consumer health

By Brian Dolan 03:45 am June 5, 2012
SK Telecom Americas (SKTA), the Sunnyvale, California–based incubator of the South Korean telecom company has decided to shutdown the employer wellness offering, yesWell, which it has been developing for the past three years, MobiHealthNews has learned. According to an email from SKTA's former VP of Business Development, Richard Meider, that company had spent about $9.5 million developing the...
By Brian Dolan 03:16 am May 31, 2012
AliveCor's Dr David Albert and the iPhoneECG case (still pending FDA-clearance) During the next five years more than 50 million wireless health monitoring devices for consumers will ship, according to a report from IMS Research. In 2016 about 80 percent of these consumer-facing wireless medical devices will be purchased by the consumers themselves, the firm predicts. The demand for self-...
By Brian Dolan 03:20 am February 28, 2012
According to a findings of a small consumer survey conducted by HIMSS and sponsored by Qualcomm Life, a majority of consumers are familiar with the term remote monitoring device, only a quarter of those surveyed reported using one before, and only 16 percent had heard about such devices from their healthcare provider. The survey's results were fairly consistent with past surveys -- few of the...
By Brian Dolan 03:22 am February 2, 2012
This week results from a study conducted in 2008 found their way into a medical journal: Virtual coaches work. According to the study, conducted by researchers at the Center for Connected Health, Northeastern University, and Massachusetts General Hospital overweight people wearing wireless pedometers upped their average activity levels by a significant amount if they checked in with a virtual...
By Brian Dolan 07:14 am April 18, 2011
A recent IDC survey confirms that there is still a lot of growth potential for adoption of personal health monitoring services among consumers. IDC Health Insight's latest study based on an online survey of 1,200 people explores consumer's health technology use and purchase behavior of personal health and fitness monitoring, mobile health applications, medical care in non-traditional settings,...
By Brian Dolan 03:00 pm September 8, 2010
According to a new PricewaterhouseCoopers survey, about 40 percent of 2,000 consumers are willing to pay for a mobile health monitoring device like a scale, blood pressure cuff, glucose meter or heart rate monitor, but only if the price is right. The Wall Street Journal learned that of the 800 consumers that are willing to pay, 64 percent would only pay for the device if it cost less than $50....
By Brian Dolan 09:04 am February 16, 2010
Sleep respironics system wins GSMA award: At the GSM Association's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, Philips and Cinterion won an award for best embedded mobile offering for their System One, mHealth respironics sleep therapy service. More New Manhattan Research report on consumer health finds news content trumps social media: "With all the changes in media and healthcare, we think it...
By Brian Dolan 01:45 am November 12, 2009
This past week was a big one for wireless health -- on all fronts. Here's how the week's news broke down: Clinicians: Mt. Sinai and Mayo Clinic each forged ahead with wireless remote monitoring tools and patient-facing mobile applications. A team at Mt. Sinai worked on a pilot program with with wireless health start-up CareSpeak that used text message reminders to increase the rate of adherence...
By Brian Dolan 05:18 am November 9, 2009
An engineer at UCLA has created a substitute for microscopes by using about $10 of off-the-shelf hardware and a mobile phone. Aydogan Ozcan has already formed a start-up, Microskia, around the new device. Ozcan imagines the devices being used for screening in the field -- locations outside of hospitals, far from technicians or diagnostic labs, he told the New York Times in a recent interview....