mHealth is an emerging trend in technology. It stands for ‘mobile healthcare’ and means utilizing smartphones and medical mobile devices to help diagnose and monitor health conditions.
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Topics covered patient concerns about the increasing use of mobile apps to manage health/wellness/chronic diseases
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According to the report, just under two-thirds (64%) of healthcare providers acknowledged that mobile technologies offer potential benefits for patients, but feel that mobile health (also known as mhealth) is virgin and untested territory. As a result, the majority of doctors (73%) don’t suggest iOS or mobile health apps to their patients and some (13%) even discourage patients from using them.
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The app, the launch of which coincides with the start of the London 2012 Olympics, allows people add health and fitness goals to their timelines, and includes a range of fitness and diet challenges. Leveraging the popularity of health apps and fitness trackers such as MapMyRun, the new Facebook app also features workouts sponsored by Olympians Michael Johnson and Summer Sanders and Olympic hopefuls Kevin Durant and Alex Morgan.