Monthly Archives: September 2011

Can Moneyball Become Moneycare?: How Predictive Informatics can Make mHealth a Success


     I knew the story of Billy Beane and the Oakland A’s long before I saw the movie.  As an avid baseball fan (Yankee fan since age 5, without apology), I followed the story of how informatics were used … Continue reading

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Health Economics Getting Ripe Quickly for mHealth Technology?


A recently released commissioned study by the National Business Group on Health verified what most people have already experienced: That employers are footing less of an employee’s health insurance premium bill. In the survey, 25% of executives queried stated that … Continue reading

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Why mHealth Apps Shouldn’t be Called Apps


The estimated number of US smartphone users grew from 42 million to 61 million from 2009 to 2010.  The number of phone apps grew at a significantly higher rate.  Some of the key findings from “The Mobile Movement: Understanding Smartphone Users,” … Continue reading

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Business Models of mHealth


     PriceWaterhouse Coopers’ Health Research Institute released a comprehensive report describing business models and opportunities for the mobile health industry. The majority (57%) of American adults used a laptop or mobile phone to access the Internet in a 2010 … Continue reading

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Clinical Studies Highlighted in HHS Task Force Recommendations for mHealth Text Messaging


     The Text4Health Task Force of the HHS made recommendations to the Secretary of HHS regarding text messaging for mHealth. (There is currently an evaluation of the text4baby program, a public-private partnership that is the first free-to-end-user health text … Continue reading

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What Will it Take to Give Traction to mHealth Technology?


     The present state of affairs of mHealth is such that its most enthusiastic proponents are those in the industry itself.  This stems from the lack of awareness of mHealth which may ultimately range from publicity of an extremely … Continue reading

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Gender Differences in Utilization of Healthcare IT: A Reflection of the Bigger Picture


According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more women research health topics on the Internet than men.  This holds true across all age groups except those over 65, where Internet usage for healthcare searches was low among both genders. … Continue reading

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How mHealth Can Immediately Save Healthcare Dollars


       OK, so it’s going to take some time for mHealth to reach quotidian jargon, healthcare provider acceptance, obtain reimbursement status, and demonstrate improved outcomes with clinical trials.  None of this however, interferes with adoption based solely on cost … Continue reading

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Why Digital Health Technologies Will be Critical for the Success of ACOs


ACOs, or accountable care organizations, are approved and regulated groups of physicians, hospitals and other providers that the government hopes will become units of health care.  These units will be reimbursed for a patient’s given admitting hospital diagnosis until that … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why mHealth is the Holy Grail of Participatory Medicine


Mobile health or mHealth is a term used for the practice of medicine and public health, supported by mobile devices. The term is most commonly used in reference to using mobile communication devices, such as mobile phones and PDAs, for … Continue reading

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