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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of February 16, 2014

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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Mhealth has been taking off around the world as mobile apps, devices, and services all provide additional capabilities, access, and convenience to patients and providers alike. Also, with the addition to QR codes to printed scripts, it is clear the uses are becoming quite mainstream.  Read Original Content

Individuals with diabetes can now manage their blood sugar results using an iPhone. The new OneTouch VerioSync Meter uses Bluetooth technology to send test results wirelessly to an iPhone using the OneTouch Reveal mobile app. The app provides a simple 14-day snapshot of how often results are within range and makes it easy to share results with health care professionals.  Read Original Content

The growing use of technology presents healthcare organizations with the opportunity to reduce healthcare disparities by helping minorities manage their health, physician Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation, wrote this week in a Huffington Post blog article.  Read Original Content

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Home is not only where the heart is, but also where the telehealth market is focused, based on a recently published Frost & Sullivan survey. After home-based monitoring, respondents cited video telemedicine providing diagnostic consultation and remote specialist services, and telemental health as areas that will have the biggest impact on the market. Read Original Content

Medicare should cover telemedicine services regardless of geography, and physicians using telemedicine should be paid appropriately by all health insurers.  Those are among the goals of the Alliance for Connected Care, led by three formers leaders of the U. S. Senate.  Read Original Content
Caregiving is going digital. A USA Today story tells of how four sisters, worried about their 80-year-old father, bought their father a wireless monitoring kit, whose six accelerometers detect movement. Now, the retired urologist has sensors on his keychain, refrigerator and his favorite television-watching chair.  Read Original Content

Partners HealthCare announced this week it will pair with Royal Philips to support its growing telemonitoring services, providing clinical oversight for newly discharged patients and those with chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure. Nursing staff at Partners will monitor a patient's health by tracking vital signs and intervening earlier with medical attention, reducing the rate of hospital readmissions.  Read Original Content

Acentia, a provider of technology and management services to the health care industry and the federal government, has acquired Business Computer Applications, a provider of health IT services and applications to CDC and other federal health agencies, for an undisclosed sum.  Read Original Content

A virtual tidal wave of wearable fitness and healthcare technology is fueling a reboot of employer wellness programs.  During the Digital Health Summit as part of the recent Consumer Electronics Show, experts pointed to the arrival of a whole new billion-dollar industry sector based on making tracking health metrics easy, personal, effective and cool.  Read Original Content

The National Institute of Health's Fogarty International Center has launched a new program to encourage development of mobile technology and research into how it can be used to improve health, especially in low-resource countries. NIH is encouraging applications for research projects that "focus on tools to prevent, diagnose, manage and treat chronic diseases." Read Original Content

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