TB medicine adherence focus of mHealth effort; Tool to help in app design for patients with disabilities;

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> A new software development tool could play a big role in mHealth app design and development when creating software for patients with disabilities. The Mobile Accessibility Checker, developed by IBM for iOS and Android, helps developers identify and correct usability issues early in the software building process, according to Healthcare Innovation. The tool highlights accessibility issues and advises developers on possible tweaks so apps will conform to industry and regulatory requirements. Article

> The public health department in Harris County, Texas, is tapping a mobile patient management platform in its quest to boost medication adherence among tuberculosis patients, reports MedCity News. The tool will enable caregivers to observe patients taking TB medication in real-time via a video "selfie" patients share with physicians. Article

> The Give an Hour charity, which helps provide veterans with free mental health services, is mulling a partnership with Doctor on Demand, an app that connects patients with doctors for virtual appointments, according to a Stars and Stripes report. Barbara Van Dahlen, who founded Give an Hour, believes technology is invaluable in erasing the stigma attached to mental health issues and has launched a national campaign to raise awareness on the topic. Article

Healthcare IT News

> HIE should stand for "Health Information Ecosystem," where all parties draw from and contribute to the network, according to Jan Lee, CEO of the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN). The state's health information exchange is a way to gather information from every health entity in the region and make it valuable to everyone, Lee says. Article

Provider News

> An assessment tool, as well as several specific strategies, is helping improve teamwork at an East Coast hospital and fostering better communication and collaboration between nurses and doctors. With the help of an outside consultant the hospital is deploying an enhanced workflow process, developed coaching mechanisms and instilled leadership to drive the strategy. Article

And Finally… Google Glass in the works for space travelers. Article