Friday, June 01, 2012

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of May 27, 2012

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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The healthcare industry increasingly sees geographic information system (GIS) software as a tool to improve the quality of care by tracking and analyzing area trends, according to an article published in The Atlantic Cities.  Read Original Content

A Manhattan Research survey of more than 3,000 practicing physicians in the United States indicates that 62 percent of physicians actively use tablets for professional purposes, and half of them have used the device at the point of care. Read Original Content

Since having a heart attack, Bill Davenhall has traveled the globe speaking to audiences and advising governments on geo-medicine, an emerging field that uses GIS mapping to correlate environmental conditions to health risks like heart attacks and cancer. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo, www.webalo.com.

The PocketHealth app is a mobile personal health record platform designed for individuals or families who want to personally control and manage their health and wellness. Read Original Content


A recent report from Englewood, Colorado-based research firm, IMS Research, is predicting that medical devices utilized by the consumer to self-monitor their health, rather than those used in managed telehealth systems, will be the biggest opportunity for wireless technologies in healthcare over the next five years. Read Original Content

TechChange and the mHealth Alliance have announced a four-week online certificate course on mHealth: Mobile Phones for Public Health. Read Original Content

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in partnership with Brazil’s Federal University of Rio Grande Do Norte, won the Mobile Health University Challenge with software that screens for hearing impairment. Read Original Content

With the new Simplee app, smartphone owners can use their mobile devices to pay their insurance bills, read the details of their plans and policies, and manage claims. The app shows the policyholder what is covered by the insurer, and which expenses are considered to be out-of-pocket for the insured. Read Original Content

Findings from a new report by the New GSMA, “Integrating Healthcare: The Role and Value of Mobile Operators in eHealth,” indicate mobile operators are driving significant value for the healthcare industry by improving access, reach and quality to care across the entire patient pathway. Read Original Content

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health will be starting two new courses in March 2013, which focus on the way mobile commerce and its related technologies can be applied into health fieldwork around the world. Read Original Content

Vodafone’s mHealth business unit was established in October 2009 and has seen significant growth over the past twelve months, and is now being recognized internally as one of the company’s five major growth areas. Read Original Content

The widespread affordability of cell phones in developing countries, like Uganda, has led to experiments with voice and text message-driven health campaigns.  Now mobile phone technology has become an important tool for groups looking to reach even the most rural communities. Read Original Content

The White House waded into the mHealth fray this week, ordering all government agencies to push harder to mobilize their services and data, with a report, Digital Government: Building a 21st Century Platform to Better Serve the American People, and a written statement from President Obama. Read Original Content

Text messaging and a Web-based clinician dashboard are helping patients and health-care providers stay better connected in Clackamas County, Oregon. Read Original Content

A new study, supported in part by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health, suggests a combination of mobile technology and remote coaching holds promise in encouraging healthier eating and physical activity behavior in adults. The study focused on the best way to change multiple health behaviors. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.