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Bio-bots Flex Their Muscles | Qmed

Bio-bots Flex Their Muscles | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

In 2012, scientists at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign created a walking biological robot powered by cells from the heart. The heart cells proved capable of generating movement in the small bio-bots (measuring less than a centimeter in height), but controlling the bot proved difficult as the cells are programmed to beat continuously. In addition, it was difficult to turn those robots on or off.

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5 Futuristic Military Medical Technologies | Qmed

5 Futuristic Military Medical Technologies | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Richard Satava calls himself a “technology harvester” when it comes to his work as a senior science advisor at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Material Command. It helps when you’re representing an outfit that knows how to keep secrets. “People will trust us with their information,” Satava, an emeritus professor of surgery at the University of Washington, told a gathering at the 10X Medical Device Conference, which LinkedIn’s Medical Device Group help just outside Minneapolis last week.

And while specific uses for technologies are secrets, Satava was happy to discuss the general technologies he’s investigated over the years, technologies that could prove to be real game changers.

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Top 5 emerging medical technologies to watch in 2014 | Impact Lab

Top 5 emerging medical technologies to watch in 2014 | Impact Lab | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Robotic check-ups Medical technology companies are focusing more than ever on products that deliver cheaper, faster, more efficient patient care. They are
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EmmanuelGrunenberger's curator insight, March 13, 5:10 AM

#NeedleFree #diabetes care, electronic #migraine relieve, #robotic #check-ups are among #healhcare #innovation to come soon ;)

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3-D printer creates transformative device for heart treatment

3-D printer creates transformative device for heart treatment | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Igor Efimov, PhD, at the School of Engineering & Applied Science at Washington University in St. Louis and an international team of biomedical engineers and materials scientists have created a 3-D elastic membrane made of a soft, flexible, silicon material that is precisely shaped to match the heart's epicardium, or the outer layer of the wall of the heart.

 

Current technology is two-dimensional and cannot cover the full surface of the epicardium or maintain reliable contact for continual use without sutures or adhesives.


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Arthur D. Little: Report - Impact of Digital Health on the Pharmaceutical Industry

Arthur D. Little: Report - Impact of Digital Health on the Pharmaceutical Industry | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Digital Health will transform the business models of the Pharmaceutical industry. Although many companies have not yet formulated a concise Digital Health strategy, industry executives expect that by 2020, Digital Health will enable Pharmaceutical companies to activate new business segments as well as to significantly improve their competitive advantage.

This is the result of a global survey conducted in the Pharmaceutical industry by Arthur D. Little and the Karlsruher Institute of Technology (KIT) to capture the current thinking and the expectations regarding the transformative impact of Digital Health.


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Marisa Maiocchi's curator insight, February 4, 2014 1:03 PM

Desde mi punto de vista, la industria farmacéutica en su conjunto no aprovechó la ola 2.0. Tengo dos preguntas respecto de este tema. La primera es ¿Por qué? y la segunda es ¿Está a tiempo de subirse a la ola y surfearla?

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Apple hires medical tech experts, fueling iWatch rumours

Apple hires medical tech experts, fueling iWatch rumours | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
A smartwatch with next-generation health skills could help Apple beat rivals in the wearable technology sector

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Six Fitness Problems Fitbit Won't Solve For You

Six Fitness Problems Fitbit Won't Solve For You | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Fitness technologies work best for people who are already motivated and have a disciplined fitness routine.
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tryndo's curator insight, May 12, 2014 11:16 AM

Les nouvelles Apps de fitness fonctionnent mieux avec les gens qui sont déjà motivés et qui ont déjà une routine physique rigoureuse.

 

Pour la plupart des gens, en particulier ceux qui n'ont pas encore découvert ce qui les motives réellement, ces applis de remise en forme sont malheureusement l'équivalent électronique des millions de tapis de course et de vélos elliptiques inutilisés qui encombrent de nombreux grenier français.

 

Voici donc en résumé les 6 choses qu’une App fitness ne vous aidera pas à faire :

 

1- Prioriser vos objectifs

 

En effet, ces petits dispositifs ne vous connaissent pas et ne peuvent pas vous aider à définir vos aspirations. Ce que vous aimez, ce que vous devez faire pour atteindre votre objectif (très personnel) et pourquoi vous devez le faire. Une appli ne vous aidera pas non plus à déterminer votre plan d'action à court et moyen terme.

