Northwestern Medicine researchers are studying the use of a wearable fitness tracker for patients recuperating from spine surgery, and with promising results physicians believe the technology may lead to a universal recovery evaluation approach.
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...
More than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals are using smartphones and or tablets and 69 percent of clinicians are using both a desktop/laptop and a smartphone/tablet to access data, according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Mobile Devices Study.
Mobile devices and apps increasingly are being used in healthcare settings, and with that comes greater risk to the security of patient information. To that end, hospitals and healthcare organizations are implementing a variety of systems and safe guards to ward off hackers and ensure the privacy of patient data. >> FULL REPORT
Before the Federal Trade Commission or Food and Drug Administration tackle another mobile health technology investigation, the two federal agencies--both of which are charged with protecting consumers--need to huddle up in a conference room, lock the door and not come out until they produce a clear map of what they're responsible for when it comes to oversight and regulating such tools.
Why? Because right now it's getting quite difficult to figure out who's keeping on eye on the shallow end of the mobile health technology pool and who's watching the deep end. And anyone who's had a pool or spent time at a public pool know that a lack of supervision at either end can lead to potential disaster. Read more...
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New research from Parks Associates reveals 5 percent of U.S. broadband households are home to a smartwatch providing health and fitness tracking features, and 8 percent of households are using a digital fitness activity tracker such as a pedometer. But whether those households will grab more devices or upgrade down the road--and whether more households overall will jump on mHealth device bandwagon--is dependent on greater consumer education about the benefits of such tools.
Lack of specific healthcare knowledge and ignorance on required privacy protection for data are among the top reasons many mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises, according to a new white paper from Glen Burnie, Maryland-based testing and certification company Intertek.
There's no stopping the 'bring your own device' wave within the healthcare industry, but there are good strategies and best practices healthcare organizations can embrace to ensure device, systems and data security while not encroaching on workflow processes, patient care or the use of a mobile device.
Google reportedly is mulling a substantial investment in fitness tracker Jawbone, a move that could prove to be a win-win for both players aiming to forge deeper traction in the healthcare and fitness wearables market.
Roughly two-thirds of Americans are enthusiastic about tapping digital tools for managing personal health and such eagerness likely will drive deeper adoption of wearables and use of mobile medical apps, a new online health survey reveals.
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Data released by the Office of Inspector General (OIG) shows that recoveries by state Medicaid fraud units totaled $2 billion in 2014, a $500 million drop from the previous year, according to Reuters.
While the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services supports states' efforts to use technology to root out improper payments, its failure to require states to document the effectiveness of these systems means no one knows whether they really work, a Government Accountability Office report finds.