mHealth: Here’s What You Need to Know

mHealth Here's What You Need to KnowIf you’ve been unplugged from the mHealth space in recent days, here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has monitoring this past week. To get caught up, check out the headlines round-up below.

Google is taking a deep dive into wearable tech, announcing yesterday that its objectives for this fast-growing product category are far more robust than we had imagined only a short time ago.

Apple’s rumored but unconfirmed health-tracking platform called “Healthbook” is reportedly coming soon. And it could be a game changer for mHealth. Sources in the know at Apple say the platform’s design is very similar to Passbook and represents one of the most “ambitious” apps Apple has produced to date.

The growing sophistication of health information technology continues to dramatically impact all aspects of modern healthcare. On Wednesday, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT formally launched an initiative to help encourage the use of health IT in emergency medical services.

As consumers across India grow more familiar and comfortable with mobile communications devices like smartphones and tablets, a logical consequence of that familiarity is quickly spreading to the healthcare sector within the world’s second most populous nation.

The United States and China have emerged as the two modern global superpowers of mHealth. Although nations across the global landscape are striving to utilize technology for the benefit of their unique healthcare systems and to combat the challenges facing dramatically diverse markets, the United States and China are, without question, the biggest drivers of the mHealth industry in 2014.

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