Top 10 Twitter Accounts to Follow for Medical News and Information

Alex Bettencourt - August 9, 2011

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Many hospitals and clinics have joined the social media revolution, turning to Twitter to dispense information to patients and their families. Individuals living with illness, medical students and those simply interested in lifestyle tips now have access to everything from advice about eating mindfully to health insurance. Here are ten healthcare providers of special interest that deliver the best tweets around.

1. @MayoClinic
Mayo Clinic’s history dates back to the 1800s. Tweets include techniques for managing stress, healthy eating tips, links to their blog and job postings. The clinic also promotes contests like Minnesota’s Brand Madness, which gives fans a chance to vote for the state’s beloved brand.

2. @sanjayguptaCNN
Sanjay Gupta is a neurosurgeon and professor at the Emory University School of Medicine and also CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent. Items of interest include a weekly medical mystery contest and links to his blog posts on CNN Health. He is respected by high-profile individuals like President Obama and Oprah Winfrey. (more…)

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Top 10 Mobile Health and Patient Adherence Groups on LinkedIn

Alex Bettencourt - July 13, 2011

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Interested in learning more about mobile health and medication adherence from real professionals in the healthcare industry? Look no further. Below are the top 10 groups on LinkedIn you can join to learn more about patient compliance and mHealth.

1. Patient Adherence Solutions (500+ members)

This group is for anyone interested patient medication adherence. All patients, providers, payers, administrators, innovators, technology companies, researchers and stakeholders are especially welcomed to join this group. Members are encouraged to learn, share, and comment on news articles and discussions. Members are also encouraged to submit patient adherence, compliance, and persistence articles and start discussions. It is requested that submissions and comments stay on topic.

2. Patient Adherence, Compliance & Communication Strategy for Pharma (2,000 + members)

Although this group is for pharmaceutical executives who wish to place the patient at the center of their marketing, retention and sales strategy, it’s also a great place for outsiders to get a sneak peek into the most biggest priority among patient marketers and see how compliance is handled. (more…)

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Top 8 Mobile Health News Resources

Alex Bettencourt - June 27, 2011

The mobile health industry is expanding rapidly every day thanks to smart phone adoption.  According to a Neilson research report, approximately 25% of current U.S. cell phones are smart phones.  This rate will exceed 50% by the end of 2011!  Imagine the tsunami of participation and interest in mobile health by 2012.

It can be slightly overwhelming to ride along the waves of  mobile health technology because there are numerous advances to keep track of every day. If you’re wondering where to turn  for the latest mobile health news, don’t worry any longer. We have compiled a list of our top 10 resources for mobile health news. See our favorite resources below and discover the latest mHealth news and what it means for you.
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Mobile Health Market Top 10 Trends - Part 1

Alex Bettencourt - January 7, 2011

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For those of you that have read the recent Pew Internet and American Life Project, you might recall their discoveries in regards to mobile health. It noted, “15 percent of 18- to 29- year olds had a mobile health app on their phone, compared to 8 percent of 30- to 49-year-olds, 6 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds, and 5 percent of people 65-years-old and older.” (more…)

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Smart Phones Lead The Way In mHealth

Alex Bettencourt - March 8, 2010

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At the end of 2009 there were 4.6 billion mobile phone users around the globe. By the end of 2010 this number is expected to reach 5 billion.  And in 2014 Mary Meeker of Morgan Stanley predicts there will be 2,776 MM 3G global users, this means 43% of the population!

In North America 260,575,000 people are expected to have smart phones! This means 74% of the population will be busy browsing the web and text messaging away on their phones constantly!

Why is this new behavior catching the attention of health industry leaders and government officials? Because the more people have access to smart phones, the more popular mHealth will be; which leads to more money and lives saved. (more…)

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Five mHealth Companies Funded in 2009

Pamela Swingley - June 27, 2009

2009 has been a tough year for companies seeking venture capital. mHealth start-ups that offer healthcare services via mobile devices such as mobile phones, patient monitoring devices and wireless funds have been one of the few bright spots. Brian Dolan of MobileHealthNews highlights five mHealth start-ups that received venture capital in 2009.

MiLife - Personalized online coaching system
January, 2009
Amount raised: Undisclosed
- New Venture Partners
- Unilever Ventures

Phreesia - the patient check-in company
February, 2009
Amount raised: $11.6 million
- BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners
- Polaris Venture Partners
- HLM Venture Partners

Monica Healthcare - innovators in fetal and maternal management
April, 2009
Amount raised: $1.6 million
- PUK Ventures ($1.1 million)

Autonomic Technologies - medical devices that interface with the autonomic nervous system
May, 2009
Amount raised: $20 million
- InterWest Partners
- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers
- The Cleveland Clinic

Zephyr Technology - Remote telemetry and wearable smart fabrics
June, 2009
Amount raised: Undisclosed
- Motorola Ventures

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