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By Aditi Pai 04:52 pm February 23, 2016
Wearable device vendors shipped 78.1 million units this year, more than double last year’s total, which was 28.8 units, according to IDC.  Fitbit’s shipments in 2015 reached 21 million units and accounted for 26.9 percent market share. Devices from two other wearable device vendors, Xiaomi and Apple, account for about 15 percent market share each. Xiaomi shipped 12 million units and Apple shipped...
By Aditi Pai 04:31 pm February 22, 2016
Some 43 percent of iOS health apps and 27 percent of Android health apps are useful, according to a report from The Commonwealth Fund, which included an analysis of 945 iOS and Android health apps. “Apps really can play an essential role in chronic disease health management for populations that really need them the most,” University of Michigan Medical School Assistant Professor Karandeep Singh,...
By Aditi Pai 12:24 pm February 22, 2016
Activity tracking device shipments will reach 87 million in 2021, according to a post from ABI Research. “Activity trackers are the current vanguard device for bringing consumers into connected medical services,” ABI Research Principal Analyst Jonathan Collins said in a statement. “As they continue to proliferate, they will spur greater investment in mHealth device development and adoption, as...
By Aditi Pai 11:08 am February 8, 2016
Some 56 percent of caregivers said that in the past year they have become more reliant on online health information than they were in the year prior, according to an Edelman survey of 1,500 US adults.  Edelman split the respondents into different groups with 420 millennial respondents, 826 generation X respondents, 254 seniors, and 200 caregivers, which Edelman defines as people who are...
By Aditi Pai 01:20 pm February 5, 2016
Apple shipped 12 million Apple Watches last year, according to Canalys. The research firm estimated that Apple Watch shipments made up about two thirds of all shipments in 2015. Samsung had the second largest number of shipments followed by Pebble and Huawei.  Canalys also reported that shipments for what it calls "basic bands" reached 37 million last year. Fitbit led the category followed by...
By Aditi Pai 12:54 pm February 2, 2016
Some 71 percent of US adults said they would use a health tracking device if it was clinically accurate, according to a survey of 1,011 US adults between December 10 and 13th last year.  The survey was commissioned by The Society for Participatory Medicine and health technology company Biotricity. It was fielded by ORC International. About 509 respondents were from a landline sample and 502 from...
By Aditi Pai 11:24 am February 2, 2016
Investment in on-demand healthcare companies, like video visits with doctors, is expected to total $1 billion by the end of 2017, up from $200 million in 2014, according to Accenture. “On-demand healthcare is fundamentally changing – and enriching – the doctor-patient relationship, making the physician much more accessible to patients while simultaneously reducing costs,” Kaveh Safavi, senior...
By Jonah Comstock 11:33 am January 21, 2016
The diabetes management space has long held a commanding lead as the most popular target for mobile health developers, according to a new blog post from Research2Guidance based on their mHealth App Developer Economics report, for which the research firm surveyed 5,000 developers. "In each survey we have conducted since 2010, diabetes has consistently been considered the therapy field offering the...
By Aditi Pai 11:26 am January 21, 2016
Gender diversity in leadership roles can improve the performance of a company, but that diversity is still hard to find in digital health, according to a report from seed fund Rock Health. Although 2014 and 2015 were record years for women CEOs leading Fortune 500 companies, among the 45 healthcare companies on the 2015 Fortune 500 list, just 11 percent had a woman CTO or CIO. Additionally, only...
By Jonah Comstock 12:16 pm January 19, 2016
According to a just-published 2014 survey of 1,557 US physicians, there’s a big disconnect between support for telehealth and actual use of telehealth technologies. While 78 percent of respondents believed that telehealth improved access to care, only 15 percent actually reported using telehealth services in the past 12 months. The American Academy of Family Physicians published the results of...