MHealth Summit Focuses on Mobile Tech for Healthcare; Kaiser Permanente Saves $8M by Recycling Medical Devices; ING Supports Running for Health - Health Minute for December 10, 2012
The fourth annual mHealth Summit, just concluded in Washington D.C., brought together 4,000 participants from 50 countries, experts from the private sector, NGOs, governments, and representatives of the tech industry. The attendees discussed how mobile technology is affecting healthcare and the major challenge: integrating an overwhelming stream of continuous information into health systems and patient care. The mHealth Alliance, the Summit organizers, aims to mainstream the use of mobile technologies to address critical health issues.
$8 million—that’s how much Kaiser Permanente saved last year in purchasing and waste disposal costs by using reprocessed medical devices. The healthcare group has also improved sustainability and reduced costs through its electronic health record system, which has decreased the use and cost of paper. Kaiser has set a goal of diverting 40 percent of the company’s waste from landfills by the end of 2015.
Running for health is the point of ING’s Run for Something Better School Awards, now in their fourth year. ING is offering 50 grants of $2,500 each for programs that target K through 8th grade. The awards support an eight-week, school-based running program that ends with a celebratory running event. Managed in partnership with the National Association for Sport and Physical Education, the 2013 grant cycle is now accepting applications.
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