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mHealth 'could save 3 million African lives by 2017'

mHealth 'could save 3 million African lives by 2017' | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Mobile phone health projects could drastically cut deaths from HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria and pregnancy-related conditions, says report.

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Point-of-care apps: How docs can make the most of eight minutes

Point-of-care apps: How docs can make the most of eight minutes | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
When choosing a mobile health app, two simple criteria will increase the chances of the tool actually helping patients. The app should be focused and fast.
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Top 20 Technologies that Will Change our Lives: Next Up

Top 20 Technologies that Will Change our Lives: Next Up | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
By 2020, we’re expected to have approximately 20 billion devices globally. China is projected to have 5.1 billion and India, 1.5 billion. In just five years, we are looking at a world of 10 connected devices per household. What does this mean? Digital content is doubling every 18 months, and 90 [...]
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Study: Young Adults Well Served by ‘Text Message Medicine’

Study: Young Adults Well Served by ‘Text Message Medicine’ | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
With each passing year, mobile solutions and resources designed to treat a wide array of conditions and ailments common to young adults gain more widespread
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How Apple and Google plan to reinvent health care

How Apple and Google plan to reinvent health care | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Mike Dittenber had always wanted to go skydiving. There was only one problem: “At my heaviest I clocked in around 330 pounds,” says Dittenber, a technical writer from Michigan. “That’s above the weight restriction for a tandem jump.” During a doctor’s visit last spring, he got some more bad news. “I had delayed getting a physical for a while, but eventually I had to. Turned out I was borderline diabetic and right on the cusp of hypertension.” His doctor warned him that if he didn’t get his weight under control quickly he would need to begin taking medication. “It was a wake-up call.”


Dittenber had previously tried Weight Watchers, which worked for a time, but didn’t last for long. This time he decided to take matters into his own hands withMyFitnessPal, a mobile app that helps users track their calorie intake and exercise. The app became a gateway to a universe of digital health products. “I ended up buying a Fitbit, because that pairs with MyFitnessPal,” he says. “Turns out I don’t hate running. I don’t love it, but I can take it.” He added the Runkeeper app to log his distance and purchased a Garmin Forerunner 220 to help him maintain the right pace. Since he began using the tracking his health data in June of 2013, Dittenber has lost 110 pounds.


Using a smartphone as the central hub for tracking, analyzing, and motivating exercise has become a phenomenon. MyFitnessPal, which now claims over 65 million registered users, is one of the most popular digital health apps. But its success is part of a much broader trend. Venture funding for startups in the sector reaching $2.3 billion in the first half of 2014, more than was invested in all of 2013. More importantly, three of the biggest players in tech — Apple, Google, and Samsung — have all thrown their weight behind platform plays aiming to aggregate and simplify the universe of devices and apps available to consumers.


“We could be at a real tipping point,” says Harry Wang, an analyst who leads health and mobile research for Park Associates. “Fitness devices and apps have been a fast-growing but still relatively niche market. These new ecosystems, if they gain traction, could finally push the industry into the mainstream.” Success isn’t guaranteed, but Wang says it makes sense for the fragmented digital health industry to rally behind powerful companies. Apple's Healthkit and Google Fit can help reach a broader audience and forge partnerships with the traditional health care industry that would be hard for startups to accomplish alone. “It would be a transformation, with a lot of big winners, and losers as well.”

Hardware gets the squeeze

For many years the digital health industry has been driven by wearable devices like the Fitbit, Nike’s Fuelband, and Jawbone’s Up. But if the titans of the smartphone industry succeed in creating a dominant platform for health and fitness data, this business could be in trouble. "A lot of the basic functions we have seen in fitness wearables — tracking your steps, taking your heart rate — those functions will become basic features on a smartphone or smartwatch," says Wang.


Software’s turn to shine

While some big hardware players may get squeezed by the rise of mainstream smartphone platforms for digital health, app developers stand to make huge gains. "Devices like Fitbit and Jawbone have been essential to driving the industry forward, but they never got above 2 or 3 percent penetration with the general population," says Malay Gandhi, a managing partner at the venture capital firm Rock Health. "With smartphones as the central device powering this ecosystem, software companies will suddenly have access to tens of millions of new customers."



Gandhi believes this change will broaden the demographics in the digital health market. "Right now most of the people using this stuff are early adopter types, techies who are into the quantified lifestyle, or younger people who want to optimize their athletic performance." With just your smartphone as the baseline, he sees a chance to get older and less tech savvy people involved. "Your average consumer isn’t going to learn about pairing a wristband or managing a dozen different apps. But he or she might use the software that comes standard on their iPhone."



more at http://www.theverge.com/2014/7/22/5923849/how-apple-and-google-plan-to-reinvent-healthcare



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Mobile Health’s Growing Pain Full of promise, mobile health still needs to wow patients and nail down its payoff.

Mobile Health’s Growing Pain Full of promise, mobile health still needs to wow patients and nail down its payoff. | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Among technologists, mobile health is thriving. Since the start of 2013, more than $750 million in venture capital has been invested in companies that do everything from turn your smartphone into a blood pressure gauge to snapping medical–quality images of the inner ear. Apple, Qualcomm, Microsoft, and other corporate giants are creating mobile health products and investing in startups. 

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Rheumatologists – loving smartphones?

Rheumatologists – loving smartphones? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

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brand sites visited by rheumatologists are immunology drugs related!

