Right now in the United States there are over 40 million Americans aged 65 or older. In fact, people born between 1946 and 1964 – the “baby boomers” – make up nearly half of the population in the United States and every day 8,000 more of them turn 65.
Up until now this group has largely been ignored by most mobile technology companies, but recent announcements from Apple and Samsung show that this is no longer the case.
After attending OPEN Health's inaugural 'Health Innovation: Big Ideas' event in London, Paul Tunnah outlines some of the concepts that could be game changers for the pharma industry and the broader future of healthcare.
Eighty percent of smartphone users are interested in using their smartphones to interact with health care providers, according to a FICO survey of 2,239 adult smartphone users from the UK, Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, and the United States.
The survey analyzed how consumers prefer to interact with health care providers on mobile devices, online and in-person.
IBM’s Watson has yet another new gig, and it could lead to a novel way for big data to interact with personalized healthcare. IBM has partnered with Bon Appetit magazine to create Chef Watson, a web app that can create unique recipes based on a list of preferences. The app is going into a very limited beta (capped at 200 participants) today.
If Chef Watson becomes Healthy Chef Watson, it wouldn’t just be a program for generating recipes tuned to the user’s specific dietary requirements. By churning out surprising, unexpected recipes like it does now, the app could help make cooking fun for people normally inclined to eat out, while catering to their particular needs in the process.
If the Quantified Self movement has taught us anything, it’s that while tapping into one data stream is powerful, combining many data streams together is what yields real health insights. Chef Watson already knows flavors, and Watson-powered CafeWell Concierge already knows its user’s dietary needs and preferences. Apps like MyFitnessPal know just how many calories their user needs as well. In an interview with Slate, Robyn Metcalfe, the director of the University of Texas’ Food Lab, suggested Watson could some day “modify a specialized diet with streaming data from, say, your Jawbone UP to compose a recipe that is ideal for you at that exact moment.”
Apple is planning multiple versions of its smartwatch, likely to be launched in the fall, as the company tries to counter wearable devices from rivals
The new wrist device from Apple will include more than 10 sensors including ones to track health and fitness, these people said. Apple aims to address an overarching criticism of existing smartwatches that they fail to provide functions significantly different from that of a smartphone, said a person familiar with the matter.
Pixelberry Studios has partnered with the National Eating Disorders Association to create a new in-game storyline centered around eating disorders. The game will also offer educational resources to the estimated 20 million teenagers across the United States who are not happy with their bodies.
Digitally Sick are back and have taken the opportunity to look at the three big hitters for digital health in 2014: Social. HCP communications and big data (with the exception of mobile health which needs a pod of it's own).
Social media is now almost passé but over the last decade has revolutionised all aspects of pharma communications from patient support to clinical trials. In 2014 we are still struggling with how we should communicate with HCP's and finally big data, or data, is now the most exciting frontier in healthcare, what are the issues and how can this be leveraged by pharma?
The mobile health market will grow eightfold over the course of the next decade, from $5.1 billion in 2013 to $41.8 billion in 2023,according to a recent report from Lux Research. The firm defines mobile health technology as leveraging “common consumer electronics and mobile communication technologies to collect and analyze personal health data”. The decade of impressive growth will be driven by vital sign monitoring and in vitro diagnostic devices, according to the report.
Mobile technology is finally being deployed at an accelerated pace across India today.
The healthcare ecosystem in India, IDC Health Insights finds, is witnessing a “sea change” in terms of government focus, growth of corporate healthcare provider brands, and strategic public-private partnerships with the key aim to increase geographic and demographic reach.
“While healthcare IT is at a relatively nascent stage of adoption in India, especially compared to the potential, there have been several instances of innovative implementations and best practices in India. The growth of the private corporate entities in healthcare has fared well for IT implementation in the industry,” says Sash Mukherjee, Research Manager for IDC Health Insights in the Asia/Pacific region.
During the keynote of the Google I/O developer conference today, Google Play Product Manager Ellie Powers announced a new fitness platform for digital health app and device developers, called Google Fit, that aims to help people better track their fitness goals.
Google announced Google Fit just a few weeks afterApple announced its HealthKit platform for iOS 8. While Apple’s Health app could potentially integrate with — not only activity trackers — but also connected medical devices like glucometers and medication adherence apps, as the name implies, Google Fit seems to be focused squarely on fitness. Apple’s HealthKit was also developed with input from the Mayo Clinic and is set to be integrated with Epic Systems’ EHR.
Rumors of a new health-focused wristwatch from Microsoft have been swirling for some time now, and a digital health industry source told VentureBeat that those rumors are true.
What’s more, Microsoft may be in a particularly strong position to capitalize on a health-focused smartwatch, since its HealthVault data platform — which has been in existence for years and just got a refresh on June 10 — is a perfect place to store and use data from the device.
Microsoft has been trying to recruit designers and engineers in Silicon Valley to work on the device, our source said.
This seems to corroborate a late May report in Forbes citing unnamed sources saying that such a watch was in the works, although the report revealed few details of the health applications of the watch.
A patent for the device was filed two years ago. In early May the U.S. Patent Office published a 2012 Microsoft patent application describing a wristwatch with sensors in the band to detect heart rate and other biometrics.
The nurse uses surgical app DocSpera to send the cardiologist a video of the EKG and a summary of the other tests. The cardiologist reviews the EKG while at the conference and decides your mom needs surgery, stat. The cardiologist sends a surgeon the diagnostic information, and the surgeon confirms that a carotid angioplasty must be performed within the next eight hours. This information is passed to a surgery center to identify an operating room. The info also goes to a medical device representative to ensure the correct stent is on its way.