Doc: mHealth won't replace in-person care, but provides wealth of benefits; Apps allow women to share unique health experiences, info;

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> Emerging technologies won't replace one-to-one physician interaction, Cleveland Clinic CEO and President Toby Cosgrove, M.D.,writes at Mediaplanet, but they boost care levels, make treatment more efficient and lower costs. Article

> Mobile health apps are giving more insight into female health by allowing women to share health-related information and experiences, according to a New York Times column. The data and knowledge being collected via mobile tech may produce answers the medical community has ignored or overlooked. Article

Health Insurance News

> By working with groups that represent chronic disease patients, insurers can save money on costly therapies while ensuring patients have access to the treatments they need. Article

> In an effort to improve care quality and coordination, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) plans to arm primary care providers with the power of data. The insurer's new data and analytics platform--Blue Insights for Rhode Island--will be available free to all primary care clinicians in the state. Article

Health IT News

> Use of platforms designed to provide access to individual patient data in order to increase transparency of clinical trial data has been limited, according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study involved 3,255 clinical trials available on three such platforms:, the Yale University Open Data Access Project (YODA) and the Supporting Open Access for Researchers (SOAR) initiative. Article

And Finally… City bird gets the worm. Article