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Lawmakers lobby feds to update regulatory guidance for mHealth apps

Two congressmen are asking the Department of Health and Human Services to develop "clear, easily accessible and up to date regulatory guidance" regarding mobile applications and requesting the federal agency update online technical compliance guidance to help app makers adhere to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act.

Apple's HealthKit faces setback after bug puts apps on hold

Apple's newest software update is now available for download, but one of its most highly anticipated features--at least for the healthcare industry--is not available.

Stanford, Duke to pilot Apple HealthKit

A pair of university-related hospitals plan to put Apple's HealthKit offering to the test with a focus on improving patient care through streamlined processes.

App group lobbying for HIPAA changes to foster software innovation

A mobile software industry group is lobbying a lawmaker to help speed innovation and app development for the healthcare sector without sacrificing security and privacy protection.

In the shadow of Apple's mHealth hype, BlackBerry looms as a darkhorse

Perhaps overlooked in all of the Apple news from this past week, BlackBerry has indicated that it, too, is researching wearables and investigating mHealth opportunities.

Report: Google principles roadmap for mental health app building

Evidence-based mobile mental health technologies could boost patient self-care and reduce the increasing demand for one-on-one psychological intervention, but such mHealth tools would do well to adhere to specific development guidelines, according to a new research study.

BlackBerry mulls entry into wearables market

Struggling enterprise smartphone maker BlackBerry is mulling a move into wearables and conducting "internal experimentation," according to a PC Magazine report.

Report: Malware infections spiking on mobile devices

Security threats to mobile devices is spiking as malicious software infections increased 17 percent in the first half of this year, which is nearly double the rate of 2013, according to a report from Alcatel-Lucent Kindsight Security Lab data.

Nursing staffs tap mobile devices, Internet resources for workplace needs

Nurses increasingly rely on mobile devices and the Internet for work needs, with 65 percent using a device at work and 95 percent of healthcare organizations supporting online devices for clinical consulting and accessing information, according to a new survey.

Apple Watch unveiled, but health-related details scarce

Apple debuted its first wearable device, called Apple Watch, Tuesday afternoon--boasting that it's the most "personalized device" the company has ever created. In announcing Apple Watch on stage, CEO Tim Cook said the device is, among other things, a "comprehensive health and fitness device."

HIT data leaks: It's time to fix the plumbing

As everyone knows, hackers are always on the hunt for credit card data, personal information such as Social Security numbers and any financial details to steal money, grab someone's identity and sell the info to the highest bidder.

Weak mobile device security bodes big risk for hospitals

Only slightly more than half of healthcare employees (59 percent) are using full-disk encryption or file-level encryption on mHealth computing devices used at work, according to a new Forrester research report.

Report: 100M mHealth monitoring wearables will ship by 2020

Nearly 100 million wearable monitoring devices will ship over the next five years spurred by consumer interest and increasing awareness of how mHealth can boost healthcare-related activities and patient treatment, according to a new ABI Research report.

BYOD trend in healthcare requires providers to shore up security

The advent of bring-you-own-device to work in the healthcare segment is spurring hospital and medical facilities to shore up device, data and systems security and it's not proving easy or quick to do, says a healthcare software development expert.

Harry Greenspun talks mHealth trends, industry obstacles and future innovations

Consumer demand will propel mHealth technology innovation with strong and stable adoption tied to providing convenience to users and providers, says Harry Greenspun, senior advisor at Deloitte's Center for Health Solutions.

Connected health devices gain traction with success tied to design quality, user experience

Nearly one third of U.S. homes with broadband access own and use at least one connected health device and 13 percent are very likely to buy such a device in the next 12 months, according to new Parks Associates research data.

VA deploying mHealth apps to give veterans quicker, easier data access

The Veterans Affairs Department plans to debut the first two of several mHealth apps providing veterans easier and quicker access to healthcare data via smartphones and tablets sometime early this fall.

Celebrity photo hack begs big question: What if it had been healthcare data?

What if it had been healthcare data? The big news this past holiday weekend wasn't about the weather or beach temperatures. It was about a high-profile hack into celebrity private photos stored in the cloud--most likely Apple's iCloud--and how hackers accessed and posted personal photos of moe than 100 female celebrities.

Analyst: Apple's financial impact on mHealth worth billions

Apple's foray into mHealth, given its reported upcoming iWatch device, its moves into electronic health record technology and the development of its HealthKit platform, will have a dramatic impact on healthcare and advance mHealth like few other initiatives, according to a report at Product Design & Development.

mHealth helps to identify infant jaundice

A smartphone may soon replace the traditional diagnostic approach in identifying newborn jaundice and allow for home-based monitoring and screening for the condition that impacts an estimated 84 percent of newborns, according to a study by researchers at the University of Washington and Southern Methodist University.