October 12, 2010
During an educational session at CTIA Enterprise & Apps in San Francisco last week, Alex Brisbourne, president and COO of Kore Telematics, a wireless M2M company said that in 2008 health-related products made up about 1 percent of new business for his company. In 2010 he estimates healthcare will account for about 23 percent of new business, according to a report from Wireless Week. Companies...
October 4, 2010
Adherence apps "unpleasant" to use: The New York Times has reviewed a handful of medication adherence apps (seemingly picked at random), choice quote: "I tried some apps that remind users to take their medications, including MedsLog, Medsy, MotionPHR Health Record Manager and others. Appropriately enough, the experience was like ingesting medicine — an unpleasant chore, but good for you." NYTimes...
September 22, 2010
About seven months ago India-based mHealth service provider mDhil said it had more than 150,000 paid users of its public health text message service. mDhil CEO and Founder Nandu Madhava told MobiHealthNews at the Mobile Healthcare Industry Summit in London that the service now counts more than 250,000 paid users. About 50,000 users are returning on a monthly basis, Madhava said. mDhil's text...
September 15, 2010
According to the PricewaterhouseCoopers' online survey results released last week, the 1,000 physicians polled are very interested in using mobile devices for a number of clinical tasks. PricewaterhouseCoopers' Health Research Institute, "Healthcare Unwired" report found that 83 percent of the physicians surveyed are interested in prescribing medication via their mobile devices. Some 60 percent...
September 15, 2010
Half empty or half full? First of all, if 40-something percent of consumers are willing to pay for mHealth services -- that's a good thing, right? Does anyone really have a problem with only 40 percent of consumers buying their mHealth service? Second of all, mobile health still has a raison d'etre: Improving health outcomes and saving the system money. Some reporters are missing that point,...
August 25, 2010
Sorry, the iPhone isn't revolutionizing medicine... yet: A Business Insider commentary piece argues that the real future growth will be in physician centered apps for both the iPad and iPhone. The report includes interviews with McKinsey & Co. as well as an academic at Columbia University. Memorable quote: "But for now, the most widely used health apps are 'faddy' wellness apps, according to...
July 21, 2010
Ovum analyst Charlie Davies has a worthwhile analysis of Spanish mobile operator, Telefonica's recently launched eHealth global business unit. The eHealth unit already has outposts in Spain, Europe and Latin America, and is currently involved in some 80 telemedicine projects in more than nine countries. Telefonica aims to decentralize clinical processes, create integrated service networks, and...
June 25, 2010
By Jon Linkous, CEO, American Telemedicine Association
The funny thing about “mHealth” is that it has taken on such a cult-like status among investors, industry and the media. Certainly the potential for the use of mHealth in the delivery of healthcare is huge and it may have an impact on other parts of healthcare such as chronic care management, emergency response services and the role and...
June 23, 2010
By David Doherty, Business Development, 3G Doctor
Rob Havasy, a Business Analyst and mHealth Strategist at the Center for Connected Health, has posted a somewhat confusing article entitled “The Uncertain Price of mHealth."
The basic premise is that the move from flat rate unlimited data to tiered data plans is something that “will surely impact smartphone use in mHealth.”
The article goes on to...
June 23, 2010
By Rob Havasy (@rob_havasy), Business Analyst and mHealth Strategist at the Center for Connected Health
Recent announcements about smartphone data plan pricing by AT&T and Verizon have the Internet and the mHealth world buzzing. Both companies have announced a move away from flat-rate, unlimited data plans in favor of tiered data plans where users are charged for amounts of data used above a...