Category Archives: fitness

Five Ways Physicians Can Change Patient Behavior


It is no secret that one of the best ways towards better health management is a good physician-patient relationship. There needs to be buy-in from both participants to shared decision-making. One might object to the title of this post, stating … Continue reading

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#DigitalHealth: Patient Engagement Does Not Imply Patient Empowerment


Patient engagement is a phrase that is everywhere now. It is part of the vernacular in advocacy circles, government, health technology companies, and payers. It used to signal a new healthcare ecosystem in which the patient is more of a … Continue reading

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Five Reasons Why Self-Insured Companies Need Mobile Health


According to 2011 research by the Employee Benefit Research Institute,  workers for companies with self-insured health plans make up 58.5% of workers with health coverage compared to 40.9% in 1998. The increase has been consistent over time. This percentage varied … Continue reading

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Measuring the ROI of Digital Health Technologies


     Alere’s purchase of Medapps prompts me to discuss a question posed to me daily, “What is the ROI of digital health technologies?”  Discussants in the Digital Health Linkedin Group were surprised at the purchase price of ‘no greater … Continue reading

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Five Questions About Digital Technology to Ask Your Doctor


While many in the technology and business communities think of digital health technologies as emerging or yet to be adopted, there are tools available now that patients need to not only know about, but should ask their physicians about. 1.    … Continue reading

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Five Creative and Necessary Ways of Getting Medical Apps Adopted


Medical apps will likely become an important healthcare tool.  Once barriers such as reimbursement and regulatory issues are fully addressed there are many ways in which app developers and their commercial partners can penetrate the healthcare market.  However, there are … 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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