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Are patients ignoring doctors’ wearables prescriptions?

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 1:00pm

Doctors are increasingly prescribing health-related wearables, but a survey shows many patients are ignoring doctors’ orders.

The site Gadgets And Wearables reports the results from a recent Council for Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP) survey of over 30,000 U.S. patents and 626 U.S. doctors.

Only 4% of surveyed patients responded that their doctor had recommended self-tracking with wearables in the previous year. However, 40% of primary care providers said they had recommended using the devices in the same time period.

Even greater discrepancies arose when patients reported that only 4% of their doctors prescribed mobile apps to track biometrics like blood pressure or heart rate, and just 4% prescribed apps to track activity. For the same questions, doctors instead reported a prescription rate of 45% for biometric apps and a whopping 52% for physical activity tracking apps.

“This survey is evidence of the failure of American healthcare to provide coordinated, technologically enabled, high-quality healthcare to the majority of people,” said CAPP Chairman Robert Pearl. “These findings reinforce CAPP’s long-held belief that patient-centered care models are critical to closing the gaps between what patients need and what they are currently receiving.”

Not all doctors offer a digital medicine portal

Though the survey revealed a large number of patients not taking their digital medicine, it did gather some more positive findings.

Specifically it found that 48% of patients said they had access to a patient portal, which is a significant increase from last year. Also greatly improved from 2015 was the 42% of patients who reported online scheduling availability from their doctors’ offices and the 42% who had access to online secure messaging platforms to communicate with their doctors.

The disconnect between doctors and patients was also much less pronounced with 50% of physicians saying that they offer portals, 27% allowing online scheduling and 30% enabling secure messaging.

Though the CAPP survey indicates that many U.S. doctors are getting on board the medical wearables bandwagon, other corners of the medical community are still showing skepticism to the new technology. Some healthcare providers have indicated that the clinical community will not accept consumer-facing medical wearables until the data is relevant and reliable.

This follows recent comments by the American Medical Association that the digital health space is awash with “snake oil salesmen.”

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Google adds multi-stop directions to its Maps app on Android, with iOS support coming soon (Liz Davidoff/Google Lat Long)

TechMeme - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:30pm

Liz Davidoff / Google Lat Long:
Google adds multi-stop directions to its Maps app on Android, with iOS support coming soon  —  The weather's heating up, kids are out of school, and that means only one thing: summer's officially here.  Summer brings weekend road trips, faraway escapes and all kinds of getaways in between.

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After outcry, Microsoft will change its Windows 10 update prompt to make it easier to decline the update (Mary Jo Foley/ZDNet)

TechMeme - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:25pm

Mary Jo Foley / ZDNet:
After outcry, Microsoft will change its Windows 10 update prompt to make it easier to decline the update  —  Microsoft is changing the wording of its ‘Get Windows 10’ update prompt to make cancelling the free update easier and clearer.  —  Microsoft plans to change the Windows 10 update prompt …

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Google reveals Android N will be named Nougat (Kwame Opam/The Verge)

TechMeme - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:15pm

Kwame Opam / The Verge:
Google reveals Android N will be named Nougat  —  Google announced on Snapchat today that Android N, the latest version of Android, will now go by Android Nougat.  The announcement comes after the company said at I/O last month that users could submit suggestions for the name online.

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China’s Li touts IoT, sharing economy as growth drivers

ReadWriteWeb - Thu, 06/30/2016 - 12:00pm

Amid concerns about the economic slowdown in China, Premier Li Keqiang said his country is seeking new growth in emerging technology like the Internet of Things (IoT) and self-driving vehicles.

As reported by CNBC, Li gave a wide-ranging speech at the recent World Economic Forum (WEF) in Tianjin that emphasized the importance digital technologies will play in China’s future economy.

“We are embracing a new round of industrial revolution,” he said at the economic forum, known as the ‘Summer Davos.’ “We need to implement innovation-driven development.”

Li identified several industries that the Chinese government felt would get the world’s second-largest economy humming again. Prominent among these industries is the sharing economy, which dominated by such ride-sharing services as America’s Uber and China’s Baidu.

“The sharing economy gives everyone a fighting chance to achieve their dreams,” said Li.

He noted ongoing government support of this sector and the interconnected technology field of self-driving cars which is benefiting from ground-breaking policies in China that are paving the way for autonomous vehicle development in China.

China has seen big self-driving car investment

He highlighted the notable investments that multinationals had been made in China on the sharing economy and self-driving cars. Specifically he touted Ford’s $1.8 billion project that will incorporate autonomous driving technologies into cars sold on the Chinese market.

In other fronts, Li said China was pursuing its “Internet Plus” initiative, which strives to give support to such sectors as cloud computing, mobile internet and e-commerce. He said such efforts aimed at ensuring such emerging digital technologies as IoT and cloud computing were integrated into the everyday fabric of Chinese citizens’ lives.

According to Dan Starta, head of ATKearny’s Greater China consultancy, China is currently investing more on research and development into technological innovations than the European Union. And in the number of patents filed, it is now beginning to rival the U.S. as well.

Much of this technological innovation is emerging out of China’s flourishing mobile commerce sector.

“China’s Huawei took the top spot for most patents filed for the second consecutive year in 2015, while ZTE was ranked third,” he said of two massive Chinese smartphone firms. “Mobile commerce grew 140% to $334 billion, or roughly half of all online sales.”

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