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Quality-driven healthcare system a boon for use of remote, mobile tools

This week I had the chance to speak about mHealth with Spyglass Managing Director Gregg Malkary, and during the discussion I noticed a trend: optimism of what's to come for mobile technology in...

Nurse involvement in development of mHealth tools a sight for sore eyes

Anyone who has spent time in a hospital or emergency clinic setting knows that nurses are vital to successful patient interactions, data collection and healthcare assessments.

Who should play point guard on healthcare data security, user privacy?

When it comes to healthcare data security, data sharing and protecting user privacy, there is no doubt that all are top concerns that demand attention and a solution. But one thing there isn't universal agreement on is how much of the responsibility for data security and access should fall on vendors, third-party data services and us as individuals.

Negative feedback on the role of wearables in healthcare can be constructive

Healthcare leaders at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston last week shared some pretty strong viewpoints regarding the value--or lack, thereof--of wearables as effective patient care tools.

Baby Boomers and mHealth: A diverse match made in heaven, but one that may not be lit

I'm coming clean this week: I'm a Baby Boomer and one that is closer to one end of the age range than the other and I'll let that aspect remain a mystery. That's why I truly enjoyed...

Mobile health for chronic patients: Examining the hurdles

Mobile devices can play a tremendous role in helping those suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by providing treatment outside of a clinical setting, according to research...

Mobile health innovation doesn't have to be about reinventing the wheel

There are many truths about technology innovation, but a big one is that sometimes there is no need to reinvent the wheel.

Despite an overwhelming real-world presence, mobile still an exception in medicine

When you spend hours every week reading and writing about mobile healthcare--interviewing top minds and innovators--it's hard to fathom a scenario in which these tools are not taking root in the industry ubiquitously.

But after recently spending 17 hours in the emergency room of one of the best hospitals in New York, I quickly realize that mHealth technology is still in a very young stage when it comes to day-to-day healthcare delivery.

More mHealth apps not necessarily merrier for providers, consumers

Conventional wisdom, especially when it comes to technology, is that more is better--more participants drive competition; more innovation drives more products; more advancements foster better tools and systems. But that's not the case at all when it comes to mobile healthcare apps.

Let's take a moment to acknowledge military mHealth achievements

There is a strong tendency for most Americans to think the bureaucratic process often gets in the way of federal agencies undertaking innovative programs and strategies. It's typically an inherent belief for many of us given the stumbles federal agencies often make and the headlines those missteps generate, with good news often relegated to back pages. But that shouldn't be the case when it comes to the progress the U.S. military departments have made with mobile health technology--and how they are using the tools to help active service personnel and injured soldiers.