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> A new technology may eradicate the issue of poor and low medication adherence as Proteus Digital Health and Otsuka Pharmaceuticals are developing a smart pill featuring an ingestible sensor connecting to wearable patch that records pill taking activity, according to Forbes. The cost of non-compliance of medication adherence is estimated to run from $100 billion to $300 billion each year in healthcare costs. Article

> There is tremendous increasing interest by many industries, way beyond smartwatch players, in wearable technology development, and that trend will drive wearable device adoption, according to an APX Labs study conducted with Zogby Analytics. Telecoms, energy and utility companies are all as interested as healthcare device and app makers. Website

> Nonprofit pharma benefits management vendor SelectHealth teamed up with RxEOB to build a new mobile pharma app that helps users save money, view ID card data, find in-network care givers and research affordable drug options. Article

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> The Obama administration recently proposed a rule that would strengthen protections against gender-identity discrimination. But it's not clear how it will impact the health insurance industry. Article

> As American companies continue to expand wellness programs for their employees, one former Harvard professor says the whole concept is suspect at best. Corporate wellness programs, intended to achieve health insurance savings by promoting employee health, aren't what they are cracked up to be, says Alfred Lewis, founder and CEO of Quizzify, a consumer health education company. Article

Health IT News

> Interest among veterans receiving outpatient treatment in use of computerized psychotherapies (CPT) is high and an area where further efforts may be of interest, according to a recent study. The researchers investigated veterans' levels of interest for use of CPT's, especially given possible barriers such as availability of hardware and Internet, as well as understanding of the tools, according to the report, published in Telemedicine and e-Health. Article

> While both consumer and provider respondents to a survey conducted by Scripps Health expressed support for new health technologies, consumers were far more enthusiastic about such offerings than their provider counterparts. Nearly 40 percent of consumers said they were OK with using technology for self-diagnosis of non-life threatening medical conditions, compared to only around 14 percent of providers. Article

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