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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week


mHealth News Here’s What Happened This WeekHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Novartis Pharmaceuticals Launches App for the Visually Impaired
Novartis Pharmaceuticals is busy trumpeting the release of new features for its ViaOpta applications, and the extension for use with smart watches.

Teladoc Services Enter New Market
On Wednesday, Teladoc — billed as the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider — announced its long-awaited arrival in a new market.
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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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Major Money Raised for Low Income and Rural Community Healthcare


Major Money Raised for Low IncomeRural communities are in need of help in many areas. One area currently being addressed is in the realm of healthcare assistance. Across the United States, there is manpower and desire to assist, but not the technology to get it done fast and efficiently.

In 2011, President Obama ordered the creation of the White House Rural Council Initiative. This group, led by the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA), was established to help rural doctors and medical facilities find financing and enable them to afford healthcare information technology.

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Full View Of Healthcare IT Innovation Coming to HIMSS15


Full View Of Healthcare IT Innovation Coming to HIMSS15HIMSS15 is rapidly approaching next month at McCormick Place in Chicago.

And we’ve already learned that the inaugural HX360 event has confirmed its line-up of keynote speakers, including prestigious healthcare innovators, investors and providers.

Organizers say HX360 focuses on technology solutions that aim to improve clinical workflow, care coordination or patient experience, and improve the innovation cycle in heath technology.

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Veterans Affairs Boosts Budget to Ramp Up Telehealth Options for Vets


Veterans Affairs Boosts Budget to Ramp Up Telehealth Options for VetsThe Veterans Affairs Department (VA) wants to grow its efforts to provide telehealth and mHealth options for vets — with a focus on rural and remote veterans, mental health issues, and customized programs.

To wit, the VA’s recently proposed budget of $56 billion includes $1.2 billion earmarked for telehealth efforts — an increase of $126 million over its last telehealth budget amount.

“One priority identified by VA officials is mental health treatment. The VA has earmarked $7.2 billion in its budget for mental health treatment in a primary care setting and to provide ‘more intensive interventions in specialty mental health programs’ for severe or chronic mental health disorders,” according to mHealth News Editor Eric Wicklund (via GovernmentHealthIT). “That may include telehealth services, a key tool in ongoing projects to treat veterans with PTSD and other stress-related conditions.”

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2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient Named


2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award Recipient NamedWhile everyone else is talking about the Oscars on Sunday, we at mHealthWatch are more interested in an awards season of a different variety.

This week, for example, Pennsylvania-based St. Clair Hospital was named a 2014 HIMSS Enterprise Davies Award recipient.

For the last two decades, the HIMSS Nicholas E. Davies Award of Excellence has recognized outstanding achievement of organizations that “have utilized health information technology to substantially improve patient outcomes while achieving return on investment.”
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Making HIPAA Work for Everyone: Congressional Reps Want Rules Clarity for mHealth Entrepreneurs


Making HIPAA Work for Everyone Congressional Reps Want Rules Clarity for mHealth EntrepreneursAs more businesses move into the mobile health arena, there has been a greater need to improve communication between companies and the federal government.

Now the “Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has pledged to work more closely with mobile health (mHealth) companies to ensure that HIPAA rules are being properly adhered to,” according to HealthITSecurity.

HIPAA, enacted in 1996, stands for Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. Its primary purpose is to make it easier for people to keep health insurance, protect the confidentiality and security of personal healthcare information, and help the healthcare industry control administrative costs.

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