Thursday, March 08, 2012

Mobile Health News Weekly – March 5, 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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According to Pew Internet and American Life Project, 80 percent of adults gather health information online and 88 percent of American adults have a cell phone, and among the cell phone owners 53 percent own a smartphone. Read Original Content

The World Health Organization has calculated that mHealth adoption could reduce costs for elderly care by 25 percent, reduce maternal and perinatal mortality by 30 percent, and improve TB treatment compliance between 30 percent and 70 percent. Read Original Content

The significant adoption of smartphones among physicians has not only led to an explosion of medical apps aimed at healthcare providers, but it has also cultivated an emerging trend of health and wellness apps aimed at empowering patients. Check out these three new apps that empower patients. Read Original Content

Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide in hours, instead of weeks or months, mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that smartphone and tablet users rely on to do their jobs.  This newsletter is sponsored in part by Webalo,

Clinical trials by the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Flinders Medical Centre will assess the performance of the world-leading handheld ultrasound device engineered and manufactured by Adelaide company Signostics Limited. Read Original Content

According to a new study commissioned by Norway-based telecom company Telenor and produced by The Boston Consulting Group, there are currently about 500 mobile health projects underway across the globe. Read Original Content

The $273 billion medical-device industry is dominated by the likes of GE and Philips. Although today's mHealth market barely tops $2 billion, experts predict that number will skyrocket over the next decade as smartphones get smarter and patients lose patience with the high costs and hassles of health care. Read Original Content

Mobile health projects have significant potential to improve health care globally, according to a report by the Boston Consulting Group and Telenor Group. The report indicates mobile health could help physicians reach about twice as many rural patients; reduce elder care costs by about 25 percent; and reduce maternal and perinatal mortality rates by about 30 percent. Read Original Content

In a study presented at the Society for Optical Engineering medical imaging conference in San Diego, Dr. Mark McEntee of the University of Sydney found that the iPad and similar touch-screen tablets are just as good as standard LCD monitors for viewing medical images. But both tablets and consumer-grade LCD screens are suitable only as “secondary” displays, only when high-resolution radiology monitors are not available. Read Original Content

The Centers for Medicaid and Medicare has announced plans to leverage the Text4Baby SMS-based initiative to increase enrollment in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Text4Baby currently counts about 300,000 users of its free health tips via text messages for pregnant women about pregnancy and infant care. Read Original Content

Based upon a survey of 200 IT professionals and more than 200 caregivers at large hospitals, a new CDW Healthcare report finds that 84 percent of caregivers feel that patient care is improved by using healthcare information technologies. Read Original Content

Verizon, Motorola and BoxTone are teaming up to develop secure solutions for Android-based devices and applications with the aim of making the platform suitable for health IT implementation. Read Original Content

Josh Nesbit is the CEO of Medic Mobile, a nonprofit company that uses mobile technology to create connected, coordinated health systems that save more lives. In this Tedx video Mr. Nesbit discusses his research on access to pediatric HIV/AIDS treatment.  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.