 

2- Elaborer un plan

 

Les appareils de remise en forme vous permettent de suivre ce que vous avez fait, mais ils ne peuvent pas intervenir dans votre emploi du temps (amis, famille et exigences professionnelles)

Pour la plupart des gens, c'est l'étape la plus difficile parce que les plans ne doivent pas seulement être stratégique et méthodologique - ils doivent aussi être flexible et adaptable en fonction de votre vie.

 

3- Être déterminé 

 

Dans notre culture actuelle, il est beaucoup plus facile de blâmer que de prendre ses responsabilités, hors à long terme, une bonne routine physique passe par une détermination personnelle.

Arrêter les mauvais comportements est déjà assez dur, cela devient encore plus difficile lorsque vous le faites pour l'approbation et la satisfaction des autres, au lieu de le faire parce que c'est bon pour vous.

La meilleure des motivations provient de l'augmentation de l'estime de soi et ça une appli ne vous y aidera probablement pas.

 

4- Reconnaître vos propres efforts

 

Aucune stratégie de remise en forme n'est parfaite, et tout le monde atteints à un moment ou un autre un plateaux, généralement en dessous du seuil désiré.

Une application de remise en forme peut fournir une récompense émotionnelle par rapport à ce que vous avez fait sur une période donnée.

Néanmoins, arriver à ce niveau de satisfaction de soi nécessite un effort substantiel, et vous seul pouvez savoir quand vous avez vraiment donné tout ce que vous avez.

 

5- Pratiquer la pensée positive

 

Peu de choses sont aussi dommageable pour une stratégie de changement personnel que les pensées négatives.

 

La pensée positive est bien différente de la « positivité »  d’une App qui "vous parle" ou vous offre des badges au fur et à mesure que vous atteignez vos objectifs.

C'est une chose d'avoir votre application qui vous dis dans vos écouteurs: «Wow, vous avez fait fort",  s’en est une autre d'avoir votre moi intérieur qui fait l’éloge de vos progrès et vous encourage à vous dépasser. La première est amusante, la seconde vous rends autonome.

 

6- Faire des corrections de trajectoire

 

Les blessures, les maladies, le travail ou les crises personnelles se produisent.

Il faut parfois revoir ses plans.

Vous devez disposer de la compétence et d’une certaine détermination pour continuer, si vous devez prendre le temps de récupérer après une blessure par exemple ou, dans d'autres cas, accélérer votre plan. Une appli ne vous aidera pas à corriger votre trajectoire.

 

Pour résumer, la santé et le bien-être sont un état d'esprit, et pas seulement le résultat de pilules, de traitement ou d’applis.

Vous devez vous concentrer sur les fondamentaux, et une fois que vous les maîtrisez, amusez vous à déterminer quelles technologies de remise en forme utiliser, tout en sachant qu’il ne s’agit que d’accessoires.

Si vous n'avez pas envie de maîtriser les fondamentaux, la meilleure technologie au monde ne vous aidera pas à atteindre vos objectifs de remise en forme.

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Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs for 2014

Top 10 Medical Breakthroughs for 2014 | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

#1 Retinal Prosthesis:

In a healthy eye, the rods and cones of the retina are specialized cells that convert light into tiny electrochemical impulses that are sent via the optic nerve into the brain, where they are decoded into images. However, if these delicate photoreceptors are ever damaged, the initial step in the process is disrupted and the visual system cannot transform light into images, leading to blindness...


#2 Genome-Guided Solid Tumor Diagnostics:

Too often, men and women hear the words "prostate cancer," "breast cancer," and "colorectal cancer" from their doctors and they immediately think the worst. Many times the aggressive therapies are unnecessary that are offered or demanded. However, there are now genomic-based tests that can make these treatment decisions much easier and more reliable.


#3 Responsive Neurostimulator for Intractable Epilepsy:

Epilepsy is a neurological condition that produces seizures—brief disturbances in the normal electrical activity of the brain—that affect various mental and physical functions. Seizures happen when clusters of nerve cells in the brain signal abnormally, which may briefly alter a person’s consciousness or movements. When a person has two or more unprovoked seizures, he or she is considered to have epilepsy.


#4 New Era in Hepatitis C Treatment:

Hepatitis C infection, a common liver disease that affects an estimated four million people in the United States, is transmitted through exposure to infected blood (blood was not screened effectively for hepatitis C until 1992) or sexual contact with an infected person. The majority of people with the ailment don’t realize that they have the disease because of a lack of symptoms.


