Metrics

By Jonah Comstock 10:09 am August 17, 2015
Apps can help increase the amount of leisure time that users spend exercising as well as positively impacting their BMI, according to a new study in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. The researchers surveyed 726 people via Amazon's Mechanical Turk on their usage of exercise apps and their exercise habits. It was conducted by researchers from Lander College, Columbia University, Long...
By Brian Dolan 07:19 am August 17, 2015
As more and more mobile devices embed biometric sensors, mostly for health and fitness tracking, the market for using biometrics for identifying and authenticating people is trending up, according to a recent report from analyst firm Tractica. The group also points to the healthcare industry as one of the most promising sectors for adoption of biometric authentication. Tractica believes that...
By Jonah Comstock 06:12 am August 17, 2015
MyHeart Counts, an app based on AHA guidelines. A new review published in Circulation, the journal of the American Heart Association, looked at mobile health interventions around cardiovascular health over the last 10 years and concluded that a number of improvements are needed to the general state of mobile health efficacy studies. "Our literature searches uncovered a wide variety of products...
By Aditi Pai 11:45 am August 13, 2015
About half of all US digital health startups will fail within two years of launching, according to an Accenture report that analyzed 900 healthcare IT start-ups. (Correction: The original lead and headline of this article incorrectly implied Accenture had conducted a retrospective study of health startups that failed rather than a study that mostly relies on historical funding data to make ...
By Aditi Pai 09:36 am August 11, 2015
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor. Some 4 million patients globally will remotely monitor their health conditions by 2020, up from 664,000 patients in 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology. IHS also broke out estimates for congestive heart failure, diabetes, COPD, and mental health. Just over 324,000 patients monitored congestive heart failure in in 2014 and IHS predicts the...
By Aditi Pai 11:56 am August 4, 2015
Some 23 percent of US broadband households said they are concerned about privacy and security when using connected health devices. Additionally, 23 percent of US broadband households have security and privacy concerns when using connected fitness tracking devices. The percentage of households who are concerned with the privacy and security of health and fitness devices is actually much lower than...
By Jonah Comstock 07:37 am August 3, 2015
Sixty-six percent of all pharma app downloads in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Germany, were downloads of the top 10 apps according to an infographic recently released by German app company SmartPatient (not to be confused with Roni Zeiger-founded online patient community SmartPatients). SmartPatient's iOS and Android app is called MyTherapy. The Munich-based company analyzed 359...
By Jonah Comstock 08:50 am July 29, 2015
A Kaiser Permanente video visit. Nearly 60 percent of healthcare organizations are either behind on their digital health strategy or lack one entirely, according to a new survey of 450 healthcare companies from Validic. Specifically, 59 percent said they were behind on their strategy or didn't have one, while 41 percent said they were on track with their digital health strategy. Respondents...
By Aditi Pai 07:46 am July 29, 2015
Some 9 percent of respondents said they have used a telehealth service for a minor illness at least once since these tools became commercially available, according to a Healthline survey of 3,679 people who read Healthline.com, a medical information website. The survey was conducted in June 2015. Within this group, 90 percent said their experience using telehealth services was the same or better...
By Jonah Comstock 12:04 pm July 28, 2015
A couple of new reports from across the pond illustrate the ways doctors and patients are thinking about digital health in England, as well as in France and Germany. A new report from PushDoctor, a UK telemedicine company, shows that 58 percent of the 1,013 UK citizens surveyed have used some kind of health or wellness technology. And a report from healthcare marketing group Ipsos Health shows...