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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of October 13, 2013

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

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Rep. Marsha Blackburn has announced she will introduce a bill on mobile health application regulations within the next two weeks. Speaking at a Telecommunications Industry Association event, Blackburn said the bill would "provide the [FDA] with the tools it needs to effectively protect consumers from the high-risk technologies" without enforcing unnecessary oversight on lower-risk technologies.  Read Original Content

Stupid Cancer, the dominant youth cancer non-profit in the United States, has launched a crowd funding campaign for Instapeer, a revolutionary mobile health app that brings one-on-one peer connection into the 21st century for 20 million Americans affected by young adult cancer.  Read Original Content

Regulus Communications, Inc. has announced the launch of the first phase of the Health Apps Network, a mobile health information system for patients and health care consumers. It is the first mobile app network for connecting patients and consumers to mobile health information on care providers, health care facilities, and health care product and service suppliers exclusively on mobile devices.  Read Original Content

Verivo is a leading provider of enterprise mobility software. Verivo helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps -- rapidly and securely. Verivo’s mobility platform is used by hundreds of companies in numerous industries, worldwide. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Verivo.

One of the foremost names in home telehealth services has added mobile capabilities to its online platform, enabling consumers to connect almost instantly with physicians on tablets and smartphones. American Well is now offering this service to consumers, with the pledge that they can connect with a board-certified physician in minutes on any iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone or tablet, as well as via any web browser and in some healthcare kiosks.  Read Original Content

At the OR Manager Conference in National Harbor, ECRI Institute's Scott DiDonato listed mHealth as the number two technology category to keep an eye on for the operating room. SpotOn Surgical was highlighted for its novel approach to virtually connecting medical device and equipment manufacturers to their nurse and physician customers with an intelligent tablet interface and mobile device applications.  Read Original Content
If you're headed to the hospital and would like to notify the emergency room of your pending arrival and symptoms, there's an app for that.  LewisGale Regional Health System is partnering with iTriage, a health care technology company that has developed a way for smartphone users to communicate with providers before they check in.  Read Original Content

In a recent online issue of the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, researchers looked at 30 weight loss apps for iPhone and Android platforms to see if they included any of the 20 behavioral strategies that previous studies showed were effective for weight loss and reducing risk for cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes.  On average, the apps included about 19 percent of the 20 strategies the researchers found.  Read Original Content

Consumer use of health apps on their desktops or mobile devices is not very popular, according to a September 2013 survey from AYTM Market Research. Only seven percent of respondents indicated that they often use health-related apps, 13 percent said they rarely use health apps, 20 percent said they sometimes use the apps, while 60 percent never use health related apps.  Read Original Content

Babycenter, Health.com, Mensfitness.com and Ehealthforum were among 12 websites and apps contacted as part of a senate investigation into how consumers’ personal information is collected and shared with third parties.  The U.S. Senate Commerce committee is concerned that websites and apps in the health market, among others, may be sharing personal data with so-called data brokers.  Read Original Content

Sotera Wireless has received yet another FDA 510(k) clearance for its ViSi remote patient monitoring system, this time for its novel continuous noninvasive blood pressure monitoring software, which enables continuous blood pressure monitoring without a cuff or catheter, has been part of Sotera’s pitch from the beginning.  Read Original Content

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