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Hacking demo drives home complex reality of mHealth security

There are many frightening security scenarios in the healthcare realm, from having personal data stolen from your medical records to input mistakes regarding needed medication in digital files.

It's time to speak up, speak out about mHealth, wearables

With mHealth devices becoming more mainstream, it's time for patients' voices to be heard when it comes to development of the tools. A new set of draft guidelines created to drive wearables development forward is giving them a chance to.

Wearables, mHealth devices will suffer if security is an afterthought

It's time, once again, to talk security for mHealth technology. Why? Because the importance of "baking in" security from the outset of a mobile healthcare technology effort doesn't seem to be taking root.

Why walking the mHealth walk can be invaluable for providers

For provider prescribing mobile medical apps and wearables, firsthand knowledge of use would go a long way toward putting patients at ease.

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