#5 Perioperative Decision Support System:

Anesthesia is given to patients to inhibit pain, sedate the body, and also regulate various bodily functions in surgery. Today, there are 51 million hospital surgical procedures performed annually in the United States, most which are not possible without anesthesia. Before the discovery of anesthesia and the first painless surgery in 1842, surgical patients had their pain dulled with opium or copious amounts of alcohol. With the advent of many new medications and surgical monitoring equipment, we are now in the modern era of anesthesia and optimal surgical care.


#6 Fecal Microbiota Transplantation:

Many hospitalized patients develop hospital-acquired infections, oftentimes due, paradoxically, to broad-spectrum and fluoroquinolone antibiotic therapy used for medical treatment. Antibiotics, which are supposed to kill bacteria, can also increase the odds of some people developing a dangerous and potentially lethal infection from rod-shaped bacteria called Clostridium difficile, or C. diff.


#7 Relaxin for Acute Heart Failure:

Heart failure is a debilitating and potentially life-threatening condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to supply the body. Symptoms of fatigue, shortness of breath, and fluid retention are caused by a weakened or stiffened heart, significantly diminishing its ability to fill normally or effectively distribute blood. According to the American Heart Association, approximately five million people experience heart failure in the United States and more than half a million new cases are diagnosed annually in this country.


#8 Computer-Assisted Personalized Sedation Station:

A colonoscopy is an exam that lets a gastroenterologist look closely at the inside of the entire colon and rectum for polyps, the small growths that over time can become cancerous. Using a colonoscope, a thin, flexible, hollow, lighted tube that has a tiny video camera on the end, the doctor sends pictures to a TV screen. The exam itself takes about 30 minutes. Patients are usually given light sedation to help them relax and sleep while the procedure is performed.


#9 TMAO ASSAY: Novel Biomaker for the Microbiome:

There is a global hunt in progress using a variety of cardiovascular fingerprints—scientists call them biomarkers—that have been discovered or created to help identify the initiation, development, and ongoing cascade of damage caused by heart disease.


#10 B-Cell Receptor Pathway Inhibitors:

Chemotherapy is a blunt instrument designed to indiscriminately kill rapidly dividing cells in the hope that the cancer cells die more and grow back less than healthy cells. That normal cells are routinely damaged in this destructive procedure accounts for the side effects and toxicity of traditional chemotherapy.

 

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Sebastian López's curator insight, December 14, 2014 6:11 PM

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5 Trends For Health CIOs In 2014

5 Trends For Health CIOs In 2014 | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Here are five significant trends healthcare CIOs should pay attention to in 2014, partly because of their bearing on the main events. 


Patient portals, Direct messaging, medical identity theft, cloud storage, and mobile devices will keep healthcare execs busy.


1. Patient portals
Because of rising consumer interest in health IT, the industry transition to accountable care, and most of all, Meaningful Use Stage 2, patient portals are hot. Nearly 50% of hospitals and 40% of ambulatory practices already provide patient portals, according to a Frost & Sullivan report. The firm predicted that the value of the portal business would soar to nearly $900 million in 2017, up 221% from its worth in 2012.


2. Direct messaging
In the past few years, the Direct Project protocol for secure clinical messaging has steadily gained momentum. EHRs must include Direct capability to receive 2014 certification, and Direct messaging is also one way to satisfy the Meaningful Use Stage 2 requirement that providers exchange care summaries electronically at transitions of care. Some health information exchanges are using Direct to communicate with physicians who don't have EHRs. Eventually, Direct messages could replace faxes.


3. Cyberattacks and medical identity theft
Over the past few years, there has been a quantum leap in the number of cyberattacks on healthcare organizations. The Ponemon Institute, which tracks computer security in a number of industries, says healthcare is increasingly attractive to cyber-criminals because the information required to steal a medical identity is worth far more on the street than Social Security numbers or credit card numbers alone. As a result, Ponemon reported, the number of medical identity theft victims in the US soared from 1.42 million in 2010 to 1.85 million in 2012.


4. Cloud storage and cloud-based EHRs
Security concerns were the biggest reason CIOs and other healthcare leaders said they were reluctant to use cloud storage in an HIMSS Analytics focus group. Some participants said they'd be comfortable using a private cloud hosted by their software vendor. Others said the cloud was fine for business-related information, but that they wouldn't trust it for storing personal health information.


