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Joseph Kvedar: Facebook, texting show benefits of connected health

Connected health holds the potential to improve patient care experiences and, subsequently, quality of life, according to Joseph Kvedar, founder and director of Partners HealthCare's Center for Connected Health in Boston.

Weak user commitment, mHealth tool reliability present adoption hurdles

Privacy concerns and data security may not be the top obstacles in mHealth technology adoption. Insteady, the biggest hurdles might be getting patients and consumers to use such tools in a more dedicated fashion and boosting the reliability of emerging monitoring and tracking devices to spur user activity.

Apple's potential role in the Epic-IBM Pentagon EHR bid

Apple iOS support would play a role if the joint bid by IBM and Verona, Wisconsin-based electronic health record vendor Epic to develop a new EHR system for the Department of Defense is accepted.

How mobile apps can make the most of patient-doctor interactions

Mobile apps are helping gain better patient care results in the short time span patients and doctors interact, but the key to success is software that adheres to the "80-20" rule.

Report: Mobile healthcare market projected to hit $6.7 billion by year's end

Connected devices and machine-to-machine technology, as well as mobile network advancements and emergence of low-cost smartphones will spur mobile healthcare market growth as provider and payer organizations seek new ways to streamline costs while improving patient care, according to Visiongain's latest market forecast.

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