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By Aditi Pai 09:44 am October 19, 2015
Using digital health tools in primary care could save the US healthcare system $10 billion annually, according to a report from Accenture. Accenture said its researchers analyzed the workflows of common physician office visits, including preventive care office visits, routine infant or child health checks, and visits for other conditions like hypertension and diabetes. The research firm...
By Jonah Comstock 09:34 am October 19, 2015
Four out of five internet-connected adults use some kind of digital health technology, according to a new report on consumer health trends by seed investor Rock Health. Rock Health identified six different categories of digital health use: searching for online health information, comparing health services online, tracking health with a mobile app, tracking health with a wearable device, using...
By Brian Dolan 10:23 am October 16, 2015
The more than 76 million baby boomers in the US are a ripe market for companies building digital health devices and services, but few such companies have successfully designed their offerings for the demographic. That's one of the preliminary conclusions of a recently published California HealthCare Foundation report called Baby Steps: Will Boomers Buy into Mobile Health?, written by Laurie Orlov...
By Jonah Comstock 10:40 am October 14, 2015
Sixty-three percent of US adults who use fitness or health monitoring technology say that tech has led to significant behavior change, according to a survey of 3,616 US adults conducted by the Deloitte Center for Health Solutions. They found that 28 percent of respondents had used technology to measure fitness and health goals and 23 percent had used technology to monitor a health issue, up from...
By Aditi Pai 10:27 am October 13, 2015
A new survey of 1,500 consumers from Apple Watch research service Wristly has found that 83 percent of the Apple Watch owners surveyed said the device at least somewhat contributes to their overall health and fitness. Just under 60 percent of respondents said the watch contributes to some change in their health and fitness and 24 percent said the device contributed to a lot of change. The survey...
By Jonah Comstock 10:24 am October 12, 2015
Funding for wearables startups -- not just health-focused wearables -- is on track for a five-year low according to a new report from CB Insights. The firm says that startups focused on wearables are on track to hit $276 million for 2015, which would be 72 percent lower than 2014′s total and the lowest annual funding total since 2010. Last year's funding, it's worth noting, was unusually high due...
By Aditi Pai 12:04 pm October 7, 2015
Some 8 percent of employees used a telemedicine offering in their employee wellness program, according to a survey of 5,000 people employed by nongovernment organizations with 1,000 or more employees. Towers Watson Health and Group Benefits Senior Health Management Consultant Shelly Wolff, who presented this data at the National Conference on Health, Productivity and Human Capital in Boston this...
By Aditi Pai 10:59 am September 30, 2015
The medical app market was worth $489 million in 2015 and nearly 40 percent of sales came from health monitoring apps, according to a report from research firm Kalorama Information. Kalorama includes telemedicine and monitoring apps in this app category. "Involvement in this care segment has several benefits and hospitals, care givers, device manufacturers, and patients are continuing to jump on...
By Aditi Pai 10:29 am September 30, 2015
Some 21 percent of US adults use a wearable device right now, and of those, 36 percent use a Fitbit device, according to a Forrester Research survey of 952 online US adults. After Fitbit, 16 percent use a Nike+ FuelBand, 16 percent use an Apple Watch, 13 percent use Samsung Galaxy Gear, 11 percent use a Microsoft Band, and 10 percent use a Jawbone device. Forrester also broke out the age...
By Aditi Pai 11:44 am September 28, 2015
Some 46 percent of primary care physicians said they were not aware that they could be reimbursed for non-face-to-face time with Medicare patients who have more than one chronic condition, according to a SmartCCM survey of 500 primary care physicians, which was fielded by Medical Marketing. The survey was fielded in July and August 2015 and asked primary care physicians how much they knew about...