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 continuous dialogue and discourse about engaging consumers and patients when it comes to mobile healthcare technology. A good majority--well nearly all of it--tends to target patient-physician or patient-payer interactions as the top, if not sole, strategies.
But, as I learned the past few weeks, there might just be as big a focal point outside of the healthcare environment that could prove much more successful; it's one where the participants are clearly engaged in wellness and already taking a proactive step in their health management.
I'm talking about the fitness centers, the gyms and the training rooms; the kickboxing, karate and yoga studios that abound everywhere these days. Read more...
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