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IDC: Wearables Market Swells 17.9% During the First Quarter

The worldwide wearables market maintained its upward trajectory during the first quarter of 2017 (1Q17) with Xiaomi and Apple leading all companies and multiple products experiencing double – and triple-digit growth.

That’s the official announcement from the International Data Corporation (IDC). The IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker indicates that companies shipped a total of 24.7 million wearable devices during 1Q17, up 17.9% from the 20.9 million units shipped in 1Q16.

“Fitbit finds itself in the midst of a transformation as user tastes evolve from fitness bands to watches and other products,” noted Ramon Llamas, research manager for IDC’s Wearables team. “This allowed Xiaomi to throttle up on its inexpensive devices within the China market and for Apple to leverage its position as the leading smartwatch provider worldwide. Now that Xiaomi and Apple have supplanted Fitbit, the next question is whether they will be able to maintain their position.
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PAREXEL, Sanofi Advance the Use of Wearable Devices in Life Science Industry

PAREXEL International Corporation, a leading global biopharmaceutical services organization, has just announced a collaboration with Sanofi to advance the use of wearable devices to transform the collection of data in clinical trials.

Wearables have the potential to address several challenges related to clinical trials and improve execution by increasing patients’ ability to participate, driving patient engagement, and creating more opportunities for decentralized trial sites.
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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Iron Bow Recognized for Telemedicine Solutions
MHW has learned that Iron Bow Technologies — an information technology solutions provider to healthcare, government and commercial markets — has been recognized as a “foremost leader” in providing telemedicine solutions.

24/7 Kid Doc Announces Telemedicine Installation in Georgia Schools
24/7 Kid Doc, Inc. — a healthcare company providing Telemedicine solutions to public schools at no cost — has just announced that it has established a second pilot program, this time with the Montgomery County School District in Georgia.

Only 17% of People Rank Health-Related Sectors as Most Innovative
Americans are flagging the need for more healthcare innovation, according to a recent Klick Health survey of 1,012 adults, conducted by Maru/Matchbox.
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InfoComm 2017: Samsung Honored for Visual Display Innovation

MHW has learned that Samsung Electronics America, Inc. was the recipient of three industry awards distributed during the annual InfoComm tradeshow last week at the Orange County Convention Center.

The company was honored for its innovation and leadership in visual display, earning recognition from programs sponsored by NewBay Media and rAVe Publications.

“As a long-time InfoComm participant, we are always excited to bring forth new display technologies designed to drive more meaningful engagement and accelerate growth, as we’ve done this year through the introduction of our quantum dot LED signage,” said Ron Gazzola, Senior Vice President B2B IT Sales & Marketing at Samsung Electronics America. “We are honored to receive this recognition from industry peers, media and customers, and will continue to work with our partners to bring new solutions to market that will help businesses increase sales, improve profitability and drive customer engagement.”
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First Look at Connected Health Conference Main Stage Lineup

On Thursday, The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) announced the first round of keynote speakers for the 2017 Connected Health Conference (CHC17).

Once again this year, the touted lineup includes sought-after experts and visionaries in distinct areas of health and wellness, who will bring their unique perspective to the conference theme, The Connected Life Journey: Shaping Health and Wellness for Every Generation.

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Iron Bow Recognized for Telemedicine Solutions

MHW has learned that Iron Bow Technologies — an information technology solutions provider to healthcare, government and commercial markets — has been recognized as a “foremost leader” in providing telemedicine solutions.

The recognition is based on industry data collected by Definitive Healthcare and published in a recent mHealth Intelligence article naming the top 10 telemedicine solutions by hospital site implementation.

“This recognition is further validation of Iron Bow’s healthcare domain expertise and comprehensive understanding of the complexities of healthcare workflow coupled with our legacy technology core platform. We are committed to the advancement of telemedicine solutions enabling access to all constituents and a more effective and efficient quality of care,” said Rene LaVigne, President and CEO of Iron Bow.
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CirrusMD Closes $7 Million Series A Funding

MHW learned this week that CirrusMD, which offers a text-first approach to telemedicine for large health systems and insurers, has just closed a $7 million Series A financing led by Colorado Impact Fund.

The effort was joined by Bootstrap Incubation, Three Leaf Ventures, Rockies Venture Fund, Service Provider Capital, Sand Hill Angels, and New York Angels.

If you’re not familiar, the Denver-based company specializes in working with large health systems, integrated delivery networks, and health plans, particularly those focused on value-based care models.
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