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The Patient Engagement in an IoT Pokémon Go World

Posted by McKinley Hackett

July 28, 2016 at 6:00 AM

In a strange way, Pokémon Go is also driving increased activity for our youth, as kids search for elusive Pokémon by walking around.

As we continue to engage with technology to help us manage our health, we embark on the crossroads of IoT and Patient Engagement.  First off, IoT stands for the Internet of Things, and Wearables will generate $14 billion in revenues this year, 2016.  Devices like Pokémon Go, Apple Watch and FitBit are common examples of Wearable devices. 

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Topics: Mobile App Development, Enterprise Mobility, ios

How to Make a Case for Mobile Apps in Medical Research Studies

Posted by Ranjani Rao

July 27, 2016 at 8:20 AM

 

1) It may be old news and is probably stating the obvious – but almost everyone has smartphones and more importantly, are used to doing everything on their phones. So why would they want answer their study questions on their desktop or even worse, on paper?

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Topics: mHealth, Mobile App Development, Enterprise Mobility, ResearchKit, DigitalHealth

The Positive Impact of mHealth on Anticoagulation Therapy -Part II

Posted by Danielle Pouletsos

July 26, 2016 at 6:43 AM

This is a guest blog by Danielle Pouletsos. She completed her BS in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health and Community Health Education in 2005. She earned her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago and specialized in Public Health Informatics in 2009. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years serving those with HIV/AIDS and Developmental Disabilities. 

Read more about public health, mhealth and related topics on Danielle’s blog.

This is the part 2 of two series blog. You can read the part 1 here.

 

As discussed in Part I of this blog series, The Hassle of Anticoagulation Management, Warfarin therapy requires close monitoring and detailed attention not only from providers, but from patients as well. There are many health benefits of Warfarin therapy, but the potential of life-threatening side effects is very real and all too common and many can be prevented, or the severity reduced, with better management and monitoring.

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Topics: mHealth, Mobile App Development, What is Trending, Wearables & IoT, DigitalHealth

The Hassle of Anticoagulation Management and The Positive Impact of mHealth-Part 1

Posted by Danielle Pouletsos

July 21, 2016 at 7:58 AM

This is a guest blog by Danielle Pouletsos. She completed her BS in Health Science with a concentration in Public Health and Community Health Education in 2005. She earned her Master of Public Health degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago and specialized in Public Health Informatics in 2009. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years serving those with HIV/AIDS and Developmental Disabilities. 

Read more about public health, mhealth and related topics on Danielle’s blog.

 This is part 1 of a two part series that explores the real world impact of mHealth.

Part I – The Hassle of Anticoagulation Management

Warfarin, or Coumadin, is the most widely prescribed anticoagulant and has been on the pharmaceutical market for about 60 years. Anticoagulation therapy saves many lives each year, but also poses extreme health risks from side effects, mismanagement, and birth defects. Termed a “blood-thinner,” Warfarin inhibits the production of Vitamin K in the body, which is essential for the body’s natural blood clotting cascade. There are a variety of diagnoses that will influence practitioners to decide whether or not to place a patient on anticoagulation therapy, either for short term, or chronic use. There are also multiple diagnoses in which Warfarin therapy is the patient’s only option.

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Topics: mHealth, What is Trending, ResearchKit, Wearables & IoT, DigitalHealth

It’s Elementary, Says (IBM) Watson!

Posted by Shyam Deval

July 20, 2016 at 8:47 AM

You read that right - it’s not Sherlock saying it this time! IBM Watson’s cognitive computing capabilities and superhuman intelligence stands it in good stead to switch roles with the legendary fictitious detective Sherlock Holmes who could crack the most mind-boggling of mysteries, find answers to the unanswered questions everyone had and draw insights from information in a way no one could even fathom!

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Topics: Mobile App Development, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables & IoT, Mobile Analytics

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