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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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
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.
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 Children's Hospital is using virtual reality to provide medical instruction for patients and educational insight for medical staff.
A new Apple Watch app aims to enhance cancer care and improve patient monitoring during treatments such as chemotherapy.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights has sent pre-audit screening surveys to covered entities that could be selected to participate in Phase 2 of the HIPAA audit program, OCR has confirmed.