Apple Dominating Smartwatch Boom for Health, Business, Social Use

India Set to Get Apple Watch Next WeekApple, according to a new Canalys report, dominated the smartwatch market in 2015, accounting for over 12 million units and two-thirds of all shipments.

A report summary from MAW noted that Samsung returned to second place in Q4.

“Pebble came third and Huawei came fourth, establishing itself as the leading Android Wear vendor,” the Canalys crew confirms. “Basic bands exceeded 37 million shipments for the year. Fitbit set a quarterly shipments record as it comfortably led the category. Xiaomi held second place, shipping 12 million Mi Bands during 2015.”
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iVEDiX Wows with Mobile at New York Digital Health Accelerator Demo Day

iVEDiX Wows with Mobile at New York Digital Health Accelerator Demo DayOn Monday, mHealthWatch learned that iVEDiX was selected to join six cutting-edge digital health companies in the highly competitive New York Digital Health Accelerator (NYDHA) program this past September.

Run by the Partnership Fund for New York City and the New York eHealth Collaborative, a provided statement explains that NYDHA is intended to help growth-stage healthcare technology companies develop leading-edge technology solutions around clinical workflow management, care coordination, and patient engagement.

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St. Jude Medical Launches OPTIS Mobile System in Europe and Japan

St. Jude Medical Launches OPTIS Mobile System in Europe and JapanSt. Jude Medical, Inc. — a global medical device company — has just announced the launch of the company’s OPTIS Mobile System in Japan and Europe.

The diagnostic system is designed to couple state-of-the-art optical coherence tomography (OCT) and angiography co-registration with fractional flow reserve (FFR) technology into one portable system for hospitals with multiple catheterization labs.

Driven by a global increase in vascular disease and enabled by advances in technology, the catheterization lab allows physicians to use minimally invasive percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures that give patients an alternative to open heart surgery with the goal to improve patient outcomes, shorten hospital stays and reduce hospital costs.
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American Medical Association Joins Groundswell of Support for Telemedicine Bill

AMA Coding Workgroup to 'Accelerate Integration of Emerging Telehealth Services' into Clinical PracticeThe American Medical Association is offering its support for the bipartisan Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act to expand the use of telemedicine to achieve quality care for patients.

The bill reflects the AMA‘s belief that that “the appropriate use of telemedicine can greatly improve access to quality care while maintaining patient safety.”

According to an independent study, the bill could save $1.8 billion over 10 years.
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Leading Healthcare Communications Services Company Makes Key Acquisition

Leading Healthcare Communications Services Company Makes Key AcquisitionThis week, ghg greyhealth group — a leading healthcare communications services company — confirmed to MHW its acquisition of The Lathe, a New York-based digital design and development company focused on “helping healthcare organizations utilize technologies to connect patients, caregivers, and professionals.”

Terms of the deal were not disclosed as of this writing.
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mHealth News: Here’s What Happened This Week

mHealth News Here’s What Happened This WeekHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Doctor On Demand Makes Psychiatric Video Visits Available Nationwide
On Tuesday, mHealthWatch learned that Doctor On Demand is set to become the first major telemedicine provider to offer psychiatric video visits on a nationwide scale.

Real-Time Location Technology Plays Important Role in Healthcare
“When a loved one is having surgery, being tied to the waiting room and wondering how things are going can be a time-consuming and stressful experience.” That’s the opening statement in an announcement this week from The Northwest Michigan Surgery Center in Traverse City, Michigan.
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ATA Support Behind New Legislative Efforts for Telemedicine

ATA Launches Online Telemental Health CourseThe CONNECT For Health Act has another powerful ally in its corner today.

Earlier this week, U.S. Senators Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Thad Cochran (R-Miss.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), John Thune (R-S.D.), and Mark Warner (D-Va.) introduced the Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act, a bipartisan bill that would “expand telehealth services through Medicare, improve care outcomes, facilitate patients’ ability to connect with their doctors, and implement cost-effective solutions for patients and providers.”

According to the ATA, U.S. Representatives Diane Black (R-Tenn.) and Peter Welch (D-Vt.) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives.
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