What’s New in mHealth?

What's New in mHealthIn case you haven’t visited our sister site mHealthWatch in recent days, here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health from the past week.

Now more than ever, physicians are flooded with complex technologies and new demands that are taking them further and further away from their patients. In response, Nuance has announced that the company is putting its weight behind a campaign designed to address critical issues facing physicians today and help bring them back to the “art of medicine” – starting with a panel of physician leaders including Beth Israel’s John Halamka, the AMA’s Steven Stack and Mass General’s Keith Dryer.

With health tech companies emerging as some of the biggest draws for venture capital and consumer investment in this new year, it’s no surprise that the health tech boom is impacting IPO pricing. According to sources close to Castlight Health, the health-software maker is upping its IPO share price range to $13-to-$15 from the previously announced $9-to-$11 range.

Google Glass is on its way to the emergency room in Rhode Island. According to the Providence Journal, Rhode Island Hospital’s emergency department will be the first to test Google Glass on medical conditions detected and treated in the ER.

Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, calls mHealth and its potential “the biggest technology breakthrough of our time.” Helping to fuel the increasing clarity of this industry’s potential has been the recent innovations observed in the wearable tech market.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has announced the formation of a new Commission Task Force called CONNECT2HEALTHFCC. Wheeler says the effort “will bring together the expertise of the FCC on the critical intersection of broadband, advanced technology and health.”

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