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CareConnectors and VRI Team Up for Mobile Application Framework

CareConnectors and VRI Team Up for Mobile ApplicationAs consumer electronics manufacturers introduce more products that allow individuals to take control of their health, developers are simultaneously looking for frameworks that will integrate the capability of the devices to provide better solutions.

Not surprisingly, this dynamic is leading an explosion in opportunities and partnerships across the healthcare landscape today.

According to HealthTechZone, CareConnectors and VRI have created a mobile application framework for developers that will “unify, validate, monitor data sharing and exchange interface for home to telehealth monitoring.”

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SMS Service for Pregnant Women Launches in South Africa

SMS Service for Pregnant Women Launches in South AfricaA new mobile application, MomConnect, will allow all pregnant women in South Africa to sign up for a free SMS service which provides information and advice on pregnancy.

In addition, it can be used to notify the Department of Health about poor services at clinics.

According to a story at BizCommunity, the free program for pregnant mothers has been launched by the Department of Health, with funding from the U.S. government and Johnson & Johnson.

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Synergistic Alliance Provides Medication Dosage Insight Remotely

MedApps, Inc. has recently announced its alliance with MedMinder. This partnership is aimed at combining the two applications as a means of remotely monitoring patient response to treatment.

In order to do so, the alliance is creating an affordable, patient-centered remote medication management system. According to Founder and CEO or MedApps Kent Dicks, the hardest part of patient care is getting the patient to comply with the treatment.

Kent believes that MedApps partnership with MedMinder can help doctors and patients solve this issue. While MedApps is known for providing physicians with the biometric patient data they need in a timely manner, the addition of MedMinder attacks the issue from the patient side.

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Group Health App Voted Best Mobile App of the Year

TechFlash readers voted that Group Health Mobile was the best mobile application of 2011.

The app is free for both iPhones and Androids, and allows Group Health’s members to access several important features of the member website via one smartphone application.

One feature of the app is a symptom checker, through which members can answer a few questions to receive suggestions on what steps to take. However, if members are still uncertain of what to do, the application also offers access to a consultation nurse, giving patients 24/7 access to professional medical advice.

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iTriage Announces Integration With Microsoft HealthVault PHRs

The folks behind iTriage, the popular mHealth consumer application, have announced a new integration with HealthVault, Microsoft’s digital Personal Health Record (PHR) platform.

Touted as the first and only “one-stop health app,” iTriage bills itself as the world leader in “symptom-to-provider” pathway technology, allowing users to not only find out what’s wrong with them, but also where to go for treatment.  The integration with PHRs will round out its functionality to create a pretty powerful end-to-end mHealth consumer application, with HealthVault integration likely the first of many.

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Study: WellDoc DiabetesManager Cut Hospital & ER Visits in Half

Through a demonstration project for patients with type 2 diabetes, it was discovered that the use of WellDoc’s DiabetesManager device significantly reduced their need for hospital stays and emergency room (ER) visits.

The project, dubbed “DC HealthConnect,” was part of the Chronic Care Initiative sponsored by the DC Department of Health (DOH) and was conducted by the George Washington University Medical Center.  It was found that patients using WellDoc for an average of 12 months reduced their ER visits and hospital stays by 58 percent compared to the 12 months prior to the program.

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Health Insurer Aetna Acquires Healthagen, Maker of Popular “iTriage” Mobile App

It’s been announced that health insurance giant Aetna has acquired Healthagen, the company behind the the mega-popular “iTriage” mobile app — arguably the most successful mHealth app on the market today.

Last Thursday at an investor conference, Aetna’s Chairman, CEO, and President Mark Bertolini told investors “About a month and a half ago we bought a little company called iTriage…the fastest growing consumer application in healthcare today.  We’re going to begin to change the healthcare industry by giving people tools they can put in the palm of their hand.”  Aetna obviously sees the writing on the wall in terms of consumer-demand for mobile access to healthcare information, with this likely being the first step of many towards more mobile services for its users.

Like all healthcare payers, Aetna has a keen interest in keeping its members as healthy as possible, meaning they must proactively encourage healthy behavior through any means possible.  Through mobile communication and access to mobile services like iTriage, Aetna is doing just that.  Another goal for Aetna is keeping members as engaged as possible, which aids in retention as well. “Retention is the catalyst for growth,” Bertolini said.

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