51 digital health metrics in 2013

By Aditi Pai
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ByteMobile Mobile HealthReport: 18.2M health sensors will ship in 2017

According to a report by research firm ON World, 18.2 million health and wellness wireless sensor networks (WSNs) will be shipped worldwide in 2017, generating $16.3 billion in annual revenue. That’s up from 1.7 million shipments and $4.9 billion in revenues in 2012. More>>

18 percent of dermatology apps track or diagnose lesions

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There are 229 dermatology-focused medical apps in the Apple, Android, Blackberry, Nokia Windows app stores, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Dermatology. More than half of the apps are patient-facing (51 percent), with 41 percent targeted at health care providers and 8 percent aimed at both groups. More>>

Survey: Employee wellness still seems ripe for digital health

A survey of almost 800 large and mid-size employers in the US, representing more than 7 million employees, found that a majority offer incentives to employees for agreeing to take health risk questionnaires (HRQ), biometrics screenings, or similar health-related programs. The survey, conducted by global HR firm Aon Hewitt, found that 83 percent of employers offer such incentives. More>>

Report finds pregnancy apps more popular than fitness apps

Last summer Citrix acquired ByteMobile for an undisclosed sum. ByteMobile works with mobile operators — 130 of them in 60 countries — to help them better understand how subscribers use their 3G and 4G networks and how best to optimize data services and mobile video services accordingly. Since ByteMobile has a view into what people are actually doing on their mobile phones, it has released an important set of metrics this week — including a handful related to mobile health adoption. According to ByteMobile, on average, 39 percent of mobile users who are using one or more mobile health applications are using a fitness app. More>>

Survey: 61 percent of employees in wellness programs join to earn incentives

According to a survey conducted by Virgin HealthMiles, the four most common wellness programs offered by employers are physical activity programs (58 percent), smoking cessation programs (50 percent), weight management programs (49 percent), and health risk assessments (47 percent). Virgin HealthMiles surveyed about 1,300 business and 10,000 employees for the report, and found that of the 1,300 businesses it surveyed about 80 percent offered health and wellness benefits. More>>

13M wearables to be used in corporate wellness plans by 2018

Over the next five years, 13 million wearable devices embedded with wireless connectivity will be integrated into wellness plans offered by businesses, according to ABI research’s report. In 2013, principal analyst Jonathan Collins said less than 200,000 wearable devices have been integrated into wellness plans. More>>

Pew: Most US adults track health data but few use digital tools

Perhaps surprisingly, a majority of American adults track their own health data, however, most aren’t using digital technologies to do so. About 69 percent of US adults track at least one health indicator, according to a national survey called Tracking for Health, conducted by Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. More>>

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