mHealth-Digital Health-Telehealth

mHealth - mHealth (also written as m-health) is an abbreviation for mobile health, a term used for the practice of medicine and public health supported by mobile devices. Digital Health - Digital healthcare (also known as digital health) is an upcoming discipline that involves the use of information and communication technologies to help address the health problems and challenges faced by patients. These technologies include both hardware and software solutions and services. Telehealth: Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunications technologies to support long-distance clinical health care, patient and professional health-related education, public health and health administration.

Can anyone make money with designs that are just for seniors?

The more innovation there is, the more some things don’t change.  Stroll through this Aging 2.0 Summit link – and you will see pages of logos of new, newer, and newest companies trying to make a technology or product that could be used to serve seniors – or perhaps help those who serve them. Or the AARP Health50 Live Pitch, or the Stanford Longevity Design Challenge or the Quintiles competition at Wake Forest in North Carolina. Yet again and again, the question bubbles up – can firms make money creating and selling technology or other innovations specifically designed for seniors?   >>> Read more . . .

EHR and medical errors -- whose fault is it anyway?

Will the system be blamed for failure -- or is the problem with people and procedures?

05/10/2015

Identity theft is a big deal -- and it's too late to stop it

Had your identity stolen lately? Oh well, you probably did. A few months ago, California’s Anthem Blue Cross admitted that someone had stolen 80 million health records, complete with name, address, SS # and more. A certain amount of self-congratulation can be found in its letter to the 80+ million: "The information accessed may have included names, dates of birth, Social Security numbers, health care ID numbers, home addresses, email addresses, employment information, including income data. We have no reason to believe credit card or banking information was compromised." What a relief. But with the ‘minimal’ data stolen, the thieves got busy and filed for tax refunds from the IRS, which helpfully encourages direct deposit of the refund. TurboTax halted its electronic filing process recently due to likely fraudulent filing. And the IRS, which admits to weak fraud detection tools, will issue refunds as a result of this travesty.   >>> Read more . . .

eCaring Partners With Samsung Business Services

04/23/2015

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwired - Apr 23, 2015) - eCaring, Inc. and Samsung Business Services™ today announced delivery of technology and services that enable healthcare providers to reduce costs, while enhancing the quality of patient care. eCaring's care and disease management solutions will use Samsung's advanced tablet technology and enterprise services to ensure 24/7 peak performance of all Samsung devices in the hands of patients and their healthcare aides.

Electronic Caregiver Company's Health Innovations Promise to Excite Smart Phone Adoption by Seniors!

04/14/2015
The Electronic Caregiver Company, SameDay Security, Inc., has organized an innovative team of software development engineers, PhDs in Kinesiology, biomechanics engineers, medical professionals, and the resources of a $13M Senior Fall Research Laboratory at New Mexico State University.  The latest Electronic Caregiver innovations are being designed for incorporation in smartphones like the iPhone 6, smart watches like Apple Watch, and wearable devices such as Google Glass.

Taking stock of tech and health care in the time of HIMSS

HIMSS in Chicago - a finger on the pulse of health tech innovation, not health care.

04/16/2015

Small suppliers -- the startup health economy, actually, come last

Consider this underpinning of the so-called 'encore' career economy.

04/08/2015

The PERS industry must do a better job of serving seniors

These are tech transition times for everyone – including seniors and their devices.  In case you didn’t see it, the Pew numbers about smartphone use are out – 27% of the 65+ have smartphones, up from 19% last year. Given the date of that data (from last fall), let’s just assume that this number is actually lower than today's reality.  So why should a PERS reseller or manufacturer care?  First because carriers don’t want to sell feature/clamshell phones any more. They make it difficult to even find them. They are selling smartphones to people who don’t want or use all of the features they have, but they’re buying them anyway because that is what they’re being sold.  In retrospect, Philips Lifeline might have seen the near term PERS future – and it could be a smartphone – and thus an app. And thus -- why have more than one device? And why not pair a tiny pendant or clip to a smartphone? Or make a watch? >>> Read more . . .

AARP teams up with Pfizer and UnitedHealthcare to support digital health tech studies

04/06/2015

The AARP has launched an initiative as part of a move to roadtest mobile health apps and devices to determine if they fit the needs of its demographic, according to a statement from the organization. Project Catalyst includes collaborations with Pfizer and UnitedHealth. It’s also a response to the fact that the 100 million people aged 50 and older are the largest consumers of healthcare and the interest in pushing digital health companies to develop devices that are designed with them in mind. >>> Read more . . .

Smartwatches are missing a crucial market -- the senior

The wearable industry isn't targeting that demographic. Why not?

03/19/2015
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