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American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Child Health Tracker App

American Academy of Pediatrics Updates Child Health Tracker AppThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced this week that it has updated its award-winning Child Health Tracker app.

For the month of February, the organization says, the app will be offered to parents free of charge. The app is regularly priced at $4.99.

“In addition to giving parents the power of on-demand access to their child(ren)’s health information via their smartphone, the AAP added valuable features such as a medication tracker module that allows parents to post medication information for each of their children, set alerts, add dosage information, note side effects, etc.” the AAP said in a provided statement.
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iPad Remains Top Doctor Prescribed Tablet

iPad Remains Top Doctor Prescribed TabletWith doctors and hospitals finding it increasingly essential to use and depend upon mobile tablets for patient care, it looks like Apple remains the definitive device-maker of choice.

According to the findings of a new study, medical professionals and healthcare providers are remarkably welcoming of mobile technologies and applications. As a result, they are eager to take full advantage of the capabilities that adorn the modern mobile landscape.

And that’s a very good thing when you consider the timing involved.

Data recently presented from Black Book Rankings, a healthcare IT analysis firm, shows that impending regulations stemming from the Affordable Care Act will require physicians and hospitals to begin storing their patient records electronically.

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Study: Mobile Access to Health Data Rose 125 Percent in 2011

On January 16, 2012, a comScore Data Gem blog post announced that the number of people using their mobile phones to access health-related information has grown by 125 percent in 2011.

However, the report also found that certain sectors of the population are driving these statistics. In fact, it states that three out of the five mobile users who were accessing health data via their mobile devices were under the age of 35. This demonstrates that young people are driving this movement towards mHealth usage, a fact that is not surprising when compared to the 2010 statistic that confirmed that 96 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 29 own a mobile phone.

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AirStrip Receives CE Mark Certification for Mobile Monitoring Apps, Enters European Market

AirStrip Technologies, the company behind several mobile health applications that give clinicians anytime, anywhere access to vital live and historical patient data, announced today that it’s achieved CE Mark certification to market its innovative mobile patient monitoring applications in the European Community as well as other international territories outside Europe.

Obtaining its CE Mark is substantial for AirStrip as it demonstrates the fact that it conforms to international quality benchmarks for medical devices, including ISO standards among others.  The company currently markets apps including its AirStrip OB, AirStrip CARDIOLOGY, and AirStrip PATIENT MONITORING solutions, which are now used by thousands of clinicians at hundreds of US hospitals.  AirStrip CARDIOLOGY was actually just named the best U.S. medical application for iPhone, as selected directly by Apple as part of its App Store Rewind for 2011.

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Why Hospitals Should Provide the Mobile Devices

Mobile technologies offer healthcare providers the opportunity to improve the quality of patient care both on and off the hospital premises. However, elements of this technology, like all healthcare technologies, are not infallible.

John Halamaka, CIO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, argues that one of these flaws lies in the possibility for physicians to mix patient and personal data. While Halamaka acknowledges the increased efficiency and reduced costs associated with a doctor’s ability to easily access and input clinical data anytime and anywhere in his commentary published on the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s website, he claims that personal activities on a mobile device can jeopardize patient privacy and the successful completion of professional tasks.

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Providing Healthcare for 7 Billion

It has been projected that the world’s seven billionth child will be born on the 31st of this month. With the more than five billion mobile phone subscriptions that already exist worldwide, the mHealth Alliance is pointing to the utility of mobile technologies in reducing health problems for every member of the seven billion person population, including those created by population growth itself.

The United Nations Foundation began hosting the mHealth Alliance in 2009 to improve access to healthcare in low- and middle-income countries. The aim of the Alliance is to use mHealth technologies to apply this increased level of access toward improving public health and promoting disease prevention and management in these countries.

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Report: More Than a Quarter of US Adults Use Their Mobile Phone for Health Information

On Monday we covered a new comprehensive report out from Manhattan Research that explores how consumers are managing their health using digital and mobile technology, in which it was found that some 56M people in the US have accessed their personal health information via Electronic Health Records (EHRs).

Today, the research firm published new findings from the same report that show that more than a quarter of U.S. adults have used their mobile phones to access health information and tools in the past 12 months, more than double that of 2010 where roughly 12% reported accessing health information via mobile devices.

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