51 digital health metrics in 2013

By Aditi Pai
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Varolii surveyRemote patient monitoring to save $36B by 2018

Remote patient monitoring will save the world’s healthcare systems up to $36 billion by 2018, according to a projection by Juniper Research. The firm says North America will account for a little over three quarters of the savings, with Western Europe making up the next biggest chunk. More>>

West: Device interoperability with EHRs could save $30B annually

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If medical devices were better integrated with IT systems and made to follow standards for interoperability with each other and with electronic health records, the US healthcare industry could eliminate a net $30 billion in unnecessary expenses a year, according to a study done by West Health. But a lot of things have to happen for savings to be that substantial. More>>

32 percent of Americans want more health messaging

Americans are more and more receptive to companies contacting them via email and text message, and healthcare is the area in which they most trust companies with their information, according to a survey from the Varolii Corporation, a recently acquired subsidiary of Nuance. Seventy percent said proactive messages might have helped them avoid a major issue like an overdraft fee or cable service interruption. More>>

iPad-equipped medical school class scores 23 percent higher on exams

In 2011, MobiHealthNews reported on an increasing number of medical schools instructing students to use mobile devices, including the University of California Irvine’s iMedEd program, where each of the 104 medical students in the class of 2014 received an iPad from the school when they started in 2010. Now the evidence is starting to come in that tablets as an educational tool really make a difference in the medical setting. UC Irvine reported this week that the first class to receive the iPads scored an average of 23 percent higher on national exams than previous classes, even though their incoming GPA and MCAT scores were comparable. More>>

Spending on clinical mobility to hit $5.4B in 2016

In the US clinical mobility spending is expected to grow from $2.9 billion in 2011 to $5.4 billion in 2016, marking a compound annual growth rate of 12.7 percent, according to IDC Health Insights. More>>

12 percent of care may soon be delivered remotely

According to researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, when electronic health records “are fully implemented in 30 percent of community-based physicians’ offices,” doctors will be able to meet the demands of about 4 to 9 percent more patients than they can today. The report also estimated a 2 to 5 percent reduction in the need for physician specialists if doctors use “e-referral” technology more frequently. Other programs, like doctor-patient communication portals and telehealth technology, ”could help address regional doctor shortages” by enabling 12 percent of care to be delivered remotely. More>>

2018: 5 million disposable, mobile medical sensors

Although disposable body-worn wireless medical sensors have barely begun to see usage in healthcare, research firm ABI is predicting they will rise to prominence very quickly. By 2018, ABI analysts say, disposable Medical Body Area Network (MBAN) sensor shipments will hit 5 million. Previously, ABI reported that 160 million wireless wearable health devices, of which disposable sensors are a sub-category, would ship in 2017. More>>

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