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Last week, Microsoft announced Bing Health and Fitness, an app that tracks diet, health and exercise, according to an official Microsoft website, Bing Blogs. The app syncs to Microsoft HealthVault, which brings in data from other health trackers such as blood glucose monitors, electronic scales, and activity and medical monitors. Bing Health and Fitness is a part of the Windows 8.1 Preview, a pre-release of Windows 8.1, the OS that runs on all Windows devices including computers, tablets and phones.
Argus promises to combine all of your sources of data about your food intake, daily fitness, sleep, stress and more into one app that supplies context about how these data sources relate to each other.
When internist Nitin Patel called up Microsoft in May to rave about its Surface Pro tablet, Dennis Schmuland, the company’s head of health strategy for U.S. Health & Life Sciences, was taken aback. “I was surprised, because he was so excited,” says Schmuland. “We didn’t solicit this.”
Microsoft is elated by Patel’s call. While physicians’ use of tablets is widespread—72% according to Manhattan Research, more than half of the nearly 3,000 physicians it surveyed, used Apple's iPad
Digital convergence refers to the convergence of four industries into one conglomerate, ITTCE (Information Technologies, Telecommunication, Consumer Electronics, and Entertainment).
This provides new, innovative solutions to consumers and business users. Based on digital technologies and digitized content it encompasses converged devices (such as smartphones, laptops, internet enabled entertainment devices and set top boxes), converged applications (e.g. music download on PC and handheld) and converged networks (IP networks).
What about the converegnce of technology, media, creativity and healthcare? This is perhaps the most exciting time at the intersection of digital and health, are pharma able to take advantage?
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Mobile operator US Cellular released new data on consumer use of health and fitness apps. Just 10 percent of US Cellular customers use a mobile phone or tablet for health or fitness on a regular basis, according to a survey conducted on behalf of the company by Consumer Insights. The survey of 527 post-paid customers was conducted online in early April.
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