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FDA Approval Now Seen As Essential Ally to Prove Value of mHealth Wearables

FDA Approval Now Seen As Essential Ally to Prove Value of mHealth Wearables | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it

A new wave of wearable computing devices that detect and monitor serious diseases is moving from the laboratory to the market, potentially transforming the treatment of conditions ranging from epilepsy to diabetes and creating business opportunities estimated to be worth tens of billions of dollars. 

 

Unlike popular fitness-tracking devices, such as Fitbit Inc's Fitbit and Jawbone's UP wristbands, these so-called medical-grade wearables require approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration - a rigorous regulatory hurdle that first-generation wearables sought to avoid.

 

The FDA is preparing for the coming onslaught. 

 

Bakul Patel, FDA's associate director for digital health, told Reuters the agency is reviewing applications for three new senior health scientist positions focused on digital health.

 

Long criticized by some health-tech entrepreneurs as a barrier to innovation, the FDA is now seen as an important ally by companies eager to show that their devices can improve peoples' health - and eager to get heath insurers to cover them. 

 

"Consumers, doctors, payers all want to know if a product provides a clinical benefit," said Julie Papanek of the venture capital firm Canaan Partners, who invests in wearables startups. "Working with the FDA is the one way to get the ability to market that benefit."

 

A key driver in the new wearables wave is the push for so-called value-based healthcare that is part of the Affordable Care Act. The law gives doctors and hospitals financial incentives for keeping large groups of patients healthy. 

 

Under the old fee-for-service model, hospitals got paid when patients were hospitalized, noted Jody Ranck, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare consultant. "Now, you can lose money," he said. Instead, healthcare providers are now eager to collect the data that can help keep people out of the hospital - especially those with chronic diseases. "These wearables are just tools to get the health data," said Ranck.

 

An avalanche of studies - many of them taking advantage of new data-gathering platforms such as Apple Inc's HealthKit, Google's Google Fit and Samsung's SAMI - are under way on a number of chronic diseases, especially in the area of diabetes. "We're going to see a lot of devices over the next couple of years for every chronic condition of mankind that are FDA-regulated because they all involve a treatment loop," Scripps' Topol said.


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More than FDA approval is required. Download this presentation: "Mastering Mobile Social Media to Improve Health Outcomes"; http://sco.lt/8w7RTN 

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mHealth Closing Knowledge Gaps for Chronic Disease Management

mHealth Closing Knowledge Gaps for Chronic Disease Management | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Patients show high interest and trust in mHealth apps for chronic disease management, especially when it comes to diabetes, according to a new survey
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iPhone 6: Doctors Raise Concerns Over Apple HealthKit

iPhone 6: Doctors Raise Concerns Over Apple HealthKit | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Apple HealthKit will launch with the iPhone 6, but it has medical professionals worried.
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Google's 'perfect human' project isn't evil, it's business

Google's 'perfect human' project isn't evil, it's business | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
This past Friday, Google unveiled the latest in a line of ambitious and somewhat confounding health programs. After building a glucose-measuring contact lens and a mysterious skunkworks program to...
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Novartis buys rights to Google's 'smart lens' technology - PMLiVE

Novartis buys rights to Google's 'smart lens' technology - PMLiVE | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Pharma company's eye unit Alcon will focus on uses in diabetes and presbyopia

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For Novartis the deal between Alcon and the Google[x] team - which is tasked with finding new solutions to major global problems - fits into Novartis' plans to “evolve technology to manage human diseases and conditions”, where its initiatives include a recently tie-up with quantified self firm Tictrac.

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Health and Fitness Apps Finally Take Off, Fueled by Fitness Fanatics

Health and Fitness Apps Finally Take Off, Fueled by Fitness Fanatics | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Over the past six years, we have seen mobile and its apps disrupt and transform many industries. The healthcare industry, while named early on as an industry that would be totally transformed by smart devices, seemed to have lagged behind. In 2013 while the overall mobile app industry grew 115% in terms of average daily usage, the health and fitness category only grew 49%. This appears to be changing rapidly in 2014.
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SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All !

SCiO: Your Sixth Sense. A Pocket Molecular Sensor For All ! | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Scan materials or physical objects. Get instant relevant information to your smartphone. Food, medicine, plants, and more.
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Fitbit for Testosterone Junkies: Health-Tracking Gadgets Reach the Molecular Level

Fitbit for Testosterone Junkies: Health-Tracking Gadgets Reach the Molecular Level | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
The Cue health-tracking device can measure testosterone, vitamin D, and inflammation, and diagnose the flu
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Interest in Wearable Health Tracking Devices to Spike

Interest in Wearable Health Tracking Devices to Spike | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
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If the 'Born Mobile' generation is baffled by the iconic Sony Walkman how will they ever understand unconnected Medical Devices?

If the 'Born Mobile' generation is baffled by the iconic Sony Walkman how will they ever understand unconnected Medical Devices? | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
For years it's been obvious to me that the medical device industry is being radically disrupted by the mobile industry to the point where we'll see it's industry converge just like we saw Photograp...
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People Track Their Health and Fitness Daily With Mobile Apps | Mobiquity

People Track Their Health and Fitness Daily With Mobile Apps | Mobiquity | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
A study released today by Mobiquity found that while 70 percent of people use mobile apps daily to track health and fitness, only 40 percent share with their doctors.
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Why are wearables for Women so Unwearable ?

