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Top L.A. hospital using HealthKit to monitor 80,000 patients

Apple’s ambitions as a mobile health company took a giant leap forward over the weekend, as HealthKit was connected to more than 80,000 patient files at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.<p>This means that Cedars-Sinai doctors now have the ability to take iOS Health data into account when …

Only 37% of Employers Use Healthcare Costs to Measure Wellness Program Effectiveness

DALLAS, April 8, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- <b></b>Wellness programs aren't being held accountable to lowering healthcare costs, according to a new survey of 443 …

12 Foods To Eat When You're Totally Stressed Out

<i>By Lindsay Funston</i><p>When work deadlines begin piling up and your social calendar is booked, the last thing you want to hear is to steer clear of the vending machine. Who has time for healthy eating? But when it comes to combating stress levels, what you eat may actually help relieve your tension. …

Nutrition

Maven Launches The First Telemedicine Platform Made For Women With $2.2 Million In Seed

Maven, a telemedicine app that caters to the healthcare needs of women, launched out of beta today with $2.2 million in seed funding. Investors include Great Oaks Venture Capital, BoxGroup, F Cubed, and several angels including WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg, former Gilt Groupe and AOL exec Susan …

Startups

Can't get away from your desk? Now you can work out AT your computer: Read our exclusive guide to toning up as you type

• <b>Survey revealed only a fifth of people leave their workplace to go our side for a break and only 3% go to the gym</b>• <b><br>Physiotherapists are warning</b> …

Electronic prior authorization: The solution to physicians' headaches?

Are you tired of dealing with health plans’ prior authorization requirements for certain prescription drugs? If so, you have a lot of company. But …

Medical price transparency toolkit unveiled by American Hospital Association

The consumer demand for price transparency is growing as patients pay more out-of-pocket expenses as deductibles rise.<p>The American Hospital …

Health Care

How Apple’s New Health App Could Be Used — or Abused

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Smartwatches

5 top ideas for improving healthcare in 2015, CEO survey finds

Slide <b>1 of 6</b><p>When it comes to improving the country's healthcare system, industry CEOs say it all comes down to how well you engage physicians in the …

Can Humana Pull Weight Watchers' Fat From The Fire?

Health insurance giant Humana (HUM) and Weight Watchers International (WTW) have partnered to help employers improve worker wellness and battle the nation’s costly obesity epidemic.<p>The deal could bring the Manhattan-based weight management specialist much needed access to more than 2 million …

Health Care

UnitedHealthcare upgrades Health4Me app to include wearables integration, mobile payments

UnitedHealth today unveiled a series of interesting upgrades to its Health4Me app, including mobile payments and integration into wearables.<p>It’s yet …

Top tips to heart health: More exercise and less stress

Lack of exercise is probably the number one risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Studies show that doing more than 150 minutes of moderate …

Holistic Medicine

Can't Get a Standing Desk? These Are Almost As Good

<i>By Corrie Pikul</i>, SELF<p>We don't need any more studies telling us that sitting is killing us. Yet despite our commitment to stand up once every 45 -- no, 20 -- minutes, we still end up getting so engrossed in our work (or whatever else happens to be on our screens) that our backside is practically …

Apps

15 Heart

A healthy diet can be good for your heart as well as your waistline.<p>Cleveland Clinic is a non-profit academic medical center. Advertising on our site …

The Power of Fish in Your Diet

Omega-3 fatty acids are called the essential fats because we need them to survive. The tricky thing is that our bodies cannot produce these types of …

Recipe: Couscous Salad With Tomatoes, Lemon and Sage

This Mediterranean couscous salad is full of veggies and made with olive oil, lemon and sage. It’s a fresh-tasting, nutritious offering that’s easy …

Google to reshape how it provides health information, Mayo Clinic joins as a partner

Google will today start presenting healthcare information in a new way – both for users of traditional Internet browsers as well as on its Google …

Digital Health

UnitedHealth's $43 Billion Exit From Fee-For-Service Medicine

Continuing the health insurance industry’s march further away from fee-for-service medicine, UnitedHealth Group (UNH) executives said this week they will increase value-based payments to doctors and hospitals by 20 percent this year to “north of $43 billion.”<p>UnitedHealth, considered a barometer for …

Health Care
Health Care

Learning from the healthcare customer experience

Today, rating systems are driving consumer decisions in virtually every U.S. industry. A single “gold standard” for customer ratings has yet to …

Report: Wearables, price transparency and ‘DIY healthcare’ among top trends for 2015

The $2.8 trillion U.S. healthcare sector will soon begin acting like a “true market” as the proliferation of consumer-based approaches and devices …

New model, rules proposed for Shared Savings ACOs

Health systems that have adopted the Shared Savings model ACOs could have an additional three years before being financially penalized for poor …

This Clever Device Turns Phones Into Sophisticated Eye Exam Machines

Another reason you soon won’t have to go to a doctor ever again, because your doctor is in your phone.<p>The most important medical invention of the last 10 years? It could be the smartphone.<p>Together with attachments, mobile phones can now be used for many health care tasks–from electrocardiography to …

Developed Countries

Low-carb diets similar to low-fat for weight loss

Anyone who's ever attempted to lose weight knows the frustration of trying -- and failing at -- different diets.<p>But a study published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association suggests any low-carbohydrate or low-fat diet can produce significant weight loss results.<p>People should …

Banner Network Colorado Enters Into Value-Based Agreement with Humana

GREELEY, Co.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Banner Network Colorado (BNC), an integrated provider delivery network operating in Northern Colorado, and Humana Inc. …

Seven tips for busy executives to stay healthy

<i>This column is part of Globe Careers' Leadership Lab series, where executives and experts share their views and advice about leadership and management. Follow us at</i> @Globe_Careers<i>. Find all Leadership Lab stories at</i> tgam.ca/leadershiplab<p>Executives wanted: Must be able to climb to great heights, go …

Knowing prices tied to lower healthcare spending | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - People who search and compare the prices of common healthcare services tend to spend a bit less than people who don’t, according to a new study.<p>The overall amount of money people and their employers spent on office visits, laboratory services and imaging tests was …

Philips' wearable sensor gives COPD patients constant health tracking

Philips is no stranger to the healthcare industry, and with a new sensor, it's looking to further dive into medical wearables for real-world use. The company developed a gadget for COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) sufferers that's worn inside a disposable adhesive patch, continuously …