mHealth apps may boost arthritis management and telehealth

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> A new Kantar Health mobile survey app used to collect data and feedback from rheumatoid arthritis patients is providing deep insight and a unique perspective of pain episodes and how the chronic pain impacts day-to-day living experiences. Announcement

> Research published in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics reveals social networking technologies, such as Facebook, and smartphone apps can drive expanded and improved telehealth and telemedicine. Announcement

Health IT News

> The White House has released its final Data Security Policy Principles and Framework for the Precision Medicine Initiative. The document sets expectations for organizations participating in the initiative, and government agencies have committed to integrating it into all PMI activities. Article

> Medical tourism, with the assistance of telemedicine in the U.S., holds a great many opportunities, as well as myriad challenges, according to Yan Alicia Hong, Ph.D., of the School of Public Health at Texas A&M University. Article

Health Insurance News

> More than 60 percent of consumers enrolled in Medicaid or Affordable Care Act marketplace plans in 2016 said they had received medical care that was previously inaccessible or unaffordable, according to a Commonwealth Fund survey. Article

> A new report from America's Health Insurance Plans touts the "pioneering innovative programs" that insurers have deployed to meet patients' behavioral health needs. Insurers are partnering with behavioral healthcare organizations to provide patients with mental health and/or substance use disorders, for example, with access to evidence-based services and assistance with basic needs such as housing, transportation and job training, according to the AHIP report. Article

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