Chip-based mHealth on strong adoption route; Robot could replace medical cart;

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> Easy to use consumer-focused mobile tech platforms and consumer interest will spur mHealth technology adoption, John Scott, M.D., associate professor in the Division of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at University of Washington Medicine and medical director for telemedicine, tells mHealth News, noting chip-based technology will be nearly ubiquitous in the next five years. Ingestible chips loom on the horizon and bode potential to revolutionize healthcare, Scott predicts. Article

> Consumers and patients are increasingly gaining access to a wider range of mHealth devices, according to new research from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. The study includes a table that identifies about 170 devices and apps that reveal insight regarding the needs and demands of patients and providers. The devices range from offering basic functionality, such as blood pressure readings, to more sophisticated features such as diagnosing heart abnormalities. Report

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> A robot named "Terapio" may not only help caregivers deliver resources to patients, but it also could help collect and record patient data during medical rounds, in effect, replacing today's conventional medical cart. Article

> Hospitals are creating programs and resources aimed at helping staff dealing with job burnout, as well as helping to prevent employee burnout scenarios. Article

Health IT News

> Telemedicine parity laws now are in play in 27 states and the District of Columbia after Indiana, Minnesota and Nevada enacted their own laws, according to an announcement from the American Telemedicine Association. Article

Payer News

> In a special report, FierceHealthPayer examines the challenges inherent in company wellness programs and the challenges, and also legal battles, in play regarding mandatory involvement, penal strategies for workers not participating and what payers and employers can do to strengthen initiatives. Article

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