mobile health

By Brian Dolan November 6, 2012
One of the shifts that occurred in telecommunications once most people began to carry mobile phones was that we no longer only called places, we called people. Location no longer mattered us much, we can now make calls -- for better or worse -- from virtually anywhere. A popular phrase in healthcare -- "point of care" -- has historically been a phrase that is very much tied to a particular...
By Neil Versel September 24, 2012
Calling mobile health "one of the most significant health IT developments of the past five years" in terms of treating chronic diseases, a coalition of health IT advocates sees strong potential in mobile and wireless technologies to address the diabetes epidemic, even in "socially disadvantaged" populations. The eHealth Initiative, a Washington-based group representing a wide range of healthcare...
By Neil Versel July 31, 2012
What follows are some controversial remarks from last week's 4th annual World Congress Leadership Summit on mHealth in Boston, where I represented MobiHealthNews as a panel moderator. In the final, sparsely attended session on Friday afternoon, after many registrants had headed to the airport, Paul Meyer, chairman and president of Voxiva, the company behind Text4Baby and other mobile health...
By Neil Versel June 14, 2012
Carrie Handley, a mobile health and health IT consultant in Waterloo, Ontario, knew that healthcare was an inefficient industry with plenty of communications shortfalls. But she didn't realize how pervasive and frustrating the problem was until she was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. In fact, Handley, a former marketing executive with several medical imaging companies, was initially...
By Neil Versel May 24, 2012
I'm getting a sense that a lot of people in health IT in general and mobile health in particular are losing sight of the big picture. This isn't about making a quick buck, exploiting the prevailing inefficient fee-for-service environment or impressing young, healthy people with flashy apps. It's about saving lives, preventing harmful errors and building a smarter, safer health system. Do the...
By Brian Dolan April 10, 2012
Earlier this year Accenture published a report, Connected Health: The Drive to Integrated Care, that analyzed the results of a survey of 3,727 physicians in eight countries. Accenture interviewed 500 physicians from Australia, Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain and the US, and about 200 in Singapore. Within the report's almost 300 pages are a number of findings, but most of the discussion...
By Brian Dolan March 29, 2012
Quick note: Be sure to tune in to today's complimentary MobiHealthNews webinar, Meaningful Uses for Mobile, for a discussion on how two of the biggest topics in healthcare today intersect: Meaningful Use and mobile health. We'll kick things off at 2PM ET. Complimentary Registration right here. While the Supreme Court has been hearing the case for and against the individual mandate for health...
By Brian Dolan March 27, 2012
At MadPow's Healthcare Experience Design 2012 conference this week in Boston, Josh Clark the founder of design consulting firm Global Moxie shared his "Seven Deadly Mobile Myths" in a presentation that would likely resonate with many working in mobile health today. Clark's first major foray into healthcare apps was with the very popular Couch-to-5K website and app, which originally launched in...
By Brian Dolan March 21, 2012
According to a recent Deloitte survey, 78 percent of senior mobile industry executives view healthcare as the most promising new growth channel for 4G services. Deloitte conducted about 250 interviews with senior executives from mobile network operators, mobile device manufacturers, software applications developers and infrastructure component manufacturers and finished analyzing the results last...
By Brian Dolan March 20, 2012
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to launch a pilot in September to determine whether patients can "meaningfully consent" to their data being shared with other health care providers using an application on a tablet in the waiting room. The pilot will take place at a hospital and three clinics in western New York that are all a part of the HEALTHeLINK health information...

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