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Engaged Patient Kim Goodsell on “Deciphering Her Own Genetic Mutation”

Engaged Patient Kim Goodsell on “Deciphering Her Own Genetic Mutation”

WLSA friend, Kim Goodsell was recently the subject of The Atlantic’s “How One Woman Deciphered Her Own Genetic Mutation” article. Read her story (http://theatln.tc/1q8tEMS) and the inspired comment from WLSA’s CEO Rob McCray below: “I know Kim and CB and her story is unusual but it is certainly within the new normal range of (non-clinically [...]

September 15, 2014 | Reply More
Ralph Lauren and OMsignal create health-sensing shirts

Ralph Lauren and OMsignal create health-sensing shirts

Biometric smartwear maker OMsignal has partnered with fashion label Ralph Lauren to create health-sensing designer shirts. The shirts measure heart rate, stress, breathing, distance, intensity of movement and calories burned. They then send that data to the user’s smartphone. Ralph Lauren expects to make the shirts available to the public by the beginning of next [...]

September 11, 2014 | Reply More
Three mHealth apps that are improving compliance and adherence

Three mHealth apps that are improving compliance and adherence

Improving medication compliance (taking medicine as directed) and adherence (remaining on a prescribed drug therapy) is a major goal of clinicians and health care providers. When patients forget to take their medication or fail to take it consistently, they risk their personal health, often resulting in increased financial costs to the health care system. Smartphone [...]

September 10, 2014 | Reply More
Cell phone data may help predict the spread of Ebola

Cell phone data may help predict the spread of Ebola

Mobility data from an African mobile phone carrier may help researchers predict the spread of Ebola. Orange Telecom, the West African mobile carrier, gave researchers access to data gained from cell phones in Senegal, which will provide insight into regional population movements and can help predict Ebola’s spread, helping researchers recommend where health care efforts [...]

September 9, 2014 | Reply More
The value of sharing notes and records with patients

The value of sharing notes and records with patients

Dr. Leana Wen, an attending physician and director of patient-centered care research in the Department of Emergency Medicine at George Washington University, recalled the first time a patient had asked her a question Dr. Wen had never been asked before: “May I take a look at what you’re writing?” Dr. Wen quickly found that when she [...]

September 8, 2014 | Reply More
Patient data from Community Health Systems Inc stolen in cyber attack from China

Patient data from Community Health Systems Inc stolen in cyber attack from China

Community Health Systems Inc, one of the biggest hospital groups in the United States with 206 hospitals in 29 states, reported the theft of personal data belonging to 4.5 million of its patients. This data included Social Security numbers, patient names, addresses, birth dates, and telephone numbers. It did not include medical or clinical information, [...]

September 7, 2014 | Reply More
Apple’s rising stock likely due to anticipated health care products

Apple’s rising stock likely due to anticipated health care products

  Apple’s stock reached a record high last week, reaching past $100 a share. Apple is currently considered the most valuable company in the world, not only due to its many successful products, but because of its reputation for innovation and ability to create new markets and deliver new, highly desired products. Apple’s earnings in [...]

September 6, 2014 | Reply More
Microsoft gets involved in mHealth with diabetes management platform study

Microsoft gets involved in mHealth with diabetes management platform study

With almost 26 million Americans are living with diabetes, totaling $245 billion in health care related costs each year, stakeholders have been seeking ways in which to help diabetes patients keep their condition under control. Microsoft’s new mobile diabetes management platform is another innovative offering in this space. Microsoft recently announced its plans to enter [...]

September 5, 2014 | Reply More
Verizon supports artificial pancreas telemedicine trial

Verizon supports artificial pancreas telemedicine trial

Verizon recently announced its plan to provide private network services to the University of Virginia and Stanford University for a study on a series of devices called an “artificial pancreas” that could monitor glucose levels in patients with Type 1 diabetes and automatically release insulin into the body. The artificial pancreas utilizes a tiny glucose [...]

September 3, 2014 | Reply More
According to analysts, Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize the mobile health market

According to analysts, Apple’s HealthKit will revolutionize the mobile health market

Apple’s HealthKit initiative will allow apps that provide health and fitness services to share their data with Apple’s new Health app and with each other. The user’s health information will also be stored in a secure, centralized location and the users will also be able to decide which data should be shared with each app. [...]

September 1, 2014 | Reply More