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By Neil Versel February 6, 2013
It's been employed for weight loss, flu vaccination, glaucoma treatment, diabetes management, prenatal care and several other health conditions and services. Now, text messaging is getting a tryout for men with advanced prostate cancer. Mobile software developer Mobile Commons, pharmaceutical company Sanofi US and the Prostate Cancer Foundation on Tuesday announced the creation of Prost8Care, an...
By Brian Dolan December 11, 2012
At times, text messages seem to be the uncelebrated workhorse of mobile health, especially when you compare SMS to health apps in terms of the amount of attention each gets. While the potential for smartphone apps is still great, adoption across all mobile phone users in the US for apps has remained flat at about 10 percent for the past three years. Once these apps find tighter integration with...
By Neil Versel October 25, 2012
It has been years in the making, but text messaging is finally overtaking the antiquated pager as a means for physicians and hospital staff to communicate with each other, at least within children's hospitals. In a survey of 106 physicians at pediatric hospitals, researchers from the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Wichita found that 27 percent named texting their preferred method for...
By Neil Versel August 29, 2012
SMS-based pharmaceutical authentication service Sproxil has signed a deal with Indian telecommunications company Bharti Airtel for the latter to offer its subscribers in 17 African countries free texting for drug verification. "Our goal is to bring affordable and easily accessible health services to over 450 million people," Andre Beyers, Airtel's chief marketing officer for Africa, says in a...
By Neil Versel April 12, 2012
There's a lot of talk out there about text messaging not being appropriate for many healthcare uses. The usual excuses are that SMS is not secure to healthcare standards, that you can't really prioritize delivery of text messages and that there is no way to "escalate" texts if earlier messages aren't acted upon. Those are all valid points. In particular, anything involving personally identifiable...
By Brian Dolan April 9, 2012
Washington, DC-based Medicaid managed care organization, D.C. Chartered Health Plan, is rolling out a pilot text messaging program for members with diabetes. The Medicaid plan is providing 50 of its members with the free messages, which will include tips about living with diabetes, as part of a broader program that includes in-person visits. The texts aim to encourage patients to schedule annual...

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