Roundup: Self-tracking, MyChart, SXSW, more

By Brian Dolan

FitBit, one of the more popular self-tracking devices

Why self-tracking should be of interest to employers: "What if you could track everything you do in life? That is the idea behind self-tracking, a new method of tracking daily tasks, whether by using a health monitoring product, gauging employee productivity, or just finding out if your workers are happy," from a report over at Inc. Magazine's technology site.

Smartphones and cargo containers: "Researchers with the National Center for Telemedicine and Telehealth are exploring how smart phones and cargo containers equipped with two-way video technology can link soldiers to care across long distances. Tests are underway for smart phones, and the first converted cargo container is already in use," according to this report over at The Army Times.

University of Utah Medical Center describes their use of Epic's MyChart iPhone app with their patients: "Anything entered into the electronic medical record resulting from an office visit or hospital stay can be accessed with the app, including test results, messages to and from a doctor or the clinic staff, a list of appointments (past and future), patient education, medication and allergy lists, immunization records, reminders for preventive care, and more," according to this report over at Deseret News.

AutismSphere is developing a smartphone and mobile phone-based service for students with autism. "The idea for using software for autistic children is not new, but earlier efforts were largely unsuccessful. Mesibov himself was involved in one of those earlier efforts, which attempted software for personal digital assistants. That software was unsuccessful in part because of the difficulties teachers and parents had. The recent proliferation of smart phones has changed the game as the hardware has improved and users now actively seek applications for mobile devices," according to the report over at MedCity News.

Mobile Midwife is "a system that uses cell phones to improve the delivery of health care to pregnant women and newborns in a poor agricultural region of Ghana... [that] has been operating since last fall, and parts of it may soon be replicated in India and other poor areas of the world," according to a report over at The Portland Press Herald.

SXSW global mobile health panel coverage: "From medication reminders and mobile payments to mashing up medical devices with available hardware and leveraging broadband networks, public health workers and application developers are coming together to re-imagine health delivery in some of the poorest health-hungry nations in the world," Jane Sarasohn-Kahn writes over at Health Populi.

QR Codes also known as 2D barcodes and mHealth. JaeSelle

Noted telecom analyst Jeff Kagan think mHealth's "fuse is lit". "This mobile health space is starting to get some traction, and I believe it is getting ready to explode into the marketplace. That's the good part," Kagan writes over at E-Commerce News.

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