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A silver lining for mHealth use by a graying population

This past week I spoke with Arthur Polin, medical director for Florida Hospital North Pinellas, about how Adventist Health System is using mHealth to meeting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services requirements for Chronic Care Management--and the liklihood an aging population will embrace using mobile tools for healthcare purposes. 

mHealth security, communications platforms deserve attention

This week brings insight on two very different issues relating to mobile health technology and use. One is the growing "bring your own device" movement within hospitals and care centers by the nursing population. The second is the fallibility of mobile communications infrastructure carrying all the messaging and data.

Research will help to raise the bar for telemedicine

Telemedicine, no doubt, is helping to save lives. In some instances, it's being used to stem widespread illness in emerging countries. It also can save money for providers and payers, hence,...

Lack of validation for mobile reproductive health apps unacceptable

When it comes to developing mobile health apps, there is an unwritten best practice: the app must meet a user's needs and hopefully, provide expert, validated knowledge. But such a scenario is not unfolding when it comes to reproductive apps.

How Mount Sinai uses mHealth to pave the way for more robust patient care

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

Don't overlook IBM's steady presence in mHealth

Given the increasing wave of mHealth-related IBM headlines in the past few months, some could have the impression IBM is just now getting its foot in the door where mobile healthcare in concerned. But while Apple, Google and BlackBerry have been heralded as major players to drive mHealth technology ahead, it would be remiss, and even irresponsible, to not put IBM on the list--and maybe even someday soon at the top.

The missed opportunity regarding wearables

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...

Partnerships a sure-fire way to entrench mHealth

There's a terrific story this week in mHealth--and it's one every healthcare insurance company and healthcare provider should put on its must-read list. After they read it, then it's time...