Friday, June 08, 2012

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of June 3, 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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The future is getting closer for emerging mobile technologies to take a critical role in engaging consumers to make better health decisions. Two early examples are contact lenses that can send and receive data, and vital signs sensors capable of continuously monitoring the wearer. Read Original Content

Medical devices purchased by consumers used to self-monitor health conditions will account for more than 80 percent of wireless devices in 2016, according to a study conducted by IMS Research. Read Original Content

By the end of 2012 mHealth apps will have been downloaded 44 million times. By 2016, that number is expected to increase to 142 million downloads. Read Original Content

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The size of the mHealth market is likely to be $23 billion by 2017.  Telecom operators are developing ICT capabilities to serve eHealth market, such as cloud-based medical records and imaging as well as in the provision of health information exchanges. Read Original Content

Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company which helps its clients face growth related challenges and opportunities, is now focusing its energies on the mHealth market. Read Original Content


On Wednesday, the FCC convened an mHealth summit in Washington, D.C., bringing together not only some of the big gorillas of telemedicine — Philips, Medtronic and Qualcomm — but also several mHealth startups focusing on specific health applications: TheCarrot, MedApps, Telcare and WellDoc. Read Original Content

A new study conducted for PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Healthcare by the Economist Intelligence Unit predicts that consumers will adopt the use of mobile technology in healthcare at a faster rate than at which providers will be able to adapt. Read Original Content

In Bangladesh a mobile messaging program from the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action provides weekly reminders to new mothers and their families about their newborn's health and development. Read Original Content

The 2012 Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition will feature an education track on critical mobile health technology on Monday, June 11. Read Original Content

A report from the Telenor Group and the Boston Consulting Group estimates that about 30 percent of smartphone users are likely to use wellness apps by 2015. And for governments--most notably the United States--looking to drive down the cost of health care, remote access to centralized electronic health records can reduce administrative burdens by 20 to 30 percent. Read Original Content

Medical technology company, iSonea Ltd. recently unveiled a new asthma management smartphone app, called the AsthmaSense. The app is being targeted to asthma patients and has been designed specifically to help improve the way people live with and manage asthma. Read Original Content

Verizon Communications Inc. and Hughes Telematics, Inc. have announced a definitive merger agreement under which Verizon will acquire Hughes Telematics, Inc. for $12.00 per share in cash, or a total of $612 million. Read Original Content

Marin County, California, is set to be the location of a state of the art mHealth pilot program that will use QR codes printed on stickers to help paramedics gain more vital medical information about patients in emergency situations. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict, Mobile Industry Analyst, Mobile Strategy Consultant and SAP Mentor Alumnus
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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.