Thursday, February 23, 2012

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of February 20, 2012

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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A new report by GSMA indicates that mobile tech holds the key to medical advances in mature and emerging markets. It's a market that could be worth $11.5 billion to operators, $6.6 billion to OEMs, $2.6 billion app makers and $2.4 billion to healthcare providers by 2017. Read Original Content

Mobile-health smartphone applications will take off in 2012, reaching $1.3 billion, according to a recent survey by market research and consultancy firm Research2guidance. The group estimates the current market size at $718 million. Read Original Content

A new report by Juniper Research is projecting that by 2016, 3 million patients worldwide will be using remote monitoring devices that use a smartphone as a hub to transmit information. Read Original Content

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HealthSpot, creator of "Care4 Station" telemedicine kiosks, has signed a technology integration deal with wireless communications giant Sprint. Telemedicine kiosks will enable video conferences, patient vital sign data and other health information to be transmitted from patients in HealthSpot's kiosks to doctors working remotely in their own offices, according to a statement from the two companies. Read Original Content

As mobile gadgets become more commonplace and doctors become more comfortable making simple diagnoses over the phone or Internet, the field of tele-medicine is expanding rapidly. Doctor-to-patient interactions are a small-but-growing slice of the $3.9 billion global tele-medicine market, which includes remote X-ray reading, apps for smartphones and in-home devices that monitor weight, blood pressure or glucose levels. Read Original Content

Consult A Doctor, provider of cloud-based telemedicine services and delivery platforms, announced the availability of MyHospital 24/7, a revolutionary platform that allows hospitals and health systems to offer fast, affordable access to physicians or to Consult A Doctor's national network of physicians via phone, secure email, video or mobile app. Read Original Content

Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of San Diego-based Qualcomm created to support wireless health care, has formed an advisory council and added new partners to help test products running Qualcomm’s 2net wireless health connectivity system. Qualcomm’s 2net wireless system allows mobile health-care companies to incorporate wireless technology into their products faster. Read Original Content

AT&T and Intuitive Health are working to pilot a home-based remote patient monitoring solution that helps engage patients and family members in their own care, while involving healthcare providers through integration with their clinical information systems. Data is sent from personal health devices including tablets, weight scales and pulse oximeters to a cloud-based, device-agnostic, software platform that engages patients in their homes and enables the data gathered to be shared with caregivers. Read Original Content

GlobalMed is introducing CONi, an enterprise-wide cloud solution that delivers visible and invisible light medical images to any computer, tablet or smartphone wherever there is Internet connectivity. Read Original Content

A new iPhone app from Pfizer aims to help parents occupy or distract their very young children when taking them to the doctors. The company says the Looky Here app is designed to grab the attention, engage and entertain children aged two months to two years during doctor visits or vaccination appointments. Read Original Content

In an effort to cut down on unnecessary doctor office visits, the UK’s Department of Health plans to ask general practitioners and physicians working at hospitals across the country to encourage their patients to use mobile health apps to track biometrics and symptoms. The Department of Health claims that some 15,000 NHS patients are already using mobile health apps that transmit such information to their physicians. Read Original Content

Medical technology company iSonea Ltd. will design and market a home and mobile asthma-monitoring platform with global telecommunications corporation Qualcomm Life Inc. The integration will link patient asthma symptom and trend monitoring data to a cloud-based portal for physicians and caregivers, to improve asthma management and outcomes. Read Original Content

Healthx released its Healthx-enabled Mobile Application, which caters to Payers aiming to connect members with their benefits and healthcare information. Healthx clients will receive their own uniquely branded app available for easy download in the iTunes, Windows, Android, and RIM markets. Read Original Content

Kevin Benedict, Independent Mobile Industry Analyst, Consultant and SAP Mentor Volunteer
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Full Disclosure: I am an independent mobility analyst, consultant and blogger. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.