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Study: Wearable Fitness Trackers May Do More Harm Than Good

Study: Wearable Fitness Trackers May Do More Harm Than Good | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
If you've been wearing a fitness tracker and have been disappointed in the results you've received, you're not alone. Results may not be as advertised.
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Pharma Guy's curator insight, September 28, 2016 9:24 AM

Alsop read: “Most Blood Pressure Monitoring Apps are Untested, Inaccurate and Even Bogus!”; http://sco.lt/6m9OFN

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The Best Wearables Will Be The Ones You Throw Away

The Best Wearables Will Be The Ones You Throw Away | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
How do you measure the success of wearables? When you don't need them at all.

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Kevin Jones's curator insight, April 7, 2015 4:04 PM

Great, unique view of the industry wearables!

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Telehealth and the Internet of Things | HealthWorks Collective

Telehealth and the Internet of Things | HealthWorks Collective | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
I recently had a very interesting conversation with a telehealth thought leader. We discussed the amazing changes taking place in healthcare in the United States, and the key role that telehealth is going to play in the future. We also talked about the importance of the Internet of Things and healthcare.
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Wearable Technology Futures 2020: A New Path for Public Health?

This report, Wearable Technology Futures 2020: A New Path for Public Health?, lends insight into some difficult but important questions currently challenging the health technology industry. For example, how can wearable technology better appeal to those who could most benefit from it—like the inactive or those fighting obesity—in addition to the health enthusiasts and technophiles currently embracing these wearable gadgets? Ogilvy health specialists brought their knowledge and expertise to bear on this question, as well as many others whose answers could help shape the future development of the technology.


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Poll shows all ages seek digital health tools

Poll shows all ages seek digital health tools | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Millennials and baby boomers have a lot of common a desire for technology that supports health priorities.
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The technology available to us now makes it much easier to track and monitor health quickly.
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Ankle, wrist sensors help continuously monitor Parkinson’s symptoms | mobihealthnews

Ankle, wrist sensors help continuously monitor Parkinson’s symptoms | mobihealthnews | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
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Mark Cuban talks healthcare investing: Soon our bodies will be big math equations

Mark Cuban talks healthcare investing: Soon our bodies will be big math equations | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Billionaire tech investor Mark Cuban said healthcare entrepreneurs would be better off pursuing the direct-to-consumer market rather than trying to get their technology into hospitals. He views sensors and big...
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Some Apple Watch Health Functions Are No Match for Hairy Arms

Some Apple Watch Health Functions Are No Match for Hairy Arms | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
The Apple Watch is expected to debut in April--and now without some of its much-anticipated health features, The Wall Street Journal reports.

 

Apple reportedly had been testing sensors that track stress by measuring the conductivity of skin and an electrocardiogram feature that measures a user's heart rate, but found the technology didn't work properly, according to the article.

 

The sensors didn't work well on people with hairy arms or dry skin, and the watch underperformed on people who fastened it to their wrists too loosely. Instead, the company decided to go with a more generic pulse-monitoring feature.


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Pharma Guy's curator insight, February 23, 2015 2:53 PM


Of more concern is this: It also gained inconsistent results from blood-pressure and blood-oxygen-level tracking technology. And if those results were used to offer health or behavior advice, the watch would require approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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Why health wearables will shift from the wrist to the ear

Why health wearables will shift from the wrist to the ear | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
While wearables primarily are buckled to consumers' wrists at this point, they'll soon find a new home: the ear, says Craig Stires, associate vice president for big data, software and analytics at IDC Asia Pacific. And they might even get a new moniker: hearables.
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Hype Around Healthcare Wearables Runs Into Reality

Hype Around Healthcare Wearables Runs Into Reality | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

Makers and boosters of wearable technology have had a few reality checks lately.

Late last month, while we Americans were enjoying the long Thanksgiving weekend and/or indulging in the Black Friday retail frenzy, Juniper Research over in the UK was putting out a report forecasting that fitness devices, not true health monitors would “dominate the wearables market” worldwide until at least 2018. Those likely will be of limited use in the wider picture beyond fitness.

“The key is making the devices provide meaning as well as data—counting steps is all very well, but will not keep consumers interested unless that information can be contextualized and made useful for them,” Juniper Research Analyst James Moar said in an interview with FierceMobileHealthcare.

On Tuesday, Dr. Joseph Kvedar, director of the Center for Connected Health at Boston-based Partners HealthCare, opened the annual mHealth Summit in Oxon Hill, Md., with a caution about “irrational exuberance,” according to several published reports.