Why are wearables for Women so Unwearable ? | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it

When it comes to wearables, women aren’t buying it–not what’s out there at least, according to a new study by Saatchi & Saatchi Wellness.

 

Fitbit, which had the third largest U.S. IPO of 2015, had a valuation of $4.1 billion but men accounted for 70% of those profits. The agency found that 95% of women are aware of wearable technology but only a third of them followed through with purchasing it.


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1. Wearables Creators Don’t Get the Meaning of “Wellness”:  

Contrary to what smartwatches like the Apple Watch and Fitbit advertise in targeted fitness ads, the study showed that women want a wellness app dealing with emotional, social and mental aspects. Only 12% of respondents ranked physical health as their definition of wellness, placing them a significant 64% below emotional benefits.

“Overwhelmingly, women recognize that there’s an interconnection between health and wellness but they’re very, very different,” Suchotliff says. “Health for women is something very concrete. It’s measurable. It’s ‘I have a cold’ or ‘I have an eye infection’ or ‘I’m overweight.’ It’s got specifics you can determine. Wellness is much more emotional and very personal.”   According to the study, women can’t relate to the current goal-setting wearables of today. “Women feel very intuitive and when they thought about setting goals, they thought about tracking,” says Suchotliff. “They didn’t want the kind of tracking that would remind them of any sort of barriers or not meeting their goals.”  Other aspects of wellness included a job change and making specific changes for wellness around the age of 40. Suchotliff says another was in relation to services of others meaning, “I’m going to make this change in my wellness because I want to make a better mother” or “When I’m well, my business thrives.”

2. There’s a Disconnect Between Form and Function:    The big players seem to be under the misconception that women will embrace their products as long as they’re glamorous–i.e. Google Glass bringing in Diane Von Furstenberg and Fitbit partnering with Tory Burch says Suchotliff.   The study found that 57% of respondents say while design and aesthetics play somewhat of a factor in their purchasing decisions it’s not the most important element–function is. Only 43% of respondents said aesthetics and design was the primary factor in their last major purchase of over $1,000.   “At the end of the day, it’s about value and overwhelmingly we heard that women don’t see the value of wearables out there now and it’s mainly because they’re not meeting women’s needs,” Suchotliff says. “Tech companies creating a fashionable wearable without an understanding of what women want out of health and wellness is ineffective.”   -  When women think about technology for wellness, the study showed that mobile and fitness-tracking were the first things that came to their minds. “Partly, I think because our mobile devices are attached to us but partly there’s two other elements,” she says. “One is that we cannot imagine the things that are not yet invented–women are not used to these devices being designed for them,”  


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Questioning the Value of Health Apps

Questioning the Value of Health Apps | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
More than 100,000 apps claim to help consumers track their conditions. That doesn’t mean they are all accurate.
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14 Sensor Innovations Driving Digital Health

14 Sensor Innovations Driving Digital Health | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Amazing innovative sensors that are creating new and exciting ways to monitor health and wellbeing.
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Proteus Digital Health takes in another $52M for meds-monitoring system

Proteus Digital Health takes in another $52M for meds-monitoring system | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
The company makes a tiny ingestible sensor that at-risk patients take with their medications. The sensor reports data to a tiny patch worn on the abdomen.
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Wow, $172 mn dollars in total this year, congrats!!!

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Can Mobile Technologies and Big Data Improve Health? | MIT Technology Review

Can Mobile Technologies and Big Data Improve Health? | MIT Technology Review | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Medical data is a hot spot for venture investing and product innovation. The payoff could be better care.
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Apple's new HealthKit app has some important questions to answer | mHealthNews

Apple's new HealthKit app has some important questions to answer | mHealthNews | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
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Merck is building a diabetes registry

Merck is building a diabetes registry | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Merck is building a diabetes registry of 20,000 patients to collect information on health and lifestyle behaviors, blood glucose control, medication adherence
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Solar Flair | Gadget Lab | WIRED

Solar Flair | Gadget Lab | WIRED | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
June's wearable sensor measures your exposure to UVA and UVB radiation every day, but it looks more like a regular piece of jewelry than a technology device.
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How Samsung enlists developers to make sense of health data - VisionMobile

How Samsung enlists developers to make sense of health data - VisionMobile | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Samsung wants to become the "voice of your body" and make software entrepreneurs the new heroes of health with Simband and SAMI. What's next for mHealth?
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Depression: There's Really a Game App for That?

Depression: There's Really a Game App for That? | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Digital games prompt users to do simple tasks that research has shown to reduce depression and anxiety. And some are undergoing clinical trials.
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Facebook Acquires Fitness And Activity Tracking App Moves | TechCrunch

Facebook Acquires Fitness And Activity Tracking App Moves | TechCrunch | mHealth and eHealth | Scoop.it
Facebook has acquired the motion tracking app for Android and iPhone 'Moves,' the startup announced today via a blog post. The company's founders say that the..
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