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.

Continue Reading

Posted in Healthcare, mHealth, mHealth news, Technology0 Comments

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.

Continue Reading

Posted in mHealth news, Technology, Wearable technology0 Comments

mHealth: The Week’s Top Stories

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

A home-based, individualized endurance exercise training program at an intended walking speed controlled by a pre-set tempo of music with the assistance of a mobile phone significantly improves exercise capacity, strength of limb muscles and a decrease in inflammation markers in patients with Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

A new study has demonstrated that SMS based screening intervention in Korean American women significantly increased their knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening as well as encouraged them to obtain pap test. Korean American women have one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the United States and the lowest Pap test screening rates.

Posted in mHealth, mHealth news0 Comments

SMS Reminders Improve Cervical Cancer Screening

SMS Reminders Improve Cervical Cancer Screening   sms smartphones mobile Cervical Cancer Screening A new study has demonstrated that SMS based screening intervention in Korean American women significantly increased their knowledge of cervical cancer and cervical cancer screening as well as encouraged them to obtain pap test. Korean American women have one of the highest cervical cancer mortality rates in the United States and the lowest Pap test screening rates.

The study leveraged BJ Fogg’s Behavior Model to create three sequential elements in this SMS intervention – identify barriers, develop motivators, and provide triggers to effect a behavior change.

Continue Reading

Posted in mHealth, Smartphones1 Comment

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.

Continue Reading

Posted in Healthcare, Patient privacy, Technology0 Comments

Utah Honors Its Veterans By Making Quality Healthcare Easier To Achieve

Utah Honors Its Veterans By Making Quality Healthcare Easier To Achieve   Utah telemedicine mobile tech Mobile Devices While the VA center is available to veterans, many are left traveling long distances to achieve the medical care they require. It is for this reason that Utah’s VA Primary Care Center in Glens Falls has introduced a genetic disease telemedicine program, which in many cases eliminates the 2,200 drive to Salt Lake City, or to Stratton VA Medical Center in Albany.

Licensed practical nurses go to the homes of Glens Falls vets who require genetic disease healthcare (using mobile medical devices). This includes a specialized computer system that has a high powered camera which allows Salt Lake City physicians to video conference with their patients, examine the patient’s skin close up, as well as an advanced electronic stethoscope.

Continue Reading

Posted in Telemedicine0 Comments

comScore: Optimizing Content and Marketing Strategies for Today’s Health Insurance Shopper

comScore: Optimizing Content and Marketing Strategies for Today’s Health Insurance Shopper   mobile health insurance health digital marketing comScore What’s the state of healthcare today?

It’s confusing and complex, to say the least.

But health insurers facing the unique challenges and opportunities across their digital channels ahead of the next open enrollment season can get some perspective in an online comScore presentation.

Continue Reading

Posted in Digital Marketing, Health Insurance0 Comments