As mHealth news reported, Kvedar said that nobody has figured out how to make consumers — patients — care about mobile health technologies. “And if we don’t [figure that out], m-health will be another tech bubble,” Kvedar was quoted as saying.

That is not far off from what Dr. Matt Patterson, president of AirStrip Technologies, a San Antonio-based maker of mobile patient monitoring software, said last Thursday at the 11th annual (and likely final, due to declining interest) Healthcare Unbound conference in San Diego. ”I can tell you right now doctors do not care about your Fitbit data,” Patterson said.

Consumers eventually stop caring, too. ”Surveys have found that half who use mobile fitness trackers to keep tabs on their workouts or diets stop using the programs within six months,” said a recent Los Angeles Times story on smartphones in healthcare. (It would have been nice for the Times to cite its sources, but the point is taken.)

Patterson suggested that consumers and providers alike still do not see much value in such technologies, a common reason for apathy toward some technologies in healthcare. ”I think innovation in healthcare results from clinical transformation where the economics of value and incentives are aligned,” he said.

Data has to “take a lot of work out of the situation” and be actionable for physicians to care about it, and it has to be aligned with the incentives, Patterson said. At the moment, Fitbit data does not do that, he suggested.

All these wearable and mobile products, touted as “disruptive,” “revolutionary” or “groundbreaking” by so many vendors and Silicon Valley cheerleaders still haven’t proved value to healthcare providers or large number of consumers. Eventually, they will have to, or Kvedar will be right about a bubble.

 

 


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Samsung medical chief: Open hardware, algorithms set us apart from Apple HealthKit, Google Fit | mobihealthnews

Samsung medical chief: Open hardware, algorithms set us apart from Apple HealthKit, Google Fit | mobihealthnews | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
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For Now, Fitness Devices Will Dominate the Wearables Market

For Now, Fitness Devices Will Dominate the Wearables Market | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Uh oh, Apple! It looks like smartwatches aren't set to be the hottest tech in wearables for at least a few more years. A new report by Juniper Research
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Report: To succeed, wearables need more than fitness focus

Report: To succeed, wearables need more than fitness focus | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Unless mHealth wearable makers want innovations to go stale the way some fitness devices have, they'd better start making more appealing and relevant products, says a new Juniper Research report. 
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Health Wearable User Abandonment: Fitbit = 50%, Apple Watch = 6%

Health Wearable User Abandonment: Fitbit = 50%, Apple Watch = 6% | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it

Dr. Robert Pearl of the Permanente Medical Group recently implied that wearable tech fitness trackers like the Fitbit don’t serve much purpose in medical practice. While Fitbit does have a disappointing user abandonment rate of 50%, general purpose wearables like the Apple Watch—which has sold an estimated 5-6 million units—has a tiny 6% abandonment rate. And 83% of users state that the apps like the three-rings (activity and stand-up alerts) have contributed to their overall health and fitness. Also, the Hello Heart app reported that Apple Watch users were nearly 4 times more likely to stick with the cardiovascular health management program vs other users. They discovered that 25% of users decreased their blood pressure by 22 points or more. 

Coming back to how we get wearable tech and other digital health data into the medical system, Drew Schiller, co-founder and CTO of Validic, a Durham, North Carolina-based vendor that provides access to data from digital health apps and devices (and one of my valued ecosystem partners), agreed that consumer/patient-generated digital data must be provided to a physician and care management team in a form that makes it actionable. “Patient-generated data is useful for showing health trends,” according to Schiller. So if that’s the case, it seems that as we see the wearable tech market doubling in the next four years, there will be a wealth of data available to healthcare systems with an interest in seeing patient trends and influencing their behavior, especially to prevent, manage, and even predict chronic disease. According to the CDC, chronic, behavior-based diseases account for 86% of healthcare costs.


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This article discusses the intrusiveness of wearables et al and other issues of these technologies as they relate to healthcare outcomes and communications arena and whether pharma marketers should get on the bandwagon.

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Opportunities for User Experience Innovation in Wearables | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers

Opportunities for User Experience Innovation in Wearables | MDDI Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry News Products and Suppliers | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Until developers of wearable devices get the user experience down pat, the technology will struggle to gain adoption. Steve McPhilliamy The Near&Dear wearable device allows remote monitoring by caregivers. The growing trend of personalized medicine and a movement toward performance-based health outcomes are both responsible for driving significant market demand for wearable technology.
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Smart clothes: The next big fitness craze?

