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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of October 19, 2014

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 telehealth market is projected to grow and greatly affect the mobile health community. By 2018, experts predict the market will account for $4.5 billion in deployments. Because telehealth connects doctors and patients on a video chat line, both parties can pick a convenient time that interrupts the least amount of work possible.  Read Original Content

Visiongain predicts mHealth sales will be at $6.7 billion by the end of this year.  This would represent a considerable leap, given that estimates earlier this year for the entire fitness and health app market came in at $8 billion by 2018 for this potentially lucrative, evolving market.  Read Original Content

More than one-third of physicians have recommended the use of mobile health apps to their patients in the past year, according to a recent Manhattan Research survey. Experts say the bulk of these apps are related to diet and fitness, and few physicians are “prescribing” apps with the expectation of receiving follow-up data.  Read Original Content

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Less than half of mental health clinicians use specialized software in their offices, but 73 percent said they would be interested in using mobile health applications, according to a recent Sigma Research Group survey, MobiHealthNews reports.  Read Original Content

Epic released an important update to mobile health management by updating their MyChart app to sync with Apple’s Health App.  When enabled, patient’s smartphones will be able to sync their MyChart app with their activity trackers and health devices — such as blood pressure cuffs and blood glucose monitors — using the Apple Health app.  Read Original Content

Last week the Hospital Corporation of America, a company that manages 164 hospitals and 114 freestanding surgery centers in 20 states and England, announced it would be acquiring PatientKeeper, one of the oldest mobile health software companies still in operation.  Read Original Content

The Telecommunications Industry Association joined a group of stakeholders in the healthcare space and submitted policy recommendations to the House Energy & Commerce Committee. In the letter, TIA and others said that telehealth and remote patient monitoring should be a covered benefit.  Read Original Content

An aging population and an increased incidence of debilitating illnesses means there is pressure on technology to offer assistance with healthcare. Research published in the International Journal of Ad Hoc and Ubiquitous Computing points to remote monitoring as offering a way to improve patient care and even accelerate medical research.  Read Original Content

The global patient monitoring device market is expected to grow from nearly $14.7 billion in 2013 to reach nearly $21.0 billion in 2018, a compound annual growth rate of 7.4 percent for the period of 2013 to 2018, according to PR Newswire.  Read Original Content

Mobile health applications need a risk assessment model and a framework for supporting clinical use to ensure patient safety and professional reputation, according to a study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, FierceHealthIT reports.  Read Original Content

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