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TracFone Wireless, Inc., and Voxiva, Inc., the leader in mobile health services, are joining forces to launch SafeLink Health Solutions. Provided under the federal Lifeline program at no cost to health plans, qualifying plan members receive a free SafeLink cell phone and free monthly service with 250 minutes and unlimited calls to designated member services phone lines.  Read Original Content

Noting the prevalence of mobile phones and mobile internet access even among poor, migrant farm workers, the California Poison Control System has introduced the Pesticide Safety Project, a mobile, bilingual effort to encourage reporting of pesticide exposure in order to reduce human exposure to pesticides in California.  Read Original Content

About 50 percent of baby boomers who own smartphones say they would purchase mobile apps, especially if recommended by a physician, according to research from Mitchell Research and Communications.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Mobile health technology has substantial potential for improving access to health care in the developing world and in remote regions of developed countries, states an article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.  The development of remote-presence medical devices can connect people in remote locations with experienced health care professionals for real-time assessment.  Read Original Content

One-third of adult Internet users want to use smartphones or tablets to monitor health conditions, according to a survey from Harris Interactive and HealthDay. However, the survey also shows that consumers are not confident in the ability of systems to keep that information secure, and researchers noted that such technology is not yet widely available.  Read Original Content
Sentara Healthcare, based in Chesapeake, Virginia, launched its remote monitoring program of chronic care patients and got a pleasant surprise.  "Our readmission rate for all patients monitored is now only 2 percent," said head of Sentara Enterprises. That's compared to a 15 percent 30-day readmission rate for the rest of its patient population.  Read Original Content

Data collected by Flurry showed that Millennials were engaged with their smartphones every hour in the day and used fitness and health apps twice as much as the average of other age groups. In a gender split, women use health and fitness apps 200 percent more than men do.  Read Original Content

Radiologists increasingly are using tablet computers and mobile health applications, according to a report released by Novation, a hospital and health care supply chain company.  Read Original Content

While the FDA demurs on issuing its final guidance over which medical and consumer health apps come under its jurisdiction, developers are operating in a state of confusion.
Silicon Valley’s health entrepreneurs say this indecision is stifling innovation, and venture investment is slowing almost to a halt.  Read Original Content

By 2017, Bluetooth chipsets used for health, wellness, sports and fitness will reach 95.7 million and much of the growth will be attributed to Bluetooth Smart used in mobile sensing devices.  At this time, mobile sensing devices will make up 80 percent of the wireless health and fitness device shipments, according to research from ON World.  Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict is an opinionated futurist, Principal Analyst at the Center for Digital Intelligence™, C4DIGI.com, emerging technologies analyst, and digital transformation and business strategy consultant. In the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries, and is a keynote speaker at conferences worldwide. He spent nearly 5 years working as a Senior Analyst at Cognizant (CTSH), and 2 years serving in Cognizant's Center for the Future of Work where he wrote many reports, hundreds of articles, interviewed technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries. He has written articles published in The Guardian, wrote the Forward to SAP Press' book titled "Mobilizing Your Enterprise with SAP", published over 3,000 articles and was featured as thought leader and digital strategist in the Department of Defense's IQT intelligence journal. Kevin lectures and leads workshops, teaches and consults with companies and government agencies around the world to help develop digital transformation and business strategies. Visit his website at C4DIGI.com.