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Health industry still largely reliant on older communications tools

Much of the healthcare industry remains reliant on older communications systems, including pagers and paper-based processes, that can negatively impact patient safety and operational inefficiencies, according to a new Frost & Sullivan report.

BlackBerry subsidiary debuts OS for mHealth device development

BlackBerry subsidiary QNX Software Systems is debuting a new OS just for medical devices, one that promises to meet industry standards and cut the cost of mHealth device development.

What do patients want to see when it comes to mHealth solutions?

There has been little mention of device makers, app developers or mHealth services surveying consumers, polling patients and asking medical professionals about what specific products are wanted and needed, and what features should be a primary focus in wearable mHealth devices.

Apple to FDA: There's a 'moral obligation' to do more with health sensors

Apple officials expressed that the IT industry may have a "moral obligation" to "do more" with health sensors and other similar devices in a conversation held in December with U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials.

Arrival of tech titans in mHealth a big win for everyone

If the past two weeks are any indication, it seems that every technology and Internet company wants in on mobile healthcare devices, apps, services. That, of course, is a very good thing for patients, providers and payers, as well as the IT industry at large. Why? First, let's look at who exactly is jumping into the mHealth pool.

The imperative of safety in mHealth and why it can't be ignored

Technology is a wonderful thing, except when it's not. The wireless network crashes, the PC blows up, the tablet gets a virus, smartphones go missing. And in each of those scenarios, data and access to data is potentially compromised. It's no different with mHealth devices. Smartwatches, health fitness bands, wearable monitors woven into clothing, smartphones that feature blood testing capabilities--they all collect, share and house data. We believe it will be there when we need it, we believe it will be accurate and we believe it should be infallible, given all the technological advances.

FTC mobile health privacy revelations deserve more attention

A new Federal Trade Commission study reveals that data sharing from mobile health and fitness apps to third-party services providers is taking place, yet there seems to be little public outrage over the trend.

FTC: Health, fitness apps share user info with vendors

A Federal Trade Commission study revealed mobile health and fitness application vendors are sharing user data with third-party vendors. The data includes device use information, as well as personal health and fitness insight.

Why it's time to start building the mobile healthcare roadmap

The increasing use of mobile devices and the growing number of aging adults requiring medical treatment are compelling reasons to start constructing the mHealth roadmap and move past the planning and...

JAMA paper: mHealth apps need more review, assessment

The proliferation and increasing use of mobile healthcare apps requires an unbiased review and certification process, argues a paper published Monday in the Journal of the American Medical...