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Doubt Lingers About Utility of mHealth Apps in Ebola Containment


Doubt Lingers About Utility of mHealth Apps in Ebola Containment   mobile health mHealth app mHealth healthcare Ebola The recent Ebola crisis in Africa has led to an overwhelming amount of media coverage, and social media interaction with an unfortunate amount of it being false.

With the accelerated rate at which information can spread across the Internet, it is too challenging to manage and monitor false information, which is more speculative than factual and often derived from irresponsible reporting.

While new methods of utilizing mobile healthcare apps are being explored by healthcare professionals around the globe today, the Ebola crisis has many considering how mobile apps can play a role in educating the masses and, ideally, curbing the deadly disease’s spread.

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Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations


Microsoft Joins New Partners to Improve Healthcare to Underserved Populations   Windows TracPhone mobile health Microsoft mHealth news Health Choice Network mHealthWatch was recently privy to new details of the freshly-forged partnership involving Microsoft, TracPhone, and Health Choice Network. Working together, the three will provide the technology, smartphone apps, and access to healthcare that individuals in underserved populations need desperately today.

“Underserved populations” are loosely defined and could be anything from individuals who reside in rural areas and low income communities, to elderly individuals or simply folks with mobility issues. The plan is to utilize a Windows Phone to provide HIPPA-enabled email, messaging, and ongoing communication related to healthcare.

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Is There an Unhealthy Side of mHealth?


Is There an Unhealthy Side of mHealth?   mobile health mHealth Though consumers are spending a lot of money on mHealth products, or the use of mobile devices for medical and health purposes, and the industry is expected to grow from $2.4 billion to 26 billion in 2017, Nathan Cortez, law professor and associate dean of research at Southern Methodist University law school, outlines of Voxxi the potential dangers of such medical apps in a New England Journal of Medicine article.

Because people can purchase the apps from trusted retailers like iTunes Store, they think they have been reviewed by the FDA. Cortez says this is not the case and that out of the hundred thousand mHealth apps, only about 100 have been approved by the FDA and it’s largely an unregulated business.

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Florida Hospital Implements Tele-ICU Services


Florida Hospital Implements Tele ICU Services   Tele ICU Services mobile health mHealth Florida According to Highlands Today, the Sebring and Lake Placid Florida Hospital Medical Center’s ICU’s can receive out-of-state intensive care physicians and critical care nurses expertise thanks to the Telemedicine-ICU services that began in June.

Though there is a local medical team at the ICU, a group of physicians are on “over watch” who are seeing all of the patients’ medical data. These areas of Florida are not in metropolitan areas and many people have to travel for health care services. Thanks to telemedicine that is changing.

The Tele-ICU physicians use HD cameras for quality videos of the patients and can zoom in for detail of skin or pupils. Advanced ICU Care has learned how to get better outcomes in the ICU and get the patients home sooner and in better condition, said Isabella Kopec, co-founder and Vice President of Advanced ICU.

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UMass Professor Receives Grant for Promising mHealth Work


UMass Professor Receives Grant for Promising mHealth Work   UMass research mobile health mHealth A $536,000 grant has been rewarded to Benjamin Marlin, assistant professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and both the co-founder and co-director of the UMass Amherst Machine Learning for Data Science Laboratory.

The grant will assist his research into machine learning tools that capture and analyze mHealth data according to Health IT Analytics.

In collaboration with other computer scientists, their big data analytics project will “attempt to discover new ways to harmonize patient-generated health data from wearable devices and smartphone applications with EHR data to give providers new insights into patient care.”

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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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