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Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this past week. Federal Health IT Office Wants Expanded Mobile, Telehealth, Analytics, Open Data Technology for Future What does the federal government see as the future of electronic health care? That’s contained in a …   Read More

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mHealth News The Headlines You Might Have MissedHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that our sister site mHealthWatch has been monitoring this past week.

What does the federal government see as the future of electronic health care? That’s contained in a recent release from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (OCN), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The agency has released “an outline of how the federal government aims to expand electronic health information sharing in the next five years, in part by deploying mobile and sensor technology to extend health IT networks,” says GCN.

The largest drugstore conglomerate in the U.S. — with 8,229 stores and counting — just got serious about mobile apps for healthcare.

Huge changes are ahead in healthcare. From the Affordable Care Act to new service models to advances in health and fitness technology, the field is definitely in a growth and change mode.

Within rural states hospitals today, there are closures and there are doctor shortages, but videoconferencing — or telemedicine — could solve that problem. However, according to USA Today, states are moving too slowly in allowing it.

Do fitness app users sometimes shake their cell phones to try to fake mandated physical activity? Yes, they do. But on the upside, many people who use an app to bolster their efforts to become healthier actually succeed.

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