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Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms?

August 3, 2020

From  Reuters: Fitbit and other wearable devices typically linked to exercise are being studied as ways to identify people who are potentially infected with COVID-19 before symptoms appear, when they can unknowingly spread the disease. Source: Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms? – Reuters The linked article hits many of my hot buttons regarding future […]

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New Phone

July 2, 2020

I just upgraded my smart phone to the new Samsung Galaxy S20. The new phone is very nice, the camera is awesome. It is set up for 5G…whatever. However the best part was the transition. I was not looking forward to it as my past experiences have been less than ideal. This time it went […]

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‘Dental Cupid’ Makes Pandemic-Era Matches Between Emergency Patients And Dentists

May 14, 2020

So Abdul and his team set to work, and in three days and three all-nighters, they created an online directory of dentists who provide emergency care, including where they’re located, their specialities, and whether they accept Medicaid and other forms of insurance.” If you believe you have a dental emergency and have not been able […]

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Guide for Making High Quality Smart Phone Videos

May 11, 2020

 From my friends at TNT Dental. Video can be a powerful tool. Unfortunately many DIY dental videos I see are just bad. These tips are simple and will help you avoid most amateur mistakes. TNT recommends you make a short (30 second) video for patients to view before the first visit returning from the […]

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Coronavirus scams on the increase, warn police and FBI

April 21, 2020

From 9to5Mac: Police, consumer organizations and Internet security companies are warning about an increasing number of coronavirus scams, as the FBI says cybercrime reports are up 400% … One scam is a text message claiming you’ve been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19. This one could easily fool people, as it […]

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Suedo reveals which of your apps are sharing too much data

February 27, 2020

From Fast Company: After I installed Seudo, the app claimed that TikTok was gathering minute-by-minute details on my network connection, which could help the social media app infer some form of location information. McDonald’s, meanwhile, appeared to be gathering all kinds of device data for tracking purposes, and several other apps, including Pandora and photo […]

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Oh Yeah, It’s a Phone Too

February 11, 2020

One of the fundamental changes that digital technology has produced is so subtle we often don’t even acknowledge it yet it is so substantial that it has altered everything. Once the basic capacity is in place a digital device can do many many that is to say many tasks. The most obvious example is a […]

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Hundreds of millions of Android phone cameras can be hijacked by spyware

December 9, 2019

From Tom’s Guide: Rogue Android apps can hijack the default camera apps on Google and Samsung smartphones, and probably the camera apps on many other brands of Android phones, to take photos and record video and audio without the device users’ permission. Source: Hundreds of millions of Android phone cameras can be hijacked by spyware | […]

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New bill to plug up HIPAA app gaps

July 2, 2019

From POLITICO: PRIVACY BILL PICKS UP WHAT HIPAA LEAVES OUT—Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) are collaborating on a bill that would direct HHS Secretary Alex Azar to come up with regulations for health technology, including for apps, wearables and direct-to-consumer genetic tests. The bill directs HHS to consult with the FTC and the […]

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HHS guidance clarifies HIPAA liability with use of 3rd-party health apps

June 4, 2019

From FierceHealthcare: The Trump administration is pushing the healthcare industry to be a part of the smartphone economy, but there has been some confusion about whether healthcare providers and their health IT vendors would be held accountable for how patients use their health data. To address this, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of […]

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What patients think about digital medicine

April 30, 2019

Follow the link for a very interesting survey. Accenture Survey The number one digital item patients like is a practice web page. Hmmm.    

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E-services work

April 25, 2019

…the study revealed that for those who have adopted a PRM solution, those challenges were addressed. Most organizations saw significant reductions in no-shows and savings of staff time, rather than higher costs or use of staff time. Source: State of PRM Report from Solutionreach Reveals Four Key Trends | Business Wire The link goes to […]

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Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched,

April 18, 2019

Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched, Source: Apple Watch ‘prolonged my life’ by spotting deadly heart illness just days after new ECG feature launched, gadget owner reports

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One Drop integrates with iPhone’s health records

March 28, 2019

Interesting: The company’s mobile app enables people with type 1 or type 2 diabetes to track blood sugar, medications, meals and physical activity through their iPhone, according to the company. It also allows people to set daily goals and view progress as well as connect with a broader community and personal coaches. Source: One Drop […]

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Your smartphone screen is probably disgusting

March 12, 2019

“Mobile phones have become veritable reservoirs of pathogens as they touch faces, ears, lips and hands of different users of different health conditions,” researchers observed in a 2009 study of bacteria removed from personal calling devices. Source: Your smartphone screen is probably disgusting. Here’s how to clean it The linked article is interesting. It outlines how our […]

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Free Mobile App can help dentists during office medical emergencies

January 29, 2019

From ADA News: Dentists could benefit from using a free mobile application developed by the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology… …After downloading the app, users choose from one of three provider level options: dentist using only local anesthesia or nitrous oxide or minimal and moderate sedation, dentist providing moderate intravenous sedation or dentist providing deep […]

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This Is What A Mobile Phone Looked Like In 1964

November 16, 2018

 

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Zoom & Skype call tips (the secrets of video conferences)

September 24, 2018

More wisdom from Seth Godin…great advice: If you’ve ever joined more than three people on a Skype or Zoom conference call, I hope you’ll appreciate these tips, and perhaps share them: Sit close to the screen. Your face should fill most of it. Use an external microphone or headset. When you’re not talking, hit mute. […]

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Dental Apps for Android Users

July 24, 2018

Source: dental – Android Apps on Google Play

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All the best apps of 2018. (So far.)

July 13, 2018

From Mashable: If you can’t remember the last time you downloaded a new app you loved, you’re long overdue for a home screen refresh. Luckily, we’re halfway through 2018, and the last six months have been filled with plenty of new apps and games worth your attention. Source: All the best apps of 2018. (So […]

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