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.
As the global Ebola epidemic continues to grow, the role of technology in quelling the spread of the disease will only increase. To that end, Steve VanRoekel announced recently that he is leaving the White House administration, where he served as the federal chief information officer since 2011, to head up the U.S. Agency for International Development's technology efforts in fighting Ebola.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Early adopters of technology are more likely to lead in revenue growth and market position, according to a study conducted by Harvard Business Review Analytic Services and sponsored by Verizon, though healthcare tends to take a cautious approach.
When Aetna announced it was shuttering its CarePass mobile platform by the end of the year, industry experts have been left wondering what caused the demise of CarePass and whether other insurers' mobile engagement initiatives could suffer a similar fate. To gain exclusive insight into Aetna's decision to close its CarePass mobile platform and learn where the company plans to take its mobile health strategy in the future, FierceHealthPayer spoke with Michael Palmer, Aetna's chief innovation & digital officer.
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.