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mHealth: Top Stories of the Week


mHealth: Top Stories of the Week   mobile health mHealth news mHealth Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring this past week.

A 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 a recent post at the U.S. Senate’s Newsroom website, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) informed constituents that “personal health and fitness data – so rich that an individual can be identified by their gait – is being gathered and stored by fitness bracelets like ‘FitBit’ and others like it, and can potentially be sold to third parties, like employers, insurance providers and other companies, without the users’ knowledge or consent.”

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Chris Nicholson Tapped for Keynote at Parks Associates’ Upcoming Connected Health Summit


Chris Nicholson Tapped for Keynote at Parks Associates Upcoming Connected Health Summit   Parks Associates mobile health Humana Chris Nicholson Next week, The Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers will commence at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, California.

The event’s organizers, Parks Associates, have announced ahead of the Summit that Chris Nicholson, CEO of a newly forming Connected Health Start-up (in stealth mode) and former VP & COO of Humana Wellness, will deliver the keynote address, “Applying Connected Health to the Wellness Market: The ‘Triple Threat’ Driving Growth.”

The keynote will be delivered the morning of Thursday, September 4th, as the two-day Summit gets underway.

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Microsoft’s mHealth Vision Coming to Fruition


Microsofts mHealth Vision Coming to Fruition   mobile health Microsoft news mHealth news mHealth As MMW first reported Tuesday, Microsoft officials confirm that for their new mobile health project they are striking a deal with wireless provider TracFone to extend mHealth technology to undeserved and high-risk populations.

Th endeavor is aimed specifically at people with diabetes (an annual $245 billion market). It is a diabetes management platform to help individuals keep tabs on their condition.

The two companies are also teaming up with Health Choice Network (HCN) to launch the pilot program to examine how access to mobile technology affects patient disease-management and outcomes.

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New York Senator Schumer Says Wearable Health Tech Should Protect Consumers from Data Breaches


New York Senator Schumer Says Wearable Health Tech Should Protect Consumers from Data Breaches   Wearable U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer mobile health mHealth GPS FTC Fitbit In a recent post at the U.S. Senate’s Newsroom website, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) informed constituents that “personal health and fitness data – so rich that an individual can be identified by their gait – is being gathered and stored by fitness bracelets like ‘FitBit’ and others like it, and can potentially be sold to third parties, like employers, insurance providers and other companies, without the users’ knowledge or consent.”

Schumer said he believes the situation “creates a privacy nightmare, given that these fitness trackers gather highly personal information on steps per day, sleep patterns, calories burned, and GPS locations. Users often input private health information like blood pressure, weight, and more.”

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High Consumer Preference to Use Mobile Phones for Health


High Consumer Preference to Use Mobile Phones for Health   mobile health mHealth news mHealth There is a high rate of acceptability to health information received through mobile phones in the rural India, according to a new study published in PLOS One. This exploratory study was conducted in a village outside of Bangalore from March 2009 to 2010.

Almost all of the respondents, 484/488 (99%), were open to receiving health information on mobile phones. Their preferred topics for health information included “healthy living, nutrition, maternal and child health, vaccination, self-care in chronic illnesses and information on infectious disease epidemics”. 45% of the respondents preferred to receive the information daily, while 46% preferred weekly updates, and 9% monthly. Regarding frequency of reminders, 76% of the respondents preferred to receive vaccination reminders a day earlier to the date of vaccination, 15% on the vaccination day itself and 9% from a week to a month prior to the date of vaccination.

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Telemedicine Expected to Catch the Flu This Season


Telemedicine Expected to Catch the Flu This Season   telemedicine mobile health mHealth Doctor on Demand According to Fox Business, telemedicine — the use of technology to connect patients with doctors via video communication — is becoming a popular choice for doctors as it effectively cuts down on costs and wait times for patients.

Nearly every one of the more than 6,000 hospitals in the U.S. is using technology to communicate with patients in some form and 12 million Americans are now being served by telemedicine technology. This is expected to double by 2015.

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With Telemedicine Tech, the Savings Add Up


With Telemedicine Tech, the Savings Add Up   telemedicine tech news mobile health mHealth Professional services company Towers Watson is out with a new report that points to the fiscal efficiencies linked to telemedicine.

Telemedicine could potentially deliver more than $6 billion a year in health care savings to U.S. companies, the organization’s new report reads.

“While this analysis highlights a maximum potential savings, even a significantly lower level of use could generate hundreds of millions of dollars in savings,” said Dr. Allan Khoury, a senior consultant at the firm. “Achieving this savings requires a shift in patient and physician mindsets, health plan willingness to integrate and reimburse such services, and regulatory support in all states.”
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