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Time for pharmas to sow mHealth tech into consumer, provider relationships

When it comes to mobile healthcare technology, there's a startling void by a key critical player in the chain: pharmaceutical companies.

App use for post-op follow-ups viable, cost-effective

Tapping mHealth apps for monitoring low-risk postoperative ambulatory patients is a cost-effective and viable alternative to the traditional in-office approach for both patients and providers in Canada, reveals a new research paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.

Biosensors pose healthy app innovation but challenges must be hurdled first

The evolution of smartphone apps incorporating biosensors is gaining speed, and while there seems to be no limit to potential applications for mHealth there are still a few big challenges ahead--notably determining efficient and effective power consumption strategies and ensuring that biosensor-based apps provide a valuable service to the user.

Why the mHealth battle will be won by Google, not Apple

When it come to mobile healthcare there are more than a few power players vying for dominance, chief among the vendors are Apple, Google and IBM. But the ultimate victor, according to Forbes contributor Dan Munro, will be Google for three specific reasons.

Mobile apps help consumers make informed healthcare, provider decisions

The advent of mHealth apps, specifically those that let consumers compare healthcare services and providers, empower users and help consumers make better informed decisions on everything from treatment to treatment facility selection.

Pharmaceutical companies fall behind on website optimization

Pharmaceutical companies are not keeping pace with the use of mobile devices, Internet and smartphones by healthcare professionals, according to a new report by Manhattan Research that reveals just about 33 percent have mobile optimized product websites.

How mHealth can benefit homeless veterans

Homeless veterans would benefit from mHealth tools, including text, email and Internet services access, and support organizations focused on helping ex-military personnel with healthcare should tap such technologies to boost care and treatment, according to a new study.

Electronic surveillance helps hospitals slash death rates

The use of an electronic physiological surveillance system on patients correlated with two United Kingdom hospitals slashing mortality rates by more than 15 percent over the course of a year, according to research published online this week.

App certification a necessity, but a one-size-fits-all philosophy not the right path

Back in late March, FierceMobileHealthcare reported on a paper published by a trio of physician that focused on the need for mHealth app review and certification, stipulating the benefits and need given the increasing adoption, and increasing development, of mHealth apps.

Stakeholders debate best approach for mHealth app assessment, certification

The issue of mHealth app review and certification is spurring a healthy professional debate between physicians and highlighting pros and cons in how best to tap such tools while ensuring patient safety, data security and fostering greater app innovation.

Why mHealth apps require risk assessment, framework prior to use

Mobile healthcare apps pose "significant potential for harm," and require the development of a risk assessment model as well as a framework for supporting clinical use of apps, according to a new study by Warwick Medical School researchers.

Apple HealthKit lures Cerner, athenahealth into development efforts

Two top electronic health record providers are on the Apple HealthKit bandwagon and developing apps aimed at helping patients with chronic illness and fostering data sharing between care givers and patients, according to a Reuters report.

Health issues, not software choices, should be focus when prescribing mHealth apps

As mobile apps take root within healthcare, one physician says the focus shouldn't be on prescribing apps but helping patients determine what health factors need to be tracked by mHealth apps and devices.

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.

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.