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According to Web analytics and privacy group Evidon, in a study conducted for The Financial Times, 20 of the top fitness apps transmit data to about 70 different companies. For example, the fitness app MapMyRun shares data with 11 third-party advertising and analytics businesses. Read Original Content
A growing number of city and state health departments are launching mobile applications to provide residents with information on health and wellness, Time's "Healthland" reports. For example, the Alabama Department of Public Health was the first agency of its kind to launch a mobile health app for state residents that offers health news alerts and information on wellness events. Read Original Content
The new Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, part of an expanding new category of wearables, comes with a number of apps that could appeal to fitness enthusiasts. Among the 60 apps available for the Galaxy Gear are a step-counting accelerometer. Purchasers also get a customized Azumio app they can use to monitor their heart rate, measure their calorie output, and take pictures of the food they eat with the Gear's built-in camera. Read Original Content
While social, mobile, analytics and cloud technologies add a new dimension to your model, to fully maximize their value consider the sum is greater than its parts. The formula for the Future of Work is called SMAC - social, mobile, analytics and cloud on one integrated stack, where each function enables another to maximize their effect. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Cognizant.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies have developed 33 mHealth applications that are available for free to the public. The apps cover a range of capabilities including tracking health status, accessing medical information, tracking influenza-like illness activity, accessing a directory of health hotlines across the nation, finding community health centers, and recording current and past medication histories. Read Original Content
The global market for mobile health apps and other products is expected to reach a value of nearly $21 billion in five years, according to a MarketsandMarkets report. Read Original Content
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Mobile technology will transform the healthcare industry with increased productivity gains saving $305 billion over the next 10 years, according to a new report by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. The savings will come from reduced travel time, better logistics, faster decision-making and improved communications, among other improvements, says Deloitte. Read Original Content
Following in the wake of studies that failed to find benefits associated with remote wireless monitoring of heart failure patients, the In-Time trial, presented at the European Society of Cardiology meeting in Amsterdam, is the first trial to show that home monitoring of HF patients may be beneficial. Read Original Content
The Department of Veterans Affairs is working on a yearlong pilot to see how iPads help more than 1,000 family caregivers tend to injured post 9/11 veterans. The department has distributed 900 iPads to caregivers, and is developing mobile apps to help veterans manage their care. Read Original Content
The Mayo Clinic’s Enhanced Critical Care program offers 24/7 remote monitoring of the sickest patients at six Mayo Clinic Health System hospitals. Patients will continue to receive care from the local care team, but physicians and nurses in an operations center in Rochester will monitor patients’ vital signs and other health data on a computerized system able to detect subtle changes in a patient’s condition. Read Original Content
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