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CMS upgrades Medicare Plan Finder for the first time in a decade

September 4, 2019


CMS has launched a redesigned Medicare Plan Finder that aims to make it easier for Medicare beneficiaries to compare their coverage options.

Does step count matter as much as we think?

August 23, 2019


Writing for the New York Times, Kim Tingley explores how step-counting became such an exercise fad, whether it is truly an effective way to measure physical activity, and how many daily steps one really needs to take to gain health benefits.

Patients at this hospital can text their doctors after surgery—and almost 80% said it improved their care

August 22, 2019


The orthopedics and sports medicine practice affiliated with Goshen Health in Indiana last year piloted a secure text messaging system that allows patients to contact doctors during recovery, and almost 80% of patients who test the system said the system improved their care.

VA launches a one-stop-shop mobile app for veterans' health care

August 21, 2019


Veterans Affairs last week unveiled a new mobile application intended to streamline veterans' access to health care by storing and organizing their health information and services in one location.

Is your medical device under recall? This app will let you know.

July 19, 2019


A tech company on Monday launched a smartphone app that immediately alerts patients, providers, and caregivers when FDA recalls a medical device.

Is your Fitbit actually boosting your health? A new study offers hope.

July 3, 2019


Study participants who were randomly assigned to receive a pedometer and behavioral support were, several years later, more active and at lower risk for heart attack, stroke, and bone fractures, according to a study published last week.

California is using apps to monitor mental health patients. (And it's off to a rocky start).

June 21, 2019


California recently launched a multi-million dollar effort to test whether mobile apps can make mental health treatment accessible, and perhaps one day prevent a crisis before it occurs—but early testing suggests that privacy concerns, as well as issues that stymie conventional mental health treatments, present obstacles to success.

Is your sleep tracker ruining your sleep?

June 17, 2019


Experts warn that the technology designed to help people better understand their sleeping habits actually could worsen insomnia.

You need 10,000 steps a day to be healthy, right? Maybe not, according to new research.

June 3, 2019


Many fitness trackers are programmed to encourage users to reach 10,000 steps per day, but the results of a new study show that, when it comes to increased longevity, there might not be anything special about that number after all.

These 7 startups want to disrupt health care. But are they actually any good?

May 8, 2019


Startups throughout the health care industry are threatening to disrupt the traditional landscape, so to get an idea of which ones live up to the hype, Business Insider reporter Lydia Ramsey tried seven health startups and shared what she learned.

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