In a big win for the proponents of mobile apps having a dramatic impact on health, Aetna is dropping its mobile fitness tracker, CarePass. Wait, did that say dropping? What's going on here, I thought these apps were going to be world beaters?http://medcitynews.com/2014/08/aetna-drops-mobile-health-app-carepass/?utm_source=MedCity+News+Subscribers&utm_campaign=0f20021106-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c05cce483a-0f20021106-67677117
The New England Journal of Medicine carries a thoughtful article on FDA regulation of “mobile health” technologies.
According to a study in the Annals of Family Medicine, greater use of text and telephone communication with diabetes patients was associated with an increase in in-person office visits, contrary to hopes that these cheaper forms of clinical interaction would reduce office visits and save on costs.http://annfammed.org/content/12/4/338.full
The Food and Drug Administration released its final guidance on mobile medical applications, a subject of intense concern for software developers and health technology companies.
Health care related “apps” are all the rage, particularly on mobile devices. A report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics examines the current status of and issues related to Health Apps.
What is mHealth? And what impact will it have on health care? A new Deloitte Center for Health Solutions report attempts to provide answers and suggests that mHealth is transforming health care for the good. We’ll see.