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IEEE Wants to Make The World Healthier One App at a Time

IEEE Wants to Make The World Healthier One App at a TimeOn Tuesday, IEEE – the world’s largest professional technical organization that exists to “advance technology for humanity” – announced the development of a website that will help non-profit and non-governmental organizations develop mobile applications that will further their causes and potentially impact millions of lives.

As part of its Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action introduced at the CGI Annual Meeting, App-E-Feat will connect non-profits, non-governmental organizations and corporate initiatives with engineers around the world to help advance their goals through a digital platform.

“CGI’s focus on providing innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing problems is directly in line with the mission of IEEE – to foster technological innovation and excellence for the benefit of humanity,” says E. James Prendergast, Executive Director and COO of IEEE.
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mHealth May Be Critical to Africa’s Future

While the global impact of mHealth advancements is already visible, nowhere is the potential for mobile health more promising than in Africa.

In particular, mHealth applications and text messaging services have the ability to save more than one million lives across the continent by 2017.

PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates in a recent report that mobile health can aid in the treatment or prevention of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and even pregnancy-related conditions.

“Many of the deadly conditions are relatively simple to treat, prevent or contain. SMS reminders to check stock levels at health centers have shown promising results in reducing stock-outs of key combination therapy medication for malaria, TB and HIV,” the report reads.

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Study Shows Benefits of EHR-Connected mHealth Apps

Physicians and patients have something in common. Both have a voracious appetite for mHealth applications.

According to a new survey spearheaded by EHR vendor eClinicalWorks, 9 in 10 physicians support mobile health apps, particularly the variety tied to electronic health records (EHRs).

The same survey found that 93 percent of physician respondents believe that mobile health apps can improve a patient’s health outcome, and 89 percent are likely to recommend a mobile health app to a patient.

A corresponding infographic shows the emerging popularity of mHealth apps and their hastened adoption by doctors, patients, and a wide variety of healthcare industry professionals.

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Walgreens Currently Testing Mobile Scheduling via iTriage Mobile App

Walgreens is continuing its aggressive mHealth push by launching yet another pilot program to allow customers to schedule appointment to its clinics directly from their smartphones.

The pilot program was launched at clinics in Denver and Chicago as a start, and to use the new scheduling service patients must first download the free iTriage app for iPhones and Android devices.  The partnership with iTriage is key, as it signifies how important this app has become in the mHealth space.  In its first three years since launch, for example, iTriage has seen more than 6 million downloads.

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Kony Solutions Debuts Updated Version of its mHealth Application for Payers

It was announced today that Kony Solutions, makers of a multi-channel application development platform called KonyOne, has launched an updated version of its mHealth application targeted at healthcare payers.

The updated mobile app is targeted at payers looking to offer members end-to-end mobile solutions, in addition to putting secure health plan information at the patient’s fingertips, on any mobile device they want to use.  Kony’s multi-channel platform supports 99% of mobile devices in use today, including Android, iPhone, BlackBerry, Windows, J2ME devices, HTML5, native or hybrid applications as well as older mobile web browsers.

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Republicans Urge FDA & FCC to Move Faster on mHealth App Approvals

In a rather interesting move, it’s been revealed that Republican House members are urging both the FDA and FCC to move faster in approving mobile medical apps.

In a letter sent to both agencies last week, House members asked for easier regulatory hurdles facing mHealth app developers, in addition to helping speed up the process of getting new apps submitted, approved and available to users.  The authors pointed out that the number of health-related apps for iOS alone grew by more than 250% from 2010 to 2011.

Looking at the growth, legislators are concerned that the “complex regulatory framework” between the various agencies could “inhibit future growth and innovation in this promising market and could preclude tools that help patients better manage their care.”

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Walgreens Adds Pill Reminder & “Transfer by Scan” Feature to iOS, Android Apps

Walgreens today announced that it’s added two new features to its iOS and Android-based mobile applications, including a new Pill Reminder feature and the ability to “Transfer by Scan.”

The latter enables users on iPhone and Android devices to transfer a prescription from another pharmacy to Walgreens by taking a picture of their prescription bottle and providing their name, date of birth and phone number, then sending to Walgreens with one click.  The new Pill Reminder feature allows iPhone mobile app users to track medication schedules and receive alerts through nine different reminder options, which can be set up by scanning a prescription barcode and selecting alert preferences.  Users also can add multiple prescriptions, vitamins and other supplements to a single reminder notification.

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