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...
May 14, 2015
A 2013 survey released this week from the Commonwealth Fund shows that use of mobile health interventions at the time was low among urban and rural community health centers and clinics for a variety of reasons. The Commonwealth Fund reached out to nearly 1,000 centers and received responses from 230, of which 181 were included in the final analysis.
"[U]sing technology to promote patient-...
February 10, 2015
Source: Citrix Mobile Analytics Report, February 2015
While iOS devices still dominate, these days healthcare professionals may be more likely than other professionals to be Android, according to a recent report from Citrix. The report is based on a large swath of anonymous data gathered from the company's sizable global customer base, but Citrix says it should not be considered "a...
January 15, 2015
Toward the end of last year, Morristown Medical Center, a part of the Atlantic Health System in New Jersey, opened up HealtheConnect, an on-site, physical store located just off the hospital's main lobby where patients, family members, and medical professionals can learn about health apps and wearable devices. While the store is currently backed by the hospital's foundation, the longterm plan is...
January 13, 2015
Seventy percent of US consumers own a smartphone, while just 5.7 percent own a fitness-sensing wristband, according to a GlobalWebIndex survey of 7,500 US internet users conducted in the fourth quarter of 2014.
Although GlobalWebIndex labeled the category "smart wristband", in the survey question, the research company used Nike+ FuelBand, Jawbone Up, and Adidas miCoach as its only examples. Two...
January 6, 2015
According to a recent survey of 24,000 consumers in 24 countries, about 8 percent now own wearable fitness monitors and 6 percent own a wearable health monitor. The Accenture survey was conducted online between October and November. Respondents were aged 14 and older.
Snippet of Accenture Survey Results from "Engaging the Digital Consumer in the New Connected World"
According to the survey, 12...
August 6, 2014
During its quarterly call with investors this week WebMD teased a small acquisition it made last month, released some mobile adoption numbers, and discussed its recently launched health tracking offering.
"To further enhance our offering for physicians, in early July we made a small acquisition to enhance our patient simulation capabilities," WebMD's CEO David Schlanger. While the company hasn't...
July 21, 2014
Over the weekend the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), which represents the country's more than 100,000 osteopathic physicians (D.O.) and medical students, passed a resolution at their annual meeting in Chicago instructing their physician members to "actively educate patients on the importance of seeing a physician when ill or injured and in need of a medical diagnosis, and that patients...
July 14, 2014
According to a survey of thousands of patients in Germany, Singapore, and the United Kingdom, the adoption of digital healthcare services remains low because existing services are either low quality or not meeting patients' needs. The survey, conducted by consulting firm McKinsey, included responses from at least 1,000 patients in the three countries.
"Many healthcare executives believe that, due...
March 25, 2014
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While mobile health has been a prominent topic for healthcare providers for the past few years, healthcare is still behind other industries when it comes to leveraging mobile to better engage with customers or patients.
According to a recent survey of 2,300 chief information officers (CIOs) at US companies -- not just healthcare ones, all types -- 70 percent said they had...