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mHealth VC investment nears $500 million in Q1 of 2013

by Jennifer Bresnick

Patients and physicians can’t seem to get enough of the mHealth juggernaut, and venture capital investors are ensuring that they have a steady stream of products and services to gobble up by pouring record amounts of funding into the...

ONC challenge uses mHealth to reach parents of toddlers

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) has announced a new developer challenge to bring useful parenting advice to the moms and dads of toddlers through their smartphones.  The Apps4Tots Health Challenge asks mHealth developers to...

New HHS workgroup to focus on mHealth, patient safety

by Jennifer Bresnick

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has selected a panel of health IT experts from hospitals, health plans, government agencies, and vendors to form a new workgroup devoted to identifying key issues in health IT innovation,...

Program brings mHealth, medical reference apps to Gulf Coast

by Jennifer Bresnick

Healthcare providers in rural Louisiana have had to rely on reference books and spotty internet access for years in order to try to supplement their medical knowledge with the latest research or specialized treatment plans for complex...

Should employers use mHealth to track your mood, diet, sleep?

by Jennifer Bresnick

An employer-provided game to track calorie-cutting or a contest to promote exercise outside of work hours can encourage healthy choices and make workers happier, EHRIntelligence reported yesterday.  But what happens when a company tries...

When will mHealth become part of clinical workflows, EHRs?

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While the adoption of smartphones and proliferation of mobile application have increased over the past few years, many healthcare organizations and providers are not ready to integrate mobile health (mHealth) data into their clinical...

A winning recipe: mHealth highly effective when it’s a game

by Jennifer Bresnick

It’s no secret that people like a bit of friendly competition.  Turning a boring or onerous task into a race or a contest can pique interest and spike participation.  From office competitions designed to help employees lose weight to a...

PwC: mHealth will only thrive through interoperability

by Jennifer Bresnick

For software developers, patients, and a growing number of physicians, mobile health (mHealth) is the technological revolution they’ve been waiting for, bringing healthcare to pockets and purses, smartphones and tablets – and...

Should physician societies endorse and approve mHealth apps?

by Jennifer Bresnick

When you browse the health and fitness category of your smartphone’s app store, you might see fitness programs, calorie counters, pregnancy trackers, sleep aids, and collections of healthy recipes.  But you might also see...

93% believe EHR-connected mHealth apps benefit patient care

by Jennifer Bresnick

Physicians want patients to use mHealth apps as much as patients themselves do, a new survey by EHR vendor eClinicalWorks says.  From scheduling appointments and emailing nurses to receiving follow-up reminders and accessing their own...

mHealth apps will be worth $26B by 2017 and reach 1.7B users

by Jennifer Bresnick

A new study by Research2Guidance predicts that the booming mHealth market will grow to $26 billion by 2017, reaching a worldwide market of 1.7 billion users looking to use their smartphones and tablets to take care of their health....

MIT sets sights on open-source mHealth during innovation event

by Jennifer Bresnick

The MIT Media Lab’s eleven-day Health and Wellness Hackathon is not your average gadget exhibition.  Bringing together eighty participants from around the world, the annual event, which was held in January, is designed to inspire new...

How could cost prevent health IT from driving patient engagement?

by [email protected]

Too often the conversation about patient engagement is limited to the context of mobile health (mHealth) apps, EHR, and other kinds of health IT. A recent New York Times article touched on some interesting comments regarding the...

athenahealth to acquire Epocrates, expand mobile reach

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

athenahealth is set to acquire Epocrates, the developer of point of care medical applications, according to an annoucement by Watertown-based company. The deal, which is priced at $11.75 per share (a 22 percent premium over the closing...

NIH Director: mHealth needs to show results

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

While mobile health (mHealth) applications are growing in number as well as popularity, they and their developers have yet to demonstrate their effectiveness in improving patient outcomes in a tangible way, according to the head of the...

“The cyborg will see you now”: Will robot doctors assimilate into healthcare?

by Jennifer Bresnick

The First Law of Robotics is “do no harm”, a phrase familiar to doctors around the world.  Now it might be heard echoing in electronic voices though the halls of hospitals.  At the 2012 mHealth Summit this week, two...

HIMSS survey: 80% of clinicians use iPads, smartphone apps to improve patient care

by Jennifer Bresnick

In corporate offices, on the street, in coffeehouses, and in the home, smartphones and tablets are becoming ubiquitous, changing the way people interact with each other and interface with the world.  Doctor’s offices are no...

comScore survey shows physician’s online, mobile tendencies

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

With the 2012 mHealth Summit in full swing, a new study conducted by comScore and partner Symphony Health reveals insight into the online and mobile habits of a thousand US physicians. The longitudinal research focused on two...

AT&T reveals top 5 healthcare IT, mHealth trends for 2013

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

Before the kickoff of this year’s mHealth Summit, AT&T is revealing its top-five list for 2013. The forecast, “Looking Ahead: Top Five Healthcare IT Trends for 2013,” places a strong emphasis on mobile health (mHealth) and...

NYU WIRELESS to boost mHealth and mobile EHR

by Kyle Murphy, PhD

“Doctors face this difficulty of getting real-time information,” explains Professor Theodore Rappaport, “Information doesn’t move as fast as they would like.” Rappaport is the David/Ernst Weber Professor of Electrical...

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