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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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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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Qstream Mobile Platform Touts ‘ECG Challenge’

Qstream Mobile Platform Touts ECG Challenge    Qstream mobile tech Mobile Devices mHealth news mHealth ECG Challenge mHealthWatch was recently briefed by Qstream, maker of mobile software that aims to  expand health care professionals’ skills, recently rolled out the Boston-area “ECG Challenge.”

So far, the challenge has grown to include more than 1,300 residents in internal and emergency medicine at nine teaching hospitals nationwide.

Using any smartphone, tablet or mobile device, participants compete for points on the leader board based on their responses to brief, scenario-based challenges designed to strengthen their ECG diagnostic skills while fundamentally improving patient outcomes.

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Healthcare Helping to Drive Growth of IoT Market

Healthcare Helping to Drive Growth of IoT Market   technology mHealth IoT Internet of Things Healthcare will be one of the major driving forces behind the burgeoning Internet of Things market next year.

All told, a whole lot of “things” will be connected to the Internet by 2015. That’s the latest projection from Gartner, Inc., which forecasts that 4.9 billion connected things will be in use next year.

That’s up 30 percent from 2014. What’s more, the number of connected things will reach 25 billion by 2020.

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FitLinxx Doesn’t Miss a ‘Beat’ with New Heart and Activity Monitor

FitLinxx Doesnt Miss a Beat with New Heart and Activity Monitor   wearables wearable devices mobile tech FitLinxx AmpStrip If the team at FitLinxx is correct in their assessment, athletes will soon be able to pitch those “uncomfortable, unreliable heart monitors” in favor of a superior alternative — the FitLinxx AmpStrip.

Representatives for the company tell mHealthWatch that the new monitor accurately keeps tabs on heart rate and activity around the clock 24/7.

The device itself, we’re told, is as discrete and comfortable as a Band-Aid.

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Beware the Twitter Pushback: Let Dr. Oz’s Recent Foray Be a Lesson to Us All

Beware the Twitter Pushback: Let Dr. Ozs Recent Foray Be a Lesson to Us All   twitter social media mobile marketing Dr. Oz

As many people are now discovering, Twitter may be the medium for getting a message out — but don’t expect the replies to be all unicorns and puppies.

Take the example of Dr. Oz, the earlier much-touted and now much-lambasted medical media darling, whose Twitter foray turned into a vicious fray.

According to a post at Vox, when Dr. Oz recently asked for people to submit health questions via Twitter, it might have been enough to force the good doctor to check his own blood pressure.

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