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The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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CVS/pharmacy® has announced the launch of its new innovative mobile health app, Drug Interaction Checker as part of its top-rated CVS Mobile app. The new feature allows customers to quickly and easily check for potential drug interactions by comparing over-the-counter products with their prescriptions and other over-the-counter products on their smartphones.  Read Original Content

Mobile operator US Cellular released new data on consumer use of health and fitness apps. Just ten percent of US Cellular customers use a mobile phone or tablet for health or fitness on a regular basis, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the company by Consumer Insights.  Read Original Content

A decrease in health care providers and an increase in the aging population is driving innovation of mobile health applications, according to witnesses at a House Committee on Small Business hearing held last week.  Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

According to the United Nations, about 83 percent of countries have mobile health access, including medical services delivered over the phone and toll-free emergency call centers.  Read Original Content

There is a tug of war going on in Washington between rival industry groups lobbying the Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to influence the timing of the Food and Drug Administration's release of its final guidance on mobile medical applications. Read Original Content
The most popular mobile health applications for consumers are fitness and wellness apps, according to a new survey of mobile engagement by New York-based communications agency Ruder Finn.  Read Original Content

A staggering 90 percent of chronic patients in the U.S. would accept a mobile app prescription from their physician, as opposed to only 66 percent willing to accept a prescription of medication, according to a recent survey from health communications firm Digitas Health.  Read Original Content

Mobile Health released an infographic image displaying the detection times for urine drug tests for marijuana. Pre-employment drug testing is a very important part of an employee-screening program, and understanding the detection times allow employers to understand the results given.  Read Original Content

According to a new market research report from MarketsandMarkets, the total mobile healthcare market is expected to reach $23.49 billion by 2018.  Read Original Content

Health monitoring company Azumio thinks it has the answer to displaying a single picture of a person’s overall health status with its new iOS app called Argus. The app pulls in your health data from a variety of devices, such as the Withings scale and the MapMyFitness app, as well as other iOS apps from Azumio and others, and displays it all in a timeline of activity.  Read Original Content

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Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and SMAC analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict serves as the Senior Vice President, Solutions Strategy, at Regalix, a Silicon Valley based company, focused on bringing the best strategies, digital technologies, processes and people together to deliver improved customer experiences, journeys and success through the combination of intelligent solutions, analytics, automation and services. He is a popular writer, speaker and futurist, and in the past 8 years he has taught workshops for large enterprises and government agencies in 18 different countries. He has over 32 years of experience working with strategic enterprise IT solutions and business processes, and he is also a veteran executive working with both solution and services companies. He has written dozens of technology and strategy reports, over a thousand articles, interviewed hundreds of technology experts, and produced videos on the future of digital technologies and their impact on industries.