Insurance startup Oscar pays members for using Misfit Flash activity trackers

By: Jonah Comstock | Dec 9, 2014        

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20141023_Flash_OscarNew York-based health insurer startup Oscar Health is teaming up with Misfit Wearables to get more of its 16,000 members moving. As part of the deal, each Oscar member will get a free Misfit Flash tracker and the opportunity to earn up to $20 a month in Amazon.com credit by meeting step goals.

The partnership means Misfit gets exposure for its newest wearable on a few thousand New York wrists, while Oscar hopefully lowers the healthcare costs of its members and continue to differentiate itself as an innovative player in the insurance market.

The two companies will integrate their mobile apps as well. Oscar members will be able to see the step and activity data from the Misfit Flash on Misfit’s app, but will have to transmit that data to Oscar’s mobile app in order to get paid. Members will earn one dollar per day that they meet their personalized fitness goals for a maximum of $20 per month.  Keep reading>>

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90 percent of consumers want some government oversight on health apps

By: Aditi Pai | Dec 9, 2014        

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Center for Injury Research and Prevention Senior Researcher Linda FleisherAround 90 percent of young people think there should be some governmental regulation and oversight for digital health apps, according to a Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia survey of 3,000 consumers.

Linda Fleisher, a senior researcher at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Center for Injury Research and Prevention, shared some findings from this survey at the mHealth Summit just outside of Washington DC this week.

“One of our interests was, how do consumers make choices about which apps to use?” Fleisher said. “We’re coming from a research perspective where we’re thinking about things from an evidence-based perspective, but do consumers think about it that way? And that’s really the underpinning of the survey that we ended up with.”

Fleisher conducted the survey online and received 3,000 responses within 19 hours. While she explained there were some differences between the population in her survey sample and census data, the population they surveyed wasn’t different in any major ways.  Keep reading>>

Survey: Almost 70 percent of clinicians at US hospitals use smartphones, tablets

By: Aditi Pai | Dec 9, 2014        

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Female Doctor with TabletMore than two-thirds of clinicians at US hospitals use smartphones or tablet computers at their facilities, according to a small HIMSS survey of 139 clinicians. The survey was conducted between October and November of 2014 and published in time with the group’s mHealth Summit event in Maryland this week.

“As smartphones and tablet computers are relatively new tools to healthcare organizations, it is necessary to establish a baseline understanding of the presence and impact these technologies have in US hospitals,” HIMSS researchers wrote. “By doing so, the market will have a better way to adjudicate the potential these tools have for US healthcare providers and relevant vendors.”

Clinicians said that smartphones and tablets enhanced their ability to communicate with other clinicians and healthcare providers and that the devices are providing them with a positive work experience. One-third of clinicians found that using mobile devices make their workday more efficient. One such example is eliminating redundancies in care.

But, clinicians also pointed out some areas for improvement. Though 69 percent of respondents said they used apps to access clinical information, just 33 percent of respondents said that they could access most or all of the clinical systems technologies they need on their mobile device.

Earlier this year, according to the HIMSS Analytics Database, 28 percent of US hospitals reported that smartphones were in use at their organization and on average, 169 smartphones are deployed per hospital. Additionally, 24 percent of US hospitals reported that tablet computers are used at their
organization, with an average of 37 such devices per hospital.

Welch Allyn acquires assets of wireless remote patient monitoring company HealthInterlink

By: Aditi Pai | Dec 9, 2014        

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HealthInterlink’s Beacon 2.0

Skaneateles Falls, New York-based medical device company Welch Allyn acquired the assets of Omaha, Nebraska-based remote patient monitoring company HealthInterlink.

“The acquisition of HealthInterlink’s assets is exciting news for Welch Allyn and is in keeping with our vision to help transform care wherever patients and healthcare professionals connect,” Welch Allyn CEO and President Stephen Meyer said in a statement. “As healthcare delivery becomes decentralized and extends beyond the traditional acute and ambulatory care locations where our offerings are used today, we intend to provide solutions that enable providers to deliver high quality care, regardless of location.”

HealthInterlink received FDA 510(k) clearance for Beacon 2.0, a mobile-centric software system that integrates data from various home health devices, in March. Beacon was previously cleared as a class I medical device (MDDS).

Until HealthInterlink products are integrated into Welch Allyn, they will continue to be sold and sourced by HealthInterlink’s team.  Keep reading>>

Samsung looks beyond fitness, into chronic disease management for S Health

By: Jonah Comstock | Dec 8, 2014        

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Samsung SimbandSamsung launched its open access development platform, which include SAMI on the software side and SimBand on the hardware side, last month. The challenge for the consumer electronics company now is to get a critical mass of developers on board with the platform to drive consumer adoption.

“Our vision at Samsung is to empower people, to improve their lives through our digital health platform,” Samsung Chief Medical Officer and VP for Global Healthcare David Rhew said from the keynote stage at the mHealth Summit in National Harbor, Maryland. “We know that, while we can do a significant amount in this area, we can’t do it alone. That’s really why we’re here at mHealth. We’re counting on developers, mHealth companies, other key stakeholders, to help us create an open ecosystem so we can develop, test, validate these solutions and ultimately improve health outcomes through patient engagement.”

Samsung’s open platform goes significantly beyond the parameters of Apple HealthKit or Google Fit. On the sidelines at the event, Rhew told MobiHealthNews that as well as being a platform for developers to share data, Samsung’s initiative adds a hardware infrastructure and the capacity for developers to share and build upon one another’s algorithms.  Keep reading>>

BlackBerry to preload NantHealth’s genome browser on some PassPort smartphones for MDs

By: Aditi Pai | Dec 8, 2014        

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Dr Patrick Soon-ShiongBlackBerry announced plans to add a genome browser app, powered by NantHealth, to its Blackberry Passport smartphone next year. The company will demo this service, called the NantOmics Cancer Genome Browser, at the Consumer Electronics Show in January and will preload the service on select BlackBerry Passport phones in early 2015.

NantOmics will provide oncologists access to their patients’ genetic data, which will allow them to view individual genetic alternations that, as BlackBerry explains, makes each patient’s disease unique. Access to this platform will also help doctors highlight relevant treatment options. BlackBerry also said this service is the first in a series of offerings that the company plans to develop with NantHealth for healthcare professionals.  Keep reading>>