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Soon to be Required Text-to-911 Has Skeptics


Soon to be Required Text to 911 Has Skeptics   text sms smartphones mobile 911 As recently profiled by Fierce Mobile Healthcare, all wireless carriers and certain texting applications will be required to support text-to-911 functionality by the end of 2014, per the rules adopted by the Federal Communications Commission last week.

The rules state that if any call center requests text-to-911, providers will comply within six months. Wireless providers must send automatic reply messages instructing consumers to call 911 in areas without text-to-911 functionality.

The FCC says that 48 million Americans are deaf or hard of hearing and 7.5 million have speech disabilities, so this will give consumers more options for emergency outreach.

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Why Android Should Be a Higher Priority for mHealth App Developers


Why Android Should Be a Higher Priority for mHealth App Developers   smartphones Mobile Devices mHealth app mHealth developers Global mHealth app developers and service providers may want to make Android a higher priority.

According to a new report from IDC, the worldwide smartphone market is on fire. In the second quarter of this year, 300 million units shipped for the first time ever — a milestone quarter, says the IDC, and a landmark achievement for the smartphone industry.

“Android was the primary driver with its vendor partners shipping a total of 255.3 million Android-based smartphones in 2Q14, up 33.3% year over year,” the report summary reads.

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80% of Smartphone Users Want Health Care Alerts


80% of Smartphone Users Want Health Care Alerts   smartphones notifications mHealth FICO The percentage of smartphone owners wanting heath care alerts or notifications on their mobile devices has reached a new all-time high.

A recently published global survey by FICO shows that 80 percent of people would like the option to use their smartphones to interact with health care providers.

The predictive analytics and decision management software company says these organizations include government and private insurers, hospitals, pharmacies, mail-order drug companies, third party administrators and clinics.

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Study Shows Patients Searching for Health info While in Waiting Room


Study Shows Patients Searching for Health info While in Waiting Room   waiting room smartphones search mobile CDMiConnect In another sign of the changing times, a new CDMiConnect report says that patients are using their mobile devices in waiting rooms and, to a lesser extent, exam rooms, more and more to search the Internet for information about the particular health problem that brought them to the waiting room in the first place.

3000 patients, all 18 years of age or older, were surveyed for the report, named “The Patients First Reports: In-Office Mobile Device Use.” Deb Deaver, agency president for CDMiConnect, said that these 3000 patients had over 200 different health conditions and were surveyed in order to “understand the impact of healthcare at our fingertips and uncover how it has influenced the roles we play in each other’s lives.”

What they found, according to managing partner Deana Peck, was “so surprising that we decided to go ahead and publish our findings.”

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Health Apps Nourish iOS owners, Fitness Gets Workout on Android


Health Apps Nourish iOS owners, Fitness Gets Workout on Android   smartphones smartphone apps Mobile Apps iOS Android Health and fitness are two of the sweatiest categories of apps on smartphones. By sweatiest, we mean that apps that help people count calories, log meals, get fitness regimens, and more are really getting a workout by increasingly fit-conscious consumers.

But here’s the post-app rubdown: there’s a difference between Android and iPhone users.

Who knew? Opera Mediaworks, as it turns out. When the firm evaluated 500 million monthly ad impressions on more than 400 of its mobile ad platforms and apps, Opera Mediaworks concluded that iPhone users are more interested in health (62 percent vs. 58 percent for fitness), while Android users are more interested in fitness (39 percent vs. 30 percent).

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Smartphone Video Consultations Impress During 5 Month Pilot


Smartphone Video Consultations Impress During 5 Month Pilot   telemedicine smartphones mHealth The University of Arizona medical Center in Tucson Arizona (UAMC) joined forces with rural health hospitals and healthcare facilities for a 5 month pilot test of their new telemedicine program. The results were not only successful, but the trauma and acute care division of UAMC performed more teletrauma consultations during the 5 month test than they had during the past 2 years.

Initially, the telemedicine program was designed for use via desktop and laptop computers, but proved to have too many challenges when it came to costs, hardware, software, and equipment needs. This time around, UAMC decided to keep the face-to-face interaction that can be achieved with videoconferencing yet incorporated HIPPA compliant smartphone solutions.

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Google Contact Lenses May Speed Up Evolution of Mainstream mHealth


Google Contact Lenses May Speed Up Evolution of Mainstream mHealth   smartwatches smartphones mobile tech Mobile Devices Google news Google contact lenses Google As technology becomes smaller and more compact than ever previously imaginable, mHealth tech and app developers are looking for bigger and better ways to integrate small, wearable devices into patient life.

One of the most innovative designs aims to take advantage of the upcoming Google contact lens. While originally designed to fully integrate technology into the human body, this lens could also be used to measure blood sugar levels in the tears of a diabetic.

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