Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring this past week.
A new mobile application, MomConnect, will allow all pregnant women in South Africa to sign up for a free SMS service which provides information and advice on pregnancy.
In a recent post at the U.S. Senate’s Newsroom website, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) informed constituents that “personal health and fitness data – so rich that an individual can be identified by their gait – is being gathered and stored by fitness bracelets like ‘FitBit’ and others like it, and can potentially be sold to third parties, like employers, insurance providers and other companies, without the users’ knowledge or consent.”
As MMW first reported Tuesday, Microsoft officials confirm that for their new mobile health project they are striking a deal with wireless provider TracFone to extend mHealth technology to undeserved and high-risk populations.
According to MedCity News, the U.S. Navy has recently launched an Anatomy Study Guide App that aims to help aspiring medical students. The Navy’s ad agency, Lowe Campell Ewald, designed the app “that will serve as a relevant tool to help students with their studies and remind them that the U.S. Navy supports their goals.”
Next week, The Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers will commence at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, California. The event’s organizers, Parks Associates, have announced ahead of the Summit that Chris Nicholson, CEO of a newly forming Connected Health Start-up (in stealth mode) and former VP & COO of Humana Wellness, will deliver the keynote address, “Applying Connected Health to the Wellness Market: The ‘Triple Threat’ Driving Growth.”
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