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Pentagon funding to drive wearables innovation forward

The U.S. Department of Defense is providing $75 million to spur flexible hybrid electronics development by a consortium featuring Apple, Lockheed Martin, top research institutions and universities including MIT and Stanford.

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.

ZocDoc gets another healthy dose of funding to drive strategy

ZocDoc is expanding its focus on patient-doctor interaction to boost the user healthcare experience and has raised $130 million in a new funding round to drive the strategy forward.

Samsung, WellDoc team with Ontario Telemedicine Network for diabetes management

Health IT stakeholders in Canada want to find out how mobile tools can improve diabetes management in the clinical care environment.

How mobile technology could change the patient-provider relationship

Today's smartphones soon could be integral to the relationship between patients and providers, according to Erin Byrne, managing partner and chief engagement officer at Grey Healthcare Group.

Not all mHealth activity trackers are created equal, study finds

When it comes to accuracy of data from mHealth fitness tools and wearables, not all stats can be trusted, according to new research.

Report: Biomarkers, apps help in suicide prevention

Early suicide prevention, especially in people who suffer from psychiatric illnesses, may soon be faster and easier through a new mobile healthcare app.

Health tracking hard 'work' for some older, chronically ill patients

Fostering mHealth technology adoption among the older and chronically ill is going to require strategic efforts by developers and device makers, as well as an understanding of why the aging population is likely not to embrace such tools, according to recent research.

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.

Google Glass a viable teletoxicology treatment device

Google Glass may prove an effective and viable device in teletoxicology, according to a new study.

Google, DexCom team up to create disposable glucose monitoring device

Google is partnering with DexCom to develop disposable continuous glucose monitoring devices that will be smaller in size and cheaper than today's monitoring options.

Docs must engage with mHealth tools to educate, train patients

To help train and educate patients on the use of mobile health tools, physicians and caregivers must use the devices themselves to best understand how they work, according to Pua Cooper, RN.

American Heart Association: mHealth tools can improve results, eliminate caregiver hurdles

Mobile healthcare technology boasts the potential to overcome limitations challenging caregivers if given support by providers, especially in the realm of treating cardiovascular disease and its risk factors.

Apple, Fitbit battling for 'wearables' market supremacy

Apple currently is in the lead when it comes to making the most money in the wearables market, but Fitbit is not too far behind, according to a new report.

App aims to help depression sufferers via tracking activity, sleep

A new app promises to help those suffering from depression by tracking moods and symptoms and then sharing data in real-time with psychiatrists and physicians.

Consumers remain wary over safety of health wearables, wellness apps

While use of health devices and wearables continues to rise, consumers remain wary about the security of their personal health data when using the tools. 

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.

Web-based mHealth tools can drive patient engagement

Access to online educational content specific to medical issues and Web-based tools that enhance communication between patients and providers can help users gain a deeper understanding of care and boost patient satisfaction, reveals a new Brigham and Women's Hospital study.

Smartphone tool helps detect brain injury in soldiers on the front line

A new federally approved device aims to provide faster and more accurate traumatic brain injury diagnosis for military service personnel on the battlefield.

Fitbit shares drop after disappointing earnings report

Only two months after Fitbit's surprising IPO, the company saw its gross market for the second quarter drop.