Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of August 25, 2013

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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"More and more care will be delivered outside hospitals and clinics," explains Ovum's lead Healthcare & Life Sciences analyst, Charlotte Davies. "This means mobile devices – from smartphones to monitoring devices – will become increasingly important as the number of patients cared for at home or in sheltered accommodation or other community centers increases."  Read Original Content

Mobile health supported by mobile devices is projected to be a 26 billion dollar industry by 2017. With over 97,000 health and fitness related mobile apps currently on Google Play and Apple App Store, and four million downloads per day, it is difficult to deny the rising popularity of the industry.  Read Original Content

A growing number of today’s technological gold-seekers want to help patients manage chronic disease. Specifically, they are interested in home monitoring devices – wireless trackers that can send thousands of electrocardiogram tracings, blood sugar levels or other bodily statistics directly to health care professionals.  Read Original Content

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Cardinal Santos Medical Center and Voyager Innovations recently launched the country’s first hospital-backed preventive healthcare application, LowCal, which helps users manage their nutrition intake and allows patients to transact with CSMC more easily.  Read Original Content

Apple has brought on Jay Blahnik, an industry consultant who played a major role in developing Nike’s Fuelband, the health tracker device.  There has been no statement about Blahnik’s role at Apple although reports suggest he will be working on a watch or another piece of technology that is designed to monitor a user’s fitness or exercise.  Read Original Content
That’s right! There’s a health app used in conjunction with “wearable technology” – in this case, a patch in diapers - that will monitor a baby’s health. The patch interacts with the discharges in the diaper. A smartphone app can then be used to take a picture of the colored panels on the patch to interpret the information.  Read Original Content

When it comes to consumers' obsessive use of mobile devices to run mHealth apps and get health information, this kind of technology "addiction" might not be a bad thing, so argues Joseph Kvedar, M.D., director of Partners HealthCare's Center for Connected Health.  In fact, Kevlar believes we can harness the addictive properties of these devices to make health addictive in the future.  Read Original Content

Medical technology company AirStrip will work with Plano's Vivify Health to develop a remote data-sharing platform to reduce hospital readmission rates for heart patients.  The two companies' platform will feature bi-directional data sharing via a near real-time, single point of access so medical professionals can improve clinical workflows and expedite care decisions about the health of home-care heart patients.  Read Original Content

The global healthcare IT outsourcing market is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 7.6 percent, to reach $50.4 billion by 2018 from $35 billion in 2013. The health insurance industry, healthcare systems industry, and pharmaceutical industry are driving the HCIT outsourcing market.  Read Original Content

Health and fitness “enthusiasts” still prefer the iPhone to the iPad, according to a Flurry survey of 44,295 users. The iPod touch was not included in the survey.  Read Original Content

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