Metrics

By Aditi Pai 12:06 pm April 21, 2016
The number of people in Europe and North America that will use mobile telcare systems, also known as personal emergency response systems (PERS), will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 40 percent from 450,000 in 2015 to almost 3.4 million by 2021, according to a report from Berg Insight. Berg defines a mobile telecare system as one that uses a portable device with cellular connectivity and...
By Aditi Pai 01:39 pm April 20, 2016
Some 82 percent of recreational athletes use fitness tracking technology, which includes smartphone apps, fitness tracking devices, GPS watches, and heart rate monitors, according to a Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) survey of 2,000 recreational athletes in the UK. The poll was fielded by Censuswide in March. The survey also found that 62 percent of respondents said they use two or more devices....
By Aditi Pai 12:09 pm April 19, 2016
Global shipments for health wearable devices will reach 97.6 million units in 2021, up from 2.5 million in 2016, according to a report from Tractica. The report also predicted that health wearable revenues will reach $17.8 billion yearly at that time. “The market for healthcare wearables is very much in its infancy, though there is a considerable amount of activity across the healthcare value...
By Aditi Pai 01:01 pm April 4, 2016
Some 42 percent of insured consumers who use mobile-enabled health applications or devices said their biggest motivator to use digital health tools is knowing their numbers, according to a survey of 500 insured consumers fielded by Survey Sampling International (SSI) and sponsored by online health and wellness program vendor HealthMine. About 52 percent of respondents said they are enrolled in a...
By Jonah Comstock 02:55 pm March 31, 2016
A group of researchers from Johns Hopkins, the Ohio State University, and the National Cancer Institute argue that, based on projections from NCI survey data, 75 percent of US adults will use personal health records (PHRs) by 2020, even without additional interventions. In a paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, academics extrapolated from the Health Information National...
By Jonah Comstock 12:07 pm March 29, 2016
We tend to think of activity tracking devices and the companion apps that process their data as single product offerings. But a new report from Argus Insights suggests that perhaps the users of these devices don't see them that way. Argus, which looks at consumer reviews and social data to analyze "mindshare", reports that the baseline level of consumer enjoyment (what Argus calls "delight') of...
By Aditi Pai 02:29 pm March 10, 2016
Consumers care more about ease of use than trustworthiness when it comes to looking up health information online, according to a Makovsky survey of 1,035 US adults that was fielded by market research firm Kelton. The survey revealed that although 59 percent of respondents said they trust health information that comes from advocacy group websites, just 16 percent said they use these websites to...
By Aditi Pai 12:32 pm March 9, 2016
Some 81 percent of diabetes apps in the Google Play store did not offer privacy policies, according to a study of 211 apps published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The study is just the latest to examine health app privacy policies. In 2013 Privacy Rights Clearinghouse published a study that found 74 percent of free apps and 60 percent of paid apps had a privacy policy in the...
By Jonah Comstock 01:55 pm March 8, 2016
A new crop of research reports are predicting the ways in which the market for wearable devices, including smartwatches and activity trackers, will change over the next few years. Tractica predicts that annual wearable device shipments will increase from 85 million units in 2015 to 559.6 million units by 2021, representing a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 36.9 percent. ABI Research...
By Jonah Comstock 02:22 pm March 2, 2016
Millennials and Silents (the generation born prior to 1942) are the least likely generations to use tech tools like wearable fitness trackers, according to a survey of 2,600 WebMD users, presented today at HIMSS16 in Las Vegas. But younger and older respondents gave very different reasons for why they don't use these tools. "Millennials were more likely to select cost as their reason for not...