Smart clothes: The next big fitness craze? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Smart clothes: The next big fitness craze?

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SageRave of Get Custom Content's curator insight, March 30, 2015 11:11 AM

A 3D printer, nylon filament, and a microprocessor. Can we all make smart garments in our basements?

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Infographic: Are You Ready for Sensors in Healthcare?

Infographic: Are You Ready for Sensors in Healthcare? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
From wearables to ingestibles, mobile health devices and sensors have become so intricate and advanced that some healthcare industry professionals are beginning
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Courtney Bonner's curator insight, March 28, 2015 7:58 PM

This idea of healthcare sensors seems very innovative and could possibly prevent devastating diseases. The only downside is that someone could use these "sensors" for all the wrong reasons and use it to track down people.

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Google wins patent for wristband that could treat CANCER

Google wins patent for wristband that could treat CANCER | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
The California firm's patent details a wearable that could target any substances, when present in the blood, that may affect the health of a wearer by transmitting energy into the vessels.

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Craig Allen Keefner's curator insight, March 20, 2015 11:17 AM
  • Patent details a wearable that could target substances in a wearer's blood
  • This substances could be proteins linked with Parkinson's, or cancer cells
  • It would then 'modify or destroy' targets by transmitting energy into blood
  • This could include infrared signals, a radio-frequency or acoustic pulse
  • Scientists in the life sciences division of Google X laboratories are using human skin in their research to develop the wristband
  • Wristband could also work with pills that cause unhealthy cells to light up 
Courtney Bonner's curator insight, March 25, 2015 12:56 PM

If this wristband ends up being approved by the FDA, it could be a major change for the medical field. Cancer is obviously devastating and ruins too many lives worldwide, so it would be awesome to see this wristband save the world.

Lori Wilk's curator insight, April 25, 2015 9:38 PM

This #wearable has #health and #medical life-changing possibilities. I can't wait to hear more.

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‘Smart bandage’ detects bed sores before they are visible to doctors

‘Smart bandage’ detects bed sores before they are visible to doctors | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
SOURCE March 17, 2015 (Nanowerk News) Engineers at the University of California, Berkeley, are developing a new type of bandage that does far more than stanch the bleeding from a paper cut or scraped knee. Thanks to advances in flexible electronics, the researchers, in collaboration with colleagues at UC San Francisco, have created a new "smart bandage" that uses electrical currents to detect early tissue damage from pressure ulcers, or bedsores, before they can be seen by human eyes - and while recovery is still possible. "We set out to create a type of bandage that could detect bedsores as they are forming, before the damage reaches the surface of the skin," said Michel Maharbiz, a UC Berkeley associate professor of electrical engineering and computer sciences and head of the smart-bandage project. "We can imagine this being carried by a nurse for spot-checking target areas on a patient, or it could be incorporated into a wound dressing to regularly monitor how it's healing."The
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Mayo Clinic, Gentag Partner to Develop Wearable Biosensors for Obesity and Diabetes

Mayo Clinic, Gentag Partner to Develop Wearable Biosensors for Obesity and Diabetes | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Mayo Clinic and Gentag, Inc. has signed a joint IP agreement to develop the next generation of wearable biosensors designed to fight obesity and diabetes.

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Richard Platt's curator insight, March 15, 2015 6:07 PM
More wearable technology for the healthcare domain
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25 Best Health Tech Infographics of 2014 - HIT Consultant

25 Best Health Tech Infographics of 2014 - HIT Consultant | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Annual 2014 recap of some of the most in-depth and well designed health tech infographics including trends transforming health IT , mhealth, etc.
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Healthcare dominates Google's venture investments in 2014

Healthcare dominates Google's venture investments in 2014 | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Healthcare accounted for 36 percent of Google Venture investments in 2014 in 12 companies spanning diagnostics, predictive analytics, telemedicine.
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Why Is Measuring Data About Your Condition Worth It?

Why Is Measuring Data About Your Condition Worth It? | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
This is not a new story but I'm always fascinated when I read it again and again. Doug Kanter measured data about his life, his condition, blood sugar levels and every details that could have been ...
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Encouraging People to Wear Wearable Technology

Encouraging People to Wear Wearable Technology | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
Encouraging people to wear wearable technology

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Six month trial finds calorie tracking app too time intensive | mobihealthnews

Six month trial finds calorie tracking app too time intensive | mobihealthnews | Health, Digital Health, mHealth, Digital Pharma, hcsm latest trends and news (in English) | Scoop.it
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