Doctor-patient video visits to triple to 16 million next year
by: Brian Dolan
According to research firm Parks Associates the number of doctor-patient video consultations in the US will almost triple over the next year.
“The number of doctor-patient video consultations will nearly triple from this year to the next, from 5.7 million in 2014 to over 16 million in 2015, and will exceed 130 million in 2018,” Harry Wang, Director, Health & Mobile Product Research, Parks Associates said in a recent statement. Read More
Fierce Mobile Healthcare
Mobile app privacy practices scarce, lack transparency
by: Judy Mottl
Mobile healthcare application privacy policies are hard to find, and those in place are not providing transparency on privacy practices and more than half aren't focused software, according to a new study.
Fierce Health Payer
Price transparency: a win-win for insurers and consumers
by: Diana Manos
Price transparency is more than just an exercise in being up-front--it's imperative to improve the bottom line for any health insurer, says a new brief from the nonprofit, Families USA.
Prices vary dramatically by provider, oftentimes with no difference in quality, leaving consumers with a hard time discerning where to get the most value for their money, according to the brief.
"More expensive providers do not necessarily deliver higher-quality care," writes Lydia Mitts, senior policy analyst for the organization, which advocates for affordable, higher-quality healthcare for U.S. consumers. Read More
Med City News
Despite promise, mobile health faces slow road
by: Dan Verel
While mobile health is an increasingly popular topic in healthcare and technology circles, patients – the most important piece of the equation – are still perhaps unpersuaded, according to a report in the MIT Technology Review.
One in 10 Americans owns some sort of health tracking device, from FitBit to Nike to Jawbone, yet more than half of those devices are no longer being used by the patient, writes Nanette Byrnes, citing consultancy firm Endeavor Partners.
With respect to mobile applications, more than 100,000 are available, but “very few” have been downloaded 500 times, while more than two-thirds of consumers have stopped using the apps, according to a PWC report Read More
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