American Academy of Dermatology releases free app for consumers with chronic hives; mHealth could lead to 'electronic doctor';

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> The American Academy of Dermatology is debuting a free app to help patients suffering from hives locate a physician, track symptoms and potential outbreak triggers, according to a report at The tool also helps users track medical appointments and medication intake. Article

> mHealth innovation could birth an "electronic doctor" in the next decade or two and next year may debut as the year of "consumer enragement" regarding healthcare, a Frost & Sullivan research analyst tells MedCityNews. The "enragement" is tied to consumer anger over increasing healthcare costs, from policy premiums to prescription drugs. Article

Health IT News

> Consumer engagement is more talk than reality, but there are actions that can be taken to fix that, according to a paper from Mathematica Policy Research published in eGEMS (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes). The researchers sought to compare the rhetoric about consumer engagement with what's actually taking place through a literature review and interviews with 11 national leaders and staff from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Article

> Ransomware will come to medical devices or wearables in 2016, Forrester Research predicts in a new report. A Motherboard article poses a scenario in which a person's pacemaker is hacked to create chest pain, then receiving a text message: "Want to keep living? Pay us a ransom now, or you die." Article

Health Insurance News

> Relations are not so tense these days between health insurers and physicians, but several issues still divide them, according to Managed Care magazine. While tensions have de-escalated over the past decade as physicians have adjusted to a managed care environment, it's still not a perfect marriage. Article

And Finally... This Walk-Man walks tall. Article