digital health

By Aditi Pai May 6, 2015
As more and more health sensors are built into mobile devices, the global biometrics market is ramping up. The most recent prediction is that the market will hit $14.9 billion by 2024, up from $2 billion in 2015, according to a report from Tractica. The biometrics market will see a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25.3 percent and cumulative revenue of $67.8 billion for the ten-year period,...
By Aditi Pai May 5, 2015
Fitbit Surge Two thirds of insurance company executives said they expect wearable technologies to have a significant impact on the insurance industry, according to an Accenture survey of 200 insurance company execs. They survey included perspectives from all types of insurance companies, not just health insurance. The survey found that 63 percent think wearables will be widely adopted by the...
By Aditi Pai May 5, 2015
Weight Watchers has acquired San Francisco-based fitness app developer, Hot5, according to a report from TechCrunch. Hot5 was established in October 2012 and launched August 2013. The startup has developed two video workout apps, Hot5 Fitness and Vertical Escape Fitness Challenge, which are available for iOS devices. Both apps are free to download and offer a handful of workouts, but users need...
By Aditi Pai March 16, 2015
More collaboration between chief information officers (CIO) and chief marketing officers (CMO) at pharmaceutical companies could lead to more optimized use of digital technology, according to a survey from Accenture. Accenture interviewed 22 CIOs and 24 CMOs from pharmaceutical companies in eight countries that were bringing in at least $5 billion in annual revenues. While 91 percent of CIOs at...
By Brian Dolan January 27, 2015
A significant percentage of Medicare dollars will move to value-based care models and away from fee-for-service, if HHS meets its just announced three-year plan. Yesterday HHS set a goal to tie "30 percent of traditional, or fee-for-service, Medicare payments to quality or value through alternative payment models, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by...
By Aditi Pai January 22, 2015
New York City-based smart ring developer Ringly raised $5.1 million in a round led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from High Line Venture Partners, Silas Capital, and PCH. Existing investors include First Round Capital, Mesa+, Social+Capital Partnership, and Brooklyn Bridge Ventures. The company has created gold-plated rings that connect to the wearer's smartphone and alerts them about...
By Aditi Pai November 13, 2014
At the Samsung Developer's conference this week, Samsung released the reference design for its wristworn wearable, called Simband, to developers. The company first revealed plans for Simband in May at Samsung's Voice of the Body event. Samsung has embedded several sensors into the Simband, which looks like Samsung's previously launched smartwatches, but the reference design will help developers...
By Aditi Pai November 4, 2014
Steward Health Care System's President Dr. Mark Girard, who spoke at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston this week, discussed how Steward's facilities use digital health tools to manage their patient populations. According to Girard, there are two fundamental processes in healthcare, information flows and people flows. The ideal, he said, is for both processes to be happening at...
By Jonah Comstock October 20, 2014
Although relatively few cases have been reported outside West Africa, Ebola is both a top headline and a public health concern in the Western world, with eight confirmed cases in the United States. Even in the UK, Ebola was a topic of discussion at a recent TechCrunch Disrupt Conference panel on digital health. "I think the question is no longer if, but it's when," Dominic King, a surgeon at...
By Brian Dolan August 7, 2014
Earlier this year Pew Research's Internet Project published a report called Digital Living 2025, which surveyed and aggregated ideas and predictions from internet scholars and successful entrepreneurs on the impact technology will have on our daily lives a decade from now. The report has a fascinating section on digital health that's well worth the read if you missed it. Pew and its partner for...