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Wearables must align to consumer needs for longtime adoption

New research from Parks Associates reveals 5 percent of U.S. broadband households are home to a smartwatch providing health and fitness tracking features, and 8 percent of households are using a digital fitness activity tracker such as a pedometer. But whether those households will grab more devices or upgrade down the road--and whether more households overall will jump on mHealth device bandwagon--is dependent on greater consumer education about the benefits of such tools.

6 reasons mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises

Lack of specific healthcare knowledge and ignorance on required privacy protection for data are among the top reasons many mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises, according to a new white paper from Glen Burnie, Maryland-based testing and certification company Intertek.

How to ensure BYOD doesn't put health data at risk

There's no stopping the 'bring your own device' wave within the healthcare industry, but there are good strategies and best practices healthcare organizations can embrace to ensure device, systems and data security while not encroaching on workflow processes, patient care or the use of a mobile device.

Jawbone may be next big connected device investment for Google

Google reportedly is mulling a substantial investment in fitness tracker Jawbone, a move that could prove to be a win-win for both players aiming to forge deeper traction in the healthcare and fitness wearables market.

Americans eager to use mobile tools to manage personal health

Roughly two-thirds of Americans are enthusiastic about tapping digital tools for managing personal health and such eagerness likely will drive deeper adoption of wearables and use of mobile medical apps, a new online health survey reveals.

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Data released by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) shows that recoveries by state Medicaid fraud units totaled $2 billion in 2014, a $500 million drop from the previous year, according to Reuters.

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While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services supports states' efforts to use technology to root out improper payments, its failure to require states to document the effectiveness of these systems means no one knows whether they really work, a Government Accountability Office report finds.