December 6, 2012
One out of every three adults in the US will buy a digital health product of some kind in the next year, Gary Shapiro, the CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), said -- citing data from an upcoming CEA survey -- during his luncheon keynote at HIMSS' mHealth Summit this week. With the exception of that prediction, Shapiro largely steered clear of the consumer health conversation and...
November 29, 2012
This afternoon at 2PM ET MobiHealthNews will be hosting its fourth webinar of 2012: Mobile Health at the Point of Care. I'm really excited to have both Dr. Divya Shroff, Chief Clinical Transformation Officer and Vice President of the Clinical Services Group at HCA and Alan Portela, CEO, AirStrip Technologies onboard as our featured presenters.
I'll open the session up with a short presentation...
November 8, 2012
Source: Pew Internet/CHCF Health Surveys: August 9 ‐ September 13, 2010 , N=3,001 adults; August 7 ‐ September 6, 2012, N=3,014 adults ages 18+. Margin of error for both surveys is +/‐ 3 percentage points for results based on cell phone owners.
About 11 percent of all mobile phone users and 19 percent of smartphone users have at least one health app on their device, according to Pew Internet...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...