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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of October 26, 2014

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Data from the Pew Research Internet Project shows that 58 percent of U.S. adults had a smartphone as of January 2014.  Of those who use smartphones, about one-third -- or about 46 million users -- accessed fitness or health care-related apps in January 2014, according to data compiled by the Nielsen Company.  Read Original Content

The city of Baltimore and Emocha Mobile Health will be launching a pilot program aimed at easing the burden of tuberculosis care monitoring on the city's provider community.  The city’s health department will use Emocha’s medication adherence app, miDOT, to help tuberculosis patients adhere to their medication regimen.  Read Original Content

More than one-third of health-care providers have suggested using mobile health apps to improve patient outcomes, according to an article by Ken Terry in Medical Economics.  Read Original Content

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A Manhattan Research survey recently found many physicians believe digital communication technologies, including mobile apps, can be used to improve patient outcomes, according to an article published October 8 in Medical Economics.  Read Original Content

Mobile technology and digital health could go a long way in combating the Ebola virus.  A number of technology-enhanced efforts are underway across the globe, ranging from the expansion of text-message-based alerts throughout West Africa to hospital sterilization efforts in both the U.S. and abroad.  Read Original Content
A new study released in the Journal of Medical Internet Research from three Finland researchers, reveals 77 percent of studies, 46 of 60 reviewed, noted improved outcomes in patient care when text is used to remind patients about medication intake, appointments and lifestyle reminders.  Read Original Content

Analysts from ReportsnReports.com forecast the global remote patient monitoring market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 15.44 percent over the period 2013-2018.  Read Original Content

A remote, mobile device that wirelessly transmits patients' continuous glucose monitoring data to up to five caregivers has just been given FDA approval.  Dexcom Share is not a monitor in itself but a cradle accessory designed to harbor the Dexcom G4 Platinum Continuous Glucose Monitoring System.  Read Original Content

A new study from Pennsylvania hospital system Geisinger Health Plan shows remote monitoring of congestive heart failure patients can reduce readmissions by 38 to 44 percent and produce a return on investment of $3.30 on the dollar.  Read Original Content

An mHealth vendor is asking the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reimburse physicians who use devices that can continually monitor a diabetic's blood sugar levels.  The technology is at the forefront of mHealth advances in the treatment of diabetes, which accounts for roughly $245 billion in annual healthcare spending.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict serves as the Senior Vice President, Solutions Strategy, at Regalix, a Silicon Valley based company, focused on bringing the best strategies, digital technologies, processes and people together to deliver improved customer experiences, journeys and success through the combination of intelligent solutions, analytics, automation and services. He is a popular writer, speaker and futurist, and in the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries. He has over 32 years of experience working with strategic enterprise IT solutions and business processes, and he is also a veteran executive working with both solution and services companies. He has written dozens of technology and strategy reports, over a thousand articles, interviewed hundreds of technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries.