51 digital health metrics in 2013

By Aditi Pai
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Surveys look at digital health adoption, reasons for hesitance

Several surveys were released in March at — or coinciding with — HIMSS, focusing on different areas of consumer engagement in digital health. The Atlantic surveyed 1,000 US residents, finding that only 12 percent had emailed or texted their doctors. A Ruder Finn survey of more than 1,000 US adults found that 16 percent of smartphone and tablet users access health apps regularly. Finally, an online study by IEEE of 1,200 Facebook members (mostly engineers and technologists) explored attitudes about connected health devices, finding that only 9 percent listed health as a way in which they’re most interested in using connected devices. More>>

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Mobile health sensor market to hit $5.6B by 2017

Germany-based research firm Research2Guidance predicted that the overall, worldwide mobile health market would generate about $26 billion in revenues by 2017, but this month it broke out a 2017 revenue prediction for mobile health sensors that connect to a mobile health app: $5.6 billion. The firm believes that this segment of the market will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 69 percent and 61 million health sensors will ship in 2017. According to the company, health sensors generated about $407 million in revenue in 2012. More>>

Health, fitness devices to make up half of all wireless accessories shipped by 2018

Shipments of app-enabled smart wireless accessories will approach 170 million by the end of 2018, compared to over 18 million this year, according to a report from Juniper Research. More>>

Berg: 64 million wearables to ship by 2017, with smartwatches leading

Consumer wearable devices — including fitness trackers, smart glasses, and smart watches — will have shipped 64 million units worldwide by the end of 2017, according to a report from Berg Insight. That’s up from 8.3 million in 2012 and 3.1 million in 2011, a compound annual growth rate of 50.6 percent. More>>

Health and fitness apps will be key selling points for smartwatches

ON World did a survey of 1,000 US consumers, asking them what factors they would consider before purchasing a smartwatch. Thirty percent cited fitness as the most important application, more than any other category. Another 18 percent listed health applications as most important. In addition, 20 percent of those consumers interested in buying a smartwatch at all were willing to pay at least $299 for a unit with integrated health and activity sensors. More>>

Report: 56M sports, fitness monitors to ship in 2017

Sports and fitness monitors, including wearable sensors and running and cycling computers, will hit 56.2 million global shipments in 2017, up from 43.8 million this year, according to IMS Research. Over the five years, the research firm predicts 252 million units will ship. More>>

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