Payers have a real financial stake in keeping members healthy as the industry shifts from a fee-for-service to outcomes-based reimbursement models. More and more health plans are turning to mobile apps to achieve that goal, by engaging patients in their own care with an eye toward lowering costs and improving health outcomes. Read more...
The iPharmacy Drug Guide & Pill ID app, an Android app that has earned a top developer award from Google Play is also "one of the top offenders when it comes to risky privacy behaviors for apps in the health or medical category," according to a PC Magazine article.
Dec. 1 marked the 25th World AIDS Day, initially established in 1988 by the World Health Organization (WHO) for people globally to unite in the fight against HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Much has been accomplished in the intervening years to increase global awareness around HIV, to aid its prevention, and to make advances in its treatment. In September, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS issued a new report revealing a 52 percent reduction in new HIV infections among children and a combined 33 percent reduction among adults and children since 2001. Read more...
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For healthcare IT leaders making the trek to Washington, D.C., for next week's annual mHealth Summit, there will be no shortage of meetings, presentations and sessions to attend. Here are five sessions worth checking out.
Legislation recently introduced to Congress by Rep. Scott Peters (R-Calif.) seeks to increase the use of wireless technologies in healthcare to ultimately bring care costs down.
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