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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of December 8, 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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The global mHealth market is expected to reach $10.2 billion globally by 2018, according to Transparency Market Research. The growth in mHealth market is primarily driven by the increasing adoption of smartphones, rising incidence of chronic diseases and growing number of mHealth applications. Read Original Content

Researchers at Microsoft have developed a prototype of a "smart bra" embedded with physiological sensors that seek to monitor a woman's heart activity to track her emotional moods and combat overeating. The sensors can signal the wearer's smartphone, which then flash a warning message to help her step away from the fridge and make better diet decisions.  Read Original Content

At the Federal Communications Commission mobile health innovation expo Alere Connect, showcased HomeLink and MobilLink, cellular hubs that use the cloud to transfer patient health readings to a doctor for monitoring and evaluation. The products have seen positive test results. Physicians who assign the devices to their patients see a 70 percent reduction in hospital readmittance. Read Original Content

Verivo is a leading provider of enterprise mobility software. Verivo helps companies accelerate their business results. Its unique technology empowers teams to build, deploy, manage and update their mobile apps -- rapidly and securely. Verivo’s mobility platform is used by hundreds of companies in numerous industries, worldwide. This newsletter is sponsored in part by Verivo.

Research firm Frost & Sullivan listed mHealth among the top three hot topics in healthcare in 2013, garnered from a global survey of 1,835 executives, about 260 of whom worked in the healthcare industry.  Fifty-one percent of respondents nominated mobility in healthcare, or mHealth, as a top trend for the year.  Read Original Content

Older Americans are using the Internet more and more, and they are particularly interested in using online and mobile technology for health-related purposes, according to a new study from Accenture Research.  Read Original Content
“Despite its universal availability, remote patient monitoring technology is substantially underused. Lack of enrollment of eligible patients into remote patient monitoring systems is the major cause of underuse, with more than one-third of all patients receiving remote patient monitoring-capable devices not being enrolled within 180 days of device implant,” researchers wrote in Circulation.  Read Original Content

Masimo announced the launch of iSpO2™ Rx Pulse Oximeter with M-LNCS™ connector, enabling adhesive sensor use on newborns for accurate and cost-effective screening with mobile devices in low-resource settings. iSpO2 Rx, provides accurate oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and perfusion index results from an iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, and soon on select mobile devices for Android™.  Read Original Content

A study published earlier this year found that although mobile apps increasingly are being used for the prevention and care of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases, these available apps have failed to attract user attention and positive reviews. Researchers reviewed the Apple iTunes and Android Google Play stores for HIV/STD-related apps, concluding "many of the very features that make apps such a promising platform for delivering HIV/STD prevention and care services appear to be lacking in the currently available HIV/STD-related apps." Read Original Content

A range of factors, such as increased mobile penetration in the developing countries, the growing number of active subscribers, expanded mobile network coverage, and also the rising prevalence of various diseases, are expected to propel growth in the global mobile health market in the upcoming years. The overall market is poised to register a 32.3 percent compound annual growth rate in the foreseeable future to climb to a value of 58.8 billion by 2020, according to MarketPublisher.com.  Read Original Content

American Well is joining forces with CampusMD to provide telehealth services to college students across the country for a monthly subscription. CampusMD will use American Well's telehealth platform to enable students to log on to a portal at any time, through any mobile device.  Via that portal, students can read profiles and ratings of local physicians, select an appropriate healthcare provider and connect by video feed for information, diagnosis, treatment and prescriptions.  Read Original Content

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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.