Is Apple poised to enter EHR market? New patents have the industry buzzing

A new wave of speculation from industry analysts is putting Apple in the spotlight over its supposed plans for creating a new sort of EHR – the soul of a new device, so to speak.

The new speculation is fueled by the patents Apple has recently secured. 

Analysts reason that Apple may be poised to enter the mobile healthcare monitoring device, EHR, and healthcare data storage markets.

New app option for veterans seeking speech, cognitive therapy

Veterans struggling with speech or cognitive disorders will now be able to access therapy through Constant Therapy, a mobile app that provides supplemental coaching and motivation to patients. 

Veterans eligible for speech or cognitive therapy through the US Department of Veterans Affairs will now be able to use the app for free. 

Amerigroup offers LiveHealth's telemedicine to members and more digital health deals

All five of Amerigroup’s Medicare Advantage Plans in Texas will be offering its members free telemedicine consultations throughout 2018 through LiveHealth Online’s web and app-based service. The service connects members with board-certified doctors and licensed therapists 24-7, and supports easy prescription through members’ local pharmacies.

Digital health news briefs for 11/22/17

Mobile Medicaid: Missouri Medicaid members have a new mobile tool when searching for healthcare information. Missouri Care’s mobile app will allow patients to find a doctor or dentist, locate nearby urgent care centers or hospitals, access wellness service, display their Missouri Care Member ID card or send it to provider, and receive member updates. The app is free and can be used on iOS or Android phones. Currently Missouri Care and WellCare serve 307,000 members, including 291,000 Medicaid members. 

In small Brigham and Women's pilot, eTectRx's digital pills track opioid adherence

Opioid adherence remains a hot topic in healthcare amidst the US ongoing epidemic, and a solution may lie within the pills themselves. In a study recently published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, researchers testing eTectRx’s digital pill technology could allow practitioners to better understand patient opioid adherence, thereby paving the way to more appropriate dosage and use of the drugs.