Wearable Technology Report Shows Spending will Grow from $9 billion in 2014 to $218 Billion in 2019

Wearable Technology Report Shows Spending will Grow from $9 billion in 2014 to $218 Billion in 2019   wearables sports healthcare fitness electronics communications It’s a win for wearables. New research suggests that global spending on wearable devices will surge from $9 billion in 2014 to reach $218 billion in 2019.

That’s huge.

The stats on the prospective future come from a new report from Research and Markets entitled “Wearable Technology in Industry Verticals 2014 – 2019.”

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Opinion: Harnessing the Power of Big Data with Digital Health Partnerships

Opinion: Harnessing the Power of Big Data with Digital Health Partnerships   technology mobile health health tech big data The following is a guest contributed post from Airstrip by Dr. Kevin Ward, Executive Director, University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care.

In today’s digital world, electronic patient data is growing exponentially and moving faster than healthcare organizations can imagine.  At the same time, clinicians suffer from information overload, and high-volume and increasingly complex clinical patient loads, alongside dwindling time and resources.

Now more than ever, the pressure is building to harness the power of big data and digital technologies to help clinicians make faster, patient-centric decisions that increase quality of care and enhance health outcomes all while decreasing costs.

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Transparent Healthcare Aims for New Audience

Transparent Healthcare Aims for New Audience   Transparent Healthcare telemedicine According to a recent in-depth report from Med City News, Betty Heiman, co-founder and CEO of Transparent Healthcare, believes that people who have lost their insurance due to changes under the Affordable Care Act and cannot afford new plans will opt for membership in a group that offers access to primary care physicians, specialists, and procedures at Medicaid rates.

Transparent Healthcare has 4,000 members across New York City and its surrounding counties, New Jersey, and Atlanta. It addresses concerns of the 31 million uninsured Americans, which includes unauthorized immigrants and those ineligible for Medicaid.

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Consumers Warm to Healthcare Wearables, But Have Concerns About Price and Privacy

Consumers Warm to Healthcare Wearables, But Have Concerns About Price and Privacy   wearables Mobile Devices healthcare tech healthcare Wearable mobile technology has seen a steady growth trajectory, with corporations including Apple, Google, and Sony goosing the market for a slew of sophisticated new products.

Will consumers get on board? Are user needs being met by the products under development?

A new survey by PwC provides some insight.

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Glooko Gets Props for Latest Integration

Glooko Gets Props for Latest Integration   wearables Strava RunKeeper Moves mHealth Jawbone iHealth Glooko Fitbit Diabetes data Glooko Inc. has just announced the integration of activity, weight, and blood pressure data from leading wearable activity and biometric monitors such as Fitbit, iHealth, Jawbone, Moves, RunKeeper, Strava, and Withings,  into its mobile, software service diabetes remote monitoring and population management platform.

Data can be “correlated and visualized against the verified blood glucose readings that Glooko currently liberates from more than 30 popular blood glucose meters using its MeterSync Blue technology.”

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Mobile Program Launched to Aid Mumbai Mothers and Pregnant Women

Mobile Program Launched to Aid Mumbai Mothers and Pregnant Women   women pegnant Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action mobile MAMA India ARMMAN ARMMAN, a nonprofit organization, and Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), have just formally rolled out mMitra, an mHealth program that delivers health information to pregnant women and new mothers living in Mumbai slums.

The platform, we’re told, is also being implemented in municipal hospitals in Mumbai.

Twice a week voice mails will be sent that correspond to the subscriber’s stage of pregnancy or developmental stage of their child. The program is building off of successful programs in Bangladesh and South Africa and there are plans to grow the program across urban India.

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mHealth Apps Market Ready to ‘Transform and Roll Out’

mHealth Apps Market Ready to ‘Transform and Roll Out’   Samsung mHealth apps mHealth Google apple It sounds like a quote from Optimus Prime. But, in reality, it’s the mHealth apps market that is ready to “transform and roll out.” The only question is: Who will lead this nascent market?

With Apple, Google, and Samsung joining the mHealth market, more and more dominant transformations are plausible in the future. And right now, it’s anyone’s market for the taking.

ABI Research has been taking a close look at the market. The initial results show that, the 2-year study of the most popular health and fitness apps “reveals very little continuity in the popularity of specific mHealth applications.”

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