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Sky News interview with Andrew Maxwell - Sept 2014

Sky News interview with Andrew Maxwell - Sept 2014 | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
The Parkinson's KinetiGraph a world-first technology for the routine management of Parkinson's disease has been given the green light by the…
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KinetiGraph is a great application of mobile wearable devices for mhealth care. Also, it provides a case study in the commercialization of mhealth technologies developed in research settings.

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Qualcomm's Toq Smartwatch Lets You Text Without Typing

Qualcomm's Toq Smartwatch Lets You Text Without Typing | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
You can now talk directly to the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch -- just like Dick Tracy.
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In addition to wearables, this technology could be adapted for products that conform to universal design principles.

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Infographic: The Epidemic of Healthcare Cyber Attacks

Infographic: The Epidemic of Healthcare Cyber Attacks | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Infographic illustrates the epidemic of healthcare cyber attacks based on the recent report by SANS and Norse due to networks and Internet-connected devices
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Healthcare providers need help following HIPAA mandate.

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Japan researchers testing tiny ear computer

Japan researchers testing tiny ear computer | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
A tiny personal computer that is worn on the ear and can be controlled with the blink of an eye or the click of a tongue is being tested in Japan.
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Great concept idea that could benefit aging adults and individuals with disabilities.

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Meet Samsung's new smartwatch family: the Gear 2, Neo and Fit

Meet Samsung's new smartwatch family: the Gear 2, Neo and Fit | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Samsung's new Gear smartwatches are no longer card-carrying members of its Android Galaxy. That's because Tizen, the company's open-sourced OS, has taken
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Note to smartwatch developers - people want utility, usability, AND beautiful design. 

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Samsung and UCSF create a research space for mobile health tech

Samsung and UCSF create a research space for mobile health tech | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Samsung has been developing its own mobile health technology, but it knows that it can't do everything; there are plenty of entrepreneurs that have their
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Will rivalry between Samsung and Apple spill over into mHealth?

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Baptist Memorial Health Care System to install Voalte smartphones in 14 hospitals | mHealthNews

Baptist Memorial Health Care System to install Voalte smartphones in 14 hospitals | mHealthNews | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

This is truly a case study worth following - It will be useful to track the degree of interoperability possible, given the frequency of system upgrades.

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Experimental flexible sensor tracks strain, pressure, touch | mobihealthnews

Experimental flexible sensor tracks strain, pressure, touch | mobihealthnews | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
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Sensor for fitness and human performance

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21 types of health apps the FDA could regulate but won’t | mobihealthnews

21 types of health apps the FDA could regulate but won’t | mobihealthnews | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
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If mHealth apps aren't regulated who will assess their efficacy?

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Federal Agencies Working on Health IT Regulation Guidance - iHealthBeat

Federal Agencies Working on Health IT Regulation Guidance - iHealthBeat | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Three federal agencies -- FDA, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT and the Federal Communications Commission -- must release by January 2014 plans for regulating the health IT sector.
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Click the link for the article by Darius Tahir. It's a good read. He makes a very important point that not all mHealth applications fall into neat, discrete categories, "Health IT often involves chained-together functions; a piece of software might control a medical device, which feeds data into an electronic health record, which is monitored by another medical device's software."

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Cigna eyes larger mobile presence with Samsung deal | Healthcare Payer News

Cigna eyes larger mobile presence with Samsung deal | Healthcare Payer News | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
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The key to this deal is that both companies are expanding into the global m-health market.

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Boston startup partners with Clinton Foundation to promote health apps | mobihealthnews

Boston startup partners with Clinton Foundation to promote health apps | mobihealthnews | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
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Deloitte | Infographic—mHealth: A check-up on consumer use | Health IT | Center for Health Solutions

Consumer interest in mHealth is strong and its potential to improve health care is high. Despite this interest, Deloitte’s 2013 Survey of U.S. Health Care
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Consumers are ready and waiting for mhealth. Now is the time to bring them innovative healthcare solutions!

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Appeal of well-being apps often short-lived

Appeal of well-being apps often short-lived | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Online and mobile apps for stress management and healthy eating reach a large number of users, but their appeal tends to be short-lived. Apps can contribute to improved well-being and provide support for behavioral changes as long as they are simple, attractive and easy to integrate into everyday life. However, the societal impact of the apps may remain small unless real-world implementation, maintenance and dissemination are planned from the very beginning of the development process.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

If you want your wellness app to be embraced for the long-term, consider integrating the app into a social support system instead of marketing it as a "stand alone" app. Also, an essential member of your development team should include cognitive psychologists because of their cognitive models of HCI.

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Generator uses the human body as an electrode to power portable electronics

Generator uses the human body as an electrode to power portable electronics | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —It's well-known that the human body is a good conductor of electricity, and now researchers have taken advantage of this fact to create a small generator that uses the body as an electrode to power portable devices without the need for batteries. The 'body contact electrode' replaces a ...
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Harnessing static electricity to power mobile health technologies.

