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What your patients need to know about these concerning new apps

Online eyewear retailer Warby Parker has given optometrists one more reason to dislike them. Now, in addition to offering customers a greater selection of eyewear at a lower cost than most brick-and-mortar eye doctors can offer, Warby Parker is introducing an online eye test.Read More

From apps to smart pills, new digital tools are tackling this costly problem

Patients who do not take their medication or follow through on doctor-prescribed treatments are a common – and costly – problem. A recent study published in the American Journal of Managed Care examined more than 857,000 patients mostly being treated for chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol. The patients were undergoing more than 1.2 million distinct therapies.Read More

Rural patients lack easy access to quality health care—but telemedicine is changing that

Recently we reported on the continuing growth of digital health technologies, which include wearables, remote monitoring, mobile health (mHealth) apps and tools, and telemedicine and telehealth. We noted that despite their promise, though, some technologies had not yet made the leap from enthusiasm to adoption by most medical practices.Read More

The interest in mobile health (mHealth) shows no signs of waning. That goes for both patients and doctors. A 2016 survey found that patients want more digital health tools from their doctors: 59 percent of all health-insured patients surveyed, and 70 percent of millennials, said they would choose a primary care doctor who offers a mobile app (allowing patients to make appointments, see bills, view health data, etc.) over one that does not.Read More