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4 Questions Mobile Health Designers Should Ask | Qmed

4 Questions Mobile Health Designers Should Ask | Qmed | Innovation in Health |
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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Can Mobile Technologies and Big Data Improve Health?

Can Mobile Technologies and Big Data Improve Health? | Innovation in Health |

After decades as a technological laggard, medicine has entered its data age. Mobile technologies, sensors, genome sequencing, and advances in analytic software now make it possible to capture vast amounts of information about our individual makeup and the environment around us. The sum of this information could transform medicine, turning a field aimed at treating the average patient into one that’s customized to each person while shifting more control and responsibility from doctors to patients.


The question is: can big data make health care better?


“There is a lot of data being gathered. That’s not enough,” says Ed Martin, interim director of the Information Services Unit at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine. “It’s really about coming up with applications that make data actionable.”


The business opportunity in making sense of that data—potentially $300 billion to $450 billion a year, according to consultants McKinsey & Company—is driving well-established companies like Apple, Qualcomm, and IBM to invest in technologies from data-capturing smartphone apps to billion-dollar analytical systems. It’s feeding the rising enthusiasm for startups as well.


Venture capital firms like Greylock Partners and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, as well as the corporate venture funds of Google, Samsung, Merck, and others, have invested more than $3 billion in health-care information technology since the beginning of 2013—a rapid acceleration from previous years, according to data from Mercom Capital Group. 

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Paul's curator insight, July 24, 2014 12:06 PM

Yes - but bad data/analysis can harm it

Pedro Yiakoumi's curator insight, July 24, 2014 1:48 PM

Vigisys's curator insight, July 27, 2014 4:34 AM

La collecte de données de santé tout azimut, même à l'échelle de big data, et l'analyse de grands sets de données est certainement utile pour formuler des hypothèses de départ qui guideront la recherche. Ou permettront d'optimiser certains processus pour une meilleure efficacité. Mais entre deux, une recherche raisonnée et humaine reste indispensable pour réaliser les "vraies" découvertes. De nombreuses études du passé (bien avant le big data) l'ont démontré...

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EUROPA - Press release - Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealth

EUROPA - Press release - Healthcare in your pocket: unlocking the potential of mHealth | Innovation in Health |

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Links to useful European strategy and green papers on eHealth


Sven Awege's curator insight, April 10, 2014 11:48 AM

he European Commission is today launching a consultation on #mHealth or mobile health, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.

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Key principles of digital health

Key principles of digital health | Innovation in Health |

'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

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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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 |

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.

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United Kingdom United in Support for mHealth

United Kingdom United in Support for mHealth | Innovation in Health |

The United Kingdom is quickly emerging as a hotbed of activity for mHealth and its expansion. Mobile health, telemedicine, and all facets of mobile and

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Tim Mustill's curator insight, August 30, 2013 6:56 AM

True... but only 9% penetration of health/lifestyle apps could be interpreted as slow uptake (or appetite) just as readily as being characterised as latent demand.

Dan Baxter's curator insight, August 30, 2013 5:37 PM

Nearly 30% of over 50's in the UK have a smartphone!

Joseph Walent's curator insight, September 5, 2013 4:49 PM

Look for #CSC to act as a central provider as thse movement gets legs.

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Using mobile technology to support the work of rural healthcare professionals

Using mobile technology to support the work of rural healthcare professionals | Innovation in Health |
A mobile health initiative now being expanded across numerous rural clinics in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province underlines the positive impact mobile can have on healthcare.

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Kathi Apostolidis's curator insight, August 10, 2013 12:37 AM

To Σύστημα Κινητής Ιατρικής Πληροφόρησης (ΜΗΙS) πού άρχισε να εφαρμόζεται στην Ν. Αφρική υποστηρίζει τους επαγγελματίες υγείας σε αγροτικές και απομακρυσμένες περιοχές.Επαγγελματίες υγείας, περιφερειακά και τριτοβάθμιαν νοσοκομεία συνδέονται μεταξύ τους με εξυπνα κινητά στα οποία έχει "φορτωθεί" κλινική βιβλιοθήκη 4.000σελίδων.

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What is mHealth? Is it Mobile health or Modern health?

What is mHealth? Is it Mobile health or Modern health? | Innovation in Health |

Syllogism causes confusion among healthcare terms such as modern health, mobile health, digital health, ehealth, mhealth, telemedicine, and telehealth.


Clearly, Lions & Tigers are both cats, and cats are animals, but the healthcare syllogisms aren’t as straight forward. People often associate Mobile Health with the ambulance that shows up to provide care and transportation, rather than the use of mobile devices and wireless networks. They may also associate Mobile Health with the tablet device the doctor uses as she moves about, rather than a smartphone device. That’s why I drew the diagram with mHealth not entirely within Wireless Health or within Telehealth. And it’s why I added a new term to  encompass them all - Modern Health.


I apologize to my consumer audience if this article sometimes gets a bit technical. That’s because it was partially written to address a technical audience. You can skip the technology, go straight to the Cool mHealth Trends.


mHealth & Telehealth


Telehealth is the delivery of health-related services and information via telecommunications technologies. These services could be as simple as two health professionals discussing a case over the telephone, a video call between patient and practitioner(s), or doing robotic surgery between facilities at different ends of the globe. Telehealth is an expansion of telemedicine, because it’s not limited to clinical treatment but can also apply to prevention. Likewise,telehealth is an expansion of mHealth, because it’s not limited to cellular technologies.


mHealth & Wireless Health


Wireless health differs from mHealth in that wireless health solutions will not always be mobile and mobile health solutions will not always be wirelessly enabled. Wireless Health integrates wireless technology into traditional medicine, such as for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of illness. Wireless technologies eliminate the cost and effort to install wires and support the ability to move about without being tethered. Wireless networks can cover very short distances such as between wearable sensors and a smartphone, entire buildings such as Wi-Fi home networks; or wider areas such as cellular networks that extend from tower to tower. These mobile broadband networks are especially useful in reaching new patients in remote areas than previously possible.


mHealth & eHealth


eHealth describes any healthcare practice supported by electronic information processing and communication, so it has broader reach than mHealth, which relates to practices using mobile  (phone or computing) technologies


mHealth: Mobile Health or Modern Health?


