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How Mount Sinai uses mHealth to pave the way for more robust patient care

The exploding number of healthcare apps ready for download on smartphones and tablets is impressive and shows no sign of letting up. But the real story of their potential impact is far more than a case of raw numbers. Longer term, mobile apps will have a profound effect on the management of chronic diseases and population health. The key is more meaningful and timely communication between doctor and patient. Two examples at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York illustrate how apps are being used now to expand the scope and quality of care for existing patients

Cigna app taps psychological assessment to drive improved user health

Health insurance provider Cigna is debuting its newest version of Coach by Cigna 2.0, a free mHealth app tapping the psychology of assessment to provide users specific programs for managing health and lifestyle decisions.

Mobile health increases patient engagement, but ability to leverage tools falters

Digital technology is in the early stages when it comes to "safety net" deployments, but such tools pose tremendous promise and potential in engaging patients in healthcare management, according to new Commonwealth Fund research.

Miami hospital goes virtual in deploying patient content, educational strategy

Miami Children's Hospital is using virtual reality to provide medical instruction for patients and educational insight for medical staff.

Apple Watch aims to boost cancer treatments

A new Apple Watch app aims to enhance cancer care and improve patient monitoring during treatments such as chemotherapy.

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