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's a terrific story this week in mHealth--and it's one every healthcare insurance company and healthcare provider should put on its must-read list. After they read it, then it's time to step up and just plain copy what is taking place.
The first research effort focuses on sleep trackers. AARP has brought on some powerhouse partners: Georgia Tech is handling the research, while Pfizer and UnitedHealthcare are on board as program supporters.
It's not only an exciting effort. It could be transformative, too--the research will help seniors better understand mHealth devices and tools and how such technologies can and will play a critical, positive role in healthcare. Read more...
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A Kansas healthcare provider is using a new mobile app to shore up patient-healthcare provider communications and enhance its electronic health record system by providing patients with more tools for deeper engagement in healthcare issues and decision-making.
Independence Blue Cross is offering members a free self-management app for chronic health issues and the response from users so far is positive, according to the health insurer.
A new Tractica report projects more than 75 million wearable devices will be deployed in enterprise and industrial environments between 2014 and 2020, with smartwatches leading the way.
A new research program aims to help developers find out how consumers age 50 and older use health technology, particularly sleep trackers, to gain insight into the best ways to create devices and apps for an aging population.
Penn Medicine is using an app and a tablet to cut readmission rates for heart failure patients in its Penn Care at Home program.
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The Florida ophthalmologist included in the public corruption charges against Senator Robert Menendez faces additional healthcare fraud charges for bilking the federal government out of $105 million between 2008 and 2013, according to a statement from the Department of Justice. Salomon Melgen, M.D. remains in custody after a judge ruled he was a flight risk.
When two doctors started the Do No Harm Project at the University of Colorado-Denver, it was simply because they recognized that healthcare overuse is "an urgent ethical issue" in the medical field, said co-founder Brandon Combs, M.D., in a Thursday webinar hosted by the Lown Institute.