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TrueVault Touts New HIPAA Compliant File Storage for Healthcare Apps


On Thursday, TrueVault unveiled a new file storage solution for healthcare applications.

The TrueVault BLOB (binary large object) Store offers HIPAA compliant binary storage for any file format. Details shared in today’s announcement confirm that this includes DICOM files (e.g. X-Rays, CT Scans, MRIs), PDFs, scanned medical records, images, and videos.

“There is no limit to the number of files you can upload,” explains TrueVault CEO Jason Wang.

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“Your health happens anywhere” – Kaiser Permanente


At the mHealth Summit last week, in Washington DC, we had the opportunity in a break-out session to hear Brian Gardner, Executive Director of the Mobility Center of Excellence of Kaiser Permanente.  The KP mantra is “Your health happens anywhere.”  So by innovating mobile communication with its Members and employees, Kaiser Permanente is able to help manage their health, beyond the walls of their hospitals and clinics.   They have proven that communicating to their Members within the mobile channel not only personalizes their relationship with them, but also it improves their health.

Their mobile channel reach is expending to include virtual mobile in their Member’s home.  Brian stressed the User Experience, and how important it is for the Member to have access and immediacy to their healthcare solutions.  KP sees the future of mHealth in the Personalized Digital Health space via mobile .  With digital connected care Members have the ability to monitor their own health.

Kaiser Permanente‘s goal is to  enrich the Member experience, by allowing the  Member to set  their preferences for contact  in a personalized and optimized fashion.  Brian was sharing how there is now a “new normal” happening in our world today.    He shared that personally he has not set foot into his bank for the past year.   All his banking needs are transacted via the web or his mobile device. This is a new normal for banking transactions. The same can be said for the healthcare space.  When polled, he stated that 90% of consumers desire to use digital technology to manage their health.  Addressing this high need, Kaiser Permanente launched 3 consumer based apps in 2012 addressing exercise, competition in a team environment, and diet/nutrition.  They are wrapping up 3 more apps by years end for the Kaiser Member, addressing preventative care.

Being innovators in the healthcare space is just one of many areas in which Kaiser Permanente excels.

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Axial Exchange Acquires Mayo Clinic’s mRemedy Suite of Apps


It’s been announced that Axial Exchange, a health IT startup that provides post-discharge mobile solutions, has acquired the mRemedy suite of mobile app products — developed in-house by the Mayo Clinic.

The mRemedy suite, and particularly its myTality patient-facing mobile healthcare application, help patients navigate a future hospital visit, as well as helps hospitals better market their services.  Axial will use the myTality suite as the patient-facing complement to Axial’s award-winning care transition products including Axial Patient and Axial Provider, which support transition of care from the hospital to home.  Canaan Partners, Axial’s lead venture capital investor, and Mayo Clinic both invested in Axial Exchange to complete the deal, according to a joint announcement.

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FTC Steps In to Halt “Acne Cure” Mobile Apps Based On Erroneous Claims, Signals Future of mHealth App Regulation


In a first sign of government regulation on healthcare-related mobile apps in the U.S., it was announced today that the FTC has taken action against the makers of  two so-called “acne cure” apps on the basis of providing false claims and misrepresenting medical research.

The two apps — “AcneApp” and “Acne Pwner” — claimed they could cure acne by using colored lights emitted from smartphone screens.  Consumers were advised to hold the display screen next to the area of skin to be treated for few minutes daily while the app was activated.  According to the FTC complaint, there were approximately 3,300 downloads of AcnePwner, which was offered for 99 cents in the Android Marketplace.  Ads for Acne Pwner stated, “Kill ACNE with this simple, yet powerful tool!”

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Mobile Apps Take Priority in Pharma mHealth Push, Particularly For Healthcare Physicians


Pharmaceutical marketers are building mobile apps at a record pace, especially ones geared towards physicians, but experts warn that a lack of a disciplined strategic approach can lessen the chance of success.

Like with any mobile app in an ecosystem where 400,000+ apps already jam up the Apple App Store, discovery — or lack thereof — has become a major problem.  Some 10K+ mHealth apps already exist and pharma companies are ramping up their efforts considerably.  Ernst and Young reports that drug companies spent 78% more last year launching projects that use technology to improve patient health — half of which being mobile health apps, compared with just 16% previously.

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“Electronic Skin” Tech Provides Breakthrough For Wearable, Remote Patient Monitoring


A new remote monitoring technology recently developed by healthcare researchers promises to seamlessly integrate the body with the surrounding electronic world via sensors that act as so-called “electronic skin.”

The technology, originally created to provide less obtrusive medical monitors for premature babies and other special-needs patients, has vast potential for integrating computers into the human body.  When coupled with smartphone apps, direct data connections to physicians and other digital healthcare systems, the potential to improve real-time and preventative care is extraordinary.  “This is a huge breakthrough,” says nanoengineer Michael McAlpine of Princeton University. “This goes beyond Dick Tracy calling someone with a cell phone on the wrist. It’s having the wrist itself house the device so it’s always with you.”

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