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'Open' Development of Wearable Health & Fitness Wristbands

There are more and more health or fitness wristbands starting to hit the market every few weeks.  According to the latest projections from ABI Research, the total market for wearable wireless devices in sports and healthcare will grow to 170 million units by 2017. While many of these devices currently have limited capabilities, usually measuring just one metric, this is about to change. Read More »

10 Things We Learned From Pew Research's Internet Of Things Report

Stuart Dredge | The Guardian | May 14, 2014

Health tech will boom but privacy effects may be ‘pernicious’. Oh, and ‘we will all have cyberservants’

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11 Wonderful Wearable Open Source Projects

LEDs are on everything, and almost everyone you know has at least tried a FitBit or similar device, whereas Google Glass didn't really take off. Despite several years of growth, whether wearable electronics are a fad, or here to keep growing from fun to truly functional is too early to tell. Judge for yourself—read through a few of our favorite wearable projects from 2016. You might even get inspired to start creating...

A Doctor Is Skeptical About Apple’s HealthKit. Here’s Why.

Mike Sevilla | KevinMD.com | June 20, 2014

Apple recently previewed a new framework called HealthKit that will be included in their next mobile operating system called iOS 8....But, to be honest, even though the tech press is very excited about this, I am not impressed...

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A Hologram Might Be Worth A Million Numbers

Kim Bellard | Blogspot: Kim Bellard Blog | November 24, 2014

I saw a fascinating article about how Fidelity, through their research arm Fidelity Labs, has released a virtual reality tool to portray financial information in a more visual manner -- not even using numbers.  I immediately thought about how this approach could apply to health care...

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Amazon Digital Health Talent Grab: Box Exec Reportedly Joins Team

Chris Davies | Slash Gear | July 21, 2017

Amazon is quietly building up its digital health tech talent, reportedly poaching a healthcare exec from Box. The Seattle behemoth may be best known for its retail business, but in the background it has a growing footprint in all manner of health technology areas. This latest Amazon talent grab appears to be another move to shore up those...

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AMIA’s Doug Fridsma: Time for the Feds to Truly Open Up Patient Records to Fully Interoperable Data Use

Mark Hagland | Healthcare Informatics | June 13, 2016

Access to information and the ability to integrate and use information has changed how individuals book travel, find information about prices and products, and compare and review services. Information can empower individuals, but health care has lagged behind other fields. It is unconscionable that in 2016 most patients are unable to obtain their entire medical record unless they print it out. While progress has been made in the last several years to support patients’ access to their information through various electronic means, such as Blue Button and patient portals, this is not sufficient to make patients first-order participants in their care, their health and their research efforts...

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Are Smartwatches Being Over-Hyped as Health Trackers?

I don't get smartwatches. Yes, I know; they're all the rage.  Apple unveiled its Apple Watch earlier this month, to generally good if not entirely ecstatic reviews.  Not to be outdone, Google announced a collaboration with TAG Heuer and Intel for a "Swiss Smartwatch."...I have to wonder why the focus on the wrist.  It isn't the ideal place to track, say, your heartbeat, your sleep, or your steps, and as a result fitness trackers have been faulted about their accuracy.  Cramming features into a smartphone makes some sense, because they have become so ubiquitous, but I'm not sure who is clamoring to add more features to a watch...

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Axial Exchange Sees Growing Momentum With Multiple Customer Wins And FitBit Integration

Matt Mattox | Axial Exchange | September 12, 2013

Axial Exchange, Inc., a pioneer in using mobile apps to deepen the patient’s role in improving outcomes, today announced that the company is continuing to see increased demand for its mobile patient engagement solutions both by new customers and strategic partners. Read More »

Axial Supports Apple Health!

Press Release | Axial , Apple | September 30, 2014

Today Axial announced that it has completed its integration with Apple HealthKit. Axial Exchange app users will now be able to view all of their health and wellness data from the Axial app and other health applications in one, comprehensive mobile dashboard...

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Bringing Open-Source IT To Personalized Health

Frank Irving | Medical Practice Insider | October 27, 2014

It's widely believed that engaged patients have better outcomes, but the healthcare industry has been grappling with how to make that happen.  Joanne Rohde, CEO and founder of mobile software developer Axial Exchange, believes the solution lies in bringing low-cost technology to patients at a personal level so they can track their health — and integrating that information with the systems physician use to run their practices...

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Cerner CEO Makes An Emotional Plea For Interoperability Among Health Care Technology Providers

Diane Stafford | The Kansas City Star | November 4, 2014

...A rapt audience of about 11,000 Tuesday morning at the annual Cerner Health Conference heard Patterson emotionally invoke personal experience to illustrate his passion for what his company does.  The North Kansas City-based company is an industry leader in digitizing patient health records and working with other providers to make that information “interoperable” across health care information technology providers...

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Facebook Acquires ProtoGeo, Maker Of Activity Tracking App Moves

Aditi Pai | MobiHealthNews | April 24, 2014

Social networking giant Facebook has acquired Finland-based fitness app maker Protogeo for an undisclosed sum, according to a blog post from ProtoGeo.  The company’s high-profile app, called Moves, passively tracks a user’s daily activity using the phone’s built-in accelerometer in order to provide all-day tracking without killing the phone’s battery.

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For mHealth To Succeed, We'll Need Standards

Bill Ash and Kathryn Bennett | mHealthNews | July 18, 2014

Do you FitBit? It’s a question that’s on the lips of millions of consumers, given that the device manufacturer captured a whopping 67 percent of total wearable fitness trackers sold in 2013...

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From Fitbit To The Newsfeed: Curating Patient Records In The Internet Era

Jonathan Bush | LinkedIn | October 29, 2014

...Everyone seems to think that the end game for humanity is a single database that has all care documented in it. Picture that historic perforated printer paper – only digital...

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