mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

New Survey by Therachat Explores Effects of Anxiety on Daily Life
Therachat, a smart guided journaling tool for improving mental health, just shared with MHW the results of its new survey in an infographic on the current state of anxiety in support of National Mental Health Awareness Month.

Teladoc Advances Virtual Care Capabilities in Texas
Teladoc, a powerhouse leader in telehealth, announced this week that as a result of the new landmark telemedicine bill in Texas, the company will expand its telehealth offering in the state.

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HIMSS Analytics Highlights Opportunities and Challenges with Telemedicine Adoption

HIMSS Analytics recently released two new Telemedicine Essential Brief studies that address both the inpatient and outpatient markets respectively.

“Essential Briefs are market research studies focused on identifying salient topics in the healthcare IT space that highlight mind share, market share and market opportunity of specific healthcare software technologies,” a provided summary explains.

All told, Health IT researchers from HIMSS Analytics examined the current adoption level of telemedicine solutions and services, to better understand how telemedicine is improving access to care and identifying emerging trends surrounding care integration via new services such as virtual care facilities.
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Smartphone Penetration Breaks 80% of U.S. Households

According to the latest industry data, smartphones are now in 80 percent of U.S. homes.

All told, this impressive stat represents a six percentage point increase year-over-year (YOY).

U.S. consumers now own 27 million more smartphones than they did just last year, according to new research from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA).

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Roche Releases New Diabetes Product

Roche Diabetes Care has just announced the launch of the Accu-Chek Guide System, a new blood glucose meter and SimplePay savings program “designed to help make managing diabetes surprisingly simple and more affordable.”

It is reported that over 29 million Americans are now living with diabetes.

S recent survey of 500 U.S. adults with diabetes revealed that 62 percent of those surveyed would better manage their diabetes if supplies were more affordable and 58 percent admitted to cutting corners to save money.
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Main Street Alliance Addresses CBO Score of the American Health Care Act

This morning, Main Street Alliance — a national network of small business owners — released a statement on the updated Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score of the American Health Care Act.

The statement emailed to MHW reads:

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UbiCare, Truven Health Analytics Announce Partnership

UbiCare and Truven Health Analytics, an IBM Watson Health Company, have signed a business partnership agreement to bring their mutual healthcare knowledge to hospitals and health systems nationwide.

According to a provided statement, with more than 50 years of combined experience in healthcare, both companies offer proven solutions to help providers impact patient outcomes while improving quality, enhancing staff efficiencies, and reducing costs.

“Building on our shared healthcare expertise, we are excited to work together on enterprise healthcare solutions, whether it’s a better way to engage patients, improve quality of care or make better use of existing digital solutions,” said Betsy Weaver, UbiCare’s CEO, in an email provided to MHW.
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RosettaHealth Serves Up Critical Help to SocialClime

RosettaHealth — a secure SaaS interoperability platform — announced Wednesday that SocialClime, a solution that allows medical practices to gather online patient feedback, is using its platform to streamline incoming patient data from large medical practices.

Since 2014, SocialClime has been developing what it calls innovative systems that allow medical practices to gather customer feedback, enhance customer centric cultures and power customer driven social marketing.

The solution enables happy patients – in as little a 30 seconds – to provide positive review about a medical practice through Yelp, Google, Vitals, Facebook, and Healthgrades.

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