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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of April 8, 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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A recent study by Philips showed compelling and tangible benefits gained from telehealth solutions: 89 percent of health agencies reported an increase in quality outcomes, and 76 percent cited reduction in unplanned hospitalizations. Read Original Content

GreatCall has launched a subscription-based LiveNurse iPhone app, designed to connect patients with care providers in real-time. LiveNurse offers unlimited access to a registered nurse 24 hours a day and seven days a week along with a medical library and symptom navigator tool. Read Original Content

In the developing world, there are only about 11 million hospital beds but 300 million computers and 2.2 billion mobiles. The telecommunications company Etisalat is pushing new mHealth technology, such as its Mobile Baby app, which combats maternal deaths linked to childbirth in developing countries. 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.

As detailed in a recent IT Business Edge article – “Health Care Providers’ Interest in Business Intelligence Growing” – many organizations and institutions in the healthcare industry, specifically in the U.S., are beginning to realize the benefits of Business Intelligence solutions. Read Original Content


Two years after passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, mobility is helping guide healthcare IT. For example, mobile devices allow a doctor to immediately record a patient’s vitals, medications and diagnosis, which can then be stored securely on virtual servers and shared through a national network for other providers to gain access. Read Original Content

UnitedHealthcare has donated $700,000 to the Sacramento-based California Telehealth Network to expand telemedicine training and provide technical support for rural and underserved hospitals and clinics in California. Read Original Content

Mytrus, an innovative clinical technology and services company for medical and pharmaceutical research, has released the clinical research industry’s first patient-friendly system for informed consent via iPad. Read Original Content

The UN wants developing countries to reduce child mortality by two-thirds and deaths of new mothers by three-quarters between 1990 and 2015. Greater availability of community-based health services are key to achieving these goals, and mobile technologies can make community health workers more efficient and effective, suggests a detailed report from Vital Wave Consulting. Read Original Content

WebFirst has recently launched a user-friendly, open source mHealth data collection system called PhiCollect. PhiCollect is based on the Drupal Data Management platform, making mobile data collection easy to use and affordable. Read Original Content

The U.S. market for mobile health applications is expected to grow to $392-million by 2015. This is a 70 percent increase on today’s volume, as indicated by Frost & Sullivan in a recent study. Read Original Content

Young adults are much more likely than older people to have a smartphone and to use it to look for health information, according to the Pew Internet and American Life Project, which surveys technology trends. Read Original Content

Researchers at Wake Forest University have created a new “fabric” that could change the way mobile medical devices from smartphones to wearable sensors are powered. Called Power Felt, this new fiber is able to use temperature differences to create a large enough charge to power up a smartphone. Read Original Content

The health care IT industry will grow 24 percent from 2012 to 2014 and increase its spending by $40 billion through the end of 2011, according to the report U.S. Healthcare IT Market Analysis by RNCOS, a global research firm based in India. Read Original Content

Researchers at Penn State and the University of Pittsburgh are leveraging smartphones to help them figure out why some people are able to quit smoking on their first try while others try to quit again and again. Read Original Content

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