Monthly Archives: December 2011

What I Miss Most About Practicing Medicine


As the end of the year is approaching, a bit of reflection is a natural event.  I recently left medical practice in order to pursue a career in mobile health technologies, for which I have had a passion for many … Continue reading

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Five Pathways to mHealth Education


1.    Points of Contact.  The most effective ways to educate patients about wellness and health is during a face to face encounter.  It applies to mHealth as well. They have your (the provider’s) attention and vice versa (this is not … Continue reading

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Five Ways That mHealth Makes for a Better Holiday


1. Information on the Go mHealth tools that enable you to have your personal health information on your cell phone exist.  There are a multitude of apps which allow you to enter your health history, caregiver/medical POA information, medications, and … Continue reading

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Will mHealth be the Next Flight to the Moon?


When President Kennedy in his inaugural address challenged the country to land a man on the moon in ten years, he had no idea how many technologies would be spawned off of such a mission. Technology used in space shuttle … Continue reading

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Five Ways mHealth Can Decrease Hospital Readmissions


Patients who are discharged from the hospital after a heart attack, congestive heart failure, or pneumonia have high rates of short-term readmissions. As per a provision in the Affordable Care Act, a Medicare patient with one of these diagnoses who … Continue reading

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Medical Schools in the Healthcare IT Age


     The American Board of Medical Specialties recently announced a new board certification in bioinformatics.  Medical students are exposed to medical statistics as it pertains to critiquing a study in a medical journal.  SOme are using medical apps to … Continue reading

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Five Human Factors Needed for mHealth Success


Most of the attendees of the recent mHealth Summit would agree that mobile health is poised for success. Enthusiasm from business, technology, and clinical sectors was palpable. I believe human factor considerations will be critical for the success of mHealth, … Continue reading

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mHealth Summit 2011:Views from an Attendee


     This being my first mHealth Summit, I did not know what to expect.  My hopes were to firstly meet personally the many colleagues I’ve met via social media and put a face to many rewarding conversations.  My expectation … Continue reading

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Can mHealth Eliminate Geographical Inequalities in Healthcare?


It is an indisputable fact that healthcare is extremely variable in volume and cost on a geographical basis. One need only look at the map below from a 2008 government study. The darkest areas represents Medicare spending per beneficiary range … Continue reading

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