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Microsoft debuts mHealth platform, smartband

Microsoft is officially in the mHealth realm, debuting its Microsoft Health platform complete with a cloud service, app, 10-sensor smartband and industry partnerships with app developers and a national fitness chain.

Study: Age, education critical to device use for docs and patients

Acceptance and use of mHealth devices for medical care by doctors and patients varies given age and education levels, according to a report from Hannover Medical School in Germany, which examined how medical staff and patients perceive mHealth devices.

Mobile payment tech spurs faster global healthcare services

Mobile digital payment technology is not only changing healthcare delivery on a global front, it's fostering greater access to services and enabling more cost-effective healthcare for patients and providers, as illustrated by three real-world scenarios reported on by The Guardian.

mHealth lessons in Ebola crisis continue to spawn tech innovation

There's a centuries-old saying that every cloud has a silver lining. 

The silver lining I'm focusing on is the mobile health technology lessons being learned from the current Ebola virus outbreak--and how these lessons will foster greater mHealth tools and tech moving forward.

PwC report: Wearables continue to face obstacles, but consumers show interest

Consumers are showing interest in mHealth wearables, but true adoption will only come when device makers offer affordable solutions that provide greater value, according to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers Health Research Institute report.

Smartphone diagnostic tool switches out blood for sweat in patient testing

A group of University of Cincinnati scientists are developing a new patch wearable device that taps sweat, rather than blood, for diagnosing disease, measuring body fluids and predicting issues such as muscle injury.

Mobile tech critical to Ebola eradication in Nigeria

Nigeria leaders are crediting mHealth and social media technology for playing a big role in containing and eradicating the Ebola virus from the country.

Outdated federal regs may pose threat to mHealth innovation

As mHealth technologies develop new platforms there is one huge hurdle--outdated and confusing regulations, which pose a serious threat to innovation, according to Morgan Reed, executive director of ACT | The App Association.

Improving care transitions for pediatric asthma patients

Ivor Horn, M.D., an emergency medical physician at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., has her sights set on creating truly patient-centered technology with mobile solutions. She and fellow physicians at Children's are focusing on at-risk children and adolescents with asthma--and the stress and confusion that caring for those children that can cause parents.

Slow down, Apple; mHealth tech requires validity to drive user adoption

Sometimes, with all that's going on with mobile healthcare technology--from emerging tools and the stream of research reports to product development and deployment--it can be easy for tech experts to become too focused on being first and ahead of the pack rather than producing a viable and validated product.

Texting as healthcare tool shows promise

An in-depth examination of research literature regarding the use of text messaging as a healthcare tool indicates texting can benefit patients and boost treatment initiatives in several ways.

Doc: Smartwatches are a fad, but other wearables have staying power

The smartwatch is a fad, but developers demonstrating clinical use of tools will be the "Holy Grail" in pushing mHealth to the next level, according to a clinical associate professor of medicine at the Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine.

Hospital goes mobile with physician order entry to boost treatment process

Canada's biggest hospital is utilizing a native mobile electronic order entry system for physicians featuring an app that lets doctors prescribe and conduct data entry wherever they may be.

Apple Health app not compatible with certain blood glucose measurements

Apple is reportedly making a big fix to its Health app in response to a report that the software is not compatible with blood glucose measurements used in Australia and the United Kingdom, according to a CNET report.

Report: mHealth wearable growth spurred by sensor tech, chronic disease needs

Advances in sensor technologies and mobile Internet are driving huge growth for the wearable healthcare segment, which is predicted to soar from today's $2 billion to $41 billion by 2020, according to a report from Soreon Research.

Feds deploy patient monitoring app into emergency response strategy

In the next six months, the Federal Emergency Management Agency will integrate automated patient tracking capability into its emergency first responder training at the Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Smarter, more sophisticated tools a great prognosis for mHealth wearables

The best aspect in serving as FierceMobileHealthcare's newsletter editor is the opportunity to talk with experts on what's happening with mHealth, devices, consumer wants and expectations and on mobile trends from app building to wearable devices.

More robust services, outcomes needed to spur mHealth use

While 30 percent of online consumers would embrace a healthcare data service in exchange for lower healthcare costs, just as many remain wary about data security, according to a new Decisions Resources Group research report.

New Orleans healthcare provider first to link EHR with Apple HealthKit

A Louisiana healthcare provider is the first Epic Systems client to integrate its electronic health record system with the Apple HealthKit platform.

E-health expert: mHealth apps useless; physicians need greater tech expertise

An Australian medical expert in e-health systems says today's mHealth apps are "useless" and app makers require greater knowledge on what's needed by medical professionals and patients, according to an article at the Sydney Morning Herald.