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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of November 9, 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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Mobile health applications are becoming increasingly popular and can be linked to specific well-being outcomes, according to new research by Gallup, Health Data Management reports. Researchers found about 19 percent of U.S. adults have downloaded and regularly use a mobile health app.  Read Original Content

The first line of defense against deadly viral outbreaks, water shortages and food scarcity might just end up on your phone.  A new application called mHero, created in Uganda, combines health worker registries, patient data, real-time monitoring and open messaging systems to ensure a fast and integrated response.  Read Original Content

As the U.S. population continues to age, the demand for remote patient monitoring and mobile health will intensify, predicts Frost & Sullivan.  In particular, telehealth video conferencing will become an accepted method of providing healthcare services, based on a survey of 95 telehealth stakeholders at the American Telemedicine Association's annual meeting.  Read Original Content

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A recent report published by Research2Guidance, indicates most major pharmaceutical companies have had trouble generating downloads for their health-related apps and even when they do, have trouble getting users to continue using their products.  Read Original Content

Mobile health and fitness app startup Nudge recently launched Nudge Coach, a HIPAA-compliant tool that allows health professionals to analyze consumer data from health wearables by organizing the data in one spot.  Read Original Content

Staff shortages and reductions are driving sales of patient monitoring systems, according to Kalorama Information. The healthcare market research publisher said the market for advanced patient monitoring is expected to reach 29 billion by year-end and will grow at a rate of nine percent for the next four years.  Read Original Content

In comments submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, both Health IT Now and the Telecommunications Industry Association urged increased use of remote patient monitoring technologies to create a more connected healthcare system. Read Original Content

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services unveiled some good news for telemedicine advocates this past weekend, including several provisions in its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule that advance access to and reimbursement for telemedicine services.  Read Original Content

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs national telehealth program is the largest of its kind in the world, providing telehealth services to nearly 700,000 veterans during fiscal year 2014. This represents approximately 12 percent of the overall veteran population enrolled in VA healthcare and accounts for more than two million telehealth encounters.  Read Original Content

Targeting the exploding health market, Microsoft in one fell swoop has launched a new cloud-based platform, mobile app, and wearable fitness-tracking wristband.  Called Microsoft Health, the platform allows users to store health and fitness data collected through a Microsoft Health app, which is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone.  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.