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Gender divide in mHealth apps demands attention

The good news about the increasing swell of mHealth platforms is the growth of innovation and competition, which typically leads to bigger and better features and capabilities. The bad news is that there is growing gender divide--mHealth platforms are not taking into account gender-specific health aspects, according to an article at The Atlantic.

Center for Connected Health launches mobile platform to drive innovation

The Center for Connected Health is debuting a market research tool, called cHealth Compass, to help providers, vendors and healthcare organizations better understand what mHealth consumers want, how they're using mobile tools and gain necessary insight for building connected technology.

Study: Smartphone, tablet use on the rise in hospitals

More than 50 percent of U.S. hospitals are using smartphones and or tablets and 69 percent of clinicians are using both a desktop/laptop and a smartphone/tablet to access data, according to the 2014 HIMSS Analytics Mobile Devices Study.

Study: Messaging diabetic teens bolsters engagement, disease knowledge

Text messages can help keep teen diabetics engaged in healthcare issues and treatment, according to a new study published in the American Diabetes Association's Diabetes Spectrum.

Texting can help patients stick to prescription routines

Text messaging can help patients adhere to prescribed medication while saving health payers and government healthcare organizations millions of dollars spent on treating preventable health issues and wasted medicine, according to a report at Medical Daily.

Why today's smartphones may be the only tech patients need

One of the greatest things about technology is it is always changing, always morphing and nearly always improving on what's already in play, and nowhere is this more true than the mHealth landscape.

We've all witnessed how the smartphone is now firmly a building block for hundreds of mHealth innovations, from monitoring devices and apps tracking patient's treatment to diagnostic tech helping niche groups such as veterans and those needing psychiatric treatment. Today's smartphones are helping care providers, spurring better healthcare efforts, giving patients telehealth and mobile healthcare data access all while saving time and money.

And now smartphones may take the place of wearables as the perfect mHealth device.

Jawbone launches wearable user tracking service for enterprise clients

Fitness device vendor Jawbone is debuting a new tracking service for enterprise clients aiming to drive employee device loyalty and increase employee buy-in of the wellness wearable, according to a Forbes report.

4 highlights from the mHealth Summit

Thousands of people packed the conference rooms and ballrooms at the Gaylord Hotel at National Harbor near the District of Columbia this week. And the word on everyone's lips was mHealth.

mHealth Summit 2014: How hospitals tackle mobile app creation for patients, docs

Many healthcare organizations are taking a proactive approach to mobile healthcare, supplying both patients and clinicians with apps they can use to enhance care and communication.

mHealth Summit 2014: HealthKit, EHR pilot programs show great promise, execs say

The quest to seamlessly gather personal health data and move it into electronic health records may be coming to an end thanks to Apple's HealthKit, according to two experts at Tuesday's mHealth Summit.

mHealth Summit 2014: Execs learn pros, cons of mobile tech through pilots

Patient care can span from the day someone steps into a hospital and through the entirety of his or her life--and mHealth is starting to add real value to that continuum of care. Panelists at Tuesday's mHealth Summit spoke about what their organizations are doing to leverage mobile healthcare, and how they address issues as they arise.

mHealth Summit 2014: Providers must invite patients to use mobile tools

To get patients to embrace mobile healthcare tools, providers must invite them in, according to panelists speaking at Tuesday morning's FierceMobileHealthcare Breakfast at the mHealth Summit at National Harbor near the District of Columbia.

BlackBerry to debut genome browser for health data reporting

Doctors will soon be able to access and tap interactive data genetic reporting via a cancer genome browser using a BlackBerry Passport, according to a Reuters report.

A path must be created for full consumer use of mHealth

Sometimes one simple answer a question can prove as compelling and relevant as an 800-word commentary, a 15-minute video interview or a six-panelist, one-hour workshop session. Case in point, a recent Forbes report in which doctors were asked how many patients had inquired about integrating data from a fitness mHealth device into their electronic patient record. As this week's article on this polling exercise points out, not too many are at all interested in connecting healthcare data activities. As the doctors indicate, more than a good majority of patients--85 percent--haven't asked the question.

How mHealth tech is changing diabetes treatment

Today's mobile apps are helping diabetics aggregate blood sugar and nutritional data from multiple platforms and devices and logging data into central portals accessible anywhere, according to Steve Robinson, general manager of the Cloud Platform Services Division for IBM.

Mobile app use top risk for health insurance customers

The top online security risks for health insurance clients, and those using mHealth self-service tools, are excessive mobile app permissions, websites hosted by external providers and third-party code libraries, according to a report from security vendor RiskIQ.

Morristown Medical Center builds 'app bar'

A New Jersey medical center now boasts its own mHealth app bar, a la Apple's retail store, to provide patients, staff and visitors tech support and training on mobile software and devices.

Patients show little interest integrating mHealth data with health records, poll reveals

Patients have little to no interest in integrating mHealth data into medical health records, according to a Forbes report on a poll of care providers.

 

Cloud-based electronic health record provider Practice Fusion asked: Have your patients asked you about incorporating their health data from either their wearable fitness trackers or from their health appsinto their health records? Out of the 353 doctors who responded, 85 percent said "no."

Baby monitors become mHealth for the nursery

The days of a baby monitor serving as a listening device in a nursery are giving way to mHealth technology that lets parents monitor everything from breathing and heart rate to temperature, and allows them to access the data from an app, according to a New York Times article.

Demise of Google Glass nothing but a rumor

For two years FierceMobileHealthcare has been writing and reporting on Google Glass and how the optical head-mount wearable is making slow and steady advances into the medical and surgical arenas....