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Employee Resistance Still a Roadblock to Wider Use of Digital Healthcare
Digital and mobile healthcare applications are rapidly topping the list of information technology priorities within many healthcare systems. But a new survey from the Milwaukee-based American Society of Quality says employees are resisting change and slowing implementation.
The American Society of Quality survey of 178 healthcare technology executives finds that 78% believe more widespread implementation of digital and mobile health tools is the best way to boost quality of care and hospital employee productivity. 71% of survey takers also believe building up the ranks of technology managers who push the development of digital healthcare within their organization is a big priority.
But there is still resistance among some healthcare providers to implement more digital healthcare programs. 70% of respondents say doctors and other employees don’t believe learning a new system will cut their workload, save time or improve their daily work flow. 64% also say high implementation costs are a barrier for more expedited digital healthcare and 61% that believe complex new devices, poor systems integration among multiple technologies and the “haphazard” introduction of new devices could trigger more employee errors.

Digital Health Companies Raised Almost $224 Million in August
So far this year, MobiHealthNews has tracked digital funding that has reached nearly $1.35 billion. August was a healthy month for funding, bringing in $223.86 million across 19 deals, putting it slightly above the monthly average for the year. In the first quarter of 2016, digital health companies raised $770 million, and in the second quarter got almost $500 million. Last month, during a slight downturn in funding, digital health companies got $149 million, and things are picking back up, with big deals like Andreesen Horowitz-funded Accolade Health and home care software maker ClearCare leading the pack.
The month was also a big one for acquisitions -- scroll down for a roundup of M&A this month, after the funding roundup. During the month of August, MobiHealthNews reported on 19 digital health companies that raised money.

13 Digital Health Crowdfunding Projects: Connected CPAP, Breathalyzers, Mental Health Apps and More
It's been a few months since MobiHealthNews last put together a digital health crowdfunding roundup, so there are several ongoing Indiegogo and Kickstarter projects to peruse. Read the latest rundown, which includes a connected CPAP machine, mental health apps, a small breathalyzer, and various other digital health devices and offerings.
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Tiny 'Fitbits' to Keep Tabs on the Body From Within
Scientists are developing dust-sized wireless sensors implanted inside the body to track neural activity in real-time, offering a potential new way to monitor or treat a range of conditions including epilepsy and control next-generation prosthetics.
The tiny devices have been demonstrated successfully in rats, and could be tested in people within two years, the researchers said.
"You can almost think of it as sort of an internal, deep-tissue Fitbit, where you would be collecting a lot of data that today we think of as hard to access," said Michel Maharbiz, an associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley.
Fitbit Inc sells wearable fitness devices that measure data including heart rate, quality of sleep, number of steps walked and stairs climbed, and more.

Next Health Wearable? Your Home
Connected health devices typically surround your wrist, but connected health may soon surround you in a much bigger way as the home becomes the biggest health device of all.
"We have more data from sensors about what's going on in the home than almost anyone else in America," Don Boerema, chief corporate development officer for home-security and health company ADT, said this week at a connected-health summit.
That data about how people are functioning "under the shingles" is still largely unseen, even to internet giants like Google and Facebook, yet it can have offer real health insights.
"If someone hasn't gotten out of bed, left the house for a while or has increased bathroom frequency, they're headed for a crash," according to Lainie Muller, director of wellness for, a maker of smart gadgets for the home. Other experts speaking at the Parks Associates Connected Health Summit largely agreed that such indicators can accurately predict acute health problems as much as 30 days out.


How the NHS Can Deliver the Benefits of Digital Healthcare
In January 2013, the Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, set the NHS the ambitious target of ‘going paperless’ within five years to save billions, improve services and help meet the challenges of an ageing population. He said that patients should have compatible digital records that allow their health data to follow them around the health and social care system – meaning that, in the vast majority of cases, when a patient needs a GP, hospital or care at home, the professionals responsible for providing that care can see their history at the touch of a button.
The Health Secretary’s plans received a further boost earlier this year, when an extra £4 billion was set aside for areas such as electronic records and online appointments prescriptions and consultations. It is little surprise, then, that 64 per cent of NHS IT leaders are now engaging in the procurement or roll-out of electronic health records.

