Connected Health and Wellness Devices Market Set for Big Gains

Connected Health and Wellness Devices Market Set for Big GainsThe demand for wearable medical devices and remote patient monitoring systems is projected to increase over the forecast period through 2024.

The increase is attributed to “the shifting consumer preferences towards a healthier lifestyle thus driving the market growth in the coming years,” reads the report summary today from Radiant Insights.

In addition, the increasing incidences of lifestyle-associated diseases requiring continuous health monitoring, which is expected to lead to an upsurge in the demand for connected health devices over the forecast period.
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WebMD Appoints New Chief Financial Officer

WebMD Sets Sights on Apple WatchOn Tuesday, mHealthWatch learned that WebMD Health Corp, a prominent source of health information, has announced that the Board of Directors has appointed Blake DeSimone, its Senior Vice President of Finance, as its Chief Financial Officer.

We’re told that DeSimone succeeds Peter Anevski who is leaving the Company.

DeSimone joined WebMD as its Senior Vice President of Finance in June 2015.
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Health Net Connect and iAssay Collaborate on Telemedicine

telemedicineThis week, MHW learned that Virtual health care technology providers Health Net Connect and iAssay are collaborating with National University’s Nurse-Managed Clinic in Watts, Los Angeles to support the clinic’s mission to “improve health care access for residents.”

The clinic project, led by the University with the involvement of various organizations and community groups, is incorporating cutting-edge technologies to support patient health by connecting residents at specially-designated sites with nurse practitioners at remote locations.

The National University Nurse-Managed Clinic, the result of a grant from the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to the University’s School of Health and Human Service, is based out of National University’s Los Angeles campus.

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Philips, Macquarie University and Emory Launching a First in Australian Healthcare

Australia Looks to Leapfrog U.S. on Digital Health AccessAhead of the weekend, mHealthWatch learned that Royal Philips, Macquarie University’s MQ Health in Sydney and Emory Healthcare in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the launch of Australia’s first – and only – remote intensive care unit (eICU) monitoring program, to improve the outcomes of high risk patients in most need of ‘round-the-clock’ observation.

According to a provided release, the partnership uses Philips’ remote intensive care unit (eICU) technology and will see Emory Healthcare intensivists and critical care nurses based onsite at Sydney’s MQ Health.

MQ Health is the first university-led integrated health campus in Australia, which brings together research and clinical care. This care model enables the Sydney-based US clinicians to provide continuous night-time critical care oversight to patients back in the United States during daytime hours, enabling the clinical team to be wide awake as opposed to working at night.

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How mHealth Tech Is Helping Stroke Recovery

UTHealth Uses Telemedicine to Enroll Patients For Acute Stroke TrialThe following is a guest contributed post by Jeremy Pollack, Staff Blogger at CallFire, a cloud-based voice and text platform.

Each year, nearly 800,000 people experience a new or recurrent stroke—an attack on the brain caused by a loss of blood flow, which can result in disabilities such as memory loss, speech impairment, and limited mobility.

During a stroke, brain cells lose the blood flow they need to stay alive. When these cells die, it can cause permanent disability, depending on how serious the stoke was and in what area of the brain blood loss occurred.

More than two-thirds of stroke survivors will experience some type of disability. For patients recovering from a stroke, therapy is one way to improve the cognitive functions that are often disabled after a serious attack.

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Takeda Launches Wearable Digital Technology Pilot Program

takeda-pharmaceuticalsOn Monday, Takeda Pharmaceuticals announced the launch of a pilot digital technology program to support patients and physicians with the management of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD).

If you’re not famialir, as the organization explained in Monday’s announcement, digital approaches are being used to develop solutions across many sectors of healthcare, with cutting-edge technology elevating and transforming disease diagnostics, measurement, treatment and more.

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GE Healthcare Plans to Fund up to $50M for Global Health Startups

Major Money Raised for Low IncomeAhead of the weekend, mHealthWatch learned that GE Healthcare — the $18 billion healthcare technology division of GE — has launched the company’s first healthcare accelerator, five.eight, aimed at improving healthcare outcomes for the world’s developing economies.

“The accelerator will target global health startups with a vision to improve healthcare quality and accessibility in developing or low-resource settings – from education and training to disruptive, low-cost technologies and digital applications,” the announcement reads.

Portfolio companies from four social impact investors: Acumen, Aavishkaar-Intellecap Group, Unitus Seed Fund and Villgro, will be among the initial applicants for the first accelerator program. Through the program, GE Healthcare and each startup will focus on commercially scaling healthcare innovations for emerging economies, with the potential for GE Healthcare distribution of the startup product, or integration of the service into GE Healthcare’s Affordable Care Portfolio.

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