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Amazon meets with FDA, healthcare is likely the topic
By Darius Tahir | August 21, 2014
The road to the Food and Drug Administration's Silver Spring, Md., office this year has been well-traveled by the big technology firms. Both Google and Apple have met with FDA leadership to talk about healthcare plans, and a recent review of FDA's public calendar reveals Amazon.com has joined the...
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App developers hope to help veterans battling mental-health issues
By Los Angeles Times | August 19, 2014
With military and veterans' suicides near record levels in recent years, a team of Los Angeles-based developers has launched a free iPhone app designed to help vets find one another, as well as nearby health centers, emergency care and other critical services.
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New health apps, games reward patients who take their meds
By Reuters | August 18, 2014
A group of ex-gaming industry executives say they can use their design chops to solve a major health challenge: Sick patients neglecting to take their medication and costing employers and insurance providers billions of dollars.
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FDA will exempt more consumer health devices from pre-market review
By VentureBeat | August 01, 2014
The Food and Drug Administration issued a new guidance today that exempts still more medical devices—some of them consumer devices—from its regulatory scope. This means the makers of these devices, some of which are connected to apps, no longer have to go through the FDA's 510(k) review...
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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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