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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.

SMS Technology Helping to Improve Patient Care and Retention
Currently, no-shows for scheduled medical care cost the healthcare industry over $150 billion each year. On top of that, there are always areas of opportunity when it comes to ongoing patient and physician communication. That’s where the latest offering in the healthcare space comes into play.

2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be ‘Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients’
This year’s mHealth Summit theme has been announced as “Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients.”
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2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be ‘Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients’


2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be 'Anytime, Anywhere Engaging Providers and Patients'This year’s mHealth Summit theme has been announced as “Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients.”

The goal of the 2015 summit will be to develop more dynamic, interactive, and patient-driven mobile health experience—particularly in rural and low income areas.

Once again, organizers of the mHealth Summit will be partnering with Global mHealth Forum and work to facilitate discussion on the roles that telemedicine can play in the global healthcare arena.

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The Need For Well-Designed And Tested Insulin Apps Is Still Alive And Well


The Need For Well-Designed And Tested Insulin Apps Is Still Alive And WellWhile you can head online and find close to 50 paid apps designed to determine proper dosing for insulin, a recent study by Global eHealth Unit at the Imperial College London has found that the vast majority of these apps fall short. In fact, many of these apps were developed during the app boom, and have not been updated in years.

While an app that can accurately calculate mealtime dosing for short-acting insulin after entering in carbohydrates, pre-meal blood sugar, physical activity, and other pertinent information seems as though it would be both easy and convenient, most apps struggle with even these basics. The study, highlighted by MedPage Today, found that:

  • 30% of the apps would not share their formula
  • 91% had incorrect techniques for numeric inputs
  • 67% showed risk factors for inappropriate dose recommendations because their actual calculation did not match their formula
  • 24% did not operate consistently

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American Telemedicine Association Announces New Board Members—Including A New President


PrintThe American Telemedicine Association (ATA) has been working diligently in the telemedicine industry since it was founded in 1993. Through it all, the organization’s goal has remained to improve quality, access, and affordability of healthcare around the globe.

To that end, the ATA recently appointed several new board members, including their new President of the Board of Directors—Dr. Reed V. Tuckson, M.D. Dr. Tuckson’s accomplishments included being named one of the most 50 most influential physician executives in the nation, as well as one of the top 25 minority executives in healthcare. Dr. Tuckson is coming directly from his position as a Managing Director of Tuckson Health Connections.

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Fruit Street Health Picks New Partner for Wearables, Mobile Push


Fruit Street Health Picks New Partner for Wearables, Mobile PushmHealthWatch has learned that Fruit Street Health has tapped Validic’s digital health platform to access more than 175 wearable devices and applications into its telehealth software, personal health record and HIPAA compliant video conferencing platform.

If you’re not familiar, Fruit Street licenses its telehealth software to private practice healthcare providers and health systems.

This arrangement, the company explains, enables said providers and health systems to do HIPAA-compliant video consultations in addition to monitoring the lifestyles of their patients with wearable devices and mobile applications.
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Help-4-Hep Offers New Mobile and Web App


Help-4-Hep Offers New Mobile and Web AppHelp-4-Hep, a non-profit, peer-to-peer helpline that enables counselors to connect with patients to meet the challenges of hepatitis C, is turning to mobile to advance their mission.

This week, the group launched a new web and mobile app to bring its peer counseling services as well as a new self-care tool to more people affected by hepatitis C.

Hepatitis C is a silent and potentially deadly liver disease and a serious health issue affecting our population. For up to 80% of people who contract hepatitis C, the illness moves into a long-term phase called chronic hepatitis C.
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Telemedicine Moves in to Nursing Homes


Telemedicine Moves in to Nursing HomesWelcome to the world of the nursing home — a part-time or permanent residence for many elderly people, and a place to care for the sick when loved ones can’t anymore. Of course, the one question that many loved ones face when putting their family members into a home, is how good will the care be that my loved one receives in the nursing home?

Currently being tested in New York, telemedicine is being implemented at a handful of nursing homes owned and operated by The McGuire Group. It is hoped that telemedicine will help reduce the stressful and strenuous workload that medical professionals often face in a nursing home setting.

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