The Promise of Mobile Tech in Focus During Flu Season

The Promise of Mobile Tech in Focus During Flu Season   mobile tech Mobile Devices mHealth flu vaccine flu season app 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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Maxwell Health Looks to Enhance HR Technology for Small, Mid-Sized Businesses

Maxwell Health Looks to Enhance HR Technology for Small, Mid Sized Businesses   mobile health news mobile health mHealth Maxwell Health HR. mobile BambooHR 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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Henry Ford Innovations Backs mHealth App Developer Challenge

Henry Ford Innovations Backs mHealth App Developer Challenge   walgreens mobile health app mHealth App Developer Challenge Henry Ford Innovations In recent weeks, mHealthWatch has profiled the ongoing challenge announced this month by Walgreens, the nation’s largest drug chain.

Walgreens is behind the Balance Rewards App Challenge, the goal of which is to encourage further integration of their current Balance Rewards app.

On Thursday, mHealthWatch learned that Henry Ford Health System Innovations is supporting the Walgreens Balance Rewards App Challenge in order “to find new mobile applications that incentivize healthy behavior and improve disease management.”

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mHealth: The Week’s Top Stories

mHealth: The Week’s Top Stories   mobile health mHealth news mHealth Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring this past week.

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.

More than 500,000 people die annually in Africa from malaria. That’s based on the latest data available from the WHO.

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Healthcare Innovation Mini Unconference Set for October 22nd

Healthcare Innovation Mini Unconference Set for October 22nd   mHealth Healthcare Innovation Mini Unconference healthcare If you’re in Pasadena, California next Wednesday, October 22nd, you may want to head over to The Pasadena Towers at 10 a.m

As part of the Innovate Pasadena Connect Week, the Healthcare Innovation Mini Unconference will take place Wednesday.

The event will help bring together everyone to talk about healthcare problems, come up with ideas, do group collaboration and come up with potential solutions.

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New Research Reveals the Swift Impact of Antidepressants in Many Patients

New Research Reveals the Swift Impact of Antidepressants in Many Patients   drugs Antidepressants According to a new report in Current Biology, it has now been shown that even a single dose of an antidepressant drug (in this case, escitalopram, known by its trade name, Lexapro) can cause dramatic and almost immediate changes to the human brain.

While this may not sound overtly unusual, given that Lexapro is a drug designed to cause changes in the human brain, scientists weren’t aware of the fact that the changes occurred so quickly, or that they affected as much of the brain as the studies showed they do.

In fact, even though these so-called SSRI (serotonin reuptake inhibitor) drugs are some of the most studied, as well as frequently prescribed, drugs being used in the world today, scientists still aren’t exactly sure how they work.

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$10.8M Awarded to University of Memphis for Major Mobile Initiative

$10.8M Awarded to University of Memphis for Major Mobile Initiative   University of Memphis The National Institutes of Health mobile health mHealth According to the Columbia Daily Herald, The National Institutes of Health announced a $10.8million federal research grant to The University of Memphis to put them at the center of a national experiment to collect medical data relayed from mobile sensors to be worn.

The university’s research center is part of NIH’s larger $656 million campaign to make “wider use of technology” in healthcare. Memphis researchers win about $100 million per year in NIH grants, but few businesses and tech jobs have been created in the city. NIH is the government’s largest source of grants for basic scientific research and distributed $30.1billion last year.

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