5. Mobile devices
BYOD is a major concern for CIOs, as is insecure texting between clinicians, and those issues will continue. But 2014 could be the year when physicians start prescribing mobile health apps to patients. If there's a major increase in the use of these apps by patients with chronic diseases, monitoring data from patients' mobile devices might also start flowing into hospitals and practices.


more at http://www.informationweek.com/healthcare/mobile-and-wireless/5-trends-for-health-cios-in-2014/d/d-id/1113133


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5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014

5 Health Tech Trends to Watch in 2014 | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

If 2013 was the year of wearables and health apps, what’s on tap for 2014?

 

Here are five exciting health tech trends to keep an eye on for the new year.

 

1. Data in the Doctor’s OfficeAccording to Pew Research, 21% of Americans already use some form of technology to track their health data, and as the market for wearable devices and health apps grows, so too will the mountain of data about our behaviors and vitals. Next year, we may see more of this data incorporated into our day-to-day medical care.

2. Smart Clothes

If a wristband or clip-on tracker isn’t part of your look, there’s hope for you in 2014, because a new wave of wearable smart garments will be hitting the stores next year. In fact, market research company Markets and Markets expects sales of smart clothes and fabrics to reach $2.03 billion by 2018.

 

3. Augmented NutritionOf course, if you want to fit into the latest smart fashion, you might need to keep better tabs on what you’re eating. We’ve already seen popular apps such as Fooducate make things easy by letting you scan the barcodes on packaged foods to gather nutrition data. In 2014, we’ll see new technologies that take even more of the guesswork out of counting calories. 4. Virtual House Calls

Virtual house calls also just got a big boost with the recent launch of Google Helpouts, a new marketplace for getting personalized help over live video chat. Although it’s still early days for the new service, you can already browse the Google Helpouts Health marketplace for medical advice, mental health issues, nutrition counseling, weight loss and more. You can even get wellness advice for your pets.

 

5. Health Rewards

If looking and feeling good isn’t enough of a payoff, how about getting paid for getting healthy?

 
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Key principles of digital health

Key principles of digital health | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

'Progress in digital health will be driven by front-line innovators, enabling technologies, engaged patients, and substantial collaboration between impassioned partners'


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Frontline innovators, enabling technologies, engaged patients and collaboration are the key elements for digital health

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Andrew Spong's curator insight, November 28, 2013 10:29 AM

That all sounds reassuringly contemporary and progressive until we get to the collaboration element (and let's find a synonym for 'passionate', for the love of whatever deity you observe).

 

If these initiatives are going to be funded by old-think VC weasels, we're blithely harnessing the freedom to innovate with the shackles of our disastrous financial past.

 

We demand digital health innovation.

 

We also need to demand clean, ethical, transparent, crowd-sourced, equity-driven funding for health innovation, not dirty money from faceless money men.

 

Innovators need funders with a face, not funding at any price.

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Glasses That Let Nurses Get Under Your Skin | Qmed

Glasses That Let Nurses Get Under Your Skin | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
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Marisa Maiocchi's curator insight, December 7, 2013 11:00 AM

Wow, suena muy bien!  Seguramente, habrá muchos pacientes agradecidos! El asunto, pienso, es quién va a comprar estas antiparras para enfermeros. ¿Los profesionales de enfermería, los hospitales, clínicas...???

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The future of medicine: 3D printing medical devices at home is just the beginning

The future of medicine: 3D printing medical devices at home is just the beginning | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
3D printing is already being used to produce medical devices. In the not-too-distant future, the technology may be used to manufacture and package...
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Could 3-D Printing Disrupt the Eyeglasses Business? | Qmed

Could 3-D Printing Disrupt the Eyeglasses Business? | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Qmed (formerly Medical Device Link) is the world's first completely prequalified supplier directory and news source for medical device OEMs. Find medical device suppliers and IVD suppliers who are FDA-registered, ISO 13485- and ISO 9001-certified. Qmed is also the home of Medical Product Manufacturing News and the most relevant breaking news for the medical device industry.
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Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration

Big Pharma Opens New Chapter On Big Data Collaboration | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
In the course of one short week, no less than 3 different models have emerged for sharing big data in the pharmaceutical industry. The highest profile of these ‒ called Project Data Sphere (PDS here) ‒ was announced earlier today with the official opening of an online resource to share clinical trial data [...]
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Self-Assembling DNA Cages Could Transport Medicine Inside Your Body

Self-Assembling DNA Cages Could Transport Medicine Inside Your Body | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Straight out of a science fiction novel, comes a new scientific breakthrough from Harvard’s Wyss Institute. Small, just got smaller but with a bigger potential to deliver life-saving medicine from inside your body. The cages, or DNA structures, are considered the most complex structures constructed entirely from DNA. And, in a complete [...]
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MedTech Breakthroughs: February 2014 Edition | Qmed

MedTech Breakthroughs: February 2014 Edition | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

When it comes to medical device innovation, 2014 started out with a bang—or more precisely with the thump of a beating heart.

