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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Louisville, Ky.-based insurer Humana is taking cues from Silicon Valley with a mobile-app lab focused on encouraging members to adopt healthier lifestyles.
Mobile health apps grabbed big investment attention with $220 million in 35 deals in the first quarter of 2015, and a new report attributes the healthy funding to the hands-off regulatory approach by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and its final guidance on mHealth apps, which provided needed clarity.
Convenience and affordability are the two top mHealth drivers, with apps leading to new modes of diagnostics and healthcare delivery, according to Tamara St. Claire, CIO of Xerox's Commercial Healthcare unit.
The advent of true mHealth technology comes with big obstacles and caveats, according to a viewpoint published in Science Translational Medicine.
New Orleans-based Ochsner Health System is piloting the Apple Watch as a mHealth tool to help patients manage high blood pressure and live a healthier lifestyle.
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The newly formed Center for Healthcare Transparency has an ambitious goal--it wants half of the U.S. population to have access to reliable cost and quality information by 2020. But panelists at Friday's event to unveil the new initiative at the National Press Club in the District of Columbia said the healthcare industry's current transformation make now an ideal time to pursue such an effort.
Patient treatment selection, health policy development and hospital performance evaluation efforts all are impacted negatively by poor data monitoring and reporting via the use of "substandard" clinical registries, according to research out of Johns Hopkins University.