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IBM-Apple partnership could have big health IT impact
By Darius Tahir | July 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
IBM's plan to partner with Apple could prove significant for healthcare, addressing issues of data security that have stood in the way of the expansion of mobile healthcare usage and development.
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A dubious healthcare app raises FDA regulatory questions
By Darius Tahir | July 16, 2014
Industry website iMedicalApps has uncovered a medical app with a tenuous relationship to accuracy: One that purports to use the iPhone's camera lens to reveal a patient's blood pressure. Big deal, you might say—the App Store is full of dubious treatments in app form.
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Text messaging program proves helpful in curbing young adult binge drinking
By Joseph Conn | July 11, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
A mobile phone-based text messaging program has demonstrated its effectiveness in reducing the frequency and severity of binge drinking episodes by young adults, researchers at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine reported in the Annals of Emergency Medicine.
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FDA regulation can't keep pace with new mobile health apps
By PBS News Hour | July 07, 2014
The hundreds of mobile health applications produced each month outpace the Food and Drug Administration's ability to regulate them, a policy adviser to the agency says.
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Public Citizen questions mobile health screenings
By Sabriya Rice | July 06, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The Joint Commission says it is looking into a letter it received June 30 from the advocacy group Public Citizen, which called on the national healthcare accreditation organization to suspend accreditation of any organization that partners with the mobile health screening company HealthFair.
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Explosive growth expected for mobile clinical health devices
By Joseph Conn | July 01, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Right now, consumer purchases are driving explosive growth in the mobile-health-device market but that will change in the next decade as consumer buying slackens and clinical purchases and usage grows, according to Boston-based emerging technology market watcher Lux Research.
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Philips, Salesforce to launch new healthcare apps
By Reuters | June 27, 2014
Dutch healthcare and lighting company Philips said on Thursday it was teaming up with Salesforce, one of the first cloud-computing companies in the United States, to offer online management of chronic diseases.
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Is Google Fit geared toward health data?
By Darius Tahir | June 27, 2014
When news leaked that Google planned to get into mobile health data, it was assumed its project would, like Apple's and Samsung's, focus on gathering health data in one location. That appears to be partially wrong.
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Verizon introduces Virtual Visits, new telehealth offering
By Darius Tahir | June 25, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Verizon is taking another step into healthcare with the introduction Wednesday of its Virtual Visits program. The goal is to facilitate connections via phone, tablet or laptop between healthcare providers who contract with Verizon and their patients for what Verizon terms routine, urgent care.
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Apps to store personal health records growing in popularity
By Boston Globe | June 17, 2014
While Americans have embraced wearable health devices that keep track of the minutiae of daily fitness routines and diets, they’ve been slower to trust online storage of their health records. But a new generation of apps and websites developed to be compatible with electronic health records...
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