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United States and China are Leading the M-Health Revolution

United States and China are Leading the M-Health Revolution | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Countries around the world are experimenting with a variety of mHealth initiatives. Analysts predict that mHealth revenues will grow the fastest in China and the United States. The rate at which innovators in both countries have started developing new health care applications for mobile devices has already started to increase.
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Pencil drawing of a sensor actually is a sensor

Pencil drawing of a sensor actually is a sensor | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Using graphite pencils to draw on regular paper, researchers can make some very inexpensive piezoresistive (PZR) sensors. Due to the piezoresistive effect, a sensor's resistance changes under an applied strain, allowing it to sense mechanical stress and pressure. The first of these pencil-on-paper PZR ...
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Currently, the sensitivity of paper sensors drawn with graphite pencils is poor, however, with advancements in graphite and papers there is the potential for creating cheap sensors for mhealth applications. 

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Americans use smartphones more than computers, and other news for Feb. 12, 2014

Americans use smartphones more than computers, and other news for Feb. 12, 2014 | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Steve Jobs' famous prediction that we are moving into a Post-PC era has come to pass according to a report from Nielsen [via Engadget]. In its most recent
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The smartphone has become the swiss-army knife for modern, mobile life. 

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Billionaire Developing Smart Grid For Medical Information - Industry Tap

Billionaire Developing Smart Grid For Medical Information - Industry Tap | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
DNA Database Will Be at Center of Diagnosis and Treatment Dr. Soon-Shiong, born in South Africa to Chinese immigrants, now lives in Los Angeles, California and is on Forbes’ list of billionaires with a net worth of $4 billion. Recently, he began investing $1 billion of his fortune to create a smart grid of medical …
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Brilliant idea and will truly revolutionize healthcare!

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Joe Stafura's curator insight, February 10, 2014 12:08 PM

The future of diagnosis and pharmaceuticals it seems, I wonder how this will be marketed, to keep it private seems elitist, and to provide widely  seems expensive. But if it reduces or eliminates much of the Scanning technology and surgeries is could be the moment of Creative Destruction that the medical area has needed for some time.

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FDA meeting, iOS 8 rumors point to fitness focus for Apple’s “iWatch”

FDA meeting, iOS 8 rumors point to fitness focus for Apple’s “iWatch” | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Long-rumored wearable may horn in on Nike's, Fitbit's, and Jawbone's turf.
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Sally Stangler's curator insight, June 5, 2014 5:54 AM

I am amazed to see that Apple is pursuing a smartwatch-like device with "health-monitoring" applications that will be capable of monitoring and tracking "blood pressure, hydration levels, heart rate, and glucose levels" among other things! Now how's THAT for a cell phone, or should we call it the new "black-box" of media-convergence.  If released their technology could replace the current dedicated fitness gadgets that exist out there in the market today.

Will we soon be able to control every aspect of our lives with a single device? It seems the tech-savi geeks of today are on the prowl and they aren't taking their time getting there. I think it creates something that many people around the world have been needing for quite some time. Will we be open to the technology once it arrives though. I find myself happy using different devices for different uses, specific to them and the tasks that I need to accomplish by using them. Would an "all-in-one" device really be beneficial? I'm sure plenty of people would find good use for it and as a typical "early adopter" for new gadgets I'd quickly question how I ever lived without something that made my life so convenient!

Next topic of discussion... Should the FDA have the say in what fitness apps get approved and what ones don't?

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Happtique suspends mobile health app certification program | mobihealthnews

Happtique suspends mobile health app certification program | mobihealthnews | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
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Will other mHealth certification programs follow suit?

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Two bipartisan-backed bills could affect mobile health | mobihealthnews

Two bipartisan-backed bills could affect mobile health | mobihealthnews | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
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Are 'Phoneblok'-style Phones Possible?

Are 'Phoneblok'-style Phones Possible? | Business Insights for the mHealth Market | Scoop.it
Motorola announced Project Ara, a program to develop a revolutionary new smartphone hardware platform.
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Customizable modular mobile devices such as the Phoneblok could revolutionize mHealth. Imagine interchangeable medical devices that can be plugged into the structural frame of a smartphone.

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Sensible Oversight for Technology which Advances Regulatory Efficiency (SOFTWARE) Act

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The proposed act is requiring further "regulatory clarity regarding mobile medical applications, clinical decision support, electronic health records, and other health care related software. By building on the guidance recently released by the FDA and codifying their risk based regulatory approach this important legislation provides the regulatory certainty that technology companies need in order to continue to drive innovation and ensure patient safety."

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The iPhone 5S Motion Sensors Are Totally Screwed Up

Since the iPhone 5S landed in the hands of new owners a few weeks ago, there have been reports that on-board sensors like the gyroscope, compass, and accelerometer haven't been working properly on some devices.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

It is reports like this that raise concerns about the viability of BYOD mobile devices and mHealth apps.

 

Sensor reliability is a real issue that needs to be addressed, particularly for mHealth applications.

 

Check out this paper, "Smartphone sensory reliability for augmented reality applications" by J. Blum, D. Greencorn, & J. Cooperstock 

http://www.cim.mcgill.ca/sre/publications/2012-MOBIQUITOUS.pdf

 

There has been a lot of focus on GPS sensors to the exclusion of other motion sensors. The Blum, et al.analysis is interesting because it evaluates the gyroscope and compass sensors which are important but overlooked.

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Sandra Hoyer's curator insight, October 7, 2013 4:57 AM

Something you just not expect from a company like Apple. This development shows how important it is to develop connected devices  in terms of health which working with approved industrie standards.