Many app developers view mHealth as exploiting mobile telecommunication in health care delivery. That can include mobile phones (voice & SMS text), smartphones, or a variety of other devices that include laptop computers, patient monitoring devices, MP3 players, PERS systems, and more.  The term can extend to both mobile and stationary devices, as long as they used mobile/cellular telecom technologies, but what if they don’t communicate at all?


What if a smartphone app uses sensors to collect health & fitness data and then stores and tracks it on the device itself without ever sending it anywhere? If the device itself is viewed as a telecom device, it might fit in the mHealthcategory, but the iPod Touch has no mobile phone connection, and even though it uses the same iPhone technology, it arguably would not fit the mHealth definition, even though it’s running the exact same code. That’s where the traditional mHealth definition breaks down, and it’s one reason that I prefer to extend mHealth to Modern Health, rather than just Mobile Health.

Modern Health encompasses innovations that collectively define the future of healthcare. They include: digital, electronic & mobile health, telehealth & telemedicine, electronic sensors & cloud-based monitoring services, video calls & telepresence, electronic medical & personal health records, big data & analytics, healthcare robotics & artificial intelligence, personalized medicine & genomics, and the wireless connections (ANT+, Bluetooth LE, ZigBee, Z-Wave, Wi-Fi, 4G, LTE), big broadband networks (fiber-optics), and regulatory & payment reforms that bind them.


Yes, nearly 40,000 health-related apps are available today for smartphones, and that number is up ten-fold from about 4,000 in 2010. So clearly smartphone availability and fast Internet access are driving much of the growth of modern healthcare applications, but don’t discount large mHealth opportunities on other devices and in other geographic markets.

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5 Technologies Cutting through mHealth Hype | Qmed

5 Technologies Cutting through mHealth Hype | Qmed | Innovation in Health |

Five recent news stories suggest that more productive uses for mobile health could be on the way, potentially opening up the technology’s user base in the long term.

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Successful mobile health apps: four determining factors

Successful mobile health apps: four determining factors | Innovation in Health |

Mobile research firm research2guidance surveyed more than 2,000 developers and found some common traits among the successful mobile health apps:


Their revenue model is service-based, rather than based on paid downloads. More than a third of so-called successful apps, ranging from image sharing to sophisticated remote monitoring, get their revenue primarily from service sales, research2guidance said.

They integrate with other databases or health tracking devices. Open APIs allow apps to access more data that can enrich their value.

They have a large portfolio. More than one-third of the “successful” developers had published more than 20 mobile health apps, the firm said.

IOS is their No. 1 platform. A whopping three-fourths of successful developers had a preference for iOS over Android.

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Excellent article highlighting key facts about the mobile health sector, with link to free report.

ChemaCepeda's curator insight, May 20, 2014 5:34 AM

Añadiría otros factores que salieron en #eSaludCyL como la facilidad de uso y la motivación para su utilización a largo plazo

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3 Unintended Consequences of Digital Health`

3 Unintended Consequences of Digital Health` | Innovation in Health |

#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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Leveraging Mobile Health Technolog for Patient Recruitment An Emerging Opportunity

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eMedToday's curator insight, November 20, 2013 7:51 PM

Mobile phones are great way to do surveys.

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Trend Report: The Future of Health, Fitness and Wellness!

Trend Report: The Future of Health, Fitness and Wellness! | Innovation in Health |
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The perfect storm for wellness apps is here!

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Hospital says COPD app could cut readmissions by 40 percent

Hospital says COPD app could cut readmissions by 40 percent | Innovation in Health |

"Futura mHealth, a Philadelphia-based joint venture from Futura Mobility and Temple University Hospital, has developed an app the company says can reduce hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by 38 to 40 percent.


A chronic lung condition, COPD manifests itself as occasional attacks of extreme shortness of breath, called exacerbations, which usually lead to a patient being hospitalized, as well as losing an average of three years of life expectancy per attack, according to Futura mHealth CEO David Gulian. But those attacks can be detected up to seven days beforehand and prevented with early treatment.


SmartScope is an HTML5 app that has COPD patients fill out an eight-question survey once a day and sends that information back to their provider, who then assesses their likelihood of an attack based on their answers. Certain questions require the patient to use devices like a peak-flow meter or a thermometer. Gulian said Bluetooth-enabled devices can take the measurements and put them in the app, but the devices are too expensive for most patients, so most use non-connected devices instead and enter data manually."

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Patient Engagement in 2013: How?

Graham Player P.h.D.( Health Sciences)Hugh McClungEmedtodayThe use of mobile medical apps onsmartphones and tablets is revolutionizing andreinventing the way pa

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eMedToday's curator insight, June 22, 2013 9:37 PM

This is one example of patient engagement via a mobile app. 

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10 Examples of Mobile Health Around the World

10 Examples of Mobile Health Around the World | Innovation in Health |

Health care workers in the developing world are using mobile phones to address critical health needs ranging from maternal mortality to HIV testing to clean water. Here are 10 examples of mobile health around the world.

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