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Patient engagement focus of health center's initial mHealth foray

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 app helps patients manage chronic health issues

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. 

Wellness programs will spur wearables adoption in workplace

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.

AARP teams with Pfizer, UnitedHealthcare on mHealth for older populations

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. 

Mobile health tools cut readmissions for congestive heart patients

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.

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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.