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Secure Text Messaging Could Save Hospitals a Fortune Annually


Secure Text Messaging Could Save Hospitals a Fortune Annually   text sms secure text messaging mobile Imprivata Communications in Healthcare For hospitals, there’s huge savings to be secured in secure SMS.

Late last week, mHealthWatch was briefed on a new study that Imprivata recently published about the productivity and economic impact that inefficient provider-to-provider communication has in healthcare.

“Inefficient communication during critical clinical workflows such as patient admissions, emergency response team coordination and patient transfers costs the average U.S. hospital about $1.75 million annually,” reads the report summary shared.
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Study: Young Adults Well Served by ‘Text Message Medicine’


Study: Young Adults Well Served by Text Message Medicine   text message sms mobile mHealth With each passing year, mobile solutions and resources designed to treat a wide array of conditions and ailments common to young adults gain more widespread adoption. In particular, text messages are seeing the most promising results of all solutions or tactics.

According to the findings of a new study published in Annals of Emergency Medicine, young adults who screened positive for a history of hazardous or binge drinking reduced their binge drinking by more than 50 percent after receiving mobile phone text messages following a visit to the emergency department.
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Teens Love To Text — So Why Not Use It To Manage Chronic Health Concerns?


Teens Love To Text — So Why Not Use It To Manage Chronic Health Concerns?   text sms mobile health mHealth Most parents and grandparents recall the phone being used to talk with friends for hours on end during their teenage years. However, modern technology has shifted talking on the phone to texting all hours of the day and night.

In a recent study performed by the University of California, texting was used as part of a web-based and text intervention program to help teens manage chronic health conditions.

While texting and medicine may not seem like they go hand in hand, the results were successful. Not only does texting speak to teenagers in their preferred method of communication—but most teens have their phones with them at all times.

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New SMS Services Designed to Help People Enrolled in Medicaid


New SMS Services Designed to Help People Enrolled in Medicaid    Txt4health Text4kids sms mobile mHealth Medicaid In what comes as yet another compelling example of the ability of text messages to empower patients and those looking to take charge of their health and wellness, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Pennsylvania is now offering two new text-messaging services.

mHealthWatch has learned that these services are designed to help people enrolled in Medicaid benefit plans. The services consist of:

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Walgreens Adopts iBeacon to Personalize Coupons, Boost Sales


Walgreens Adopts iBeacon to Personalize Coupons, Boost Sales   walgreens Tech sms marketing iBeacon digital marketing Coupons A Walgreens executive at the recent Mcommerce Summit: State of Mobile Commerce 2014 revealed that the company has launched an iBeacon pilot program in several New York stores.

The decision to launch the iBeacon pilot is based on research by Walgreens showing that the average in-store, online, and mobile customer spends six times more than the average store-only shopper.

The iBeacon technology is being used as part of a larger in-store mobile coupon initiative that allows consumers to digitally “clip” coupons and redeem them via a bar code on a smartphone.

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Texting to Help Diabetic Teens


Texting to Help Diabetic Teens   text Teens sms healthcare Diabetes Targeting the generation that is most comfortable and familiar with mobile technology is definitely the best way to bring mobile healthcare to the forefront of the nation’s mind. One way this is being done today is through a project spearheaded by Montefiore Medical Center, which allows doctors or other healthcare professionals to text diabetic teenagers pre-operative care alerts before a major surgery.

The teenagers wear a monitoring device and information from that device is then relayed back to the healthcare team, which can then send a message to the teenager in case they need to make an adjustment to their diet or other action in order to be prepared for an operation or other invasive procedure.

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mHealth Making Strides in Teen Health


mHealth Making Strides in Teen Health   Teens sms mhealth study mHealth health During a recent University of Minnesota study, researchers discovered that teenagers are far more likely to use text messaging and other smartphone capabilities for health-related reasons than their parents.

“No one communicates by text messaging more than adolescent females 12-17 years old, who average 4,050 texts per month,” reads a report summary from the Journal of Medical Internet Research’s mHealth and uHealth. “Despite this technological inroad among adolescents, few researchers are utilizing text messaging technology to collect real time, contextualized data. Temporal variables (i.e., mood) collected regularly over a period of time could yield useful insights, particularly for evaluating health intervention outcomes.”

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