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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week


Mercer, ConsejoSano Roll Out Innovative Digital Health Care PlatformHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

How mPulse Mobile Uses Analytics to Tailor Messages and Drive Member Engagement for Healthcare
In general, people don’t like being talked at. Successful, engaging communication requires talking, listening, and analyzing. Traditionally, healthcare communication has focused on outbound messaging without the ability for a person to respond in a meaningful way. This is a one-sided relationship. mPulse set out to develop new ways for healthcare companies to interact with people and to create a true, two-way, interactive dialog. Here’s how we did it.

ATA Lends Support to New White House Telehealth Plan
This week, the unveiling of President Obama’s budget proposal indicated that it would enable the HHS Secretary to expand the ability of Medicare Advantage organizations to deliver medical services via telehealth, estimated to generate more than $160 million in savings over 10 years.
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How mPulse Mobile Uses Analytics to Tailor Messages and Drive Member Engagement for Healthcare


How mPulse Mobile Uses Analytics to Tailor Messages and Drive Member Engagement for HealthcareThe following post was written by Rena Brar Prayaga, a Behavioral Data Scientist at mPulse Mobile.

In general, people don’t like being talked at. Successful, engaging communication requires talking, listening, and analyzing. Traditionally, healthcare communication has focused on outbound messaging without the ability for a person to respond in a meaningful way. This is a one-sided relationship. mPulse set out to develop new ways for healthcare companies to interact with people and to create a true, two-way, interactive dialog. Here’s how we did it.

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Healthcare IT Pioneer Scores $5M in Series A Funding


Healthcare IT Pioneer Scores $5M in Series A FundingMHW learned Wednesday that healthcare IT company SnapMD, Inc. completed the first closing of its Series A funding in the amount of $5.3 million with Shea Ventures, TYLT Labs and Whittier Ventures participating.

As we first reported this week, SnapMD’s Virtual Care Management (VCM) telemedicine platform was recently recognized by MarketResearch.com as one of the top 10 telemedicine companies to watch in 2016.

Coupled with recognition by CIO Magazine as a “Top 5 Healthcare IT Innovator” and other industry recognitions of late, the company is clearly on a roll.
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USDA Focusing on Telehealth to Boost Rural Mississippi Health Care Services


USDA Proving 23.4 Million in Distance Learning, Telemedicine GrantsEarlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service Administrator Sam Rikkers visited the Delta region to tour Coahoma Community College and announce four USDA grants.

The grants, we have learned, total $2.4 million for health care enhancements in rural Mississippi.

The grants are being provided through the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program, which was established in 2008 and reauthorized as part of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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Cybersecurity: New Area for Mobile Medical App Compliance, Part 1


Cybersecurity New Area for Mobile Medical App Compliance, Part 1The following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip’s Vice President of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs, Andy Miller.

Regulatory compliance. While this phrase may strike an ominous tone for many traditional mobile app software companies, it is familiar territory for veterans in the mobile medical app space. It is unlikely the software developers behind the first calorie counting app gave regulatory compliance much thought. Applications, after all, have been a source of convenience, entertainment and education for years. However, as mobile apps have grown more integrated and mobile device sensor technology has become more sophisticated, that calorie counting app may be transformed into a tool for treating obesity, diabetes and sleep disorders. Smart software developers have come to realize that mobile medical apps are a way to future profits as well as a benefit to patients.

That is where the regulatory compliance piece of the puzzle comes in. We are all now familiar with the FDA and their Guidance on Mobile Medical App regulation, issued this past February. In my opinion, the guidance leaves far too many apps essentially unregulated. However, it does corral the applications posing the greatest patient risk and provides app developers with a pathway to obtain clearance before being marketed.

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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week


mHealth News Here’s What Happened This WeekHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

CES 2016: Time to ‘Breathe Easier’ at Home with New Tech
Just in time for CES 2016 in Las Vegas this week, Coway — a Korean company focused on health-minded technologies — is rolling out its first U.S. available product for the connected home.

Looking Ahead in 2016: More Consumerism and Innovation, Less Gadgets, Still Not Enough Interoperability
With a new year just getting started, most realists recognize that for all intents and purposes ACA is here to stay. No matter what discourse has transpired or how the next presidential election turns out, we are down a path of value-based care with no turning back. With that in mind, 2016 will see consumers having no other choice but to get more involved in their healthcare spend. Many more people are now insured, and benefit designs increasingly place more burden on the consumer to understand what’s covered, what’s not, and how best to spend their healthcare dollars.

CES 2016: First Response Unveils Groundbreaking Bluetooth Smart-Enabled Pregnancy Test
With CES 2016 now underway in Las Vegas, Church & Dwight, Co., Inc., the makers of First Response pregnancy and ovulation tests, announced the launch of First Response Pregnancy PRO Digital Pregnancy Test & App Access.

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Looking Ahead in 2016: More Consumerism and Innovation, Less Gadgets, Still Not Enough Interoperability


Looking Ahead in 2016 More Consumerism and Innovation, Less Gadgets, Still Not Enough InteroperabilityThe following is a guest contributed post from AirStrip President Matt Patterson.

With a new year just getting started, most realists recognize that for all intents and purposes ACA is here to stay. No matter what discourse has transpired or how the next presidential election turns out, we are down a path of value-based care with no turning back. With that in mind, 2016 will see consumers having no other choice but to get more involved in their healthcare spend. Many more people are now insured, and benefit designs increasingly place more burden on the consumer to understand what’s covered, what’s not, and how best to spend their healthcare dollars.

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