mHealth News: What You Need to Know

mHealth News What You Need to KnowHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this week.

Is Apple poised to broker billions in profits from its foray into the healthcare sector? Very possibly, yes. An illuminating recent post on the LinkedIn blog by Shekhar Sharad begins with this introduction: “If you are from the technology world and have not been sleeping under a rock for the past decade, then you would have regardless heard that Apple kicked off their WWDC conference yesterday. Apple is known for releasing really cool gadgets that all of us can geek out at; Apple definitely did that.”

On Tuesday, mHealthWatch was briefed on the launch of HospitalPix, a mobile application incorporating a database of hospital locations and photo-sharing features for “informative profiles of medical facilities.”

For a wearable technology that hasn’t yet been released or even confirmed to exist, Apple’s still-mythical iWatch is expected to do big business in its first year of availability. On Monday, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich shared with investors his sales projection for iWatch. And it’s a whopper.

To say that health care is changing rapidly would be a rank understatement. Today every organization, from providers to insurers, advocacy groups and suppliers, must be able to engage the public with messages that are clear and impactful in order to deliver higher-quality health care that’s more affordable and accessible.

There are many ways in which mHealth apps can be utilized within private practices and large healthcare facilities. However, mHealth apps are still new enough that their full range of benefits are still yet to be determined.

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