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By MHN Staff 01:19 pm July 25, 2014
Over the course of the past decade the concept of an accountable care organization (ACO) has come to define a variety of healthcare provider setups that have primary care as a core focus, payments tied to care quality improvements, and an incentive for lower costs. These models have long been held up as ideal contexts for the flourishing of digital health tools. While not all ACO systems are...
By MHN Staff 07:42 am July 17, 2014
By MobileSmith Old folks have lived for decades without mobile apps, and they sure don’t want them now. That is the perceived stereotype anyway. Yet, as the fastest growing and costliest patient demographic, seniors represent a huge market for hospital apps. Below are 3 tips to effectively engage seniors via mobile apps: 1. Design Branded Apps to Target your Senior Patients’ Needs According to a...
By MHN Staff 09:07 am July 10, 2014
By MobileSmith Today, one third to one half of all Emergency Room visits are for non-urgent care – which means unnecessary hospital bills for your patients and a tremendous strain on your ER resources. Local urgent care centers can provide much quicker and more affordable care. Patients who would typically head to their healthcare provider’s ER can benefit from handy information about the closest...
By MHN Staff 08:18 am June 19, 2014
By MapMyFitness Connect With so many wellness companies, health apps, and fitness tracking devices, it is difficult to determine which one is the best fit for your rewards program. Determining which “one” is the #1 reason most rewards programs fail. Members love choices. This is not a new concept, but often a difficult task when choosing a rewards program. Members have different fitness interests...
By MHN Staff 08:08 am June 12, 2014
Sponsored by: MapMyFitness Connect As the leading fitness activity tracking platform, with over 25 million users and connected to over 400 devices, MapMyFitness brands (MapMyRun, MapMyWalk, MapMyRide, etc.) are now powering leading health-based rewards programs for major health insurers, retail pharmacy chains, and wellness companies. Since the launch of MapMyFitness Connect, the platform has...
By MHN Staff 05:15 am May 14, 2014
By Adam H. Greene, JD, MPH, partner and co-chair of the Health Information Practice of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and  former Senior Health Information Technology and Privacy Specialist at the HHS Office for Civil Rights, where he was responsible for applying the HIPAA Privacy, Security, and Breach Notification Rules to health IT. If you are reading this, then it is likely that you, or someone...
By MHN Staff 06:57 am April 8, 2014
By Bradley Merrill Thompson I don’t know about you, but when I read the FDASIA Health IT Report released by HHS on April 3, I found it to be largely quite predictable.  Indeed I’ve been scanning the media coverage of the report and I haven’t seen anyone so far express shock or surprise at what was in the report. How is it that we all pretty much knew what would be in there? Quite simply the three...
By MHN Staff 07:07 am March 3, 2014
By Bradley Merrill Thompson This seems like an appropriate time to talk about what can be done to improve FDA regulation so that mobile app development can flourish. First I’ll tackle current events that make this a good time to have this discussion, and then I’ll get into the recommendations that the so-called “FDASIA working group” made with regard to how to improve FDA regulation. Current...
By MHN Staff 03:45 am January 14, 2014
Sponsored post by MobileSmith Childbirth educators have long noticed an increasing number of expectant moms that sit in waiting rooms or classrooms and play on their iPads or smartphones. The amount of pregnancy-related information on the web can be overwhelming. Hundreds of pregnancy apps are available, but they offer limited and sometimes unreliable information. Who can your patients trust most...
By MHN Staff 08:13 am November 11, 2013
By Bradley Merrill Thompson More than three years have passed since I wrote the first edition of this e-book for MobiHealthNews, and much has changed. Among other things, FDA at last has published its final guidance on mobile medical apps. Further, the mHealth industry has morphed several times over the last couple years. Consequently, in this second edition, more than 80 percent of the content...