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6 reasons mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises

Lack of specific healthcare knowledge and ignorance on required privacy protection for data are among the top reasons many mHealth apps fail to deliver on promises, according to a new white paper from Glen Burnie, Maryland-based testing and certification company Intertek.

How to ensure BYOD doesn't put health data at risk

There's no stopping the 'bring your own device' wave within the healthcare industry, but there are good strategies and best practices healthcare organizations can embrace to ensure device, systems and data security while not encroaching on workflow processes, patient care or the use of a mobile device.

Jawbone may be next big connected device investment for Google

Google reportedly is mulling a substantial investment in fitness tracker Jawbone, a move that could prove to be a win-win for both players aiming to forge deeper traction in the healthcare and fitness wearables market.

Americans eager to use mobile tools to manage personal health

Roughly two-thirds of Americans are enthusiastic about tapping digital tools for managing personal health and such eagerness likely will drive deeper adoption of wearables and use of mobile medical apps, a new online health survey reveals.

Mobile tech can spur adherence to chronic disease management

Mobile tools, such as text messaging, can help boost adherence in global chronic disease management, which can lead to improved health and more cost-effective care, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Blurred lines not a good anthem for mHealth regulation

Before the Federal Trade Commission or Food and Drug Administration tackle another mobile health technology investigation, the two federal agencies--both of which are charged with protecting consumers--need to huddle up in a conference room, lock the door and not come out until they produce a clear map of what they're responsible for when it comes to oversight and regulating such tools.

Why? Because right now it's getting quite difficult to figure out who's keeping on eye on the shallow end of the mobile health technology pool and who's watching the deep end.

FTC fines melanoma diagnostic app makers for unsubstantiated claims

The Federal Trade Commission has reached a settlement with two companies, and is pursuing charges against two others, in relation to two apps that claim to detect melanoma.

UnitedHealthcare expands mHealth app with payment, Fitbit functionality

UnitedHealthcare plan members can now pay medical bills via the provider's mobile app, Health4Me; the payer's mHealth software is the first to have an electronic bill-payment service, according to an announcement.

Ambulance services provider turns to Google Glass to speed treatment

A Chicago ambulance and telemedicine service provider is dispensing Google Glass to paramedics to provide real-time two-way communications with physicians at hospitals while treating patients in the field and during transport to hospital treatment centers.

Reports: Wearables primed for big growth, with Apple Watch driving adoption

Smartwatches and fitness trackers will be at the forefront as the global wearable device market grows from 17 million shipments as of 2013 to 187.2 million by 2020, representing a 34 percent market growth, according to a new Tractica report.

Texas Medicaid uses remote monitoring to engage patients with diabetes

Cigna-HealthSpring is teaming with Telcare to provide remote monitoring and care engagement services to diabetes patients in the Texas Medicaid STAR+PLUS program.

CIO John Halamka: mHealth strategy balancing act of functionality, security

Deploying a mHealth strategy can be a tricky business, writes John Halamka, chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center--there's a balancing act between providing functionality to patients and caregivers while also ensuring security and data privacy.

Stanford app connects EHR, Apple's HealthKit

Stanford Health Care engineers have developed an iOS 8 mHealth app, called MyHealth, to synch its Epic electronic health record system with Apple's HealthKit platform, according to a report at mHealth News.

Health functions dropped from Apple Watch after glitches

The Apple Watch is expected to debut in April--and now without some of its much-anticipated health features, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Smartphones: The mHealth device, app platform and communication tool everyone needs

Sometimes when it comes to technology and all that's happening with mobile tech and mHealth tools, one can get mired down in the muck of hype, hyperbole, snazzy phrases and clichés (don't get me started on my pet peeve with 'at the end of the day' still pitched out by vendors and 'visionaries'). But every now and then, someone--typically in the frenzy of actually advancing mHealth--says exactly the perfect phrase to define a mobile health strategy in the most concise and clear way.

Big opportunity in cancer care for mHealth, but patients must drive it forward

Mobile healthcare technologies have an opportunity to contribute to cancer supportive care, but as of now are primarily patient-driven and limited in use and scope, according to a new paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Wireless sensor-based program aims to stem Ebola

Wearable, wireless health sensors, advanced analytics tools and a vital signs monitoring system are part of a new approach in treating patients who may have, or are infected, with the Ebola virus.

Tablet-based video system aims to help foster children, families with therapists

The Kansas Department of Children and Families is embarking on a new tablet-driven project aimed at helping foster children needing behavioral health services.

Yale-New Haven Hospital looks to smartphone app to boost communication

Yale-New Haven Hospital hopes to streamline communication while providing healthcare staff secure access to patient data in real-time through a smartphone app.

Texting tapped to help stem preterm birth rate in rural areas

A new study underway by University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) researchers focuses on whether text-based technology can help reduce preterm births in rural Nebraska.