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Mobile Health News Weekly

Week of December 29, 2013

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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Hope Phones, a nonprofit organization operating mobile health programs in twenty countries around the world, has started a cell phone recycling program that is helping the group generate funds to continue their humanitarian work. It is estimated that a single phone can help bring between 50 and 250 families "onto the health grid". Read Original Content

Increasing access to care and reducing the cost of services may be tenets of the Affordable Care Act, but for tech experts and entrepreneurs, they are also the guiding principles of mobile health.  The FCC hosted a mobile health innovation expo that included a home heart-monitoring device, a texted pregnancy guide, and an app for private and secure hospital communication. Read Original Content

A new study by law firm Pinsent Masons said the adoption of mobile health in the UK is being held back by a low awareness among the public. Before being given a definition of mobile health, the majority (73 percent) of respondents didn't know what it meant. When it was explained, 90 percent stated they have never used a mobile health service. Read Original Content

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A new app store was recently launched at HIMSS's mHealth Summit 2013 by IMS Health.  The app store, AppScript, will not only let physicians and healthcare providers prescribe apps for their patients but also send the app directly to their patients via secure email and SMS text. Read Original Content

A recent Accenture study found forty-six percent of senior citizens said accessing electronic health records and medical history online or via mobile was most important, while 42 percent were more interested in virtual doctor visits without a co-pay. Mobile appointment booking was described as "most important" by 15 percent of respondents. Read Original Content

Increasing exposure to smartphones along with 3G and 4G networks will further boost the adoption of mobile devices in most sectors especially in health care systems, according to a report from Allied Market Research.  The global mobile health market is estimated to reach $58.8 billion by the end of 2020 at a compound annual growth rate of 32.3 percent between 2013 and 2020. Read Original Content

Mood tracking apps could be the next phase of "self-health" mobile technologies, according to Joseph Kvedar, M.D. "Up until now we've thought about tracking mainly vital signs," writes Kvedar. "We need to expand ...Just think of how much more powerful it will be for your primary care doctor to not only know your blood pressure and activity level, but your mood and state of motivation." Read Original Content

Fewer than half of patients who receive an implantable cardioverter defibrillator capable of remote patient monitoring use the technology within 180 days of implant, researchers reported in a recent study. Despite its universal availability, [remote patient monitoring] technology is substantially underused. Read Original Content

According to MarketsandMarkets.com, the global patient monitoring devices market was estimated to be $14.2 billion in the year 2011 and is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.9 percent from 2011 to 2016 to reach $18.9 billion. Read Original Content

Vital Connect and Aventyn have announced a new collaboration to commercialize the combination of the Vitalbeat mobile remote monitoring platform and the Vital Connect HealthPatch MD biosensor.  According to Aventyn, Vitalbeat is designed to help clinicians better manage chronic disease patient populations, including congestive heart failure patients and to prevent avoidable readmissions. Read Original Content

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Kevin Benedict Senior Analyst, Digital Transformation Cognizant View my profile on LinkedIn Learn about mobile strategies at MobileEnterpriseStrategies.com Follow me on Twitter @krbenedict Browse the Mobile Solution Directory Join the Linkedin Group Strategic Enterprise Mobility

***Full Disclosure: These are my personal opinions. No company is silly enough to claim them. I am a mobility and digital transformation analyst, consultant and writer. I work with and have worked with many of the companies mentioned in my articles.

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Kevin Benedict is the Senior Analyst for Digital Transformation at Cognizant, a writer, speaker and SAP Mentor Alumnus. Follow him on Twitter @krbenedict. He is a popular speaker around the world on the topic of digital transformation and enterprise mobility. He maintains a busy schedule researching, writing and speaking at events in North America, Asia and Europe. He has over 25 years of experience working in the enterprise IT solutions industry.