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By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2014
While a tiny percentage of Ebola cases are popping up in the United States and Europe, the epicenter of the disease is and remains in West Africa, an area where mobile health initiatives are often deployed, especially those that take advantage of text messaging and other short message services. Texting is a good way to educate a large swath of the population so they can identify symptoms of the...
By Jonah Comstock November 6, 2012
A week after Hurricane Sandy swept across the east coast, reports are coming out about the role that digital health applications played during and after the storm. for individuals and for hospitals. During the storm itself, one of the top app downloads was the Red Cross Hurricane App, which combines a storm tracker with emergency functions like a flashlight and alarm. The app also features a...
By Neil Versel June 9, 2011
Money talks. Apparently, so does peer pressure. In just the last week, I've seen all kinds of evidence that both are going to be key to healthcare's acceptance of certain technologies and for patient’s engagement in their own care. Beyond the obvious example of Medicare and Medicaid incentive payments for "meaningful use" of electronic health records, consider the following recent developments:...
By Brian Dolan October 20, 2009
Text alerts to encourage blood donations: The Red Cross announced that it will begin offering real-time alerts to critical blood inventories and tips for successful blood donations through text messages. Users opt-in to the program and can then choose to give blood when and where it is needed. The text will even include a click to call feature that allows the user to book an appointment right...

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