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Opinion: Harnessing the Power of Big Data with Digital Health Partnerships


Opinion: Harnessing the Power of Big Data with Digital Health Partnerships   technology mobile health health tech big data The following is a guest contributed post from Airstrip by Dr. Kevin Ward, Executive Director, University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care.

In today’s digital world, electronic patient data is growing exponentially and moving faster than healthcare organizations can imagine.  At the same time, clinicians suffer from information overload, and high-volume and increasingly complex clinical patient loads, alongside dwindling time and resources.

Now more than ever, the pressure is building to harness the power of big data and digital technologies to help clinicians make faster, patient-centric decisions that increase quality of care and enhance health outcomes all while decreasing costs.

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The ‘Benefits’ of Online Dermatology Come to Highmark


The ‘Benefits’ of Online Dermatology Come to Highmark   Online Dermatology mobile health Highmark healthcare DermatoligistonCall For years, people needing dermatology care have been experiencing the same problem as those looking to see their family practitioners – an absurdly long wait for an appointment.

Launched last year, DermatoligistonCall is solving this problem by offering “quick and convenient” access to quality skin care from board-certified dermatologists through an online platform.

Patients simply create an account where they can submit photographs and descriptions of their condition and receive a response within three business days.

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Google Making mHealth Progress in China


Google Making mHealth Progress in China   smartphones mobile health mHealth news mHealth Google China Android U.S. based companies and tech behemoths like Google and Facebook may not be universally welcomed with open arms… but progress is being made.

In China, Google’s fitness application – Google Fit — has made an enormous splash, securing China as its most-successful market since being released, according to a recent report from Bloomberg.

In June, Google unveiled its “Google Fit Platform,” a software suite that connects compatible apps and Android Wear devices, allowing a user to track activity and fitness data. Google Fit tracks activity, collects data from other apps and external hardware, and connects to health-monitoring devices.

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ValueOptions Shifts Focus to Military Families


ValueOptions Shifts Focus to Military Families   ValueOptions mobile health military mHealth November is National Military Family Month and the folks at ValueOptions — a health improvement company specializing in mental and emotional wellbeing and recovery — are enhancing their promotion of the National Military Family Association’s MyMilitaryLife app.

The app in question will be added to more than 200 commercial and federal client sites.

MyMilitaryLife connects military families to crucial support for logistical and personal needs at every level. It delivers an on-the-go network of resources, to-do lists, and reminders which are customized by service branch location and family needs.

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New App ‘Spruces’ Up Mobile Acne Resources


New App ‘Spruces’ Up Mobile Acne Resources   telemedicine skin mobile health apps mobile health mHealth dermatology acne A new app called Spruce allows people to seek dermatology treatment via their mobile device.

The app has raised $2 million in seed funding since its launch two months ago.

The telemedicine app, which recently scored some precious digital ink courtesy of Entrepreneur, is free to-download and connects users to a board-certified dermatologist.

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Eczema Patients Itching for More Teledermatology


Eczema Patients Itching for More Teledermatology   telemedicine teledermatology mobile health Eczema A new study finds that atopic dermatitis, also known as eczema, patients who went online to connect with their dermatologists, or teledermatology, showed just as much improvement as those who saw their doctors in person.

The study compared the effectiveness of online treatment to in-office visits with 156 people in which, after an initial office visit with their dermatologist, half had office visits and the other had online communication. After one year, the differences between the two groups of patient were so small, statistically, it was considered nonexistent.

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Doctor Prescribed Apps May Soon Be the New Norm in British Healthcare


According to the U.K.’s Telegraph, soon British doctors might be “prescribing” more apps than medications.

Doctor Prescribed Apps May Soon Be the New Norm in British Healthcare   United Kingdom strategy NHS mobile health mHealth app mHealth A new government strategy calls for a National Health Service (NHS) app store in which approved applications that purportedly improve health and lifestyles would be kitemarked (a UK product and service quality certification mark) by the health service and may also be provided for free to those trying to improve their wellbeing.

For example, overweight patients may be recommended an app that tracks their diet and exercise and those suffering from diabetes could use an app to monitor blood sugar.

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