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Mobile Health News Weekly - Week of December 19, 2011


The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to medical mobility that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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The Alaska State Medical Association is using smartphone apps to streamline healthcare throughout Alaska by allowing physicians and hospitals to share patient information, including images, through mobile devices. Read Original Content

American Medical ID has rolled out a commerce-enabled mobile site to let medical patients buy identification tags via their handsets. Read Original Content

This past week insurance company Aetna announced that it has purchased iTriage, the popular mobile health app that allows people to schedule doctor appointments, check symptoms and conduct medical shopping through smartphones. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo, www.webalo.com.

A new smart phone application, built from the ground up by El Camino Hospital, aims to help locals make informed medical decisions for themselves and their families.
The free app, Family Medical Officer, allows users to access personal and family health records, find doctors by location, and check emergency room wait times at both El Camino campuses. Read Original Content

A legislative proposal developed by the American Telemedicine Association to expand the use of telemedicine for Medicaid beneficiaries with neonatal healthcare needs could save the federal government approximately $186 million over 10 years, according to an analysis of the proposal conducted by healthcare consulting firm Avalere Health. Read Original Content
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A recent telehealth study conducted in the UK found that when proper telehealth practices are implemented there can be rewarding results. These include a 20 percent reduction in emergency admissions, a 14 percent reduction in elective admissions and a 14 percent reduction in bed days. Read Original Content

Mobile health platforms are fast emerging in Kenya, where one startup's newly launched mobile health platform is attracting nearly 1,000 downloads daily, and the dominant telecom, Safaricom, has forged a partnership that will give its 18 million subscribers access to doctors. Read Original Content

Patient data breaches are surging as mobile device use increases among healthcare personnel, underscoring a need for greater privacy protection. According to the Ponemon Institute, data breaches in healthcare rose more than 30 percent this year, with 96 percent of healthcare organizations reporting at least one breach involving patient information over the past two years. Read Original Content

The demand for mobile health technologies among health care providers likely will increase over the next several years, according to a report by market research firm IDC Health Insights. Read Original Content

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