Apple took the tech and healthcare industries by surprise Monday in announcing a new mHealth app framework called ResearchKit, aimed at improving medical research. The platform, which will be open source, allows iPhone users to participate in medical trials and studies through health data sharing capabilities.
One of the most promising aspects of new technology in the healthcare industry is the ability to provide better, faster care while engaging patients in their own treatments; to that end, wearables are making a big impact. Read more...
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There is a startling, and greatly disappointing, research report out regarding healthcare insurance companies and mobile app development.
In a simple summary, this how the report describes such efforts: Epic fail.
If this were 2010, or even 2012, the report's insight on how a majority of insurance companies are behind the eight ball in mHealth app building and success stories might not be so surprising. But it's 2015. Smartphone ownership has become the norm in the U.S. Using apps to play games, make bank transactions, reserve taxi services, find a restaurant--these are all common practices today. Read more...
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I took the plunge into the wearable device pool two weeks ago, getting myself a tool that promises to help track my activity levels and sleep patterns while offering insight on how best I can develop a healthier lifestyle. Sadly, though, my initial feedback is more negative than positive. And given all I hear about the promise of wearables to transform healthcare--and the federal government's recent push to incentivize doctors to use more patient-generated data via such devices in their efforts--this is not a good sign.
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A California accountable care organization is seeing lower number of hospital readmissions of high-risk patients thanks to a two-year mobile care management project.
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