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AliveCor Touts Updated App and New Heart Journal


AliveCor Touts Updated App and New Heart JournalAliveCor, a formidable name in FDA-cleared ECG technology for smartphones, is launching the latest version of its AliveECG app.

Based on details shared with mHealthWatch, the new version of the AliveECG App includes The Heart Journal, a feature that allows users to log and tag daily activities, symptoms and events in real-time that can impact heart health and work to identify abnormalities.

It also introduces a new metric called Beat Fluctuation, a measure of how much the heartbeat changes from beat to beat in ECG (or EKG) recordings.

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New App Aims To Make Caregivers’ Lives Much Easier


New App Aims To Make Caregivers Lives Much EasierA new mHealth app called Wellzilla is now available to both professional and family caregivers. The app is designed as both a communication tool, as well as a platform through which caregivers can purchase all of the over-the-counter medical supplies they require.

When speaking of medical supplies required for hygiene and other Activities of Daily Living, supplies are more affordable in Wellzilla because the app cuts out the middle man. The app currently has over 40,000 medical supplies, some of which are as much as 80% cheaper than paying the full retail price.

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mHealth App Shows Promising Results In Identifying Breast Cancer Risk Factors


mHealth App Shows Promising Results In Identifying Breast Cancer Risk FactorsWhen it comes to successfully treating breast cancer, early detection is key. Even if a woman has a history of breast cancer in her family, there are factors that can increase or decrease her risk. It is for this reason that many surveys and tools have been devised to help women assess their risk for breast cancer.

Although many tools are out there, some women choose not to use them—primarily because they are inconvenient. This is one of the reasons that mobile health apps are being brought in to the mix, particularly for women in low income areas, ethnically diverse areas, and women ages 45 to 79.

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Independence Blue Cross Partners With CareCam for mHealth Help


Independence Blue Cross Partners With CareCam for mHealth HelpThere is a multitude of health and fitness related mobile apps designed to support a wide range of patient needs available today. While many medical professionals agree that mobile apps can be beneficial to their patients, there are so many to choose from that it is difficult to know which ones to recommend.

In a recent announcement, Independence Blue Cross confirmed it has partnered with those behind the CareCam app, to help support the needs of their patients with chronic conditions such as asthma or diabetes. Being that Independence Blue Cross is the largest insurance provider in southeastern Pennsylvania, this decision is attracting much attention.

The CareCam app requires all patients to complete a short health-related survey, to create a personalized schedule for managing their chronic condition. The app is designed to do more than just provide reminders, but to also be an engaging and informative tool.

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Is Your Mobile Health App Sharing Your Personal Information?


Is Your Mobile Health App Sharing Your Personal InformationIt’s no secret that there are thousands of mobile health apps for you to choose from today. These apps do everything from track your vital signs and dietary habits, to send medication reminders and encouragement to increase your level of physical activity. While such apps are increasing in population, and may even be making managing and maintaining your health easier to achieve, you may want to consider how the mobile health apps you love are sharing your personal information.

Currently mobile health apps are not regulated by the FDA, and are not covered by HIPPA laws. This means that mobile health apps are free to share, or more likely, free to sell the data you provide to a third-party.

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mHealth App Helps Johns Hopkins Study Sleep Disorders


mHealth App Helps Johns Hopkins Study Sleep DisordersAccording to researchers at Johns Hopkins, more than 80 million Americans currently struggle with sleep. In fact, 60 million now meet the criteria for having a “sleep disorder.”

As a result, research into sleep disorders has become a major global endeavor.

“Experts from the Johns Hopkins Center for Sleep hope to help patients get a better night’s sleep by providing health care staff members with a basic educational tool on their smartphones,” a statement from the venerable organization reads.

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Spruce Spruces Up Telemedicine Support for Dermatology


Spruce Spruces Up Telemedicine Support for DermatologySpruce, a telemedicine company, has just secured $15 million in Series A financing and is ready to roll with an expanded product that supports “comprehensive, high-quality care for a broad set of dermatological conditions.”

Taking dermatology deep into mobile territory, Spruce’s app connects consumers directly with board-certified dermatologists for virtual visits and ongoing care.

“Patients and dermatologists have loved the experience Spruce provides for acne treatment, and we are excited to now enable high-quality care for a wide range of dermatological concerns,” said Ray Bradford, CEO of Spruce. “Skin conditions are the most common reason for a trip to the doctor’s office in the U.S., with one-third of the population experiencing at least one active skin disease at any given time. Yet there is an average 29-day wait time to see a dermatologist in America, and it can be time-intensive, inconvenient and expensive to seek treatment. With Spruce, we’re changing that.”

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