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Watching the Wearables: FDA Wants to Regulate the Ones That Matter Most


Watching the Wearables: FDA Wants to Regulate the Ones That Matter Most   wearables technology Mobile Devices Fitbit Wearables for the healthcare market are coming in droves, and now the U.S. Food and Drug Administration wants in on the action. The agency wants to clarify “which of them can skate by without tighter regulations.”

“Under the proposed guidance, the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health won’t examine what it considers “low risk general wellness” devices,” notes PCWorld. “If all the device does is promote better health through awareness and coaching—as fitness trackers from Fitbit and Jawbone do—they’ll be free from scrutiny under federal food, drug, and cosmetic safety laws.”

In sum, the FDA will not devote staff time to review products that don’t live up to their billing if the consequences are nil (i.e. no one will be harmed or killed by fitness apps that malfunction or a relaxation wearable that doesn’t work).

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Study: Physician Mobile Requirements Not Being Met


Study: Physician Mobile Requirements Not Being Met   Study Spyglass Consulting Group Mobile Devices mobile app EHR Spyglass Consulting Group has released an eye-opening new report, their most recent healthcare study entitled Point of Care Communications for Physicians 2014.

Despite the undeniable adoption growth of mobile technology across the healthcare landscape, more than just a little room for further expansion remains. In fact, an entirely world of potential remains largely untapped.

The report shows that upwards of 70 percent of physicians interviewed believe that hospital IT organizations of affiliated hospitals are “making inadequate investments to address physician mobile computing and communication requirements at point of care due to limited planned investments, poor mobile EHR tools, and inadequate mobile user support.”
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Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring Technology From Medicomp Aims To Save Lives


Ambulatory Cardiac Monitoring Technology From Medicomp Aims To Save Lives   mobile tech Mobile Devices Medicomp health Cardiac Monitoring Technology Medicomp, Inc. recently announced the launch of their patch-style, medical ambulatory cardiac monitoring technology. The technology is worn on the patient’s body as a medical patch, and provides 24 hour cardiac monitoring, including heart rate, rhythm, morphology and P-wave analysis.

The goal of the patch is to identify cardiac areas of opportunity sooner rather than later, and in the process save lives. The monitoring technology is supported by a clinical monitoring center that is open 2/7—365 days per year. This allows for round the clock diagnostic services.

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Op-Ed: Would You Swipe Left on a Healthier You?


Op Ed: Would You Swipe Left on a Healthier You?   technology opinion Nuance Mobile Devices insurance companies The following is a guest contributed post by Dr. Nick van Terheyden, Chief Medical Information Officer for Nuance.

It’s always comical to watch movies from the 1980s, not only for the distinct style choices that typified that decade, but to see the type of technology most of us can still recall using. It’s nearly impossible to believe we used to happily lug around three pound mobile phones with antennas and back-up battery packs, but they offered a convenience the likes of which we had never seen before. While heading to the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), one of the most prominent tradeshows in the tech industry, I couldn’t help but think about the pace of change and get excited about the digital health innovations that will be showcased.

We tend to take for granted the conveniences and time-saving effects such innovation has on our lives.  Prior to the pervasiveness of mobile technology, if you were walking down the street and you saw someone collapse, you would need to find the nearest store or phone booth to call for help. In fact, most of us probably knew which corners on our daily commute had pay phones. Now, even if you’ve left your phone in the car (an unthinkable these days) you can comfortably rely on the fact that someone nearby will have theirs in the case of an emergency.

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Will 2015 Be the Year Your Watch Teaches You About Your Health?


Will 2015 Be the Year Your Watch Teaches You About Your Health?   wearables technology Mobile Devices healthcare The following is a guest contributed post by Dr. Nick van Terheyden, CMIO of Nuance Communications.

There is no known medical condition that enables an individual to predict the future.  While such an ability would be extremely useful for myriad reasons, we have, instead, learned to hone and leverage our analytic skills to deduce what might occur, relying on the data we cull and parse to help forecast the future.  So, when it comes to predicting the year ahead, we should consider the one we just had.

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DaVita Healthcare Partners Merges Two if its Research Organizations


DaVita Healthcare Partners Merges Two if its Research Organizations   Research Organizations Mobile Devices merge healthcare DaVita Healthcare analytics In recent days, the team at DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. announced that two of their business units — DaVita Clinical Research (DCR) and HealthCare Partners Clinical Research — will “merge capabilities to further expand its extensive clinical research and data analytics services, specifically in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD), as well as primary care and chronic disease patients treated in an integrated care organization.”

The merger allows the two research organizations to “offer comprehensive data analytics capabilities on the longitudinal, de-identified data of approximately one million active patients receiving care at DaVita HealthCare Partners centers.”

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mobileStorm Sadly Fires Most of Its Employees, Happily Rehires Them for New Healthcare-Focused Spin-Off


mobileStorm Sadly Fires Most of Its Employees, Happily Rehires Them for New Healthcare Focused Spin Off   mPulse Mobile mobileStorm mobile tech mobile healthcare Mobile Devices With over 70 percent of Americans carrying smartphones with them everywhere they go and more Americans accessing the Internet via mobile than personal computers, companies must have a mobile strategy and technology platform partners to execute the strategy. This shift is even more critical to the healthcare industry, which is now onboarding millions of more consumers due to the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The application of mobile communications strategies in this industry will have a tremendous impact to multi-hundred-billion-dollar problems, such as diabetes, medication adherence and high patient remittance rates.

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