What’s Influencing Digital Health Growth in China?
Digital health investment in China, particularly companies serving the domestic market, topped $1.1 billion in the first half of 2016, according to data from CB Insights. That’s about how much was invested in the sector in the whole of 2015.
Several factors are fueling the growth of digital health in China, and some of these elements aren’t unlike what’s spurring the development and investment in its U.S counterpart.
Still it’s worth noting one major difference between what’s driving the two nation’s digital health futures: deregulation and state-owned enterprise reform. 
The Chinese government’s interest in downsizing state-owned enterprises has coincided with a modified stance on private and foreign capital. As a result, foreign investors and overseas companies, such as insurers, can now enter the nation’s healthcare industry, aMacquarie Research report on China found.


A Certified Nurse Launches a Revolutionary Pregnancy Care App to Help Pregnant Women.
MSI LLC, a Healthcare Software company founded by CNM Nurse, and SIMpalm launch "Step by Step Pregnancy Care App" for iOS and Android App Stores. App has been available in both the app stores since July 2016 and free to download. App provides support for English and Spanish Language and so far has seen more than 5000 Downloads. The Step by Step Pregnancy App is designed by medical professional with 26 years of experience who has hired SIMpalm team to develop the app.

Only 25% of Seniors Use Digital Healthcare Tools
Compared to the rest of society, in the United States senior citizens aren’t big users of digital healthcare technology.
But the reason just isn’t that seniors 65 and over aren’t using the web, desktop and mobile computers to manage their healthcare affairs as much as younger consumers. Many healthcare organizations don’t seem to be targeting elderly patients with their digital health initiatives, according to a new survey published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
The primary author of the survey and of the results, Dr. David Levine, with the division of general internal medicine and primary care, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, found that while most younger U.S. consumers are daily users of  the web, cell phones, e-mail and texting, the rate is lower with seniors.
For instance 90% of consumers use the Internet to conduct healthcare-related searches compared with only about 60% of consumers 65 and older. “The sickest, most expensive and fastest-growing segment of the U.S. population are seniors 65 years and older,” Levine says. “Digital health technology has been advocated as a solution to improve healthcare quality, cost and safety, but little is known about digital health use among seniors.”
Today about 25% of seniors are using digital healthcare web sites and tools compared with about 21% three years ago, according to Levine’s survey of about 7,100 elderly consumers that take part in the federal government’s annual National Health and Aging Trends Study, a representative survey of Medicare beneficiaries 65 years and older.
76% of seniors used cell phones and 64% used computers but only 43% used the internet, only 40% did any e-mail or texting and fewer than 20% used internet banking, internet shopping or social network sites, Levine says. But even fewer seniors used digital healthcare sites and tools. “Only 16% obtained health information; 8% filled prescriptions; 7% percent contacted clinicians; and 5% handled insurance online,” he says.

Apple’s Move to Tighten Digital Health Criteria Could Have Bigger Impact Than FDA
A couple of months ago, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration acted to shore up criteria for digital health companies with final guidance articulating the difference between the “low-risk” digital health apps and devices for general health management and those apps and devices that needed FDA 510(k) clearance.
Now Apple has set down some rules for digital health companies aspiring to use the technology giant’s iOS network.


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Measuring Maturity of Use for Electronic Medical Records in British Columbia: The Physician Information Technology Office         
This article examines British Columbia (BC)’s Physician Information Technology Office’s efforts to measure and improve the use of electronic medical records (EMRs) by select practices in BC with an assessment of their progress using a maturity model, and targeted support. The follow-up assessments showed substantial increases in the physicians’ scores resulting from action plans that comprised a series of tailored support activities. Specifically, there was an increase from 21% to 83% of physicians who could demonstrate that they used their EMRs as the principal method of record-keeping.


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