University of Illinois-Champaign researchers announced they have created a super-thin silicone-encased, bendable energy harvester that can be affixed to a beating heart. Meanwhile, Google said that it is engaged in medtech innovation as it develops a glucose-reading contact lens.

If the rest of the year is like January and February, 2014 could be a memorable year indeed for medical device innovation. Read on to find out about five medtech breakthroughs that have already made news this year.

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10 of the Biggest MedTech Movers of 2014 … So Far | Qmed

10 of the Biggest MedTech Movers of 2014 … So Far | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
Although the 2014 New Year’s baby is barely out of its diapers, enough earnings reports are out that it is a good time to sort out who the big movers and shakers are so far.A month ago, we profiled five of the best performing companies and five of...
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Google Reveals New Product: 'Smart' Contact Lenses

Google Reveals New Product: 'Smart' Contact Lenses | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Google has just revealed "smart" contact lenses that can monitor glucose through tears.


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10 Nanotech Breakthroughs You Should Know About | Qmed

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3 Unintended Consequences of Digital Health`

3 Unintended Consequences of Digital Health` | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

#1. Isolation & Loss of Human Touch

Yes, patients need technology and progressive medical devices to manage their health. But they also need to be seen, listened to, and cared for (physically) by other people, including doctors, nurses and caregivers. Empathy and compassion – a warm smile, a kind word, or a re-assuring tone are equally important in bringing about health and wellness.

 

I worry that too much focus on digital healthcare, (and conversely too few in-person experiences between doctors and patients) might lead to feelings of isolation, remoteness and even doubt.

 

Patients who are more passive in nature may even resist the shift to greater personal responsibility and technology-based guidance. The result: They end up feeling like they don’t really have any support to manage their health.

 

#2. Marginalization of the Poor

While we can all agree that significant advantages are being realized through ehealth products and services, we also have to admit that these technologies mostly benefit those who have access to greater resources.


In fact a 2007 study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine warned that significant challenges must be addressed by the research community to assure that advances in e-health will help eliminate, not intensify health disparities.

 

I know it’s hard to believe, but there are many people in this country who don’t have access to the Internet, or even a home computer. How will e-health reach these people? The fact is, people or communities with limited access to digital technology are largely the same as those suffering the greatest health disparities and traditionally underserved by the healthcare system.

 

#3. Information overload

Today, patients are more empowered. They have access to information that can help them make better decisions about their health – in an ideal world.


But as the volume of personal health and wellness data from medical devices, smartphone apps, and even EMR’s increases, patients will be faced with information overload and some may find it hard to act upon.

 

For passive patients in particular, having too much information at their disposal might actually lead to inaction rather than action, because they’re used to simply following doctor’s orders. In addition to being sick they now have the added burden of figuring out what their health data means and what to do about it.

 

What do you think?

 

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Damien Catani's curator insight, December 30, 2013 2:01 AM

We hear so many positive things about digital health revolution that it's good to look at its dark side and stay critical

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The Top Medtech Trends of 2013 | Qmed

The Top Medtech Trends of 2013 | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it
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Apple's Latest Acquisition Could Be Medtech Game Changer | Qmed

Apple's Latest Acquisition Could Be Medtech Game Changer | Qmed | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

Recently acquired 3-D sensing technology could make computing giant Apple an even more disruptive force when it comes to healthcare technology.

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Fitbit study: UK adults find mobile health tracking, not public messaging, effective | mobihealthnews

Fitbit study: UK adults find mobile health tracking, not public messaging, effective | mobihealthnews | Innovation in Health | Scoop.it

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Olivier Janin's curator insight, November 21, 2013 6:11 AM

 31%  self-tracked their health and fitness via computer program, website, or mobile device, 

23 % use paper.

 

Motivations for tracking their health,

46%  to feel good,

23% to look good,

19% to perform well.