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Telehealth Revenue to Reach $990M by 2015


Medical research firm InMedica has released a new whitepaper detailing the increased growth and adoption in telemedicine — an industry that’s forecast to produce more than 990M in revenues by 2015.

The whitepaper, entitled “Competitive Dynamics in the World Telehealth Market – 2011 to 2020,” looks at the telehealth market over the next 10 years and covers what it calls the “major parts of the ecosystem,” which include peripheral device suppliers – blood pressure monitors, glucose meters etc; gateway suppliers – health hubs and mobile gateways; and data transmission service providers – POTS, cellular and broadband.

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Report: Four out of Five Practicing Physicians Use Smartphones, Tablets & Mobile Apps


According to a new report out from Jackson & Coker, some 80% of practicing physicians use smartphones, tablets, mobile apps and “various other mobile devices” in their medical practices.

The new report, entitled Apps, Doctors, and Digital Devices, used research from several supplemental studies that analyzed the use of smartphones, mobile computing devices such as Apple’s iPhone and iPad, and a wide variety of software apps by physicians in different specialties.  As with most digital and mobile technologies that enter the healthcare space, security is the number one concern and one of the largest barriers for most physicians.

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Report: 56M People in the US Have Accessed EHRs, With an Additional 41M Wanting to


According to new data from Manhatten Research, a pharmaceutical and healthcare market research and services company, a total of over 56 million people in the U.S. have accessed personal medical information through an Electronic Health Record (EHR) system maintained by their physician.

Even more interesting, the same study found that an additional 41 million Americans are interested in the option to view their health information via EHR systems.  The report, dubbed the “Cybercitizen Health 2011” report, surveyed more than 8,600 U.S. adults to arrive at its findings.  While nearly 100 million Americans are either currently using, or are interested in using, EHRs, there’s still a vast amount of consumers that either aren’t interested or don’t have access to EHR systems.

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Study: Simple Reminder Calls Significantly Increase Patient Compliance


We talk a lot about mobile reminders within healthcare as a simple but highly effective tool for increasing compliance with everything from medication adherence to doctor’s appointments.  A study recently published by the University Health Network out of Toronto helps reaffirm the effectiveness of the concept.

The University carried out a one-year clinical trial of BP monitors for patients with diabetic hypertension to see how reminder systems can truly impact compliance.  A total of 110 patients were used in the study with each receiving a home BP monitor and a Blackberry smartphone to transmit data back to researchers.  However, only 55 in the experimental group received a special app that provided reminder calls when they didn’t measure their BP at least three times per week.  Those in the control group had a monitor, but were simply asked to take readings, with no automatic follow-up.

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