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mHealth: Mobility Required

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mHealth: Easy Use for Seniors

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I always ask people in the mHealth industry, 
"Will the app or product be easy for everyone to use?"

As the primary caregiver for my late father, I can tell you 
that user friendly technology would have extended his ability 
to live independently in his own home.

Check out this interesting article and report on the subject: 

Wireless Health: mHealth for Me & You

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America's adoption of wireless is accelerating and, as a result, so is our ability to help those without access to proper healthcare.

I have lived with the reality of my Mama's chronic illness, and then later took on the job as the primary caregiver of my father at the end of his life.  I have experienced what you could and could not do when helping to take care of loved ones who are sick.

Now the technology that could have helped to improve their quality of life is at our fingertips. mHealth has changed medicine, but there is room for even more applications and services. Our country has made a lot of progress in expanding mHealth services - but there certainly is room for even more growth.

That reality also puts an important spotlight on federal wireless policy - specifically the FCC's upcoming spectrum incentive auction and the need for rules that ensure equal access for all participants.

Last week, the federal government released its latest figures on Americans' wireless habits. According to the survey, the number of "wireless only" American homes has risen to more than 45%. More than half of all adults aged 18-44 and children under 18 live in wireless-only households.

But the implications become even more significant by factoring in two additional points. First, almost three in five (59%) adults living under the poverty line are in wireless-only households, compared with 42% of higher income adults. Second, wireless-only substitution seems once again to be accelerating. 

Back in 2012-13, the rate of wireless-only household growth fell from 10% to about 7%. But during 2013-14, this growth rate jumped back to more than 10%.

As more people adopt wireless technology, mHealth becomes a more valuable tool with an unmatched ability to reach those most in need of better healthcare - and this ability is growing. The four leading health problems for African-Americans are cancer, strokes, diabetes and heart disease.  Each of these can be better diagnosed, treated and monitored with a smartphone and mHealth services.

The surge in mobile reliance and our own self-empowerment to promote our own health should also be a clear signal to federal regulators about next year's wireless spectrum auction. This event's impact will shape our ability to use wireless service for decades. So it's vital that the FCC, which manages the auction, resist calls to micromanage the auction rules by favoring some companies over others. The only results will be costly delays and lawsuits as everyone schemes to game the rules.

All mobile Internet users and consumers of all mobile experiences deserve for their provider to be able to bid on the spectrum needed to bring these health-empowering services to each of us. The FCC should not favor some consumers' companies over others; let us all be able to reach forward and grasp the benefits of today's modern life-enhancing mobile technology.

The expansion of mHealth technology has helped improve health care for many Americans in underserved areas. The upcoming spectrum auction is the next crucial step in ensuring more Americans have access to the health services they need, whether they live in a rural town or a major city.

Much has changed, but more work is needed to make things better.




mHealth: Smart Nurses & Smartphones

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mHealth: Wearable Devices

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mHealth & Chronic Disease Management

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mHealth: Tools & Care

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mHealth: Does it or will it work?

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The question I always ask mHealth folks. 
Does it or will it work?

Check out this interesting article on that issue:

"But, as an article published at the Journal of the American Medical Association points out, the number of viable, safe and beneficial mHealth apps is a big unknown; many apps could potentially be problematic for users and caregivers."

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mHealth and Vets

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Check out this interesting read on how the 
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
is expanding their services via mHealth:

mHealth & Title II

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Last week, the Federal Communications Commission took a both interesting and short sighted step in trying to get its hands around creating a new guidance  for this country's Internet users both now and in our future.
In a 3-2 vote, the FCC approved placing our modern, high-speed Internet systems under control of 1934 public utility regulations collectively known as "Title II." These rules, designed to manage the rotary telephone system, will now be used to regulate the way we Skype, chat, use social media, stream music, and everything else we do online.

Perhaps more importantly, the inherent problems of regulating the Internet as a utility will be felt on the most important medical advance in generations: development of Internet-based health systems. These emerging online products have the potential to dramatically expand our access to quality, affordable healthcare - but only if our Internet is up to the task.

Placing our high-speed wired and wireless Internet under federal utility regulations will place a huge burden on the growing mHealth technology market that is becoming more and more essential for patients all over the country.

And there is still much to accomplish in expanding high speed Internet access to rural and other underserved areas to ensure more people have quality access to mHealth apps. Do we really want the quality of our Internet service to resemble the quality of the nation's roadways?
The Internet is too important to have such a vital governance decision made by three unelected officials. America's ability to develop and deploy the best, fastest and most capable Internet systems have proliferated because innovators were allowed to innovate and start-ups had the freedom to bring us the Internet we love and enjoy today, without unnecessary government intrusion.
Federal officials seemed to have taken a short sighted view by now allowing our thriving Internet infrastructure to fall under slow moving bureaucratic management.  The Internet is too dynamic and changes too rapidly for federal micromanagement, particularly one that opens the door to $11 billion in new taxes on consumers

It's perfectly acceptable - in fact, desirable - for Congress to ensure that Internet users can access their choice of legal websites and apps without interference.

Title II has also proven in the past to bring a great amount of uncertainty to the marketplace. When there is uncertainty in the telecom sphere, many companies are will hesitate to invest and build out the infrastructure we need to bring high-speed Internet networks to all Americans.
The irony in all of this is that it now falls back on the Congress to take action and bring some much-needed consumer protection and legal clarity to this vital part of our economy.
I know many folks will not believe it but I think and want to believe that both smart and bipartisan solutions can help Congress to address this issue. Our Internet thrives because it has the freedom to create.

They have both the authority and the responsibility  to assert its authority under the Telecommunications Act to ensure all Americans, regardless of who they are where they live, have access to a 21st century Internet infrastructure.

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