The Wearable Future: Will Consumers Make the Move Soon?

The Wearable Future: Will Consumers Make the Move Soon?   wearables mobile mHealth eMarketer Is that an app you’re wearing or are you just happy to track your progress?

This adulteration of Mae West’s classic come-on is most likely justified. Just recently, International Data Corporation issue the prediction that wearable device shipments worldwide would rise more than 488.9 percent between 2014 and 2018, rising from 19.0 million to 111.9 million.

It’s a rapidly changing marketplace.

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Allegheny Valley Hospital Implements Telemedicine

Allegheny Valley Hospital Implements Telemedicine   tablets smartphones paramedics Mobile Devices According to WESA, Allegheny Valley Hospital has implemented telemedicine practices by allowing paramedics response units to use iPads to connect patients to physicians by video.

“Our hopes are that it will result in a more aggressive treatment plan in the field, direct the patient to the most appropriate hospital based on their condition or injury, and the final result is that we have higher survival rates,” said Jeff Polana, director of pre-hospital operations for Allegheny Valley Hospital. He adds that the new visual and audio connection between patients and physicians eliminates many problems paramedics and EMT’s faced before.

Gary Cockroft, paramedic, said that “Paramedics were often limited by their ability to describe patient symptoms over the phone and had a hard time conveying just how serious conditions were. Now that the physician’s able to see the patient, they can decide for themselves how great the symptoms are.”

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CarePass to be Phased Out

CarePass to be Phased Out   Mobile Devices mHealth health data management Aetna Last year Aetena launched their CarePass consumer website and mobile solution as part of its “What’s Your Healthy?” national campaign. However, the insurer has decided to phase out CarePass by the end of 2014.

“At this time, we have decided to make no further investments in the CarePass platform,” said Cynthia Michener, spokeswoman for Aetna. Current CarePass users will still have access to the platform for the time being and until its planned closing at the end of the year.

CarePass was designed for users to create, track, and achieve their health goals as well as featured a catalog of more than 20 health apps.

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MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients

MedDiary Launches Custom Mobile Health App to Monitor Patients   mobile health apps mHealth MedDiary MedDiary Inc., a mobile health (mHealth) software company, has announced the launch of its mobile health software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform consisting of a cloud-based portal for healthcare providers and a mobile app for patients.

The integrated platform makes it possible for healthcare providers to create custom mobile health apps for their patients and to subsequently remotely monitor them.

According to a statement provided to mHealthWatch, patients pay a $35 monthly in-app subscription fee for this “concierge level” service. MedDiary then compensates providers with a $15 monthly services fee for coordinating the patient’s care.

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mHealth: Top Stories of the Week

mHealth: Top Stories of the Week   mobile health mHealth news mHealth Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we’ve been monitoring this past week.

A new mobile application, MomConnect, will allow all pregnant women in South Africa to sign up for a free SMS service which provides information and advice on pregnancy.

In a recent post at the U.S. Senate’s Newsroom website, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) informed constituents that “personal health and fitness data – so rich that an individual can be identified by their gait – is being gathered and stored by fitness bracelets like ‘FitBit’ and others like it, and can potentially be sold to third parties, like employers, insurance providers and other companies, without the users’ knowledge or consent.”

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Funding Allows Telemedicine Firm to Grow and Chase Goals

Funding Allows Telemedicine Firm to Grow and Chase Goals   telemedicine mHealth funding Avizia Reston, Washington-based telemedicine firm Avizia Inc. split from Cisco Systems Inc. in order to grow its business and its high-tech system that helps spread expertise of medical specialists more broadly, said Avizia CEO Mike Baird, according to Biz Journals.

Avizia said they “had closed an equity financing round led by D.C.-based NextGen Angels, along with Blu Venture Investors and Middleland Capital.” Avazia revealed its CA300 telemedicine system at the American Telemedicine Association conference in Baltimore earlier this year.

Baird said the new funding will be used to expand its sales team. Their system is currently in more than 100 hospitals around the country and in 20 different countries.

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Chris Nicholson Tapped for Keynote at Parks Associates’ Upcoming Connected Health Summit

Chris Nicholson Tapped for Keynote at Parks Associates Upcoming Connected Health Summit   Parks Associates mobile health Humana Chris Nicholson Next week, The Connected Health Summit: Engaging Consumers will commence at the Omni Hotel in San Diego, California.

The event’s organizers, Parks Associates, have announced ahead of the Summit that Chris Nicholson, CEO of a newly forming Connected Health Start-up (in stealth mode) and former VP & COO of Humana Wellness, will deliver the keynote address, “Applying Connected Health to the Wellness Market: The ‘Triple Threat’ Driving Growth.”

The keynote will be delivered the morning of Thursday, September 4th, as the two-day Summit gets underway.

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