights Promising New Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

FDA Green Lights Promising New Continuous Glucose Monitoring System   FDA Dexcom G4 PLATINUM Continuous Glucose Monitoring System On Monday, DexCom, Inc. — a provider of glucose monitoring solutions for patients with diabetes — announced that it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s approval for its Dexcom G4 PLATINUM Continuous Glucose Monitoring System with Share.

According to a statement provided to mHealthWatch, the Dexcom Share receiver uses a secure wireless connection via Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) between a patient’s receiver and an app on the patient’s smartphone to transmit glucose information to apps on the mobile devices of up to five designated recipients.

This can happen, the company says, without the need for a dedicated docking cradle.
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Opinion: The Healthcare Dinner Party

Opinion: The Healthcare Dinner Party   Mobile Devices medical technology healthcare EMRs EHRs dinner party The following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip CEO Alan Portela.

It may not be obvious, but the healthcare industry has been preparing for an enormous dinner party. Over the last several years, innovation vendors like AirStrip have been adding ingredients to our fridges and pantries based on numerous requests from customers. Metaphorically, this would be just about anything you can imagine that will transform clinical collaboration. At this point, companies can support a wide variety of different use cases across the continuum of care. However, the next phase is for healthcare industry to sit down at the table since it has been set up already for the big dinner party. The table and the settings are the EMRs, EHRs, medical device companies, among others. If we keep replacing them we will starve to death. Now, we need to spend more time figuring out what exactly the healthcare providers are trying to cook – getting to know their specific use cases by clinical service lines and working backwards with the ingredients that already exist, rather than waiting for food to appear magically at the table.

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More Healthcare Employers Only Hiring Phlebotomists with National Certification

More Healthcare Employers Only Hiring Phlebotomists with National Certification   Utah Salt Lake City Phlebotomy Training Specialists Phlebotomists National Certification blood Today in the United States, the job market for phlebotomists — people trained to draw blood from patients — is growing. But with more healthcare employers opting only to hire phlebotomists with the national certification, countless aspiring professionals are searching for opportunities to achieve that status.

It’s a pursuit that’s leading many future phlebotomists to Utah. Unlike many questionable online training courses (some of which erroneously claim to offer comprehensive training via mobile app) the Phlebotomy Training Specialists in Salt Lake City, Utah are now widely considered the veritable gold standard in their field.

“The National Certification is optional and not required in Utah, but many local employers have notified us that they only hire Phlebotomist’s with the National Certification in hand as a Certified Phlebotomy Technician,” the company’s website reads, noting that people came from 42 different states in 2012 to Salt Lake City to be trained there.
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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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