Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Kevin Benedict's Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of January 4, 2015

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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A recent PricewaterhouseCoopers report found that 86 percent of surveyed clinicians expect mobile apps will become necessary for patient health management within the next five years.  Read Original Content

According to the mHealth App Developer Economics 2014 report, there are now 100,000 apps dedicated to mobile health, a number that has doubled over the last two years. This study shows the global health and fitness mobile app market is worth about $4 billion, but is poised to increase to $26 billion by 2017.  Read Original Content

Mobile health tools could increase health care access for many rural Californians, but patchy cellular networks and other issues have held back adoption of such technology, the Los Angeles Times reports.  Read Original Content

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The U.S. Agency for International Development and global telecommunications operator Orange has announced a new alliance to accelerate mobile health in Africa at the mHealth Summit 2014 in Washington, DC. These mHealth innovations will help treat and care for individuals in developing countries across Africa.  Read Original Content

If one industry watcher's predictions ring true, digital health funding will double in 2014 compared to 2013’s $2.8 billion in funding. Through the first three quarters of 2014, funding surpassed $5 billion, according to a report at Mashable.  Read Original Content

The 29 billion-dollar remote patient monitoring market will grow in part because of the Baby Boomer generation, according to a recent report from Kalorama Information.   The report says Baby Boomers will reach the retirement age soon, which will lead to the need for a widespread application of wireless technologies within the healthcare industry because of greater requirement of tele-homecare, remote patient monitoring, etc.  Read Original Content

For high-risk pregnancy cases, remote fetal monitoring technique can come in handy as pregnant woman can now not only monitor herself and the baby in the womb, but also send analogues to the doctor’s phone through a mobile application.  Read Original Content

According to a report by iData Research, the leading global authority in medical device market research, the U.S. patient monitoring market is projected to grow to over $5 billion by 2020, due to the most notable expansion within the telehealth market.  Read Original Content

Remote patient monitoring has been instrumental in cutting 30-day re-admissions for patients with congestive heart failure at Sharp HealthCare.  The use of telehealth, personal patient coaching, and care coordination strategies helped to decrease the 30-day unplanned return rate from 20.7 percent in a control group to just 10 percent.  Read Original Content

A new report by Berg Insight shows that three million patients worldwide are connected to some form of remote monitoring device at home and monitored by a professional caregiver. In four years, it projects that figure to top 19 million.  Read Original Content

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***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.