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'Alert' app taps Apple HealthKit to keep diabetics in safe glucose level zone

A new app dubbed notifies users about potentially risky glucose levels via real-time data, courtesy of the Apple HealthKit platform.

4 ways to inspire healthcare innovation

The healthcare industry can take lessons in innovation from sources as diverse as Chipotle, the zoo or the Apple store, leaders at the Sibley Innovation Hub told the Washington Business Journal.

Privacy a priority during health system's Apple Watch deployment

Protecting patient data and privacy requires prime attention when deploying mHealth technology, according to Michael Ash, chief transformation officer at Nebraska Medicine. The health system is conducting a $10 million research project on the impact of remote health monitoring of chronically ill patients, and is now deploying an Apple Watch-based version of its EHR to let patients and physicians communicate and access data from test result notices to appointment information.

iPhone app, ResearchKit power LGBT health research effort

A comprehensive mHealth research effort, termed the PRIDE study, will focus on LGBT health and tap iPhone users and online participants to create the biggest database of mental, social and physical issues impacting the gay and transgender populations.

Fitbit bests IPO expectations, raises $732 million

Investors in Fitbit will be forking over $20 a share Thursday as the fitness band maker's New York Stock Exchange trade value is besting previous predictions.

Global wearables market skyrockets, but growth will slow without innovation

The global wearables market is enjoying its eighth consecutive quarter of growth, with vendors shipping out 11.4 million products in the first quarter of the year, according to a report from research firm IDC.

Balance, workflow hurdles remain for provider use of patient-generated data

Despite advances in health information technology, personalized medicine remains a challenge for many providers. From finding the right balance for using incoming data to overcoming workflow issues, no magic bullet exists to ease the hurdles of hyperfocusing care efforts. During a panel discussion at Health Datapalooza in the District of Columbia this week, clinicians talked about some of those challenges, as well as some of the ways they're succeeding in delivering more personalized care.

Apple Watch aims to boost cancer treatments

A new Apple Watch app aims to enhance cancer care and improve patient monitoring during treatments such as chemotherapy.

Don't overlook IBM's steady presence in mHealth

Given the increasing wave of mHealth-related IBM headlines in the past few months, some could have the impression IBM is just now getting its foot in the door where mobile healthcare in concerned. But while Apple, Google and BlackBerry have been heralded as major players to drive mHealth technology ahead, it would be remiss, and even irresponsible, to not put IBM on the list--and maybe even someday soon at the top.

Fitbit files for $100 million IPO

Fitbit, a leader in the wearable fitness tracker market, has filed for an initial public offering, tagged at about $100 million.