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Juniper: 44M mHealth Apps to be Downloaded in 2012, 142M+ By 2016


According to new data out from Juniper Research, it’s now estimated that more than 44 million mobile health apps will be downloaded in 2012, growing to more than 142 million by 2016.

According to the research, a majority of the growth will be triggered by the release of FDA regulations on which types of mobile health apps require agency approval; efforts to realize cost savings through remote patient monitoring; and the development of more consumer-focused applications.  “Acceptance of new healthcare practices like remote patient monitoring will come directly from consumers becoming engaged in [mobile health care] through the smartphone,” said Anthony Cox, an author of the report.

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“Electronic Skin” Tech Provides Breakthrough For Wearable, Remote Patient Monitoring


A new remote monitoring technology recently developed by healthcare researchers promises to seamlessly integrate the body with the surrounding electronic world via sensors that act as so-called “electronic skin.”

The technology, originally created to provide less obtrusive medical monitors for premature babies and other special-needs patients, has vast potential for integrating computers into the human body.  When coupled with smartphone apps, direct data connections to physicians and other digital healthcare systems, the potential to improve real-time and preventative care is extraordinary.  “This is a huge breakthrough,” says nanoengineer Michael McAlpine of Princeton University. “This goes beyond Dick Tracy calling someone with a cell phone on the wrist. It’s having the wrist itself house the device so it’s always with you.”

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