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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.

Why presidential hopefuls shouldn't ignore mHealth

As the 2016 presidential race gets underway, healthcare, no doubt, is a pressing issue, with Republicans and Democrats arguing over the necessity and feasibility of the Affordable Care Act. However,...

Collaboration is the best medicine for mHealth

There are many reasons mobile healthcare is being propelled forward. Smartphone advancements are laying a strong foundation for healthcare device development; app makers are innovating on monitoring; and tracking software and providers are piloting new tools at their facilities.

These all make for good headlines, but one trend that often doesn't get as much attention is the collaborative trifecta: when tech vendors, platform builders and providers all are part of an effort.

Let's hope Google's restructuring helps to keep its health efforts on track

Google (er, Alphabet), for too long, has been this slightly sleepy lumbering giant within the health industry--sometimes moving closer to the center to spur innovation and then just as quickly, stepping silently away to sit quietly on the perimeter as other notable players remain in constant proximity to the heart of advancements.

Mobile health tools must engage patients to deliver on true promise

There clearly is no limit on the potential of mobile healthcare technology. If someone told me 10 years ago that a smartphone could be used to track one's health, I likely would have responded with a measure of disbelief, especially considering the associated security risks.

Getting Congress to understand IoT's promise vital for healthcare innovation

Congress has been a bit slow in getting up to speed on IoT, data security and privacy worries, and even slower on working to keep mHealth technology and Internet innovation advancing while solving hurdles stalling such innovation.