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From eHealth to mHealth: mobile phones look after your health

From eHealth to mHealth: mobile phones look after your health | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Analysis of the influence of technology and smartphones in the field of medicine and how it they can be used to look after our health.
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Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds

Smart skin patch knows when you need your meds | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
A lot can go wrong when doctors prescribe drugs to patients. For one thing, there's always a chance that someone might forget to take their pill or refill their prescription. And then there's also...

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From The Pill to The Chip? A birth control implant you turn off with a remote is on the way

From The Pill to The Chip? A birth control implant you turn off with a remote is on the way | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
A drug delivery firm is making a new birth control implant slated for release in 2018 -- a remote-control chip put under the skin to deliver hormones.

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Mobile Health Market To Exceed $41 Billion By 2023

Mobile Health Market To Exceed $41 Billion By 2023 | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Mobile Health Market To Exceed $41 Billion By 2023
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The mobile health device market is poised to reach $41.8 billion dollars by 2023, approximately eight times its current value.
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Google Co-Founders To Healthcare: We're Just Not That Into You

Google Co-Founders To Healthcare: We're Just Not That Into You | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
“Generally, health is just so heavily regulated. It's just a painful business to be in. It's just not necessarily how I want to spend my time. Even though we do have some health projects, and we'll be doing that to a certain extent. But I think the regulatory burden in the U.S. is so high that think it would dissuade a lot of entrepreneurs.”

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What's pharma's impact on the mobile health app space? These 3 graphs offer some clues

What's pharma's impact on the mobile health app space? These 3 graphs offer some clues | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
A report highlighting the mobile health app landscape charts pharma companies that have produced the most apps, such as Bayer, Merck and Novartis.
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Why Mobile EHR Access is Healthcare’s Next Big Thing

Why Mobile EHR Access is Healthcare’s Next Big Thing | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
78 percent of office-based physicians use electronic healthcare records, which means the construction of a nationwide healthcare IT infrastructure is almost complete.

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Is There a Place for Google Glass in Hospitals?

Is There a Place for Google Glass in Hospitals? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Medical professionals say the device could be helpful, but patient privacy is still a concern.  (Is There a Place for Google Glass in Hospitals?
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Mobile applications are being developed to help hospitals reduce patient readmission rates

Mobile applications are being developed to help hospitals reduce patient readmission rates | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
About 200 Medicare patients who live in Phoenix will receive sensors for their inhalers this year that track how often they use their medication.
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Xiaomi Unveils $13 Fitness Band

Xiaomi Unveils $13 Fitness Band | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
Popular Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi has joined the wearables fray as it unveiled today its very first wearable device, a fitness band for only CNY79 ($13). The Mi Band features sensors...
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Mobile Healthcare Technology Aims to Hit Underserved Populations

Mobile Healthcare Technology Aims to Hit Underserved Populations | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
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60% of U.S. broadband households own a personal health and wellness device

60% of U.S. broadband households own a personal health and wellness device | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

The inaugural Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers, hosted by Parks Associates on September 4-5 in San Diego, will examine the growing interest in new health devices and apps and the impact of health reforms, connected devices, and mobile services on service providers, manufacturers, payors, and institutions in the digital health markets.


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Can Brands Ride the Next Wave of Fitness Apps and Wearables?

Can Brands Ride the Next Wave of Fitness Apps and Wearables? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

A new set of investments from big-name brands Nike, The North Face and Tory Burch are bringing some much-needed utility and appeal to mobile apps that keep them afloat. Once considered the primary (and often uneffective) way for brands to get into mobile, brands are now applying better types of content and data to fitness apps.


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Smartphone app alerts doctor when patient exhibits symptoms

Smartphone app alerts doctor when patient exhibits symptoms | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
MIT researchers developed an app, Ginger.io, that collects data about its users behaviors, locations, health conditions and habits and then notes inconsistencies that may predict the onset of problems such as depression. The app alerts health care providers for intervention.

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Smartphones: the new stethoscopes

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Among the many instruments your doctor uses — stethoscope, thermometer, scale — the most valuable one may be in her pocket: a smartphone.   Due to increasingly compressed office visits, patients are becoming more active participants in managing their healthcare, and a new generation of Internet-savvy physicians is using social media to improve the way they run their practices. Currently, 67 percent of physicians use social media — sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Pinterest — for professional purposes, according to a recent report released by the Federation of State Medical Boards. One Yahoo Facebook user reported that her nurse practitioner gives advice over the social networking site, while another said sharing photos and videos can even save her a trip to the office.   “Social media is changing the way people give and receive information and, as a result, the medical profession is changing, too,” Lee Aase, social media director at the Mayo Clinic, tells Yahoo Health.


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ePharma Summit: Google Glass in Healthcare: Six Perspectives

ePharma Summit: Google Glass in Healthcare: Six Perspectives | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

Google Glass is still in its Beta Period meaning many physicians will be have to settle for peer reviews on its practicality in a medical setting. Fortunately, there is no shortage of opinions from those who have experienced the device. Here are six different takes on how Google Glass might impact the healthcare industry:


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Apple Corners Health Market with iOS 8

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Out-of-the-box functionality is always a beneficial addition to a mobile device, as people get fed up with confusing interface differences and the advertisements that plague many apps.
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Will Google Glass Revolutionize the Medical Industry?

Will Google Glass Revolutionize the Medical Industry? | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it

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Predictions: Top mHealth app categories in 5 years

Predictions: Top mHealth app categories in 5 years | mHealth- Advances, Knowledge and Patient Engagement | Scoop.it
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