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Going to the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C? So Are we!


We wanted to give you the heads up that mHealthWatch will be on the ground in Washington D.C. next week to bring you on-site coverage of the annual mHealth Summit.

Building on last year’s massive success, this year’s event promises to be even bigger — highlighting emerging best practices from mHealth implementations as well as the latest business, finance, policy and technical perspectives from throughout the healthcare industry.  This year’s summit will be the go-to event for everything mobile healthcare, including more than 400 exhibitors showcasing innovative devices, services, applications, tools and related solutions.  Organizers are expecting more than 4,500 healthcare leaders from nearly 50 different countries around the world.

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Telehealth Revenue to Reach $990M by 2015


Medical research firm InMedica has released a new whitepaper detailing the increased growth and adoption in telemedicine — an industry that’s forecast to produce more than 990M in revenues by 2015.

The whitepaper, entitled “Competitive Dynamics in the World Telehealth Market – 2011 to 2020,” looks at the telehealth market over the next 10 years and covers what it calls the “major parts of the ecosystem,” which include peripheral device suppliers – blood pressure monitors, glucose meters etc; gateway suppliers – health hubs and mobile gateways; and data transmission service providers – POTS, cellular and broadband.

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HealthTap Brings Free Access to Over 5,000 Physicians Via Your Smartphone


Telemedicine solutions via smartphones and tablets are one aspect of mobile healthcare that’s seeing higher than normal adoption when compared to other concepts — likely because the devices, apps and connectivity that power telemedicine are already readily available.

We’ve recently covered the fact that Apple’s FaceTime can become HIPAA-compliant, and there’s several other mobile telehealth solutions in the pipeline from startups and healthcare organizations alike, but the area that’s ripe for adoption and success with consumers is basic telehealth services — the kind where a consumer can whip out their smartphone, fire up an app, ask a simple health-related question and receive an answer back.  While fully compliant, formal telehealth solutions are obviously relevant, keeping things simple is what consumers want.

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A Paradigm Shift in Healthcare: Why Hospitals Need to Become Amazing Marketers


On the mobileStorm company blog recently, CEO Jared Reitzin wrote an interesting opinion piece on why hospitals need to become amazing marketers — stemming from the many changes on the horizon  in terms of Medicare and within the healthcare industry in general.

For example, it’s been announced by the federal government that Medicare will begin cutting back payments to hospitals where high numbers of patients are readmitted, or to hospitals with higher-than-average costs for patient care.  What this means is that hospitals and healthcare organizations in general need to start taking steps to keep members healthier post-visit.  Doing so means influencing member behavior through the right messaging strategies, sent at the right time, to the right members.

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EHRs & the iPad Continue to Drive Significant Initial Adoption of mHealth


There’s long been mention of how slow the healthcare industry is to adopt digital and mobile technologies, but one area that continues to drive initial adoption is the combination of EHRs and the iPad for physician use.

In an article by Marty Briggs, Creative Director of Marketing for HealthFusion, he tells the story of visiting two different physicians — one that was using EHRs on a desktop computer and another that was resisting the adoption of EHRs altogether out of fear of jeopardizing his patient relationships he’d worked on for decades.  Briggs detailed how impersonal his experience was with the first physician who proceeded to stare at his desktop screen during the entire visit — exactly the disassociation the second physician was worried about.

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“Electronic Skin” Tech Provides Breakthrough For Wearable, Remote Patient Monitoring


A new remote monitoring technology recently developed by healthcare researchers promises to seamlessly integrate the body with the surrounding electronic world via sensors that act as so-called “electronic skin.”

The technology, originally created to provide less obtrusive medical monitors for premature babies and other special-needs patients, has vast potential for integrating computers into the human body.  When coupled with smartphone apps, direct data connections to physicians and other digital healthcare systems, the potential to improve real-time and preventative care is extraordinary.  “This is a huge breakthrough,” says nanoengineer Michael McAlpine of Princeton University. “This goes beyond Dick Tracy calling someone with a cell phone on the wrist. It’s having the wrist itself house the device so it’s always with you.”

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Healthcare Communication Provider Vocera Files For $80M IPO


Vocera, a company that specializes in instant communication among clinicians through the use of voice-activated wireless communication badges, has filed for an initial public offering of $80M.

The company’s technology, a small badge worn by physicians and nurses, allows for immediate communication within healthcare facilities.  The badge, which acts as a “push-to-talk” communication device without the push button, allows clinicians to reach each other when phone calls, faxes or emails aren’t immediate enough.  The idea is to reduce the amount of time that nurses and other medical staff spend walking around a hospital, reducing labor costs in the process.

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